Highly qualified, committed students at UCLA School of Law may apply to participate in foreign study opportunities at law schools outside the United States.  Normally, such students will participate through the FLSEP and will attend one of UCLA School of Law's partner schools:

If a UCLA law student wishes to attend a foreign law school that is not a partner of UCLA School of Law under the FLSEP, that student will be subject to special procedures, requirements, and restrictions. More information regarding this possibility can be found in the section titled "Foreign Legal Study Outside the FLSEP" at the bottom of this web page.

Foreign Legal Study:
General Requirements and Procedures for UCLA Law Students

  1. Students interested in foreign legal study must first apply to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at parnell@law.ucla.edu. To be eligible to study law abroad, a student normally must be a J.D. student in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who will be in his/her third, fourth, or fifth semester of study at UCLA at the time of the proposed foreign legal study. Exchange students will have obtained at least one full year of credit at UCLA School of Law. The application for foreign study must be submitted no later than March 15 for foreign study in the following Fall Semester, or October 15 for study in the following Spring Semester. The application consists of a letter in which the applicant must:
    1. Specify an academically challenging and coherent course of study that focuses on a particular sub-field of comparative or international law. Examples of such a sub-field include Japanese law, EU law, international business law, public international economic law, international environmental law, comparative feminist approaches to law, or international human rights law, among other possibilities.
    2. Demonstrate that the student has a bona fide interest in the sub-field of foreign or international law to be studied. Such interest may be demonstrated by, inter alia, a record of prior work or study in the proposed field, a statement of interest and intent by the applicant in his/her application for admission to the UCLA School of Law, or successful completion of appropriate international or comparative law courses at the UCLA School of Law.
    3. Set forth the courses that the applicant proposes to take and show that satisfactory completion of the proposed courses should entitle the student to at least 13 units of course credit at UCLA School of Law.
    4. Specify the means by which the student's performance in each course will be evaluated by the foreign university and UCLA School of Law.
    5. Demonstrate that, prior to engaging in the proposed foreign study, the applicant will have successfully completed most or all courses offered at the UCLA School of Law in the sub-field of comparative or international law to be studied.
    6. Demonstrate that the applicant possesses the language skills necessary for successful completion of the proposed course of study.
    7. Include (1) a strongly favorable letter of support from a UCLA School of Law ladder faculty member (Professor or Acting Professor) indicating that faculty member's approval of the student embarking on the proposed course of study and (2) a strongly favorable letter of reference from a second person (preferably a scholar) who knows the applicant's intellectual capacity.
  2. Foreign study normally will be for no more than one semester, but may be for as long as two semesters under exceptional circumstances. The applicant is solely and completely responsible for applying to the foreign program, complying with and fulfilling all of the foreign university's requirements associated with the courses and program in which s/he is registered, and obtaining any appropriate visa and related documents.
  3. During the semester in which foreign study is to take place, the UCLA law student applicant must register at the UCLA School of Law for Law 596 - International Exchange Program. Prior to registering for this course, the applicant must provide evidence that s/he has been admitted to the proposed foreign university program.  Thirteen (13) units of course credit will be awarded on a pass/unsatisfactory/no credit basis for successful completion of a one semester program. Upon completing the foreign course of study, the applicant is responsible for providing the Dean of Students and the Records Office with evidence of successful completion of the program and the means of evaluating the student's performance that was specified in the application.
  4. Applications that do not meet the criteria set forth in these rules, or that are rejected by the designated FLSEP Coordinator, may be submitted to the Standards Committee for its consideration.
  5. The following rules on tuition, fees, and expenses shall apply:
    1. Students who engage in foreign study are responsible for paying all UCLA School of Law tuition fees for the semester(s) in which foreign study occurs. Students will not be required to pay tuition or fees at foreign law schools with which the UCLA School of Law has an exchange agreement under FLSEP in effect for the period in which the student will engage in foreign study.
    2. A UCLA law student who has qualified for financial aid for the period in which s/he will study abroad may contact the Law School Financial Aid Office to request an adjustment to his/her living expense budget.
    3. All other costs associated with foreign study (including but not limited to travel, room, board, health insurance, and supplies) must be borne entirely by the applicant.

Foreign Study under FLSEP

Except as discussed below, foreign study will be approved only at one of the partner schools with which UCLA School of Law has an exchange agreement under FLSEP in effect during the period in which foreign study is to take place. Under no condition may more than four UCLA law students study at any one foreign school in any one semester, nor may more than twelve UCLA law students study at any one foreign law school in any three year period.

