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Since 2010, HLS has had an exchange agreement with the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (known as “Sciences Po”) Law School in Paris, France. The partnership enables faculty and students from both institutions to spend time at the other, to build on their own academic work.

Number of Participants

HLS may recommend multiple JD students to study at Sciences Po Law School each year, but ultimately selection of the students will be made by Sciences Po. Since the establishment of the HLS-Sciences Po exchange program, the number of HLS JD students spending a semester at Sciences Po Law School has ranged from three to eight annually. In 2012-2013, eight HLS JD students studied at SPLS.

Sciences Po Law School also hosts students from other U.S. law schools. It is expected that in 2013-2104 there will be approximately 30 such students. As well, there will be approximately 25 visiting students from law schools in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

Program Director and Faculty

The on-site program director is Sciences Po Law School Assistant Professor Jeremy Perelman, who teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, and a seminar on Global Poverty and Human Rights. Prior to his appointment, he earned a Maîtrise in international law from the Université de Paris 1-Sorbonne and was certified as a member of the French bar. He holds several degrees from American universities including a doctorate (S.J.D) from Harvard Law School. During his time as a student at HLS, Professor Perelman worked closely with a number of HLS faculty members and continues to collaborate with several of them on projects related to human rights, international law, and development. He is the co-editor, along with HLS Professor Lucie White, of Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty (Stanford University Press, 2010). Professor Perelman is available to advise HLS students who are spending a semester at Sciences Po and help them derive the maximum benefit from their time there.

The Sciences Po Law School website provides biographies of SPLS faculty members.

Sciences Po Law School’s Executive Director Edith Chabre also plays a key role in providing assistance and support to students from HLS.

Tuition, Fees, Anticipated Living Costs, and Other Expenses

Harvard Law School charges each student going abroad regular HLS tuition for the period abroad; Sciences Po Law School tuition costs are billed to Harvard rather than to the student participating in the exchange program there. Participating students remain fully eligible for regular Harvard financial aid and student loans for the semester abroad as if they had remained at HLS for the semester in question. Students are not required to pay a deposit or fees in relation to participation in the SPLS cooperative program.

Participating students are responsible for making their own visa, travel, and living arrangements (including health insurance) in France, and for all associated costs. To help defray these costs, the student will receive a budget increase of $1,500 as part of his/her HLS financial aid package.

Other anticipated estimated costs for the semester abroad include the following:

  • Travel: $1,500
  • Housing: $4,000
  • Meals: $1,300
  • Books and Supplies: $600
  • Health Insurance: $275

Disability Accommodations

Information about disability accommodations at Sciences Po may be found on the school’s website. Information from the French Ministry of Higher Education on services for the disabled is also available.

Travel Advisories and Program Change or Cancellation

Students should be sure to review the U.S. State Department information sheets for France prior to participation in the SPLS semester abroad program. HLS will advise students of any changes in the safety of the country or travel warnings either prior to or during the semester in question.

Should there be any significant changes to the semester abroad program at Sciences Po Law School that HLS determines would significantly diminish its quality, or in the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, students will be allowed to modify their plans. If such changes occur in advance of the intended semester abroad, students will be able to remain at HLS without penalty or possibly make alternate study abroad arrangements. If such changes occur during the semester abroad, students should speak with Sara Zucker about possibilities for alternate arrangements.