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New England Law | Boston provides many options for acquiring international legal experience, including summer and semester study abroad programs and international legal externships. Law students can receive credit for legal coursework from approved overseas institutions and gain hands-on experience through work on international topics.
London, England, summer study abroad program for law students
London, England, one of the study abroad opportunities available to New England Law | Boston students

Summer Abroad

Offered in Galway, Ireland; London, England; Msida, Malta; Prague, Czech Republic; and Santiago, Chile, these study abroad programs focus on different aspects of international and comparative law.

To learn more about the summer abroad program courses, distinguished faculty, host institutions, weekend travel, and cultural opportunities, explore the links and videos below. 

For further information on summer study abroad programs for law students, please contact Professor Charles Sorenson at

Semester Abroad

University of Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus is Denmark’s second-largest city, and the University of Aarhus is the second-largest university in Denmark. Study abroad students may enroll in any course at the University of Aarhus School of Law, and each semester several courses are taught in English. The university arranges a pre-semester, three-and-a-half-week course in Danish language and culture for students from abroad. The school helps students find lodging.

University of Leiden, the Netherlands

The Netherlands is famous for its cheese, tulips, windmills, and cycling. Dutch is the official language, but English is spoken or understood by most Dutch people. Leiden University Law School is just nine miles from The Hague and its several international courts and tribunals. A variety of law courses are taught in English each semester, providing study abroad students the opportunity to delve into international law topics and immerse themselves in Dutch and European culture.

For further information on semester abroad programs, please contact Director of Student Services Jacqui Pilgrim at or 617-422-7401.

International Legal Externships

Semester-long externships overseas and in Washington, DC, are available through New England Law’s Center for International Law and Policy for academic credit at:

  • The International Criminal Court (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • The Special Tribunal for Lebanon at The Hague
  • The US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  • The US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Office of Policy and Resource Planning
  • The International Bar Association (London or Washington, DC)

Learn More About Our International Externships

Learning Outcomes

Many of today’s legal careers require an awareness of other legal, cultural, social, and political traditions and practices, making study abroad a valuable opportunity for law students. The particular educational objectives that our school seeks to achieve in permitting JD students to earn credits toward a JD degree for study abroad are:

  • To expose students to laws and legal systems of foreign nations to better prepare them for practicing law in an ever-increasing globalized and transnational legal world
  • To allow students to learn about the laws and legal cultures of foreign jurisdictions in which they may have a particular interest
  • To provide students the opportunity to experience foreign languages and cultures to help them in their future careers

We urge all interested students to consider our summer study abroad options, the possibility of taking a summer fellowship abroad, and the openings for semester-long programs in other countries.