Summer Study Abroad - Rome

Students participating in our Summer Study Abroad program spend four weeks studying international and comparative law at St. John’s Rome campus.

In summer 2014, students in the Rome program visited the Constitutional Court of Italy and toured museums, historic sites, and renowned eateries to complement their coursework.

The 2015 Rome Summer Program will run from June 1 - June 30, 2015.
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Program Information

Who can apply to the Rome 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 home country;
  • Law school graduates (either foreign or U.S.) who are interested in acquiring knowledge and experience in international and comparative law. (The program does not, however, award CLE credit.)

We expect approximately 30 participants, almost all of whom come from St. John’s and other U.S.-based law schools. Foreign students may be allowed to audit certain courses, but we expect to have no more than four (4) foreign students in any given course. Countries likely to be represented are Italy and other European countries. In 2014, six students participated in the Rome program: five St. John's students and one student from another U.S.-based law school.

What are the courses offered?
Students may choose up to three of the following courses: Comparative Law; Drafting International ContractsEuropean Legal HistoryInternational Art & Cultural Heritage Law; International Intellectual Property; and Law & Literature. Each course awards two credits. Courses are generally limited to 15 students per class. Students will be registered in the order in which deposits were received. There are no prerequisites for enrollment. Student performance is evaluated based on class participation and a final. Grading guidelines and attendance policies are the same as those that apply at St. John's New York campus. St. John's reserves the right to cancel courses and to modify the class schedule according to the number of students attending the Rome Summer Program. The program will include at least the following three courses: Comparative Law, International Intellectual Property, and Law & Literature.

What is the class schedule?
The Rome Summer Program runs from June 1 – June 30, 2015. All classes meet Monday throught Friday. International Art & Cultural Heritage Law and Drafting International Contracts will meet from June 1 to June 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., including one ten-minute break. European Legal History and International Intellectual Property will meet from June 15 to June 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., including one ten-minute break. Comparative Law and Law & Literature will meet from June 1 to June 26, from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Final exams will be on Monday, June 29, and Tuesday, June 30.

How are the Rome campus facilities?
All courses will be taught at St. John's Rome campus. Our newly renovated facilities offer students the wonderful opportunity to experience Rome with many of the comforts of home. Facilities include high-speed wireless internet, a fully wired computer lab with printers for your use, beautiful courtyard and common spaces, a student library and a student lounge available during regular hours to all students, full time bilingual staff, and 24-hr security along with key card entry to the building. Classroom facilities include small seminar rooms for up to 12 students, standard classrooms for up to 30 students, and a larger formal lecture room. Classrooms have available all standard teaching equipment, including white boards, digital projectors, and screens.

How much does the program cost and when are the program fees due?
The total cost of the program is $4,850, which includes an administrative fee and double-occupancy housing in a local hotel. There is a non-refundable $600 deposit due with the application. An early bird discount of $250 will be given to applicants who complete and submit their application form and non-refundable deposit by March 15, 2015.

Here is an estimate of program expenses:

  • Program, Administrative Fee and Housing: $4,850
  • Travel: $1,000
  • Living: $2,000
  • Total: $7,850

Payments are due on or before May 15, 2015.

How many credits can I earn through the Rome Summer Program?
Program participants will earn a minimum of two 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 Rome 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.

Does St. John’s provide housing to program participants?
Rome Summer Program participants will be housed in double-occupancy rooms in a local hotel. Single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Are the Rome campus facilities accessible to students with disabilities?
Both the Paris and Rome St. John’s campuses are fully accessible to students with disabilities. Please be aware that many places in Italy and in the city of Rome may not have similar accommodations.

