Semester exchange programs
Indiana Law has formed partnerships with many prestigious law schools around the globe. One of the benefits of these partnerships is one-to-one student exchanges. Indiana Law students and students from our partner schools pay tuition and fees as if they were staying at their home schools, and then exchange places for the semester. Credits from courses passed in semester exchange programs transfer to the Maurer School of Law as long as the courses have been approved in advance as meeting Law School and ABA standards and requirements.
Eligibility: Students may apply to study abroad during any semester in their 2L or 3L years. The most common semester for study abroad is fall semester 3L year, though different students will choose different semesters for a variety of personal, academic and professional reasons. All of these considerations should be discussed in advance of applying by making an appointment with Dean Davis. Students may also apply to spend a full year abroad pursuing one of Indiana Law's international dual-degree programs. This is normally done in the 3L year. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 to be considered for most exchange programs. Some programs require a 3.5 or above (Trinity, Bucerius), and all international dual-degree programs require an above-average GPA. Students must also be able to articulate their academic and professional reasons for wanting to spend a semester or year abroad via the application and discussions with Dean Davis and Dean Matthews. Students must also be making good progress toward completing all Law School course and credit requirements, and making bar exam preparations. Students must first be approved to study abroad by the Study Abroad Committee and then, if approved, students are nominated to the partner school and guided through the individual exchange partner’s application process. While nominated students are almost always approved by the partner school, the final admission decision is the partner school’s.
Application: All students interested in applying should start by attending an international opportunities information session, speaking with current exchange students and past participants, and then making an appointment to meet with Dean Davis (Room 220; email@example.com). The primary application deadline for fall and academic year programs is generally the first Friday in February. Submit applications to the International Programs office (Room 220) or to Dean Davis. Spring applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 1 for programs with available space. If you have questions about the programs or the application process, please contact Dean Davis. Download the application by following this link.
Exchange program schools
Dates: late September to mid-December; early-January to early-May
Up to two students each year have the opportunity to attend the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) Faculty of Law during the fall or spring semester. All courses at Paris II are taught in French, so participants must have functional fluency in French. Students in the program may enroll in a number of law classes, including advanced civil law, public/private international law, European Union law, state-owned company law, and French private and public law. Then Paris II program also offers a dual-degree option in English or French.
Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
Dates: Early September to mid-December
One student may enroll during the fall semester at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, the first private law school in Germany. Courses for international students are taught in English, but students who are fluent in German can also take courses taught in German. Subjects include survey of German law (required), European law, German, business law, and international law. Exchange students to Bucerius have the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Management and Leadership for Lawyers from Germany's leading law school. Students may also take advantage of Bucerius’ international career services.
Thanks to an Erasmus+ grant awarded by the European Union, the Law School has the opportunity to send one student per year in 2018 and 2019 to ELTE to take courses in English, as well as courses from its LLM programs in international business, international human rights and international tax. ELTE is Hungary’s leading university, located in the heart of Budapest, one of Europe’s most vibrant and interesting cities. In addition, the selected student will receive a generous living and airfare stipend from the European Union that will cover most living costs in Budapest.
Dates: September to December; January-May; September - June (LL.M. program)
Up to four Indiana Law students may study for the fall semester, spring semester or for the year at Ireland's oldest and highest-ranked university and law school, Trinity College Dublin School of Law. Students may take classes from among the course offerings for the LL.M. degrees at TCD representing a wide range of subject areas, from IP law to international law to business law. Students wishing to spend a year at TCD may be eligible to complete one of Trinity's four LL.M. degrees, including a master's thesis. This program is highly selective.
Università Bocconi, Milan
Fall semester: Late-August to early September (Italian language crash course); early-September to approx. December 22; Spring semester: Late-January to early-February (Italian language crash course); early-February to early-June.
Up to two students may spend a semester at Bocconi, one of Italy’s highest ranked private business, law and social sciences universities. Students may choose from a wide range of internationally-focused and business-focused courses taught in English, such as: International Law, EU Private Law, International Trade and Investment Law, Migration Law, International and Comparative Business Law, International and Comparative Taxation. On-campus housing is available to exchange students.
Late-August to mid-December; late-January to early-June
Up to two students may study at Leiden University’s Leiden Law School in either semester. Leiden is the #1 ranked law school in The Netherlands and ranked #20 in the world. A wide range of courses from EU Law to Human Rights Law to Air and Space Law is available in English to exchange students. Leiden is a charming student-focused town, full of canals and beautiful architecture, 20 minutes by train from The Hague and an hour from Amsterdam.
Dates: Mid-February to late June
Up to two students per year are eligible to study at the Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration’s School of Polish Law, where all courses are taught in English for visiting students from around the world. Courses include subjects such as introduction to the Polish legal system, comparative constitutional law, EU law, human rights law, and other European law subjects. Students with adequate proficiency in Polish are also eligible to take courses with Polish law students. The school also offers the Polish language and culture course in cooperation with Polonicum (the Warsaw University Institute teaching Polish as a foreign language). Students may apply for additional support (airfare and housing) through Indiana University’s graduate exchange program with Warsaw University. Through the Law School's strong connections with alumni and institutions in Warsaw, opportunities exist for internships with human rights organizations, the national government, and law firms.
SpainESADE Law School, Barcelona
Dates: Intensive Spanish course: two weeks in mid-September or mid-January; fall semester (late September to late December); spring semester (mid-February to late June)
Our student exchange program with the ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administración y Derecho de Empresas) Law School in Barcelona, Spain, provides an opportunity for up to four second- or third-year law students to study in the Spanish legal education system in the fall or spring semester. Students may take courses in Spanish, English, or both. Spanish language ability is not required for the fall semester but it is preferred for the spring semester, as there are fewer course offerings in English. A wealth of classes at ESADE are open to exchange students, including European Union Law, International Dispute Resolution, Competition Law, Contract Drafting, and Cybersecurity Law. There is an optional two-week intensive language class that begins in mid-September or mid-January (free of charge).
