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Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
In accordance with Paragraph 1.A.3 of the American Bar Association’s Criteria for Student Study at a Foreign Institution, as amended March 2014, UNC School of Law supports the following educational objective 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 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 educational programs around the world.
Each semester, second and third year students enrolled at UNC School of Law may participate in nine international exchange programs:
Students can earn 12 -15 hours of law school PS/F credit overseas. 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, but a 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.
Each semester exchange program concentrates on international and comparative law. Students are only required to be fluent in the native language of instruction (Spanish) for the Iberoamericana program; the other exchange sites offer law programs in English. Students may participate in a semester study abroad through another university; however, permission must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Additionally, students must fill out the necessary forms to apply for semester exchange programs.
Students who wish to apply for a semester exchange program should have a 3.0 GPA. A 3.33 GPA for Hong Kong University and a 3.30 GPA for King's College London is required. If one’s GPA is less than 3.0, a student must obtain permission from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to participate in a semester exchange.