School of Law Korea Institute

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 19 - July 1, 2023 to be followed by optional 3 or 4 week internships.

The Fordham-SKKU Summer Institute in International Law is held in downtown Seoul, Korea, in the lush, mountainside campus of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). All participating students enroll in one 3-credit course on offer, taught by distinguished members of the Fordham Law Faculty and other leading scholars. The 2023 course will run from Monday, June 19 to Thursday, June 29, with final examinations held on Saturday, July 1. The course is cross-listed at the SKKU School of Law, and is taken by a number of SKKU law students as well as law students from across the United States.

The due date to apply for the 2023 summer program has passed, but the program is still considering applications on a case-by-case basis, so if you are interested in applying, please contact the program director at [email protected].

Program Dates

June 19, 2023-July 1, 2023 Course (in person)
July 3-July 21 (or July 28) Optional Internship for credit (2 or 3 credits) or no-credit

Applications are due on April 1, 2023.

Participating students also have the option of applying to be placed in 3 or 4-week internships with multinational corporations, law firms and human-rights organizations through the Institute's internship program, which runs immediately after the academic session.

Internships may be taken for an additional 2 or 3 credits, for a maximum total of 6 credits earned over the summer. The optional 2023 internship session will run Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 21 (3 weeks) OR Friday, July 28 (4 weeks), 2023. Classroom instruction is supplemented by field trips to legal institutions and cultural sites.

This program is open to all law students, including law students enrolled in schools other than Fordham.

Course Offering

International White Collar Crime

In this course, we will study criminal laws that regulate cross-border or overseas conduct especially those that take the form of business transactions, such as bribery, export controls, arms and drug trafficking, money laundering, securities fraud, and antitrust violations; the principles of jurisdiction that may be used to prescribe, adjudicate and enforce these crimes; enforcement mechanisms of these crimes (including transnational prosecutions); and the logistical and procedural challenges involved in the prosecution of these crimes.


Professor Youngjae Lee

Professor Youngjae Lee is the Director of the Fordham-Sungkyunkwan Summer Institute in International Law and Associate Dean for Research at Fordham Law School in New York.  His research focuses on criminal law and criminal procedure, and his work is published in numerous journals and is of international renown.  As a Professor of Law at Fordham and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and UCLA School of Law, he has taught criminal law, international criminal law, criminal procedure, and torts.  He has also held visiting positions at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and European University Institute in Florence.  He joined the Fordham faculty in fall 2005 from NYU School of Law, where he was an Alexander Fellow.  He is a 1995 graduate of Swarthmore College and a 1999 graduate of Harvard Law School.

I absolutely loved my time in South Korea. The course on international white-collar crime was a great introduction to cross-border legal issues. I also had the opportunity to intern at a multinational corporation where I worked on both arbitration and transactional matters. It was valuable to learn about how an in-house team operates, the types of deals that international companies work on, and the disputes that arise. My favorite part of the summer was being immersed in Korean culture and spending time with Korean students and co-workers. Everyone was so welcoming, and it was fun to explore the city with them. Seoul is beautiful, and the food is amazing. I feel extremely lucky to have had this experience through Fordham!

Alice Millerchip, Fordham Law '24