NYU Law Abroad gives J.D. students the opportunity to spend the Spring semester immersed in the law and legal culture of another part of the world through an academic program designed and administered by the Law School. The program is designed to help students develop global fluency - sensitivity to different legal cultures and contexts, linguistic ability, and the flexibility to work effectively across jurisdictions. The program is designed primarily for third year NYU law students; exceptions will be considered for second year students on a case-by-case basis.
The initiative was developed after discussions and outreach with faculty, students, alumni, practitioners, business firms, and legal educators in the U.S. and abroad.
The curriculum at each site has been specifically designed for NYU Law students in collaboration with local partners. The aim is to provide substantial exposure to the local legal system and distinct regional issues. In addition to traditional courses and seminars, each site offers a transactional course designed to give students direct exposure to the legal aspects of doing business in the relevant region. The Buenos Aires and Paris sites also offer clinics that provide opportunities to participate in local policy debates. At all of the sites, the classroom experience is complemented by internships in the region, study tours and opportunities for language training.
Each site accommodates between 14 and 25 NYU J.D. students for the Spring semester, beginning in 2014.
NYU Law Abroad is administered by the Office of Global Programs at NYU School of Law. Facilities, language training and student services at each site are provided by NYU's international academic centers. Additionally, students at an NYU abroad site have full access to all NYU electronic databases, including online library catalogs. Students may also have access to local law libraries through the partner institutions. Academic guidance is provided by site directors located on-site, as well as faculty site directors based in New York.
NYU Law in Latin America: Buenos Aires
The program at this site provides students with exposure to Latin American legal systems. All courses are in taught in English and students have the opportunity to take select law courses in Spanish offered by our local partner, the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Law. Additional opportunities for intensive language training are available.
NYU Law in Europe: Paris
The program at this site provides students with exposure to the European legal system. All courses are taught in English and additional opportunities for intensive language training are available.
NYU Law in Asia: Shanghai
The program at this site provides students with exposure to the Chinese legal system. All courses are taught in English and additional opportunities for intensive language training are available.