About the Institute

The Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute is a four-week academic program in international and comparative law, and is co-sponsored by Cornell Law School and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Program Dates: 2020 Program is cancelled due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

Unfortunately, the CDC has raised Europe’s status to "Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel." In keeping with the directives outlined by the Provost, all Cornell-run programs in Europe are now suspended. 

The Program at a Glance: Students take advantage of the program's strong international faculty, expansive English-Language curriculum, and unique cultural and professional offerings.

Faculty: Our program is taught in a uniquely international and culturally rich environment, combining the excellence of Cornell Law School faculty and international guest lectures. To assure relatively small classes and to provide an opportunity for meaningful student-faculty interaction we generally limit student enrollment to less than 100 attendees.

Curriculum: The program emphasizes the study of international law and institutions, as well as U.S. and other legal systems in a comparative context.  In addition to the broad range of course offerings, we provide optional non-credit French language lessons.  We encourage you to devote time to developing your proficiency in French during your stay in Paris.

Location: Students attend classes at the historic Faculté de droit building, and occasionally in the Sorbonne building itself, at the heart of the University of Paris, near the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg, and in the vibrant "Quartier Latin," the Paris home of university students for almost a thousand years.

The program sponsors private guided tours to the Palais de Justice (the site of France's highest court in the ordinary court system), the Conseil d'État (the "supreme court" in the French administrative court system), the French National Assembly, the French Senate, and the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

Cultural Opportunities: The program also offers an extensive selection of extra-curricular tours of Paris and social events that enable students to savor "la vie parisienne." Past years have included small-group evening visits to the Louvre and Orsay Museums, a "bateau-mouche" boat excursion on the Seine, walking tours of Montmartre, the Ile de la Cité, the Marais, a walking tour of Saint Germain des Prés, a visit of the Palace of Versailles, Monet's Gardens at Giverny and the Luxembourg Gardens. We conclude each year with a reception.

Accreditation: The program is fully ABA-accredited and is an integral part of Cornell Law School's international and comparative law program.  We invite you to visit Cornell Law School's International website and explore what we offer on our home campus.