Study abroad options
Earn part of your law degree while living in a foreign country. As a student of Mitchell Hamline, you can choose from several summer, J-term, spring break, or semester-abroad programs.
Mitchell Hamline in London
Two exceptional programs, each with expert faculty, in one dynamic location
Global Arbitration Law and Practice Certificate
Offered through Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute, the Global Arbitration Law and Practice Certificate: National and Transborder Perspectives focuses on international arbitration. The program consists of a 4-week curriculum of intensive courses in London, all taught by prominent members of the transborder arbitration bar and academic leaders in the area.
International Comparative Law: Crime and Business
First session: International Business Transactions
Second Session: Crime and the Constitution
An exceptional opportunity for a true comparative law experience. Over the course of four weeks in July, study the law with international scholars, top practitioners, and students from the United States and Britain. In-depth courses are comprised of a combination of lectures, class discussion, and extensive small group break-out sessions that require hands-on practical application of topics under discussion.
The Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE), made up of four independent ABA- and AALS-accredited American law schools, California Western School of Law, New England Law Boston, South Texas College of Law Houston, and Mitchell Hamline, offer a number of study abroad programs. Students attending any one of these schools get access to study abroad and other programming at any of the four. We call it: “With one, you get four.” Here are the current offerings:
- Galway, Ireland, sponsored by New England Law Boston
Galway International and Comparative Human Rights Law
- Chile, JUSTICE in the Americas Chile Summer Program, sponsored by California Western School of Law
Chile Summer Program
- The Island of Malta. sponsored by South Texas College of Law Houston
Malta Summer Program
- Prague, Czech Republic, sponsored by South Texas College of Law Houston
Prague Summer Program
- Aarhus, Denmark, sponsored by South Texas College of Law Houston
Denmark Semester Abroad Program
- Leiden, The Netherlands, sponsored by South Texas College of Law Houston
The Netherlands Semester Abroad Program
Jerusalem: Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions
Offered through Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute in cooperation with the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions gives students a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on the interaction of law and religion, while challenging assumptions and beliefs. Learn traditional dispute resolution methods and values and explore the religious, political, and culturally diverse society in Israel and Palestine
Learn about civil code and common law enforcement in beautiful Puerto Rico. Come to Puerto Rico to learn more about civil code and common law enforcement of the Rule of Law from Mitchell Hamline Professor Emeritus Larry Bakken.
Spring break program
In conjunction with the Mitchell Hamline course Japanese Law, students spend a week in Japan to see in live action what they have studied in the course, including Japanese criminal law, the Japanese Constitution, and the process of becoming an attorney in Japan.
- University of Aarhus, Denmark semester abroad program, sponsored by South Texas College of Law Houston
- University of Bergen, Norway
- University of Leiden, The Netherlands semester abroad program, sponsored by South Texas College of Law Houston
Study at a foreign institution
Mitchell Hamline students may earn credit toward graduation in a study abroad program established by an ABA-approved law school, as provided by Mitchell Hamline’s policies. In rare instances, Mitchell Hamline may allow students to receive credit for study of law outside the country in a program operated by a foreign institution rather than by an ABA-approved law school. Mitchell Hamline’s educational objective for permitting a student to study law outside of the United States in a program operated by a foreign institution is to provide a student with the opportunity to learn about a foreign legal system in an immersive setting. Specific goals of foreign study in a program operated by a foreign institution include providing students:
- An opportunity to develop in-depth substantive knowledge of other legal systems beyond the curriculum offered in Mitchell Hamline’s approved study-abroad programs or other study-abroad programs established by ABA-approved law schools.
- Exposure to legal systems outside of the United States, through the direct interaction with judges, lawyers, faculty, and students from other legal systems to better understand legal processes and reasoning.
Approval of credit for study in a program operated by a foreign institution is only possible if the student, prior to study, has met the ABA Criteria for Accepting Credit for Student Study at a Foreign Institution and received prior approval from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.