Study Abroad Information

Available Programs

BU Law offers fifteen single-semester study abroad programs to its second and third-year JD students and six full-year international dual degree (JD/LLM) programs for third-year 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.

All students interested in studying abroad are expected to read BU Law’s Study Abroad Guidelines, which set forth the policies, procedures and requirements governing BU Law’s study abroad programs and participants.  The guidelines explain the academic and non-academic features that pertain to all programs, including such matters as credits earned, ABA compliance and the application and selection process.  Students should also read the supplementary Fact Sheet(s) of any program(s) of interest, as these contain important information particular to the individual program(s).  A comparison of the different programs is available to help you assess available options.

Single Semester Programs

English Language Programs

Foreign Language Programs

Dual Degree Programs (English Language)

The Application Deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year is February 5 at noon.  
Click Here for Application Instructions

Semester Timing and Credits

    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 JD degree.  View a side-by-side comparison of the important academic and administrative information for each program.

    If you would like to learn more about any of BU Law’s programs, email or visit the Graduate & International Programs Office (Suite 802 in the Law Tower).

    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-US legal systems handle client matters
    • Give students a new and informed perspective on their own US 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


    Revised 09/22/2023