Summer Session and Programs Outside DC

On-Campus Summer Session

One session is offered on campus in the summer. No first-year students are admitted to the Juris Doctor degree program in the summer session. Students who attend the summer session receive fractional enrollment units.


Exchange Programs

GW in New York (GWNY)

A limited number of JD degree candidates may participate in GW’s business law program in New York City during the Spring semester to engage in practical, in-depth study and experience in the field. It prepares students for business law practice, encompassing the fields of banking, bankruptcy, commercial, corporate, finance, real estate, securities, and transactional law. Students in the program undertake field placements in New York City at qualifying organizations in the business law field for up to 4 credits, enroll in the 2-credit corequisite Business Lawyering, and choose from a number of elective business law course offerings. The group engages in a variety of extra-curricular activities as well, such as networking workshops and opportunities. The program emphasizes skills, doctrine, ethics, and practice experience.

Professor Lawrence Cunningham is the Founding Faculty Director of GWNY.

For more information, see the law school website, or email the Program Coordinator at [email protected]. See Course Descriptions section of this Bulletin for curriculum.

GW–Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law

The Program in International Human Rights Law is offered jointly by the University of Oxford and the George Washington University Law School and is held in Oxford in July. It is intended to prepare students to contribute to the improvement of human rights conditions in their homelands and around the world. During the program’s four-week session, an internationally recognized faculty offers courses on the philosophy, history, doctrine, and practice of international human rights law. The program emphasizes advocacy and dissemination skills, as well as formal knowledge of human rights law, the means of its enforcement, and its status in a contentious world.

Professor Ralph G. Steinhardt is the director of the program. Applications are accepted from law students, graduate students in related fields, lawyers, and other professionals with a demonstrated interest in human rights.

For more information, see the law school website or contact Silena Davis: [email protected], (202) 994-6588. See Course Descriptions section of this Bulletin for curriculum. Students who participate in the GW–Oxford Program receive letter grades for completed coursework.

Munich Intellectual Property Summer Program

This summer program is held in May, June, or July at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center in Germany. The program offers the opportunity to study current intellectual property issues with a focus on international law in the city known as Europe’s intellectual property capital. Leading academics in the field offer courses in topics such as international patent law, copyright law, and Internet law. Special lectures and visits to institutions such as the European Patent Office are part of the program.

Professor Robert Brauneis and Associate Dean John Whealan are the co-directors of the program. Applications are accepted from students enrolled in U.S. and non-U.S. law schools.

For more information, see the law school website or contact the Intellectual Property Law Program: [email protected], (202) 994-0263. See Course Descriptions section of this Bulletin for curriculum. Students who participate in the Munich Program receive letter grades for completed coursework.

GW–University of Augsburg Student Exchange Program

A limited number of JD degree candidates may attend the University of Augsburg School of Law in Germany to participate in its program in European and international economic law held in June and July.

GW JD students who have completed their first year of study are eligible to participate in this program. GW students may earn a maximum of 8 credits in this program; credits are recorded on the student’s GW transcript with the grade of Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC). Credit earned counts toward the total number of credits required for the JD degree.

For more information, see the law school website or contact Assistant Dean Shehernaz Joshi: [email protected], (202) 994-7242.

GW–University of Groningen Student Exchange Program

A limited number of JD degree candidates may attend the University of Groningen in the Netherlands for one semester to engage in in-depth study of European Union law and international law, with an emphasis on environmental and energy law.

GW JD students who have completed their first year of study are eligible to participate in this program. GW students may enroll only in approved courses and may earn a maximum of 12 credits; credits are recorded on the student’s GW transcript with the grade of Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC). Credit earned counts toward the total number of credits required for the JD degree.

For more information, see the law school website or contact Assistant Dean Shehernaz Joshi: [email protected], (202) 994-7242.

GW–Universitá Commerciale “Luigi Bocconi” Student Exchange Program

A limited number of JD degree candidates may attend Universitá Commerciale “Luigi Bocconi” in Milan, Italy, for one semester to engage in in-depth study of corporate and finance law, European Union law, and international business law.

GW students may enroll only in approved courses and may earn a maximum of 12 credits; credits are recorded on the student’s GW transcript with the grade of Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC). GW JD students who have completed their first year of study are eligible to participate in this program. Credit earned counts toward the total number of credits required for the JD degree.

For more information, see the law school website or contact Assistant Dean Shehernaz Joshi: [email protected], (202) 994-7242.

North American Consortium on Legal Education

GW Law is a founding member of the North American Consortium on Legal Education, formed to promote increased understanding within North American countries of neighboring legal systems through cross-border research, curriculum development, and student exchange. U.S. member schools also include the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center.

Juris Doctor students may apply to participate in NACLE as a visiting student in their second or third year for one semester at a Canadian or Mexican member institution: Dalhousie University Faculty of Law in Halifax; McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal; the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; CIDE, Mexico City; Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Escuela de Derecho in Monterrey; and Universidad Panamericana Facultad de Derecho in Mexico City.

GW students may earn a maximum of 12 credits in this program; credits are recorded on the student’s GW transcript with the grade of Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC). Credit earned counts toward the total number of credits required for the JD degree.

For more information, see the law school website or contact Assistant Dean Shehernaz Joshi: [email protected], (202) 994-7242.

GW–Panthéon-Assas University Law School Student Exchange Program

A limited number of JD degree candidates may attend Panthéon-Assas University Law School in Paris, France for one semester to engage in in-depth study of areas related to international and comparative law, including international arbitration and other legal fields. The Université Panthéon-Assas is considered one of the best law schools in France and in the world.

GW JD students who have completed their first year of study are eligible to participate in this program. GW Law students will need to pursue 26 credits at Panthéon-Assas, which is the equivalent of 12 credits for GW Law School. GW Law students will see the credits reflected on their transcript as CR/NC. GW Law Students will have two options at Panthéon-Assas: 1) pursue Track 1, in which they focus on courses which are part of the LLM AWArDS (World Arbitration and Dispute Settlement); or 2) pursue Track 2, in which they focus on courses which are part of the semester exchange program. Credit earned counts towards the total number of credits required for the JD degree.

For more information contact Associate Dean Rosa Celorio, [email protected], (202) 994-1210 and Assistant Dean Shehernaz Joshi, [email protected], (202) 994-7242.