Salzburg, Austria

Enhance your law school experience by studying abroad! Take advantage of McGeorge’s unique summer program in Salzburg and study law in a city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Salzburg, Austria has been the site of the McGeorge School of Law annual Summer Program on International Legal Studies since 1974. The three-week program in Salzburg offers international and comparative law courses in public and commercial law fields. Courses are taught by European and American faculty.

McGeorge School of Law offers two programs in Salzburg, one for undergraduate students, and another for graduate students.  Select a link below to learn more about the specific program.

Semester Abroad Exchange Program

McGeorge students may take up to six units of elective credit at another ABA-accredited law school. To request permission, submit a Rule 902 Application to the Office of Student Affairs (stop by the office to pick up a copy of the Application or email to request an electronic version). Upon approval, McGeorge will accept up to six (6) units of credit earned with passing grades in elective courses (not field placements).

Add a true international dimension to your JD program by participating in a Semester Abroad Exchange Program, spending a semester studying law at a university in another country. This program gives you an opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of another country’s legal system and culture. Gaining a global perspective is essential in today’s legal practice.

  • University of Salzburg, Austria — Students enroll in courses that are part of the collaborative LLM in Transnational Business Practice program offered by McGeorge and the University of Salzburg. Courses are taught in English and focus primarily on the law of the European Union. Knowledge of German is not required.
  • Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium — The entire new town of Louvain-la-Neuve was built around the campus of this university in the French-speaking part of Belgium. Some courses are held in English, but to be able to participate in this exchange, a reasonable fluency in French is necessary. Applications for the fall semester must be submitted by the previous May 31 and for the fall semester by the previous Oct. 31.
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark — This university has been around for centuries and is located in the heart of Denmark's largest city. It offers a full selection of law courses in English, so knowledge of Danish is not necessary to study there. Students must be nominated by McGeorge to participate in this exchange, and interested students should request to be nominated no later than May 31 for enrollment in either the following fall or spring semester.
  • Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany — This was Germany's first private law school, and it has become known throughout the world as an innovator in legal education. Exchange students are accepted for the fall semester only. Applications to be an exchange student may be made online and must be submitted by May 31 of the year for which the application is made. All courses are taught in English.

Approved classes taken at these universities will qualify for credit towards your JD degree. If you are considering an Exchange Program, please contact Clemence Kucera ( or 916.739.7353) at your earliest stages of planning.

By completing specified objectives, students are eligible to obtain a Certificate of Concentration indicating a program of study concentrating on International Law (see Certificates of Concentration section).

Students can earn academic credit for international Field Placements (also referred to as a "Semester-In-Practice" or "Summer-In-Practice"), or they can elect to volunteer. In recent years students have gone to Vietnam, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Guatemala, Cambodia, India, Switzerland (Geneva), China, and Hong Kong, among other places. A listing of available international internships is regularly updated and is available through the Career Services Office (CSO). For students interested in interning in a foreign private practice, please contact Clemence Kucera ( or 916.739.7353)

  • Visiting Scholars — Annually, the Global Center hosts 3-4 distinguished foreign professors or jurists who complete independent research projects, audit courses, and participate in campus events.
  • Visiting Foreign Faculty — The Global Center hosts 2-3 distinguished professors or practitioners each year who teach elective courses.
  • International Jurist Series — The Global Center sponsors leading judges and lawyers from around the globe who provide public lectures.
  • Global Business & Development Law Journal — Published semi-annually, the Globe provides a forum for articles, comments and notes by practitioners, legal scholars, and students on current topics of international relevance.
  • Moot Court Competition Teams — McGeorge generally fields two moot court competition teams in competitions whose subject matter involves international law issues. Students who participate in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition prepare a written brief and compete at oral argument on a dispute involving public international law.
  • International Law Society — McGeorge's International Law Society (MILS) is a student organization that brings together those interested in international law. Members meet to discuss current legal trends and the club sponsors speakers on current international topics.
  • Global Business and Law Society (MGBLS) — MGBLS is a second international-focused student organization, bringing together students who are interested specifically in international business law.

Opportunities to get involved with the above events and activities are regularly featured in The Docket, our weekly student eNewsletter featuring events, announcements and deadlines for the coming two weeks.

Contact the International Studies Program office

3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Email | Phone: 916.739.7021