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International semesters and dual study programs

Choose your program

When deciding which program is right for you, consider the following considerations:

  • Do you speak any foreign languages?
  • When would you like to go abroad (spring or autumn, 2L year or 3L year, etc.)?
  • Are you interested in a specific area of ​​law?
  • Is there a region or country that you are interested in?
  • What are your career plans?
  • Do you have the option to postpone your doctorate or the bar association?
  • Would you prefer to study with other law students?
  • Do you have an F-1 student visa?
  • How do you intend to meet the standard graduation requirements (e.g. experiential learning, professional responsibility, major and minor writing, pro bono, etc.)?
Click to open Global Allianzprogramme

Global Alliance programs take place in Amsterdam, Oxford and Paris.

The Global Alliance programs, created in collaboration with four of the world's leading law schools, are unique to Columbia Law School. These English-language programs focus on international criminal law, law and finance, or global business law and governance.

Students enrolled in the Global Alliance programs follow the specialized curricula of these four schools, which are regularly revised by the Columbia Law School faculty and partner schools. The result is an intellectually and culturally integrated experience that provides a deeper understanding of a particular area as well as the foundation for a global professional network.

Amsterdam

LL.M. in International Criminal Law - University of Amsterdam

  • Study in Amsterdam in the fall of your 2 or 3 liter year and return to CLS in the spring.
  • Get your LL.M. in international criminal law from the Amsterdam Law School.

Paris

Zertifikat in Global Business Law and Governance – Columbia Law, Paris I und Sciences Po

  • Study at Columbia in the fall of your 2 or 3 liter year and go abroad in the spring.
  • Study in Paris at both Paris I University and Sciences Po.
  • Returns in time for graduation from Columbia Law School in May.

Oxford

Study Law and Finance - University of Oxford

  • For 3Ls only; Apply during your 2L year.
  • Take the Masters courses in Law and Finance co-taught with Saïd Business School in Oxford.
  • Returns in time for graduation from Columbia Law School in May.
Click to open International dual study programs

Columbia Law School offers dual courses in Paris, London and Frankfurt.

After enrolling in the J.D. program at Columbia Law School, stand out by earning a separate law degree from one of the world's leading law schools. You'll earn two law degrees in about the same amount of time - one in the United States and one in a foreign jurisdiction without additional tuition fees.

International dual degree students spend their entire 3L year abroad and receive both a J.D. from Columbia and an M1, LL.M. or Master’s degree from the partner school.

Note: JD students residing in the US on an F-1 student visa must assume that if they are enrolled in a year-round dual study program (i.e., a dual degree other than the Amsterdam Global Alliance), they may not be eligible Have an optional practical training after returning to the US For more information, please contact the International Scholars and Students Office (ISSO) before leaving the US.


Paris

J.D./M1 (formerly Maîtrise) in French law

  • Four-year program taught in French
  • Two years at Columbia Law School (1L and 2L), two years at Paris I / Sorbonne
  • After arriving in Paris, after just one year, you can apply to leave the country and obtain an LL.M. instead of M1

J.D./Master in Business Law - Focus on Global Studies (Sciences Po)

  • Three-year program, taught in French and English
  • Two years at Columbia Law School (1L and 2L), one year at Sciences Po (3L year)

J.D./LL.M. in transnational arbitration and dispute resolution (Sciences Po, pending)

  • Three-year program taught in English
  • Two years at Columbia Law School (1L and 2L), one year at Sciences Po (3L year)

Frankfurt

J.D./LL.M .

  • Three-year English-language program
  • Two years at Columbia Law School (1L and 2L), one year at the Institute for Law and Finance (3L year)

London

J.D./LL.M.

King's College

London School of Economics

AS

University College London

  • Three-year program (two years at Columbia Law School, 3L year in London)

J.D./LL.B.

  • Only available to students who have already been enrolled and selected at Kings College London, the London School of Economics (LSE), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) or University College London
  • Four-year program (two years in London, two years at Columbia Law School)
Click to open Semester abroad

Columbia Law School offers approximately 20 different semesters abroad for one semester in more than a dozen different countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. (The exact number of courses can change from year to year.) Every one-semester study abroad has its own characteristics and advantages.

Brief information:

  • Most of these programs are conducted in English, but many offer classes in the local language.
  • Most are open to both 2L and 3L students, with preference given to the latter.
  • Some programs have a curriculum that focuses on the law of a particular country or region, while others focus on a particular academic specialization within the law.
  • Some include programmatic elements such as certificates of study or related internships.

Current study abroad programs:

  • University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany)
  • University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Central European University (Budapest, Ungarn)
  • FGV-Recht (São Paulo, Brasilien)
  • FGV law (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • ESADE Law School (Barcelona, ​​Spain)
  • European University Institute (Florence, Italy)
  • Fudan University (Shanghai, China)
  • Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Hitotsubashi School of International Corporate Strategy (Tokio, Japan)
  • Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany)
  • King's College London (UK) [see listing in Independent semester abroad ]
  • University of Luxembourg (Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg)
  • University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
  • Peking University (Beijing, China)
  • Sapienza University (Rome, Italy)
  • SOAS (London, UK) [See listing in Independent semester abroad ]
  • Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Independent semester abroad (different countries)
Click to open Independent semester abroad

You can propose your own one-semester study program at a non-partner school abroad and earn up to 13 credits for your J.D. degree.

The approval of this independent program will depend on a number of factors including:

latent growth curve modelling
  • An assessment of the academic status and administrative capacity of the overseas school.
  • The availability of places in comparable courses already offered by the Law School.
  • A compelling argument for the value of experience throughout your academic career.

Independent study abroad requires a considerable amount of additional administrative effort on your part. You must meet various criteria by February 1st to submit an Independent Program Addendum and be approved by the Office of International Programs. Planning this option should start as early as possible as students take on much more responsibility than usual for successfully designing and completing their studies.

Click to open Special opportunities

Selected study abroad programs offer students additional degrees, certificates and internship opportunities:

Additional degrees

  • J.D./M1 (formerly Maîtrise) in French law (Paris)
  • J.D./Master in Business Law - Focus on Global Studies (Paris)
  • J.D./LL.M. in transnational arbitration and dispute resolution (Paris)
  • J.D./LL.M. (Frankfurt)
  • J.D./LL.M. (London)
    • King's College
    • London School of Economics
    • AS
    • University College London
  • J.D./LL.M. in international criminal law (Amsterdam)

Certificates

  • Amsterdam Global Alliance
  • Bucerius Law School (Hamburg)
  • Global Alliance of Paris
  • SOAS (London)

Non-credit internship opportunities

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Hitotsubashi School of Law (Tokio)
  • Institute for Law and Finance (Frankfurt)
  • University of Luxembourg

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