Semester Study Abroad, Fulbright Study, and Work Abroad
One-year fellowships for Penn State Law students
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports recent graduates to spend a year abroad engaged in substantive research and/or teaching English. Penn State Law students interested in applying to the Fulbright program work on their proposals with director of Career Services in the School of International Affairs, as well as with the Penn State University Fellowships Office. Recently, class of 2009 graduate Julie Polakoski spent a year in New Zealand conducting a comparative study of the impacts legal reform has on workers' collective bargaining rights in New Zealand and in the United States. She focused on the context and arguments behind New Zealand's labor law reforms as well as the impacts of these changes on collective bargaining. Her Fulbright research was used toward completion of an LL.M. degree at the University of Otago.
Semester Study Abroad
Watch the video of the January 27, 2014 Study Abroad Workshop.
Exchange programs in China, The Netherlands, South Africa, and Italy
Penn State Law offers opportunities for international learning through the following Study Abroad programs:
- Escola de Direito de São Paulo (FGV) in São Paulo, Brazil
Students have the opportunity to spend one semester at Escola de Direito de São Paulo (FGV). FGV is considered to be one of the top “policymaker think-tanks” worldwide and its world-class faculty offer a wide variety of international experience. FGV offers a graduate level law and business courses in English. Foreign students are required to take “Introduction to the Brazilian Legal System.” Exchange students may also enroll in 6 weeks (30 hours) intensive Portuguese language course (in August for the fall semester and in February for the spring semester) at no additional cost.
- National Taiwan University College of Law in Taipei City, Taiwan
Students have the opportunity to spend one semester at National Taiwan University, College of Law (NTUCL). NTUCL consistently ranks as number one in Taiwan and is among the top 10 law schools in Asia. NTUCL offers a number of graduate level courses in English (typically 4 to 5 graduate seminars in English per semester). In the past, English-language graduate level courses included the following courses: Selected Topics on International Trade Law, Seminar on Contract Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Seminar on Comparative Enterprise and Financial Laws, Practical Lawyering. NTU is also well-known for its excellent language program, and exchange students may take a Chinese language course at no additional cost.
- Radboud School of Law in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Penn State Law students may spend one semester at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands studying European law. Radboud faculty are internationally known for their expertise in European law, including European competition law, immigration law, human rights law and European business law. This study abroad program is unique in that it permits Penn State Law students who spend a fall semester at Radboud to obtain an LL.M. degree from Radboud while studying at Penn State during the subsequent spring semester. Radboud also offers an English-language summer program in European competition law and invites up to two Penn State Law students to participate free of charge.
- University of Cape Town Faculty of Law in Rondebosch, South Africa
Penn State Law students may spend one semester at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, the highest ranked university on the African continent. Courses in the fall are primarily conducted in English.
- Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy
Bocconi is Italy's leading university in the area of business, economics and law and attracts a large number of international students. In addition to variety of law courses taught in English, exchange students can choose from other graduate level programs such as International Management, Marketing Management, Finance, Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment, Economic and Social sciences, and Economics, Management of Innovation & Technology taught in English. Bocconi also offers pre-semester Italian language course for international students for a moderate fee.
- University of Oslo Faculty of Law in Oslo, Norway
Students may spend one semester at University of Oslo Faculty of Law studying. In addition to the traditional fields of study within law, UOFL researchers also explore more modern aspects of law - such as Environmental Law and eCommerce. In addition the faculty holds a Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law and a Centre for Human Rights.
- Penn State Law Bergen Study Abroad Program
Students will have the opportunity to spend one semester studying at the University Of Bergen Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law is home to about 2000 students. The faculty offers foremost expertise in criminal law and criminal theory. Also, many of the senior researchers are devoted to human rights law and welfare law. The faculty has strong research interests in private law, and research areas of priority include competition law and EU law, as well as intellectual property law.
- Penn State Law Stockholm University Study Abroad Program in Stockholm, Sweden
The Faculty of Law at Stockholm University is the largest Law Faculty in Sweden, both in number of researchers and in number of students. It currently has approximately 3500 students and 70 PhD students. Virtually all fields of law are represented at the Faculty of Law.
International legal externships
Professional skills training at the Law School includes opportunities for students to work as interns in a variety of legal settings. In all of these areas, Penn State Law is expanding the possibilities for students to be placed internationally. Students have recently been placed in internships with the International Criminal Tribunal at the Hague, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ethiopia, and with the International Bar Association in London.