Study Abroad

International Programs for J.D. Students

Summer Study Abroad

St. John’s School of Law hosts a month-long program at the University’s beautiful Rome campus, located in the heart of one of the Great Cities of Europe. Students with an interest in international and comparative law – or simply wanting to expand their legal education experience overseas – will find no better program.

International Practica

We justifiably pride ourselves on our strong reputation for preparing young lawyers for the practice of law, and our transnational programs also provide experiential learning opportunities for J.D. students. Most years, two students complete a five-month practicum placement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Mons, Belgium. Additional overseas practica are considered as appropriate.

Glasgow Academic Exchange

The academic exchange with Glasgow University Law School offers students another exciting opportunity for semester-long study abroad. Under the Glasgow Academic Exchange Program, St. John’s will host the most highly qualified students from Glasgow, while similarly talented and committed St. John’s Law students may sample the intellectual and cultural riches that Glasgow Law School offers. Currently enrolled and matriculated J.D. students who are in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.2 may apply for the Glasgow Academic Exchange Program.

Dean's Travel Study Program 

The Dean’s Travel Study Program takes place during the January intersession or over the Law School's Spring Break.The curriculum combines travel abroad, academic lectures, meetings with local lawyers, audiences with business leaders, and tours of historical sites, all to give participants a broader and a deeper understanding of the host country's prevailing legal culture. The leaders of the Dean’s Travel Study Program ensure that multiple viewpoints are heard on issues ranging from human rights, to trade, to immigration, to politics.

Transactions in Emerging Markets 

This class examines the various issues faced by attorneys when representing clients in business transactions in emerging markets or developing countries. Besides classroom work, students will meet business and legal leaders in New York involved in emerging markets transactions and will travel during Spring Break for meetings and visits to a country with emerging markets. As part of the course, students will be expected to master doctrinal issues such as the regulation of mergers and acquisitions, the protection of foreign investments, and different aspects of cross-border contracting. There is particular emphasis on cross-cultural negotiation and dispute resolution. Students will also consider a variety of topics that affect the work of lawyers, including how cross-border deals are structured in order to achieve business goals and how workflow is managed in a complex business transaction.