The UW Law School believes that learning about law and legal institutions from a foreign perspective helps not only the students who end up practicing law in the country where they study, but also the many students who enter areas of practice that demand knowledge of foreign and international law and legal institutions. More importantly, foreign study promotes a critical understanding our own legal system. The Law School's policy of encouraging foreign study coincides with large-scale University goals and initiatives.

Students at the University of Wisconsin Law School may earn up to 30 credits toward a University of Wisconsin Law School J.D. by studying law abroad. Students may:

Note: Credits earned abroad may be used to meet graduation requirements. With the exception of the UW Law School's Summer Session in International and Comparative Law in Giessen, Germany, credits earned abroad are entered as "satisfactory/unsatisfactory." Students must earn at least a C or its equivalent in the study abroad program to receive credit. 

For UW Law students

Programs offered by other U.S. Law Schools

Our students also may participate in law programs offered by other American Bar Association-approved law schools around the world. Students must be admitted by the programs and pay tuition and fees as charged by the programs.

Creating your individual study abroad

The American Bar Association permits law students to earn credits toward the J.D. through individual study abroad not through an ABA-approved program. See ABA criteria for such foreign independent study (PDF) (Part I of the ABA's 'Criteria for Student Study at a Foreign Institution' is applicable). The UW Law School will help you if you wish to construct your own individual study abroad plan, but most of the responsibility will be yours. UW Law students interested in pursuing this option should start by reviewing on their own the ABA criteria, researching the admissions process (as a non-permanent student) at the foreign school, as well as any applicable deadlines and the potential law courses available.

Please contact Sumudu Atapattu, Director, Research Centers and International Programs, to discuss your options. Additional requirements for designing your own program abroad:

Checklist for Study Abroad

Students who are studying abroad should check out our Checklist for Students Preparing to Study Abroad for a list of things that need to be done before leaving the U.S.

Safety Abroad

UW-Madison's International Travel site provides important information about safety abroad. Please check this site regularly.

Further Questions?

For answers to general questions about study abroad opportunities, contact Sumudu Atapattu, Director, Research Centers and International Programs.

For questions about how financial aid is impacted by study abroad, contact Lori Hickman, Director of Scholarship Administration and Recruitment.

Incoming exchange students

Law students from our partner institutions who are interested in coming to UW-Madison should contact the exchange coordinator at their home institution and follow the application procedure of the home institution.

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