Study Abroad

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the CDC’s latest recommendations for limiting travel to Italy, Hofstra Law has canceled the 2020 Summer Program in Pisa and the 2020 Summer Border Enforcement Program in San Diego, California.

Hofstra Law offers an exciting, ABA-approved summer study abroad program in Pisa, Italy. Hofstra Law also offers a three-week winter intersession study abroad program in Curaçao, the Dutch Caribbean, in cooperation with the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Law. New programs are in development and will be announced soon.

Please note that a student’s enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Hofstra University may be considered enrollment at Hofstra for the purpose of applying for assistance under Title IV, HEA federal financial aid programs.

These programs are designed to introduce students to a broad array of transnational legal issues. Each program includes courses that focus on international or comparative law, as well as extensive interaction with local students, faculty and members of the local legal community. Faculty in our study abroad programs have frequently included U.S. Supreme Court justices and other highly distinguished jurists and law professors.

Students who attend Hofstra Law’s study abroad programs have a unique opportunity to gain a rich understanding of foreign legal institutions and to appreciate the cultural dimensions of lawyering in a global environment.

In addition to our study abroad program, we also offer a Global Legal Practice Externship Program, several exchange student opportunities (several through our membership in the European-American Consortium for Legal Education) and a fully online language development resource run in partnership with Rosetta Stone.

International and Comparative Summer Programs

San Diego: Immigration Law and Border Enforcement
Co-sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
Approved by the American Bar Association
Dates: May 17 – 30, 2020
Application deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020

Summer Abroad Program in Pisa, Italy
Co-sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
May 17 – May 30, 2020 (3 credit program)
May 17 – June 13, 2020 (6 credit program)
Application deadline: March 27, 2020

Annual Program in Comparative and International Law in Curaçao
Sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, the University of Baltimore School of Law and Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Law.
Dates: December 17, 2019 – January 5, 2020 (4 credit program)
Application deadline: October 18, 2019

In accordance with Paragraph I.A.3. of the American Bar Association’s Criteria for Student Study at a Foreign Institution as amended March 2014, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University sets forth the following educational objectives that it strives to achieve in permitting its students to study at foreign institutions for credit toward the J.D. degree:

At the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, we believe in the importance of preparing our J.D. students for practice in an increasingly globalized legal landscape. In addition to offering our innovative Transnational Law course as part of our first-year curriculum, we have developed arrangements with foreign universities that allow our students to gain firsthand exposure to the laws and legal mechanisms of foreign nations. By providing our J.D. students with these opportunities, Hofstra Law seeks to achieve the following educational objectives:

  1. equip our students with the necessary skills to recognize and navigate complex international legal issues in our growing globalized context;
  2. allow our students to learn about a foreign legal system’s treatment of an area of law that is of particular interest;
  3. deepen our students’ understanding of the American legal system by analyzing it and comparing it to a foreign legal system; and,
  4. empower our students to immerse themselves in a foreign language and culture to help them better interface and relate with future clients of diverse backgrounds.

For further information about Hofstra Law’s study abroad programs, please contact:

Office of International Programs
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1210
Telephone: 516-463-4547
Fax: 516-463-4710