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The Law School facilitates international study through its own exchange programs, and by assisting students in setting up other opportunities for a semester or summer abroad. Students are advised to begin making arrangements for study abroad at least one year in advance. Students can earn a limited number of transfer credits towards a law degree for successful completion of a pre-approved international program of study.
The Law School has semester foreign exchange programs with law faculties in Uppsala, Sweden; Lyon, France; Milan, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Hamburg, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Tilburg, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Preference for enrollment in exchange programs is given to students in their final year of study, and students in the top one-half of the class. Additional information is available at w: Prospective Students / Curriculum / Study Abroad. These programs award credits that count towards the law degree, provided the program is completed satisfactorily. Students considering spending a semester abroad on exchange should contact the Director of International and Graduate Programs, in Room 423.
Students also have the option of pursuing a semester or year-long foreign study outside of the Law School’s established exchange programs, whether through a program sponsored by an ABA-accredited American law school, or through direct enrollment in a foreign university through a Student-Initiated Study Abroad program. Students considering programs study abroad programs should confer with the Director of International and Graduate Programs. Students pursuing foreign study through ABA-accredited programs should complete a Study Away Approval form for review and signature by the Director of International and Graduate Programs. Student-Initiated direct-enrollment programs require significant logistical planning and coordination, and the proposed plan of study must meet applicable requirements of the University of Minnesota Law School and the American Bar Association. These programs require a Self-Initiated Program Approval form. More information on Student Initiated Study Abroad is available at: http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/self-initiated-study-abroad.html
Students can also arrange to study abroad over the summer. The Law School sponsors a summer study abroad program in Beijing, China, for 5 weeks each May-June. Additional Law School sponsored summer study abroad programs may also become available. Many ABA-accredited law schools also sponsor Summer programs around the world (see http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/foreign_study/foreign_summer_winter_programs.html). Students interested in Summer study abroad should contact the Director of International and Graduate Programs. To apply to transfer credits from another institution for summer study abroad, students should complete the Study Away Approval form located online at w: Current Students / Forms / Study Away Approval Form.
Students studying abroad, whether during a semester or summer program, are required to enroll in international health insurance coverage through the University. Information about this insurance is located online at: http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/students/healthsafety.php
Credit Transfer for International Study Abroad
See Academic Rule 3.3(e), 8.2
Students may earn a limited number of credits toward their J.D. requirements for study abroad, whether through semester or summer programs. The maximum number of credits a student can earn for foreign law credits (or law credits earned abroad) is 29 credits over the course of a J.D. program. Generally, a credit is earned for every 700 minutes of class time in the foreign institution. For credits earned under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTA), the Law School accepts one credit for two ECTS credits earned.
For semester study abroad, whether through one of the Law School’s exchange programs or through a student-initiated program of direct enrollment in a foreign law school, students may transfer up to 15 credits. Students may also transfer up to 7 additional credits of non-law study, pursuant to Law School Academic Rule 3.3.
For summer study abroad programs sponsored by ABA-accredited law schools, students may earn a maximum of 6 credits per summer session. Such credits may be in addition to credits transferred from a semester study abroad program.
Credit transfer may be limited for internships or clerkships pursued during study abroad programs. In order for credits to transfer, such programs must have a graded curricular component, supervised by a law faculty member, and comply with the requirements of Academic Rule 10.5(b) or 10.5(c).