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As law practice becomes increasingly global, students and lawyers must be well-grounded in contemporary areas of international and comparative legal practice. Fordham Law School and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) College of Law are pleased to co-sponsor the annual Summer Institute in International Law, a two week academic program in international and comparative law June 7 - June 19, 2021 to be followed by optional 3 or 4 week internships. No knowledge of the Korean language is required.

In its fourteen years, the Institute enrolled over 1200 students from 10 countries and 70 law schools, including law students from American University, Boston College, Boston University, Chicago-Kent, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, George Washington, Gonzaga,  Hastings, Illinois, Loyola-LA, McGill, NYU, Northwestern, Southern Methodist, Texas, Tulane, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, USC, University of San Diego, and William & Mary Law School.

The Summer Institute is designed for JD and LLM students in the United States, as well as for law students, lawyers, and government officials from around the world. English is the language of instruction.

Classes are held in SKKU's new law school building, which is located on its downtown Seoul campus. SKKU is the oldest continuous institution of higher learning in Asia and one of the top-five law schools in Korea. Outside of class, the program features field trips and social events to enable students to experience Korean legal institutions and culture.

Institute students may enroll in the following intensive 3-credit course:

  • International White Collar Crime

Following the conclusion of the Summer Institute's academic program, internship program participants will begin their 3 or 4-week placements at the Korean supreme and constitutional courts, multi-national corporations, human rights organizations, and U.S. and Korean law firms.

Academic Policies

The Summer Institute is accredited by the American Bar Association. Fordham's academic rules and regulations apply for awarding academic credit. Fordham uses an "A-F" grading system. Daily attendance and preparation for classes are required and may be taken into account in determining the course grade.

Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course is subject to determination by the student's home institution. All classes and internships qualify for academic semester credit hours towards the JD or LLM degree at Fordham. Fordham Law Evening Division students who are planning to transfer to the full-time day division are eligible to participate.

Non-Fordham Law students should consult their law school's registrar to verify that the Fordham course and internship may be credited toward their degree. 

Summer grades are generally available by late-July to early-August; transcript requests are free of charge and should be addressed to the Fordham Law Office of the Registrar.

Cancellation Policy

The Korea Summer Program reserves the right to alter or cancel its programs. Cancellation would occur in the event of under-enrollment by May 1, 2021, or unforeseen international events that could inhibit program operations or seriously affect participants' safety. In the unlikely event that the program is canceled, students will be notified immediately via telephone and email; the refunds of the otherwise non-refundable application fee and all other payments will be requested within 20 days of cancellation; and Fordham will use its best efforts to make alternative arrangements for any enrolled student to attend a similar program, if desired. If the program were to be modified substantially, students affected by the modifications would be entitled to a refund upon request.