The following information is available on the U.S. Department of State's website:

ACCESSIBILITY: While in Italy, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States. Many find Italy’s narrow cobbled streets and storied monuments charming; they can, however, be a challenge for physically impaired travelers. Many Italian sidewalks lack ramps, and some Italian streets lack sidewalks altogether or, as in Venice, feature stairs and narrow pedestrian bridges. While some major sights and hotels have put time and planning into ensuring accessibility, there are others that lack ramps, elevators, or handicap-accessible bathrooms. Advance planning can go a long way in making a difference in accommodation for disabled travelers. Inform airlines and hotels of your disability when making reservations as some time may be needed to prepare accommodation. Call ahead to restaurants, museums, and other facilities to find out if they are wheelchair accessible. Most, but not all, train stations in Italy have accommodations for those traveling in wheelchairs. With advance notice, personal assistance can be provided to a disabled person traveling through a particular station. More information is available at Trenitalia's website addressing disabled travelers. For those who wish to rent cars, hand-controlled vehicles are available in Italy from major car rental companies. You should contact the car rental company well in advance of your trip in order to reserve the vehicle. Remember that Italy functions on 220-volt current. To recharge an electric wheelchair motor, you may need a transformer to change the 220 current to 110 volts as well as an adapter to adjust the plug to fit Italian electrical sockets.

Guide dog owners must present the documentation required by European Union Member States in order to enter Italy with a dog.

Is there a cancellation and refund policy?
St. John’s School of Law reserves the right to modify, amend, or cancel the Rome Summer Program due to insufficient enrollment. St. John’s will make this decision prior to the April 30 application deadline.

In the unlikely event the program has to be cancelled, prior to its commencement or during the course of the program, students will be communicated immediately by email and notice of cancellation will be posted on this website.

If the program has to be cancelled for any reason, 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.

In 2012, the Rome Summer Program was cancelled and students were given the option of a full refund or participation in the Law School's Paris Summer Program.

If, prior to the commencement or during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for Italy, registered students will be notified promptly and will be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. St. John’s reserves the right to modify, amend, or cancel the Rome Summer Program for this reason.

If changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program occur, those changes will be communicated promptly by email and registrants who have paid a deposit or registered for the program will be given an opportunity to withdraw.

If, prior to the commencement of the program, should a student withdraw because of changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program, or because a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert was issued for Italy, or should the program be terminated for any reason, all money paid in advance by the student will be refunded within 20 days after the date of termination or withdrawal.

If, during the course of the program, should a student withdraw because of changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program, or because a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert was issued for Italy, or should the program be terminated for any reason, the fees paid by the student will be refunded within 20 days after the date of termination or withdrawal except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.

Students who wish to cancel their participation in the Rome Summer Program for other reasons after registering must notify the program director before April 30, 2015. In such cases, the student will receive a full refund, less the non-refundable $600 deposit.

Students who submit notice of cancellation for other reasons after April 30, 2015, may receive a partial refund depending on the timing of, and reason for, the cancellation. The program director will make decisions about partial refunds for late cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

Can I accelerate my graduation with credits earned at the Rome 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. Determinations as to credit granted must be made by the applicant’s home institution. Likewise, the Rome 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 Rome 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 Rome Summer Program.

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, 2015.

You may also contact director Lucas Rezende at rezendel@stjohns.edu to request a print program brochure and application form.

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 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 26, 2015;
    • 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 Rome 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 to inquire about financing opportunities for summer study.

Faculty and Courses

International Intellectual Property
- Jeremy Sheff

Law & Literature
- Margaret Turano

Comparative Law
- Lucas Rezende

International Art & Cultural Heritage Law
- Leila Amineddoleh 

Drafting International Contracts
- Jane Scott

European Legal History
- Jeffrey Walker

Contact

Office of Transnational Programs
St. John's University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, N.Y. 11439 USA
718-990-8335

Consular Information

U.S. Embassy Rome

Via Vittorio Veneto, 121
00187 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +(39) 06-46741

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(39) 06-46741

Fax: +(39) 06-4674-221

State Department Travel Information for Italy

Jeffrey K. WalkerAssistant Dean for Transnational Programs
Adjunct Professor of Law
walkerj@stjohns.edu

Lucas Rezende

Director,

Rome Program

Director of Transnational Programs
Adjunct Professor of Law
rezendel@stjohns.edu
P: 718-990-6948
F: 718-990-8095