This page answers frequently asked questions about the Law
School's Paris Summer Program. For more information, please
Who can apply to the Paris Summer Program?
The program is open to:
- U.S. law students in good academic standing who have completed
at least one year of studies.
- Foreign law students who are pursuing a law degree in their
- Law school graduates who are interested in acquiring knowledge
and experience in international and comparative law
What are the 2012 program dates?
The Paris Summer Program runs from May 28, 2012 – June 27, 2012.
Classes start on Monday, May 28 and finals take place on June 26
and 27, 2012.
How much does the program cost and when are the program
There is a non-refundable $250 application fee in addition to
program tuition fees based on the number of credit hours taken.
Students must enroll in a minimum of four and a maximum of six
credit hours at $950 per credit.
Here is an estimate of program expenses:
Application Fee $250
Tuition (6 credits) $5,700
Housing $2,000 (average)
Tuition and fees are due on or before April 30, 2012.
How many credits can I earn through the Paris Summer
Program participants will earn a minimum of four and a maximum of
six credits. For students from law schools other than St. John’s,
please note that transfer of credits earned during the Paris Summer
Program is solely at the discretion of your home institution.
Before applying, please consult with your home institution about
credit transfer procedure and requirements.
Is there a cancellation and refund policy?
St. John’s Law School reserves the right to modify, amend, or
cancel the Paris Summer Program in whole or in part should
circumstances require. In addition, applicants will be informed
immediately if, for example, the U.S. Department of State issues a
travel warning for France or Paris, if there is any major
unforeseen change in the program or in the unlikely event the
program has to be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, we will
make every effort to assist students in finding a similar
alternative program if the student sends the director a written
request within seven business days of the notice of cancellation.
All money paid in advance by the student will be refunded within 20
days after the date of cancellation.
Can I accelerate my graduation with credits earned at the
Paris Summer Program?
St. John’s students may not accelerate their graduation with
credits earned at the Summer Program. Applicants from law schools
other than St. John’s should be aware that St. John’s is not
responsible for awarding credit at the applicant’s home
institution. Determination as to credit granted must be made by the
applicant’s home institution. Likewise, the Paris Summer Program
may not accelerate graduation at the applicant’s home institution.
Applicants should consult with their home institution regarding
requirements for credits or accelerated graduation.
What is the residency requirement policy?
For the purposes of St. John’s residency requirements, credits
earned in the Paris Summer Program are not considered optional
summer credits and may not be used to reduce the tuition charge for
any semester below 12 credits for full-time students or below eight
credits for part-time students. Full-tuition scholarships do not
cover the cost of tuition for the Paris Summer Program.
Does St. John’s provide housing to program
St. John's does provide a limited number of rooms on our Paris
campus. In order to secure accommodations, we recommend students
contact the director of the program as soon as possible.
In addition, students can secure housing on their own. Please keep
in mind that it is best to make arrangements as soon as possible
since June is high season for tourism in Paris. If you are
searching on your own, look for accommodation in or near the Saint
Germain district or the 6th arrondissement. Alternatively, because
the 6th arrondissement is one of the most expensive parts of Paris,
you might look for accommodation close to Metro stations. Because
the Paris Campus on rue de Sèvres is less than 50 meters from the
Vaneau station on Line 10 (Gare d'Austerlitz/Boulogne-Pont de
Saint-Cloud) and less than 400 meters from the Sèvres-Babylone
station on Line 12 (Porte de la Chapelle/Mairie d'Issy), you could
look for accommodation along these two Metro lines for an easy
commute. Of course, all of Paris is accessible by Metro; it’s
really up to you how many train changes you’re willing to make to
get to Campus. (Weekly and monthly Passe Navigo for the
Metro are available and priced based on the number of zones you
have to traverse between stations. Most students live in the
closest areas: zones 1 and 2).
The program director is available to help you find the best
possible location in terms of amenities, proximity to the Paris
campus and pricing. Generally, all but the least expensive
accommodations offer air conditioning, kitchenette and most of the
other amenities to which U.S. students are accustomed.
Are the Paris campus facilities accessible to students with
The St. John’s Paris Campus is not yet fully accessible to students
with disabilities. Please contact the director for further
information on accessibility.
How do I apply to the program?
To apply to the program, please complete and return the application
form . We accept applications and admit students to the program on
a rolling basis. The admissions deadline is April 30, 2012.
You may also contact Margaret St. Denis at firstname.lastname@example.org to
request a print program brochure and
Are there additional application requirements for students
who do not attend St. John’s School of Law?
In addition to the main application, students from other law
schools must submit:
- An original transcript in a sealed envelope sent directly to
the St. John’s Office of Transnational Programs
- A written statement from the Dean’s Office of the applicant’s
law school certifying that the applicant:
- Will have completed at least one year of law study by May 27,
- Is a student in good standing
- Has permission to take the course(s) for credit (if the student
is seeking credit)
Can I use financial aid to pay for my studies at the
Paris Summer Program?
Federal student loans as well as private loans are
available, provided that certain requirements are met. In this
regard, St. John’s students and students from other law schools
intending to apply for financial aid are encouraged to contact
their financial aid office inquire about financing opportunities
for summer study.
For more information on St. John’s School of Law’s Paris Summer