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. 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 must 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?
The St. John’s Rome Campus is fully accessible to students with disabilities.

Is there a cancellation and refund policy?
St. John’s Law School reserves the right to modify, amend, or cancel the Rome Summer Program in whole or in part should circumstances require. In addition, applicants will be informed immediately if, for example, prior to the commencement or during the course of the program, the U.S. Department of State issues a travel warning for Italy or Rome, or if there is any major unforeseen change in the program or in the unlikely event the program has to be cancelled. If changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program occur, applicants who have paid a deposit or registered for the program will be given an opportunity to withdraw.

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. In Summer 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.

Students who wish to cancel their participation in the Rome Summer Program 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 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 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


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

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

Lucas Rezende


Rome Program

Director of Transnational Programs
Adjunct Professor of Law
P: 718-990-6948
F: 718-990-8095