Gain International Experience
Your study of international law may take you beyond Ithaca. Indeed, more than 20 percent of each J.D. class spends a semester or longer abroad.
There are many ways to incorporate an international experience into your Cornell Law education.
You can apply to spend your fourth, fifth, or sixth semester of law school abroad. As provided in the Student Handbook, a student may not spend more than one semester away from the Ithaca campus. This means that students may not both study abroad and spend a semester taking classes at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.
If you decide to study abroad, you may apply at one of the more than 25 partner schools with which Cornell currently has study abroad agreements, or you can design an individual "term away" at a foreign law faculty with which Cornell is not partnered. Note that semester abroad programs operated by U.S. law schools will not be approved.
If you're thinking about a semester abroad, start by reading the Law School's Standards and Procedures for Semesters Abroad. Applications for semesters abroad are due January 31.
Semester abroad opportunities are for Cornell students only. We are not able to accept students from other law schools.
Application information and forms will be available in the Fall Semester.
PARIS SUMMER INSTITUTE
The Paris Summer Institute is a five-week academic program in international and comparative law. The Institute is cosponsored by Cornell Law School and the Sorbonne Law School at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Every year, the Institute welcomes a select group of law students from around the world to study law in the heart of Paris. Students take advantage of our strong international faculty, expansive English-language curriculum, and unique cultural and professional offerings.
DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
Another way to deepen your training in international law is to participate in a dual degree program. Cornell offers four programs in collaboration with partner institutions. Through these programs, you can earn both a Cornell J.D. and a graduate law degree.
- J.D./Master en Droit, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, a four-year program taught in French that prepares graduates for admission to the bar in the United States and in France
- J.D./Master of German and European Law and Practice (M.LL.P.), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, a three-year program taught in German that provides graduates with a profound knowledge of German and European law at both an academic and a practical level
- J.D./LL.M. at the Universität Heidelberg - a three-year German-language program
- J.D./LL.M. at l'Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne - a three-year French-language program
- J.D./LL.M. at the University of Cape Town - a three year English-language program
If you are interested in the J.D./Master en Droit or the J.D./M.LL.P. (but not the other dual degree programs), you may apply as a part of your initial application to Cornell Law School or after you arrive.
If you are admitted to Cornell Law School but not into a dual degree program upon initial application, you may apply during the spring semester of your 1L year at Cornell. The annual deadline for filing an application is in February.
We have a full range of Career Services officers working to assist Cornell students with jobs in the public service and private sector, both domestically and internationally. There are Cornell Law alumni on every continent, including more than 1,281 working outside the United States.
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