The Law School is in the process of developing an exchange program with UNAM Faculty of Law for advanced to fluent speakers of Spanish. For more information, please contact Prof. Christiana Ochoa (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dean Davis. In the meantime, students are eligible to apply for Indiana University’s graduate exchange program with UNAM.
Dates: August-December; February-June
Up to two students may study at Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro (FGV Direito Rio) or Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School São Paulo (Direito SP) during the fall or spring semester. Both law schools, founded in 2002, were developed to meet the legal needs of a rapidly devloping society using innovative methods and programs. Direito SP in São Paulo offers the Global Law Program, a program in English created to introduce international law students to the Brazilian legal system and promote a broad debate on issues of global relevance in a Brazilian perspective. FGV Direito Rio offers students with functional fluency in Portuguese the opportunity to study a wide variety of courses, as well as several short courses offered in English.
Australian National University, Canberra
Dates: Mid-February to mid-June; mid-July to mid-November
Up to two students per year will soon have the opportunity to study law at Australia’s #1 ranked university, and one of the world’s top 20 law schools. There will also be dual-degree options, including an option leading to eligibility to practice law in Australia. Please contact Dean Davis for updates.
Dates: Early September to mid-December; mid-February to mid-July
The Law School has had a partnership with CUPL since 2000. The most recent Maurer-CUPL project is the joint Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization in which Professors Hoffmann and Orenstein teach evidence law. Students with intermediate to advanced Mandarin language skills have an opportunity to participate in a one-semester exchange at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) College of Comparative Law in Beijing. Qualified students may attend courses taught in Chinese or English in the undergraduate and graduate law programs at CUPL’s two Beijing campuses. For more information, contact Assistant Dean Lesley Davis.
Peking University Law School, Beijing
Up to two students per year may spend a semester studying in English (or Mandarin, if eligible) at Peking University Law School in Beijing. PKU is China’s #1 law school, attracting the best and brightest students from throughout China. The semester exchange program hosts students from all over the world, including students of Chinese heritage wishing to learn more about their ancestral culture and the law of China and the region. Students may also apply for Maurer’s international dual-degree program with PKU and earn the English-taught LL.M. degree in Chinese Law in one year.
Dates: choose from 4 quarters from August to June
Peking University School of Transnational Law is the first of China’s more than 600 law schools to prepare its students to receive a Juris Doctor degree using a curriculum that is based on the US law school curriculum. The curriculum is taught in English by highly distinguished law professors, jurists, and practitioners from around the world. STL is located in a self-contained Shenzhen Graduate School campus near the dynamic city of Shenzhen, just across from Hong Kong. Up to two Maurer students per year may participate in the exchange program for one, two, three or four quarters. Courses are available in the following areas: Business and Commercial Law; China Law and Practice; International, Foreign, and Comparative Law; Juris Master Courses (in Chinese); Public Interest Law; Transnational Practice and Dispute Resolution. Students interested in the international dual degree program may earn the LL.M. degree at STL by spending at least three quarters (one academic year) in residence pursuing LL.M. coursework, for which up to 29 credits may be counted toward the Maurer J.D. More information about the STL LL.M. degree can be found here.
Dates: Fall semester (early September to mid-December); Spring semester (late January to late May)
Each year, two students have an opportunity to spend either the fall or spring semester attending classes in at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law, one of the most prestigious law schools in the world, in one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Students may take a wide variety of courses in the areas of international human rights, Chinese law, and public and private international law. All courses at HKU are taught in English.
Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), Sonipat
Dates: Early August to mid-December; early February to late May
Up to two students per year have the unique opportunity to enroll in India's first global law school, part of O.P. Jindal Global University, established in 2009, and now one of India’s top universities. JGLS emphasizes the global aspect of the study and practice of law. Students may take courses from the LL.B. and LL.M. degree programs, as well as select law-related courses from the Jindal Schools of Business, International Affairs, and Government and Public Policy. Students interested in the international dual-degree option at JGLS may also apply to spend a year earning the LL.M. degree in Corporate and Financial Law and Policy; International Trade and Investment Law; Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Law; or the General LLM. Opportunities for internships available to qualified students.
Dates: Semester 1 (mid-February to mid-June); Semester 2 (mid-July to mid-November)
Up to two students per year are eligible to study in the University of Auckland Faculty of Law LLB and LLM programs in either semester. Subjects include a full range of domestic, comparative, and international law, including courses specifically related to the Treaty of Waitangi that, together with English common law, forms the basis of contemporary New Zealand law. All courses are in English. Auckland is a very international capital city located on the north island of New Zealand. Students choosing to study at Auckland also enjoy exploring the incredible beauty of the north and south islands, as well as neighboring countries, during their stay.
Indiana University graduate exchange programs
Indiana University offers exchange opportunities for graduate students at all IU campuses with top international universities. Law students are eligible to apply. The majority of these programs are intended to support independent research, but those listed below also offer opportunities for semester or yearlong study in these universities’ law departments. Each program has different features, but all include some funding for airfare, housing or both from IU and the host university.
- Free University of Berlin, Germany
- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico
- Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
- Warsaw University, Poland
- Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
Applications are accepted during the Fall semester each year, with participation the following academic year. The number of available exchange slots for each exchange program is limited. As a result, the selection process may be competitive for certain programs. The application deadline for AY 18-19 has passed, but the deadline for 19-20 will be in November 2018.