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Study Abroad

Penn Law’s educational objectives for studying abroad are deepening knowledge of foreign law and developing comparative strength.

Students who choose to spend a semester or year at an elite overseas institution build global peer networks, push their language and cross-cultural skills to the next level, and distinguish their resumes with demonstrated connections to an important country or region.  

How It Works

Applications are due in the Fall of students’ second year at Penn Law for study abroad the following year. Individual students will be approved for overseas study on the basis of factors including academic achievement; relationship of study abroad to personal and professional goals; foreign language ability; maturity and cultural adaptability; and potential for contributing to Penn Law’s overall international programming. The application deadline is always the Monday after Thanksgiving Break.  Read our Study Abroad Guidelines for Additional Details.

Partnership Programs

Penn Law offers opportunities for study abroad through formal partnerships with six overseas law faculties. Students participating in official Penn Law partner programs pay tuition, apply for loans, and remain eligible for Penn Law financial aid grants just as if they were attending the law school in Philadelphia.  Learn about our partnerships

Ad-hoc Program

In addition to the above opportunities, some Penn Law students are seeking out specialized experiences at unique institutions or destinations, and therefore request to study abroad at non-partnered law schools. When proposing an “ad-hoc” petition program, applicants must verify that the quality of the coursework is comparable in rigor and classroom minutes to a semester at Penn Law. Learn more about prior successful ad hoc petitions.

Coursework Outside Penn Law

For purposes of academic planning, please note that students who wish to study abroad can only credit one other outside course toward their law degree. This means that transfer students and students pursuing a joint degree with another University of Pennsylvania department are ineligible to study abroad.