USD School of Law encourages students to take advantage of legal education opportunities abroad to increase their global fluency. International study prepares graduates to enter increasingly globalized legal markets, address international issues that impact the full spectrum of practice areas, and internationally trained attorneys that are competing for clients, cases and transactions.
Alongside summer study abroad opportunities, the School of Law offers a full array of semester exchange programs, which expanded from a single program at the University of Copenhagen. The partnerships include programs at the University of Copenhagen; the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London; the European Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany; ESADE Law School, Ramon Lull University in Barcelona; Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Universidad Torcuato di Tella Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Singapore Management University; and Seoul National University School of Law.
Through these partnerships, USD JD students and exchange students who study in San Diego have the opportunity to explore new cultures in an academic setting through a comparative perspective. Students are introduced to international legal principles and the law of the respective countries through specialized courses taught by leading legal experts. Through the programs, students have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience living and learning in another culture alongside future world leaders in law, business and public service.
Exchange students pay tuition and fees to their home institution and are only responsible to the host institution for board and lodging (if applicable) and any obligatory membership fees to campus organizations. Credit for coursework undertaken on an exchange program generally can be transferred to USD, subject to approval by USD in the same manner as any coursework submitted for transfer under our Academic Rules.
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If you are a USD JD student interested in participating in one of the following semester exchange programs, please complete the online Semester Exchange Nominee Application.
If you are interested in applying for the Spring 2017 Semester Exchange program, please submit your nominee application by September 9, 2016.
International Study Abroad Scholarship: If you are a USD student and interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out the online International Study Abroad Scholarship form. Please note that the priority deadline to apply for the International Study Abroad Scholarship for the Spring 2017 Semester Exchange program is October 1, 2016.
ESADE Law School
As the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is known for its rich cultural history and physical beauty. The city’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage prevails in its 2,000 years of history. Situated between scenic mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is Spain’s major seaport. Today, Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, and cultural-sports centers. Its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
Located at the Barcelona-Pedralbes campus, ESADE Law School was founded in 1992 and is part of the Ramon Llull University. ESADE Law School’s prime European location allows students to take coursework with an emphasis on international business law and intellectual property, as well as European Union law. ESADE Law School is the only law school in Spain to have a Professional Council consisting of representatives from all legal professions and over 30 internationally renowned law firms. In the fall, courses are offered in English and Spanish. For Spring courses, students must be fluent in Spanish.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella School of Law
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and is the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. It is the most visited city in South America and the second most visited city across Latin America. As a top tourist destination, Buenos Aires is often referred to as the Paris of South America because of its abundant European style architecture and rich cultural life, with the highest concentration of theatres in the world.
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) was founded in 1991, with the mission to educate Argentina’s new generation of business, political, academic, and social leaders. UTDT is viewed as one of the premier educational institutions in Latin America. Law courses cover economics, tax and international law, with a special focus on European Union law, civil law and criminal law. Most courses are offered in Spanish.
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law
Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Today, Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest city, and is a major regional center of culture, economics and government. This Scandinavian hub city has repeatedly been recognized for its quality of life and frequently receives praise for being one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities.
The Faculty of Law at the University Of Copenhagen has existed since 1479 when the University was founded. With more than 4,000 students, it is Denmark's largest law school and one of the largest in Northern Europe. Law courses give special emphasis to European Union laws relating to intellectual property law, constitutional law, business and corporate law, as well as human rights law. Classes are offered in both English and Danish.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law
Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city in population and area. Located in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea, it is also one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem offers rich cultural, religious, and historical significance to many around the globe.
The Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established in 1949 as the first law school in Israel. The Faculty’s law library is the largest in Israel and boasts several unique collections of Jewish, Israeli and Roman law. Law courses explore international law with an interdisciplinary approach, and a special emphasis on human rights law, intellectual property law and international business law. Classes are offered in both English and Hebrew.
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London
London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. As the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, London is a leading global city and one of the world’s leading financial centers. The city is steeped in history from the Royal Family to Shakespeare. London is famed by its iconic symbols of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, as well as for being one of the centers of international law and financial law practice.
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London, established in 1831, is consistently recognized as one of the best law schools in the world, as well as one of the oldest law schools in England. Areas of faculty research expertise include criminal law, European law, intellectual property law, business and finance law, and jurisprudence. Courses include criminal law, European law, intellectual property, business and finance law. The law school specializes in transnational law. Classes are offered in English.
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Seoul National University School of Law
Situated on the Han River and surrounded by mountains, Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is the country’s largest metropolis, with a rich history dating back 600 years and is home to many historic sites as well as places of traditional culture. Today, it is considered a leading and rising global city. Known as the country’s business and financial hub, Seoul is especially recognized for its cutting-edge digital technology, and is the headquarters of many innovative companies, including Samsung and LG.
Founded in 1895, Seoul National University School of Law has trained its students for the legal profession and further related professional qualifications. The curriculum focuses on the general legal knowledge in the areas of legal theory and practice to develop intellectual and analytical skills and practice the interpretation of law. The school was previously divided into two departments, the department of public law and the department of private law. However, the two departments were integrated into a single faculty in 1997 to train the students to understand diverse legal phenomena more effectively in the global environment.
Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Singapore Management University School of Law
Singapore is the vibrant and diverse capital of the Republic of Singapore, a small but robust island city-state. Recognized as a top financial hub worldwide, Singapore is a multicultural locale known especially for its free, innovative and competitive business market. Singapore is also an educational center, with its universities hosting thousands of international students each year.
Singapore Management University School of Law, founded in 2007, strives to produce articulate, analytical attorneys with the capacity to think globally. SMU offers a broad array of courses with an emphasis on international law and the intersection of law with the spheres of business, economics and politics. Courses are offered in English.
EBS Law School
Wiesbaden is located in southwest Germany and is the capital of the federal state of Hesse. As one of the oldest spa towns in Europe, its name translates to "meadow baths," making reference to the fourteen hot springs that are still flowing today. Largely spared by allied bombing raids during World War II, Wiesbaden has retained much of its beautiful architecture and historical charm.
Founded in 2011, EBS Law School is the first and only university in Germany to offer a traditional law degree program with a clear focus on European Union business law. The curriculum focuses on the intersection of business and law. Classes are offered in both English and German.