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1. Study Abroad for J.D. Students

Harvard Law School offers three types of opportunities for J.D. students to earn credit for course work at a foreign law school:

a) A semester abroad at one of the institutions with which Harvard Law School has signed formal exchange agreements. These agreements provide a designated number of places for Harvard Law School J.D. students. The list of participating schools currently includes law programs at: University of Sydney (Australia); Fundação Getulio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil); University of Chile (Santiago, Chile); Fudan University (Shanghai, China); Renmin University (Beijing, China);  Sciences Po (Paris, France); University of Tokyo (Japan); Seoul National University (Korea); University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa); University of Geneva (Switzerland), and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland).

b) An independent semester abroad at an institution selected by the student and approved by the School’s Study Abroad Committee.

c) A joint J.D./LL.M. program in which students who are not enrolled in another joint degree program are able to earn both a Harvard J.D. and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in three-and-one-half years.

d) For further details and information about eligibility, application deadlines, and program requirements about these study abroad programs, contact the Director of International Legal Studies Programs.

e) Upon completion of the study abroad program, students must provide official final transcripts to the Director of International Legal Studies for the purpose of translating credits earned during the program accordingly.  NOTE:  Students participating in a student abroad program may not be eligible for graduation until the official final transcript is received and credits are converted accordingly and recorded on the student’s Harvard Law School record.

2. Berkeley Exchange Program for J.D. Students

A limited number of J.D. students are permitted to participate in an exchange program at University of California, Berkeley School of Law during their third year for credit toward the Harvard J.D. degree. Applications are due on the date specified in the Deadlines for Applying to Special Programs in Section IX. Interested students should consult the Dean of Students.

3. Program for Third-Year Visits

In a limited number of cases, J.D. students in their third year may be permitted to spend a semester or a year at another approved law school on the basis of significant academic need or serious personal hardship. “Serious personal hardship” is generally limited to unforeseen emergencies relating to personal or family circumstances. Living apart from a spouse or significant other does not, in and of itself, constitute a circumstance of this kind. Applications must be submitted by the date specified in the Deadlines for Applying to Special Programs in Section IX. Interested students should consult the Dean of Students.

4. Coordinating Approved Studies at Other Schools

Students who are approved to visit at other law schools must coordinate with the Office of the Registrar to provide proof of acceptance into the host school they will be attending, a copy of their proposed course schedule, and, upon completing course registration, a copy of their final course schedule.  In addition, students are required to provide a final transcript from the host school. For study abroad programs, students should coordinate with the Director of International Legal Studies in the International Legal Studies Office.