FLSEP Coordinators:

UCLA School of Law has appointed a faculty member to be the central contact person and coordinator for all administrative matters concerning the FLSEP with regard to each of the partner schools. Potential FLSEP applicants may contact these individuals for more information about the program and a particular partner school. The UCLA FLSEP Coordinator for each partner school is listed below:

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Richard Steinberg, steinber@law.ucla.edu

Haifa University Faculty of Law, Haifa, Israel
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Neil Netanel, netanel@law.ucla.edu

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, Jerusalem, Israel
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Neil Netanel,
netanel@law.ucla.edu

Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix en Provence, France
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Richard Steinberg, steinber@law.ucla.edu

Keio Law School, Tokyo, Japan
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Fran Olsen, olsen@law.ucla.edu

Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Richard Steinberg, steinber@law.ucla.edu

Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv, Israel
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Neil Netanel, netanel@law.ucla.edu

Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, China
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Richard Steinberg, steinber@law.ucla.edu

Universidad Torcuato di Tella Law School, Buenos Aires, Argentina
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Máximo Langer, langer@law.ucla.edu

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Law School, Barcelona, Spain
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Kathy Stone, stone@law.ucla.edu

University of Tromsø Faculty of Law, Tromsø, Norway
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Fran Olsen, olsen@law.ucla.edu

University of Vienna Faculty of Law, Vienna, Austria
UCLA School of Law FLSEP Coordinator:  Prof. Alexander Stremitzer,
stremitzer@law.ucla.edu

FLSEP Nomination, Application, and Admissions Procedures:

After a UCLA law student has submitted an application in accord with the general requirements outlined above, the Graduate Studies Coordinator will normally transmit the application to the UCLA FLSEP Coordinator for the relevant foreign program. The UCLA FLSEP Coordinator will nominate qualified applicants to the partner school, but the final admission decision rests solely with the coordinator for the relevant partner school. Each partner school has provided UCLA School of Law with a statement of the general academic standards it requires for exchange students. UCLA School of Law will nominate only those students that it believes meet the academic standards and culture of the partner school. UCLA law students who wish to participate in the FLSEP have the responsibility to familiarize themselves with the policies, rules, and regulations of the partner school they wish to attend, including application deadlines and other details of its academic calendar.

Nominated UCLA law students may be required to complete the partner school's application and include with the application the two letters of reference previously submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, together with an additional letter of recommendation from the appropriate FLSEP Coordinator or the Dean of UCLA School of Law.  The completed application for each student, along with the supporting letters of reference and recommendation, must be sent to the partner school in a timely fashion according to that school's requirements. The partner school will review the application in accordance with its normal procedures for reviewing foreign exchange students, and make a determination of the student's suitability for study at the partner school.

Enrollment:

Once accepted into the FLSEP partner school, exchange students will be permitted to enroll in courses for which they are qualified at the partner school in accordance with that school's normal enrollment procedures. It will be the responsibility of exchange students to verify that the courses in which they enroll are eligible for credit at UCLA School of Law.

Monitoring of Student Performance:

UCLA School of Law shall monitor the studies undertaken by its own students, including reviewing course materials and sufficient written work of the student to ensure that the program at the partner school meets the UCLA School of Law's standards.

A partner school shall appoint an advisor for each UCLA law student visiting that school to effectively supervise and monitor the student's study at the institution. That advisor may be a faculty member or administrator at the partner school who has the training or experience to discharge this responsibility.

Student Visas, Proof of Health Insurance, and Other Required Documentation:

UCLA exchange students will be responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa and related documents necessary to pursue studies at any partner school and must provide proof of full health coverage that meets the insurance requirements of the partner school. Exchange students also must provide documentary evidence that they possess sufficient funds to cover all reasonable anticipated costs and personal expenses during their stay at the partner school.

Rules, Regulations, and Student Services:

UCLA law students visiting partner schools remain subject to the UCLA School of Law Code of Conduct and other ethical norms and rules that would apply if they were studying at UCLA. In addition, UCLA exchange students visiting partner schools are expected to be subject to the same rules and regulations as regular, full-time students at those schools regarding general conduct, academic honesty, and similar matters. In accordance with the discretion and capabilities of the partner schools, exchange students will normally enjoy the same privileges and responsibilities as regular students.

Foreign Legal Study Outside the FLSEP:


If a UCLA law student wishes to engage in foreign study at a law school with which UCLA School of Law will not have an exchange agreement in effect for the period in which the student wishes to engage in foreign study, then that student must take a leave of absence from UCLA School of Law during that period. In such cases, the student will receive transfer course credit for the foreign study only in exceptional circumstances, to the extent approved by the Standards Committee, and provided that the foreign law school is of the highest repute in the sub-field of study, the student's proposed sub-field of study is unavailable at UCLA School of Law and all partner schools, and the student meets the terms and conditions set forth in Parts 1 and 2 of the "General Requirements and Procedures for UCLA Law Students" outlined above