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Through our variety of law school study abroad programs, students gain invaluable international legal experience. With summer and semester study abroad programs and international legal externships, law students can receive credit for legal coursework from approved overseas institutions and conduct hands-on work on international topics.
London, England, summer study abroad program for law students
London, England, one of the study abroad opportunities available to New England Law | Boston students

Summer Abroad

Offered in Galway, Ireland; London, England; Msida, Malta; Prague, Czech Republic; and Santiago, Chile, these study abroad programs focus on different aspects of international and comparative law.

To learn more about the summer abroad program courses, distinguished faculty, host institutions, weekend travel, and cultural opportunities, explore the links and videos below. 

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer abroad opportunities for Summer 2022 will be limited*


Semester Abroad

University of Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus is Denmark’s second-largest city, and the University of Aarhus is the second-largest university in Denmark. Study abroad students may enroll in any course at the University of Aarhus School of Law, and each semester several courses are taught in English. The university arranges a pre-semester, three-and-a-half-week course in Danish language and culture for students from abroad. The school helps students find lodging.

University of Leiden, the Netherlands

The Netherlands is famous for its cheese, tulips, windmills, and cycling. Dutch is the official language, but English is spoken or understood by most Dutch people. Leiden University Law School is just nine miles from The Hague and its several international courts and tribunals. A variety of law courses are taught in English each semester, providing study abroad students the opportunity to delve into international law topics and immerse themselves in Dutch and European culture.

For further information on semester abroad programs, please contact Director of Student Services Jacqui Pilgrim at or 617-422-7401.


*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, semester abroad opportunities for 2022 may be limited*


International Law Externships

Semester-long externships overseas and in Washington, D.C., are available through New England Law’s Center for International Law and Policy for academic credit at:

  • The International Criminal Court (The Hague, the Netherlands)
  • The Special Tribunal for Lebanon at The Hague
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (Washington, D.C.)
  • International Bar Association (London or Washington, D.C.)
  • Accountability Counsel (San Francisco, California)

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, externship opportunities for 2022 may be limited*


Visiting Student Programs

A New England Law | Boston student may be a visiting student for a semester or a year at one of the other law schools in the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc. (listed below), provided that the visit has been approved by the Office of the Dean and the student meets all other requirements for visiting. 

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas

For further information on visiting student programs, please contact Director of Student Services Jacqui Pilgrim at or 617-422-7401.

Learning Outcomes

Many of today’s legal careers require an awareness of other legal, cultural, social, and political traditions and practices, making study abroad a valuable opportunity for law students. The particular educational objectives that our school seeks to achieve in permitting JD students to earn credits toward a JD degree for study abroad are:

  • To expose students to laws and legal systems of foreign nations to better prepare them for practicing law in an ever-increasing globalized and transnational legal world
  • To allow students to learn about the laws and legal cultures of foreign jurisdictions in which they may have a particular interest
  • To provide students the opportunity to experience foreign languages and cultures to help them in their future careers

We urge all interested students to consider our summer study abroad options, the possibility of taking a summer fellowship abroad, and the openings for semester-long programs in other countries.