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Study Abroad

Cornell Law School's study abroad program offers students an opportunity to make a meaningful international experience part of their legal education.

Beginning in the spring of their second year, students may spend a semester studying at a law school in another country and earn credit toward the J.D. degree. Studying abroad permits students to see law in a global context by engaging in comparative studies and putting what they learn into a broader perspective. Students have the opportunity to approach other legal systems and legal subjects from a non-U.S. perspective and gain experience that prepares them for law practice which increasingly includes international and transnational work. The program also enables students to learn about the law of countries in which they may have a particular interest.

Please note: As explained in the Student Handbook, a J.D. student may not spend more than one semester away from the Ithaca campus. This means that students may not study abroad and spend a semester taking classes at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. All Cornell students contemplating studying abroad should carefully review the Standards and Procedures for Semesters Abroad as well as the Educational Objectives.

Only Cornell students formally enrolled international dual-degree programs may spend more than one semester abroad. Students may apply to study abroad at one of the many partner schools with which Cornell currently has study abroad agreements, or they may design an individual "term away" at a foreign law school with which Cornell is not partnered. Semester abroad programs operated by U.S. law schools will not be approved.

Study abroad applications will be available mid-November of each year. Cornell students wishing to apply to study abroad in the following academic year must complete and submit an application by the January 15.

Please note that semester abroad opportunities are for Cornell students only. We are not able to accept students from other law schools.

For additional information, please contact:

Dawne F. Peacock
Director, International Programs
Tel: (607) 255-5978
studyabroad@cornell.edu