Study Abroad Programs
Columbia Law School offers students the opportunity to enrich their understanding of law, language, culture, and governance in a global context through enrollment in one of more than 25 overseas academic programs offered by some of the world’s leading centers of legal scholarship.
These programs allow Columbia Law School students to fully immerse themselves in a foreign academic experience while still earning credit toward their Columbia J.D. Select study abroad programs offer CLS students additional degrees, certificates, and/or internship opportunities. Columbia’s study abroad portfolio can be divided into three groups:
The Global Alliance Programs, created in collaboration with world-renowned law faculties in Amsterdam, Oxford, and Paris, are also distinctive. They are defined by a structured engagement with a cohort of students from those partner schools and a curricular specialization in one of three fields: international criminal law, law and finance, and global business law and governance. Students spend one semester abroad, however, in the Paris and Amsterdam programs, are able to earn an additional graduate degree and/or certificate at no additional cost.
The International Dual Degree programs stand out among global programs at Columbia. J.D. students have the opportunity to spend their entire 3L year abroad and, at the same time, earn law degrees in the UK, France, or Germany.
Single-semester Study Abroad programs are available at approximately 20 of the world’s leading law schools located in more than a dozen different countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. All programs are open to 3L students, and some are open to 2L students as well. Some are taught in English, while others offer instruction in the local language. Some programs are held in the fall semester, and others in spring. Some programs may offer the opportunity to earn a distinctive certificate or undertake an overseas internship in conjunction with legal studies.
Things to consider when choosing a study abroad program:
- Do you speak any foreign languages?
- When would you like to go abroad? (Spring, Fall, 2L year, or 3L year, etc.)
- Is there a particular field of law you are interested in?
- Is there a region or country you are interested in?
- What are your career plans?
- Do you have the ability to delay degree conferral or the bar?
- Would you prefer to study with other Law School students?
- Do you hold an F1 student visa?
- What's your strategy to stay on track for standard graduation requirements?
(E.g., Experiential Learning, Professional Responsibility, Major and Minor Writing, and pro bono.)