UVA Law’s study abroad opportunities help prepare students for the challenges of law practice in a global world. The benefits of study abroad are both academic and professional — students have the opportunity to gain knowledge of a foreign legal system and culture first-hand, acquire an international perspective, improve cross-cultural skills, and in many cases, refine their foreign-language skills. Students who study abroad also have the opportunity to build personal and professional connections in the host country.
- International Exchange Programs
- J.D.-Master’s in Economic Law at Sciences Po (Paris)
- Student-Initiated Study Abroad
- January Term
Note: All international travel undertaken by students for University-related purposes is subject to the University’s Policy on Student International Travel. The University may suspend travel due to health and safety concerns or may impose additional restrictions on travel (e.g., requiring all participants to stay in same hotel, limited site visits, etc.). We discourage students from obtaining non-refundable fares/reservations.
Third-year students may participate in 10 international exchange programs:
- Bocconi Law School in Italy
- Bucerius Law School, Germany | Program Info
- Hebrew University in Israel
- Instituto de Empresa (IE), Madrid, Spain │Program Info
- Melbourne Law School, Australia | Program Info
- Seoul National University, South Korea│Program Info
- Tel Aviv University Law School, Israel │Program Info
University of Auckland, New Zealand | Program Info
- Fall 2021 program suspended due to COVID-19
- University of Sydney, Australia | Program Info
- Waseda University, Tokyo│Program Info
Students who participate in these exchange programs will be abroad either in the fall semester of their third year (Auckland, Bucerius, Instituto de Empresa, Melbourne, Seoul, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Waseda) or in the spring semester of their second year (Tel Aviv). Students earn 12 transfer credits and one residency semester. Students who wish to earn additional credits may concurrently enroll in independent research projects at Virginia while on exchange.
Transfer students awarded two residency semesters at entrance are not eligible to participate in these international exchange programs.
Bucerius offers over a dozen courses in English, Tel Aviv offers approximately a dozen, and Instituto de Empresa and Waseda offer about eight courses. Therefore at these schools proficiency in the local language is beneficial, but not required. However, students enrolling in the dual-degree program at Sciences Po must demonstrate that they are highly proficient in French, as all classes are conducted in French, and students must submit papers and exams written in French.
How to Apply
Dates for the 2022-2023 cycle will be available during early fall semester. Check back soon.
Under the student-initiated study abroad program a student may spend one semester away from the Law School studying law in a foreign university law school or law department, for which the student will receive up to 15 credits (up to 12 transfer credits for coursework completed at the foreign law school and three graded credits for a research paper to be written as part of the study abroad experience) and one semester of residence credit toward the J.D. degree. Program requirements and application procedures are available in Academic Policies.
Students may spend one semester abroad working for a government or nonprofit organization and writing a substantial research paper under the guidance of a resident faculty member, for a total of 13 credits. Past host organizations have included the International Development Law Organization in Rome; the International Bar Association in London; International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg; a U.S. Army Base in South Korea; the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Hague; and the South Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg. More
The Law school offers January term options in Paris and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Approximately 25 students a year participate in the Law School's January term option in Paris. Participants complete a one-credit intensive course on French Public and Private Law, taught in English by a member of the law faculty of the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). They also benefit from a speaker series and visit sites in Paris. These sessions, which are intended to permit a direct experience of the French legal culture and French institutions, are conducted in English.
The weeklong, two-credit Israeli Business Law and Innovation course, led by UVA Law's Michal Barzuza, a corporate law expert, and Dotan Oliar, an intellectual property expert, introduces students to the legal aspects that facilitate Israel’s entrepreneurial environment through a series of lectures and meetings with academics, practicing lawyers, regulators, judges and entrepreneurs that take place at Tel Aviv University and off-campus. More
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Postcard From Abroad: Student Explores Israeli Legal System
Sarah Houston ’20 Spends Fall Semester Studying Abroad at Tel Aviv University.
“Israel is a country built on innovation. You cannot walk the streets of Tel Aviv without seeing a new startup or tech hub. It is also a place that isn’t afraid to experiment, acting as a country-sized incubator.”