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Semester/Year Programs

Fordham Law provides a range of opportunities for students to spend a semester or a year abroad. Most students study abroad during the fall semester of their final year of law school. Study abroad in a student’s final semester is strongly discouraged (other than as part of a double degree program).

Double-Degree Program

Fordham offers five double-degree programs that permit select students to spend their third year at the host institution. Upon successful completion of the study abroad year, students will receive the JD from Fordham Law and a master-level degree from the host institution.

  1. Institution: Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris, France
    Degrees: JD (Fordham), LLM (Diplôme d'Université en Droit) (Paris I)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: French

  2. Institution: Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas Paris, France
    Degrees: JD (Fordham), LLM (Paris II)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English

  3. Institution: Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid, Spain
    Degrees: JD (Fordham), Master in International and European Business Law (Comillas)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English

  4. Institution: LUISS Guido Carli University Rome, Italy
    Degrees: JD (Fordham), LLM in International and European Union Law (LUISS)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English

  5. Institution: Fudan Law School Shanghai, P.R. China
    Degrees: JD (Fordham), LLM in Chinese Law (Fudan)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English

  6. Institution: Queen Mary University of London London, England (Pending)
    Degrees: JD (Fordham), LLM (Queen Mary)
    Semester: Year Long
    Language: English

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

For the student with an international focus, Fordham Law School offers global study opportunities. Fordham students who have completed one year of JD study may earn credit toward the JD degree through study in an approved program at a foreign law school. Students may choose to study abroad for a semester.

Programs in Asia

  1. Institution: China University of Political Science and Law Beijing, P.R. China
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English
  2. Institution: East China University of Politics and Law Shanghai, P.R. China
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English
  3. Institution: Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, Republic of Korea
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: Korean
  4. Institution: National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English
  5. Institution: Waseda Law School Tokyo, Japan
    Semester: Fall
    Language: English
  6. Institution: Jindal Global Law School Delhi, India
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English

Programs in Europe

  1. Institution: University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Semester: Fall
    Language: English
  2. Institution: Bocconi Law School Milan, Italy
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English
  3. Institution: Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany
    Semester: Fall
    Language: English
  4. Institution: European University Institute Florence, Italy
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English or French
  5. Institution: ESADE Barcelona, Spain
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English
  6. Institution: University of Lucerne Lucerne, Switzerland
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English
  7. Institution: University of Padova Padova, Italy (Pending)
    Semester: TBD
    Language: English
  8. Institution: Paris I - Sorbonne Paris, France
    Semester: Fall
    Language: English

Programs in the Middle East

  1. Institution: Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv, Israel
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English

Programs in South America

  1. Institution: Fundação Getulio Vargas São Paulo, Brazil
    Semester: Fall or Spring
    Language: English

Apply Online

Application Deadline

Fall Semester Study Abroad: March 1
Spring Semester Study Abroad: October 15

Before you Apply

In order to complete the application process, please have the following information ready to upload in either PDF or MS Word formats:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of interest, explaining
    1. Why you are interested in study abroad generally, and in the specific program for which you are applying.
    2. Your academic and professional objectives in studying abroad and what you hope to achieve through the international study.
    3. Relevant experiences and/or courses of study that reflect an interest in this particular study abroad.
  • An unofficial transcript of your Fordham Law School studies.
  • Statement and/or proof of language proficiency, if required.

In addition, you will need to provide the names of two Fordham School of Law Professors who can be consulted as to your interest in and qualifications for study abroad, at least one of whom is a member of the full-time faculty.

Please direct any inquiries about study abroad programs to the Office of International and Non-JD Programs. Do not contact our partner schools directly.

Students should consult Fordham Law School's academic and other calendars to be aware of important dates, including programs hosted by the Office of Career Services.

Apply to study abroad in the Fall.

Apply to study abroad in the Spring.

Apply for a year-long program.

Refund, Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy

Students will pay Fordham Law tuition and applicable fees during their Fordham-sponsored study abroad program. There are no additional Fordham Law fees for participating in a program. In some cases, the host institution will impose limited administrative fees. Students participating in an independent study program will have to consult the responsible school regarding costs.

In the case where a student withdraws from a Fordham-sponsored program, their tuition will continue to apply to their semester on-campus. Any incidental costs incurred by the student (i.e., plane tickets or living expenses) cannot be refunded. Students should also note that withdrawing from a study abroad program after the Fordham Law add/drop period ends could make them ineligible to take courses at Fordham Law that semester. If a student withdraws from an independent study program, he or she will have to consult the responsible school regarding the refund and cancellation policy.

In the highly unlikely event that the entire Fordham-sponsored program has to be canceled, students selected for the program will be informed immediately be telephone and by mail, email, or in person. In addition, individual meetings will be arranged with any student who wishes one. If in the even more unlikely event that the Program is canceled after students have arrived, Megan Smiley will contact all participating students by telephone, if possible, or by email.

Provisions for Students with Disabilities

The rules and regulations governing the accessibility of facilities and required accommodations for students with disabilities varies from country to country.  If you are concerned about accessibility for a particular program, please contact Megan Smiley at lawstudyabroad@law.fordham.edu.

Contact Information

Tel: 212-636-7702

Email: lawstudyabroad@law.fordham.edu