Study Abroad

Harvard Law School offers several opportunities for students to earn credit abroad: a joint J.D./LL.M. program in which students are able to earn both a Harvard J.D. and an LL.M. from Cambridge University in England in three-and-a-half years; a semester abroad at one of the institutions with which HLS has an exchange program; and an independent semester abroad under the supervision of a Harvard Law School faculty member.

The Cambridge University program enables HLS J.D. students to spend their 3L year studying law in a new framework with students from throughout the world while living in a historic "Oxbridge" collegiate setting.

The semester-long program enables J.D. students to earn a semester of credit from an educational institution abroad. Participating students can immerse themselves in a foreign legal culture; study substantive areas of law that may be covered in greater depth overseas; learn about and gain contacts in a legal system in which they may be planning a career; gain proficiency in a foreign language; and/or obtain broader exposure to the civil law system. Since the program's inception in 2003, students have gone to such countries as Argentina, Belgium, Ghana, Hong Kong, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, and the West Indies to study intellectual property, human rights, corporate law and economic development, among other subjects. HLS has signed formal exchange programs with the Seoul National University School of Law, University of Geneva Faculty of Law and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, the University of Sydney Law School, the Fudan University Law School in Shanghai, the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the Fundação Getulio Vargas Schools of Law in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the University of Chile School of Law in Santiago, Sciences Po Law School in Paris, and the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law in Johannesburg.

Harvard Law School students are also able to conduct research abroad for credit during the School's winter term under the supervision of a member of the Harvard faculty. In recent years, students have traveled to Brazil, China, Guyana, Haiti, Italy, Nigeria, and Switzerland, among other places.

For more information about studying abroad, please e-mail ils@law.harvard.edu.

The Study Abroad Advantage: Thoughts from Alumni

HLS alumni share their thoughts on the benefits of studying abroad. Click here.

Last modified: April 22, 2014

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