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Exchange Programs

The UC Davis School of Law offers its JD students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad taking classes at a partner law school. The goal of the exchange experience is to provide UC Davis JD students with skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the global legal environment. Students who participate in the UC Davis School of Law Exchange Program learn about different legal regimes in a comparative context, enrich their educational studies by taking classes about other legal systems not offered in the JD curriculum, form international networks with professional colleagues, and experience law in a cultural context. Returning JD students enrich the law school classroom experience by sharing their insights and new knowledge with fellow students and the King Hall community.

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Application Process

2L or 3L students in good academic standing are eligible to study abroad after receiving approval from the Associate Dean for International Programs. Students who are interested in any of the programs discussed below must apply during their 1L or 2L years.

Applications  should be submitted to internationallaw@ucdavis.edu

Deadline to Apply

February 15 for study abroad during the current Fall Semester and May 1 for study abroad during the following Spring Semester.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are held in the early fall and spring. The next Information Session will be on January 21, 2020 in Room 1002. The PowerPoint presentation from the most recent information session  is available. In it, you'll find application process information as well as program information and considerations for applicants.

Semester Exchange Programs

Students will receive 12 units of academic credit at UC Davis School of Law for courses completed abroad in any of the following programs:

Madrid, Spain

Comillas Pontifical University

Santiago, Chile

Universidad de Chile

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Student visa is required for Non-EU residents
  • U.S. Dept. of State Country Information for Chile
  • Must be proficient in Spanish
  • Off-campus housing available
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis, and students receiving financial aid keep their financial aid packages
  • General Information
  • Quick facts:
    • Founded in 1842, the University of Chile is the main and oldest institution of higher education of the State, with a national and public character.
    • The institution has five campuses that comprise of more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students with 3,675 academic staff.
    • They offer more than 60 different bachelor and professional degrees, 38 doctoral programs and 116 master programs.
  • Grading Policy 

Copenhagen, Denmark

University of Copenhagen

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall or spring semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Residence Permit is required to study in Denmark
  • U.S. Dept. of State Country Information for Denmark
  • Classes are taught in English
  • On-campus housing is not available, but students can apply for UCPH Housing Foundation 2-3 months prior to semester start in order to receive help finding housing
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis; students receiving financial aid may keep their financial aid packages.
  • General Information
  • School of Law / Det Juridiske Fakultet
  • Exchange Program
  • Courses Offered in English
  • Quick facts:
    • School of Law was part of the original four universities of the University of Copenhagen, founded in 1479.
    • 75 academic staff, around 60 PhD students, and around 400 part-time lecturers
    • About 4,500 students.
  • Grading Policy 

Dublin, Ireland

University College Dublin

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall or spring semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Residence Permit is required to study in Ireland
  • Dept. of State Country Information for Ireland
  • Classes are taught in English
  • On-campus housing available as an option
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis; students receiving financial aid may keep their financial aid packages. Additiional fees may be due to join campus organizations.
  • General Information
  • UCD Sutherland School of Law
  • Exchange Program
  • Quick facts:
    • 160 years of history: Originally known as the Catholic University of Ireland and subsequently as the Royal University, the university became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National University of Ireland (NUI)
    • The School of Law was established in 1911
    • About 7,038 international students on the main campus
  • Grading Policy 

Sonipat, India

Jindal Global Law School

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall or spring semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Special student visa is required
  • U.S. Dept. of State Country Information for India
  • Classes are taught in English and in Spanish
  • On-campus housing not available, but students can find more information about housing on Jindal's website
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis, and students receiving financial aid keep their financial aid packages. Any other fees due, if applicable, will be communicated to the students in advance.
  • General Information
  • School of Law
  • Exchange Programs
  • Quick facts:
    • JGU has developed international collaborations with over 100 institutions in 35 countries
    • 1:13 faculty-student ratio
    • JGLS promotes multi-disciplinary legal education with 49 interdisciplinary research centers
  • Grading Policy 

Beijing, China

China University of Political Science and Law

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Student visa is required for China
  • U.S. Dept. of State Country Information for China
  • Classes are taught in English
  • On-campus housing not available, but students can apply for UCPH Housing Foundation 2-3 months prior to semester start in order to receive help finding housing
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis, and students receiving financial aid keep their financial aid packages
  • General Information (Chinese Version)
  • Law School
  • Exchange Program
  • Courses Offered in English
  • Quick facts:
    • Founded in 1952 under the original name of Peking College of Political Science and Law
    • 16,243 full-time students are currently enrolled. 879 teachers for lecturing and scientific research
    • Comprised of 18 schools and departments, 11 university-level research institutes, and 7 collaborative innovation centers
  • Grading Policy 

Renmin Law School

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Student visa is required for China
  • U.S. Dept. of State Country Information for China
  • 20 classes are taught in English
  • On-campus and off-campus housing available
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis, and students receiving financial aid keep their financial aid packages
  • General Information
  • Law School
  • Courses Offered in English
  • Quick facts:
    • Founded in 1950 as the firstlaw school established after the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
    • 3,000 students annually enroll with graduate students accounting for approximately 80% of the student body. 
    • Renmin Law School’s 43 research institutes carry out numerous projects of national and international importance.
  • Grading Policy  

Tsinghua University School of Law

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Student visa is required for China
  • U.S. Dept. of State Country Information for China
  • 10 classes are taught in English for each of the 3 English language programs
  • On-campus and off-campus housing available
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis, and students receiving financial aid keep their financial aid packages
  • General Information
  • Law School
  • Courses Offered in English
  • Quick facts:
    • Founded in 1911 Tsinghua University has cycled through many names in the pursuit of establishing a long-term goal of building a world-class university.
    • 1227 international undergraduates and 1638 international graduate students are currently studying at Tsinghua.
    • They have a total of 20 colleges and 59 departments with 11 disciplines.
  • Grading Policy 

Newcastle, U.K.

Newcastle University

Paris, France

Paris Nanterre University

  • Student Exchange and Faculty Partnership
  • Offered fall semester during 2L or 3L years
  • Student visa is required for France
  • U.S. Dept. of State Country Information for France
  • Classes are taught in English and in Spanish
  • Off-campus housing available here
  • Tuition is paid directly to UC Davis, and students receiving financial aid keep their financial aid packages
  • General Information
  • Courses Offered in English
  • Quick facts:
    • Founded in 1960 on the outskirts of Paris as an extension of the Sorbonne.
    • It welcomes 35,000 to 40,000 students every year in all fields of studies.
    • The university’s undergraduate law program is ranked 9th of France by Eduniversal, with 2 stars.
  • Grading Policy  

State Department Country Information Pages and Travel Alerts and Warnings

Students considering study abroad opportunities are advised to consult the U.S. State Department’s information pages and travel alerts and warnings for the relevant country. Please be aware that these State Department pages are updated on an ongoing basis.

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