Our faculty-approved Study Abroad and outbound Foreign Exchange programs allow students to increase their understanding of foreign law and acquire the information, skills, and experience to work more effectively as attorneys in a global legal environment. Most of the programs offer a concentration in a specialized field of law. Students shall follow a course of study that is consistent with the objectives of each program.
Students may receive up to 12 credits towards their Hastings degree for courses completed during their participation in any of the following programs:
Austral University; Practicing Law in the Global South
University of New South Wales; Law
Peking University Law School; Chinese Law
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, KoGuan Law School; Chinese Law
University of Copenhagen; European Union Law
Bucerius Law School; International Business Law
Summer Program at Bucerius – International Busienss Law and International IP Transactions, in partnership with UC Hastings:
Freie University; E.U. Business Law
Central European University; Comparative Law, Human Rights and Business Law
Tel Aviv University; Law
Bocconi University; Law
The International University College of Turin; Transnational Economics and Law
Waseda University; Japanese Law
Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy; Business Law
Leiden University; International and E.U. Law
IE (Instituto de Empresa) Law School; International Business Law
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law Faculty at the University of London; Law and Development
With approval of the Academic Dean and the International Programs Committee, a student who earns an LL.M. degree at a foreign law school through a faculty-approved program may transfer to Hastings a maximum of 24 credits from that LL.M. program (see Academic Regs. §VII. A. 2208). Hastings has two faculty-approved concurrent degree programs: SOAS and Paris II. Students must indicate intention to enroll in the full year LL.M. degree at the time of application to the exchange program, and must have completed 62 credits and four full semesters in residency at Hastings by the start of the LL.M. program. If for any reason a student is unable to complete the full-year curriculum, he/she may apply to the Associate Dean of Global Programs for permission to receive up to a maximum of 12 credits for completing a half-year of the program. However, students who do not complete the degree program are not guaranteed that they will receive any credits. Students choosing this degree option should know that due to examination dates of these LL.M. programs, their Hastings graduation and consequently certification to take the bar examination may be delayed by one semester.
University of Paris, II; Concurrent J.D./LL.M.; European Business Law
The School of Oriental and African Studies Law Faculty at the University of London; Concurrent J.D./LL.M.; Law and Development
The Vermont Law School; Environmental Law
Students who are interested in any of these programs must apply to the International Programs Committee during their 1L or 2L years. The Committee selects students based upon their personal statements, experience, academic performance, and, if requested by the Global Programs, an interview. In addition, students must have successfully completed their first-year curriculum in order to be eligible. Except as otherwise noted above, there is no required GPA minimum for admissibility to these programs. However, selection for participation in these programs is competitive. In general, we have found that students with a GPA below 2.7 are unlikely to be selected. Students should be aware that the starting dates of semesters at foreign institutions may vary significantly from those at Hastings. Application forms are available from the Hastings website. Upon acceptance, participants will be asked to sign an Exchange Program/Study Abroad Agreement and a release and make a non-refundable deposit of $500. Types of financial aid available is contigent upon whether tuition payments are made directly to Hastings or to the host school. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to confirm availability. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel, including, but not limited to, obtaining necessary immigration documents including visas, carrier reservations, insurance, medical appointments, etc.
February 13th, 2015 for the following academic year.