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Study Abroad

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.

Semester Abroad

You can apply to spend your fourth, fifth, or sixth semester of law school abroad. Note, however, you may not spend more than one semester away from the Ithaca campus.

If you decide to study abroad, you may apply at one of the more than 27 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. Applications for semesters abroad are due January 31.

Read More about or semester abroad program. 

Semester abroad opportunities are for Cornell students only. We are not able to accept students from other law schools.


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 programs in collaboration with three partner institutions. Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Humboldt Universität, and Universität Heidelberg.  Read more about these dual degree programs.



Students may also spend a semester participating in  full-time externship abroad.  Read more about Cornell Law School's externship program.