Mexico City, Mexico
Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
In accordance with the American Bar Association’s Criteria for Student Study at a Foreign Institution, UNC School of Law supports the following educational objectives to allow its law students to study abroad to earn credits applicable towards the JD degree.
In an increasingly globalized world, the UNC School of Law administration believes that it is beneficial for its students to learn about the laws of jurisdictions other than that of the United States. Opportunities to become familiar with other cultures, languages, and societal norms, and to understand how culture and language affect the practice of law in these societies, are powerful educational aspects of learning for our law students. This is most often accomplished by a direct study abroad experience.
UNC is committed to offering its students meaningful study abroad opportunities with a diverse range of overseas exchange partner schools and access to educational programs around the world.
Second and third year students enrolled at UNC School of Law may participate in the following 10 UNC SCHOOL OF LAW SEMESTER EXCHANGE programs with international partner institutions, in addition to the SUMMER program in Augsburg, Germany. These are in addition to the summer offerings through ABA-approved summer programs:
Summer Program Exchange Partner (UNC Center for Banking & Finance Scholarship)
CREDIT HOURS and REQUIREMENTS
Students must fill out the necessary forms to apply for semester exchange programs.
Students can earn 12 -16 hours of law school PS/F credit overseas in the semester programs. UNC law students MUST earn a grade equivalency of a "C or better" in the grading system of the institution they are attending--we use conversion charts from the institutions for the calculations. Thus, a "C-" or a passing grade is not sufficient; a converted grade of "C or better" is required. This is then recorded on the student's UNC School of Law transcript as a "PS" for Law Study Abroad for the number of credit hours taken. It does not change the GPA of the student, either up or down, but does count as earned credit hours applicable to the required number of credits for graduation.
Students are only required to be fluent in the native language of instruction (Spanish) for the Iberoamericana program; ALL other exchange sites offer the law program courses in English. Many overseas partners do offer free supplemental language courses in the language of the country.
Students who wish to apply for a semester exchange program should generally have a minimum of a cumulative 3.0 GPA. A 3.30 cumulative GPA is required for the King's College London exchange program. If one’s GPA is less than 3.0, a student must obtain prior permission from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to participate in a semester exchange.
DIRECT APPLICATION to a NON-EXCHANGE/OVERSEAS INSTITUTION
Students may participate in a semester study abroad through direct application to an overseas university; however this requires more preparation, working with the Director of International and LL.M. Programs and prior permission must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.