Study Abroad and International Dual Degrees

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Arizona Law offers you numerous opportunities to go beyond boundaries by extending your law studies to include multijurisdictional, global legal education.  Join one of our study abroad programs or venture on to earn one of our international dual degrees.

In accordance with Criterion I.A.3 of the American Bar Association’s Criteria for Accepting Credit for Student Study at a Foreign Institution, Arizona Law issues the following statement on the educational objectives of these study abroad opportunities:

  • Learn about other jurisdictions’ laws and legal systems.
  • Increase their comparative knowledge through the study of other legal systems and strengthen their understanding of the U.S. legal framework through an applied international and comparative perspective.
  • Acquire social and cultural awareness while understanding its importance for future practice in an increasingly global world

Study Abroad Application and Requirements

If you are interested in Studying Abroad you must be in your second or third year of law school. You must be in good standing and have a 2.75 GPA at the time of application.
 
You may earn up to 29 total credits toward your JD degree for study abroad approved courses. You must earn a minimum grade of a C or its equivalent in any approved course at the foreign institution for the credits to be counted toward your JD degree. All credits earned through study abroad programs will transfer in as Pass/Fail credits.
 
While studying abroad you will have access to all student services including access to the library.
 
You must contact one of your Law Study Abroad Advisors as soon as possible and no later than February 1 to discuss your interests and objectives for joining a study abroad program.

There are multiple deadlines that you need to mindful of. All deadlines are for studying abroad the following fall and/or spring semesters:

  1. Complete the Arizona Law Initial Application
  2. Meet with the law school’s financial aid Director to review your financial aid and complete all required forms.
  3. Meet with the law school’s registrar for a degree-audit to review that you are on track with all graduation requirements.
  4. Receive a nomination letter from your Arizona Law Study Abroad Advisor.
  5. Complete the UA Global Initiatives Application process which includes:
    • Creating a Profile
    • Attending a study abroad information session
    • Completing the Program Specific Application ($80 fee)
    • Meeting with the Global Initiatives Study Abroad Coordinator
  6. Select your courses and complete the course approval form as well as the consortium agreement form for financial aid purposes.
  7. Submit to Arizona Law Study Abroad Advisor all foreign institution specific requirements. These typically include: official transcripts, your resume, two passport size photos, and the course approval form. 

Once you receive an offer letter from the foreign institution, you should:

  • Apply for housing.
  • Make sure you meet all insurance requirements.
  • If you have financial aid, make sure your paperwork is complete and approved.
  • Connect with the foreign institution’s point of contact.
  • Check in with your Arizona Law Study Abroad Advisor with any questions.

Study Abroad Programs

Arizona Law is a founding member of NACLE with the aim of preparing you for the needs of the unique North American market. Today the consortium is comprised of 13 law schools in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
 
Go to the UA Global Initiative NACLE Application

Study Abroad at an ABA-accredited law school that combines common law with the heritage of civil law. UPR Law is located in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, close to the ocean and the Bahía de San Juan.
 
Spanish proficiency is required as there is only a limited selection of courses taught in English. You may choose one of the courses taught by former Arizona Law faculty, Professor David B. Wexler: Theory of Law or Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

A unique study abroad program that offers you the option of a traditional study abroad experience for a semester or two; or, the option to study abroad for a semester right before graduation and stay for one semester of direct enrollment into Lyon 3’s LLM in International and European Business Law.
 
Most master-level courses are offered in English, and, if you speak French, you may enroll in other upper-level master courses.
 
Go to the UA Global Initiative Lyon 3 Application.

We believe in providing you with all possible opportunities to become a global lawyer with multijurisdictional training. We have partnered with top law schools around the world where you can go study abroad and earn a dual degree.

Your Study Abroad Advisor

Katherine Barnes
Associate Dean for Programs & Global Initiatives
(520) 621-5513
kbarnes@law.arizona.edu