INTERNATIONAL JOINT DEGREE
Sciences Po Law School
J.D./Master in Economic Law—Global Studies Specialization
The J.D./Master dual degree program in global governance studies is ideal for students who aspire to work in international litigation; in arbitration practice; in international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (as in-house legal advisors to multinational groups); or as human rights advocates.
The richness of this program lies in the interaction between students from different institutions and countries, with differing aspirations, horizons and cultural backgrounds; in the equally varied faculty and guests, who contribute views of globalization from the South and the East ; in the compulsory common core of course offerings, which prevents the usual gap between the study of business law and economic governance on the one hand, and issues of social justice, development and human rights on the other.
Language of Instruction:
English and French.
Please note that half of the courses will be taken in French at Sciences Po, therefore, an advanced level of proficiency in French is required. Many of the course offerings are taught in English, and in some instances, Spanish. It is recommended that students be proficient or advanced in French.
French language instruction is offered by Sciences Po, however, Columbia Law School only awards credit for Law courses.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
The Sciences Po J.D./M.A. is a three-year program.
Applications are submitted during the spring term of a student’s 1L year. Students who are accepted into the program will spend their entire 3L year in Paris.
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived. Consult the Office of International Programs for more information.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. For more information, visit the Office of International Programs.
In France, all students must be covered by the French National Student Health Insurance (Sécurité sociale) in order to qualify for full-time student status. If you are a student up to 28 years old, you will be required by French law to adhere to the national social security system for your health coverage via Sciences Po. Payment must be made through the alliance program at Columbia University prior to your departure. The cost of French insurance (subject to change) is 217 euros.
All students older than 28 must register for French Health Insurance on their own.
Important note for international students (i.e., F1 visa holders):
Please be sure to speak with ISSO about the implications of an international joint degree program for your F1 visa status and OPT. As a general rule, if you spend your entire 3L year abroad and do not receive your degree in May of that year, your F1 status will end upon completion of your 2L year. Specific challenges and strategies may vary depending on nationality.
Online applications for all international semester abroad programs open annually during the spring term. Students who wish to enroll in the Sciences Po double degree program should plan to apply in the spring semester of their 1L year for study abroad during their 3L year.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
Sciences Po Requires the following from nominated students:
- Current CV/Résumé.
- All higher education transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).
- Personal Statement in French (maximum of 1,000 words—the committee at Sciences Po wants to know more about your academic interests and goals for the program. Mention the courses that you will take and explain why you want to study at Sciences-Po next year).
Columbia Law Students are required to maintain a full-time course load while studying abroad. Students who are accepted into the Sciences Po program will be given more specific information about course schedules, and the number of classes required to maintain a full-time schedule.
Sciences Po uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to determine credits. A full-time course load consists of at least 30 ECTS per semester.
The grading system at Sciences Po uses a scale of zero to 20. To receive a passing grade, and credit from Columbia Law School, students must score at least a 10 or higher. Students will receive transcripts from the Sciences Po Law School. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate the number of credits earned under an international study abroad program.
It may be possible while studying abroad to arrange work with a local nongovernmental organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Sciences Po Online
Sciences Po Law School (home page)
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career, but that the timing of overseas study may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Double-degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605