Academic Programs


Educational Objectives

BU Law’s carefully-crafted foreign study portfolio is designed to prepare students for careers that will inevitably bring them in touch with clients whose interests transcend national boundaries. Our educational objectives in offering these opportunities are many.  As a whole, our programs seek to:

  • Expose students to important international and transnational legal perspectives;
  • Immerse students in foreign educational institutions recognized worldwide for their academic excellence;
  • Teach students the substantive laws of a specific country or geographical region(s) of interest; or the international aspects of a particular field of practice;
  • Instill an appreciation of different forms of legal analysis and problem-solving approaches;
  • Teach students how lawyers trained in non-U.S. legal systems handle client matters;
  • Give students a new and informed perspective on their own U.S. legal educations and training;
  • Help students establish and expand their global professional networks;
  • Build students’ intercultural legal skills and cross-border competencies in anticipation of entering today’s global workforce;
  • Help engender intercultural awareness and enhance students’ interpersonal and problem-solving skills in multicultural, diverse settings.

Available Programs

BU Law offers the following single-semester study abroad programs to its second- and third-year J.D. students.  These programs are open only to BU Law students who have completed at least one year of full-time study at BU Law. Students from other ABA-approved law schools are not eligible to participate.

CHINA The University of Hong Kong
CHINA Tsinghua University, Beijing
ENGLAND Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford
FRANCE École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Paris)
GERMANY Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
GERMANY The Institute for Law and Finance, Frankfurt
ISRAEL The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
THE NETHERLANDS Leiden University, Leiden
SINGAPORE The National University of Singapore
GENEVA Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
SPAIN Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), Madrid


ARGENTINA The University of Buenos Aires
FRANCE Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon 3
FRANCE Université Panethéon-Assas (Paris II)
ITALY The University of Florence
SPAIN Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), Madrid


CHINA Tsinghua University, Beijing
FRANCE Université Panethéon-Assas (Paris II)
GERMANY The Institute for Law and Finance, Frankfurt
SINGAPORE The National University of Singapore
SPAIN Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), Madrid


The Application Deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is February 23, 2015!

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Semester Timing and Credits

Leiden, Hong Kong, Florence, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Lyon, Geneva, HEC Paris and Singapore are offered both in the fall and spring; Germany and Tsinghua in the fall; and Oxford, Paris II, Tel Aviv and ILF (Frankfurt) in the spring.

Third-year students interested in a spring program should carefully review the program descriptions to ensure that they can complete their studies in time for commencement and bar qualification deadlines. Each program grants up to 12 semester credits towards the J.D. degree. For a side-by-side comparison of the important academic and administrative information for each program, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about any of BU Law's programs, please contact
Lane Marder in the Graduate and International Programs Office (suite 525).