Study Abroad Programs
The 2014 Application Period is Closed.
The rapid trend toward globalization poses new challenges while offering unprecedented opportunity. In a world of greater economic integration and political and social interdependence, Columbia is proud of its longstanding and deep commitment to internationally focused legal education.
The nature and scope of law is changing dramatically. Recent years have witnessed the emergence of whole bodies of new law, such as the laws of the WTO and those governing international investment disputes. We are also observing the proliferation of new governance arrangements, including private governance mechanisms in a broad range of areas such as financial transactions, human rights, criminal justice and environmental protections. The Law School's study abroad programs are designed to maintain and expand upon our pioneering role in international legal education and to provide our students with the widest and and highest quality academic opportunities.
In 1994, Columbia became the first U.S. law school to establish a double-degree program that enabled participants to earn both U.S. Juris Doctor and a foreign law degree, the French Maitrise en Droit. Today, with 29 programs in 12 countries, Columbia Law School offers the broadest array of double-degree, certificate, and study-abroad programs among U.S. law schools. In addition, students are able to create a independent programs at universities around the world.
All students currently abroad, or preparing to go abroad, should regularly check the U.S. Department of State website for information and any warnings about countries they wish to visit.
Please Note: Transfer of Credit Policy for the LL.M. Program: LL.M. candidates are required to earn 24 points of academic credit and complete the LL.M. Writing Project Requirement to be awarded the LL.M. degree. The Law School does not accept transfer credits for the LL.M. Program, including credits earned in any other degree or non-degree program at Columbia.