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  • Top law practice today demands a knowledge of the rules and practices that govern transnational affairs which is why Penn State Law is integrated with the Penn State School of International affairs.
  • Students in the  LL.M. and S.J.D. programs hail from every continent except Antartica providing a culturally diverse experience that enriches.

Education Abroad

Semester Study Abroad, Fulbright Study, and Work Abroad

Fulbright Study

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


Exchange programs in Italy, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, India, and China

Semester Study Abroad General Guidelines
Study Abroad Eligibility, Application Process and Academic Regulations

Penn State Law offers opportunities for international learning through the following Study Abroad programs:

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.

 University of Bergen Faculty of Law in Bergen, Norway
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.

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.

Nirma University Institute of Law in Ahmedabad, India
Among India’s top universities, the Nirma University Institute of Law promotes a progressive, cross-discipline curriculum with opportunities for students to participate in a variety of legal clinics.  Home to Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram—where Gandhi started the Dandi (Salt) March—this special city in Gujurat State represents the mosaic of India’s culture and history.

Zagreb University Faculty of Law in Zagreb, Croatia
Central Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, and Southeast Europe converge on Croatia’s capitol of just over one million residents, a city founded in the year 1094.  The Faculty of Law, founded in 1776, is located in the center of Croatia’s central government and administrative agencies.

University of Split Faculty of Law in Split, Croatia
Located on the scenic eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, Split is Croatia’s second largest city.  The Faculty of Law’s location is reflected in three distinctive concentrations in the legal curriculum:  maritime law, economic law, and sports law.

Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China
SWUPL is home to China’s largest law school—in China’s largest population center, Chongqing.  SWUPL law students have the benefit of a broad curriculum and the benefit of living in a thriving metropolitan area, adjacent to Sichuan Province and its capital city, Chengdu.

China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China
Beijing has emerged as one of the world’s most important cities and fastest-growing legal centers.  CUPL is consistently ranked among the top-3 law schools in China and draws top students and scholars from around the world. Centrally located and with the benefit of an impressive railway system, Shanghai and other cities are only 5 hours away. 

 


Work Abroad

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.