University of Minnesota law students are encouraged to study abroad. Studying abroad instills a combination of theory and practice by enabling students to study a foreign legal system while living in that country at the same time. It allows students to experience what they are learning in the classroom. It further broadens students' perspectives by training them to approach other legal systems and legal subjects from a non-U.S. perspective. The Law School further encourages students to study abroad because it enables them to take courses not regularly offered at the Law School.
All second- and third-year law students in good standing are now permitted to transfer up to 15 credits towards their J.D. from one semester abroad, or a total of 29 credits over the course of a J.D. program. Students may also transfer up to six credits towards their J.D. degree from a summer study abroad experience.
Students may study abroad through a variety of opportunities:
For more information, please download our "Introduction to Study Abroad" and "Deadlines for 2015-16 Semester Study Abroad" brochures.
Goal and Objectives for Law School Study Abroad Programs
Goal: The goal of study abroad programs at the University of Minnesota Law School is to permit students of this law school to study at an educational institution in another country for credit toward the JD degree, with the following educational objectives:
1. Offer U of M Law School students the opportunity to take courses taught at a foreign institution, thereby experiencing a different style of learning/teaching and taking advantage of course offerings not available domestically, in classes with pre-dominantly non-U.S. students.
2. Contribute to the student's professional development through first-hand knowledge of another legal system and culture, leading to awareness of how law may be viewed/practiced differently in a different cultural context, and to the development of skills today's employers seek: self-reliance, cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and foreign language proficiency.