International Study Opportunities

Guidelines for Semester-Long International Study Programs

Background

The John Marshall Law School offers opportunities to spend a semester studying internationally at sister institutions in the Czech Republic, Scotland, and Switzerland. These semester-long international study programs provide for exchanges of 1-3 students per fall and spring semester under cooperative agreements between John Marshall and the following institutions: Metropolitan University (Prague, Czech Republic); Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic); the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland); and the University of Lucerne (Lucerne, Switzerland).

The Center for International Law typically holds a information session each fall and spring semester to inform students of these semester-long international study opportunities. Whenever possible, the Center invites John Marshall students who have previously studied internationally, as well as any visiting students from our sister institutions, to participate in these information sessions. These sessions are advertised on digital monitors throughout the law school, as well as on posters, in email communications, and on eCommons. Typically, the majority of students who apply will be in the second semester of their second year or the first semester of their third year when they study internationally.

Classes are offered in English at all four institutions. Students who are fluent in German may also take from the general law curriculum at the University of Lucerne. Students pay tuition to John Marshall for the academic credits earned internationally. The course credits John Marshall students earn count towards their allotment of elective credits. Grades are transmitted back to John Marshall and go on transcripts as “pass/fail” grades. These grades are not factored into their John Marshall GPA. Students take the equivalent of 12-15 credits per semester.

Objectives

In providing these semester-long international study opportunities, we want our students to:

Criteria

A student interested in participating in one of these semester-long international study programs must do the following:

Our students meet with advisors at our sister institutions to determine the courses they will take. Traditionally, since most European universities have a later semester start date than U.S. universities and law schools on the semester system, we are not able to confirm the courses our students are taking until the middle of the semester.