McGeorge law school's long-standing Summer Program on International Legal Studies has been operating in the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria since 1974. McGeorge's summer program offers a unique opportunity for law students to study and work abroad. Prior to the program, students can choose to intern with firms in Europe for a period of six weeks.

This year, we are particularly pleased to announce that the Hon. Consuelo M. Callahan '75 from the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Associate Justice Martin J. Jenkins from the California Supreme Court will co-teach Freedom of Expression in Europe and the US.

Not only will students get the opportunity to spend time in a 16th-century classroom, but they will also have additional time to engage with students and professors during social activities. In addition to law students and graduates from the United States, the program seeks to enroll students from other countries. For summer 2024, we anticipate enrolling 30 law students. In 2023, we enrolled 20 students from U.S. law schools.


The European Law in Practice (internship) portion of the program runs from May 20 to June 28, 2024.

The Summer Program in Salzburg runs from June 30 to July 19, 2024.

Learning Outcomes

Develop your international legal competence skills while studying and/or working in Europe. Students can expect to have a better understanding of the different legal systems that exist worldwide and to developed global legal analytical skills.

The priority application deadline is March 1, 2024.

  • Submit your application. (This program is open to law students in good standing enrolled in law school either in the United States or internationally.)
  • Secure your place by paying your deposit ($300, which will apply towards tuition)

Enriching international law program

Expert faculty and unique peer/faculty interactions

Course Offerings

May 20 to June 28, 2024 

In addition to the courses offered in Salzburg, McGeorge offers students the opportunity to participate in one of our pre-program internships to complete their European Summer Experience.

We have several pre-established internship placements, and continue to develop additional opportunities based on student interests. Once you have registered for the Salzburg program and indicated that you wish to participate in the Pre-Program International Internship, we will contact you to discuss your options and preferences. Students are required to enroll in a one-unit summer course — European Law in Practice.

Summer 2024 Application Information

Internship dates for Summer 2024 — May 20 to June 28, 2024

To apply for a pre-program international internship you will need to:

  • Register for the Salzburg program,
  • Submit a current resume, and
  • Meet with Dean Kucera.

Past internship opportunities included:

  • CMS Hasche Sigle in Cologne, Germany
  • Maiano Pisano & Partners in Milan, Italy
  • Hansjürgen Schnur, RA in Leipzig, Germany
  • BSH Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich, Germany
  • Held Berdnik Astner & Partners in Vienna, Graz, and Klagenfurt, Austria
  • AKD in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jeannée Mikula Rechtsanwälte in Vienna, Austria
  • DWF Germany in Munich, Germany
  • DWF Germany in Munchen, Germany
  • CMS Hasche Sigle in Berlin, Germany
  • Harnisch & Partner in Berlin, Germany
  • Avanade in Madrid, Spain
  • Avanade in Milan, Italy
  • Research positions available at the University of Parma

In this course, students we learn some of the major mechanisms for protecting freedom of expression in Europe, focusing in particular on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), but also sometimes looking at European (E.U.) law, contrasting these systems with the position of the United States.

The course examines the theoretical, ethical, and practical skills essential to lawyers representing a broad array of domestic and international stakeholders in the entertainment industry from directors to actors, writers and producers. Students will learn how to conduct typical contract negotiations with artists guilds as well as negotiations of separation and exit agreements for breaches of contract.

Living & Studying in Salzburg

Housing will be at the Institut St. Sebatian, located in the city of Salzburg, within walking distance of the Faculty of Law building and historic Old Town (approximately 15 minutes).

Student housing will be available for occupancy beginning June 29, 2024, with a move-in time TBD. Check-out will be July 20, 2024.

In Salzburg, the most convenient way to move around the city is by walking. Students will be able to walk to their classes in Salzburg's Old Town from the residence halls, just across the river.

Although most students walk everywhere within the city limits, the city bus system is an inexpensive and efficient way to get around Salzburg. If you are planning any excursions beyond Salzburg, you can take a bus or train. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines throughout Salzburg or on the city bus app, from one-way tickets to week-long passes. The train station is about a 20-minute walk to the center of the city. Buses regularly depart from the station to various areas of the city. See more information about transportation options within the city and beyond.

The main train station is in downtown Salzburg. It is about a 20-minute walk from Institut San Sebastian. 

Salzburg and surrounding areas. Many students opt to travel to surrounding countries and cities on the weekends. 

All classes are held at the University of Salzburg Faculty of Law building, a 16th-century palace, in the heart of the Old Town. Most of the classrooms are not air-conditioned.

Every effort is made to accommodate persons with physical, medical and/or learning disabilities; however, McGeorge cannot ensure that the housing and classroom facilities used in the Salzburg summer program will meet the same standards for accessibility as do the facilities of the school's campus in Sacramento. Persons with disabilities that affect mobility should particularly note that historic European cities such as Salzburg present significant barriers to mobility over which McGeorge has no control Please contact our Dean of Students about possible accommodation needs.  

The cost of airfare, meals (other than the organized events and dinner) and personal expenses are not included. A budget of $40 per day is estimated to be sufficient to cover additional expenses not included with the program fee. The suggested daily budget does not include any additional travel or excursions you may take during your time in Salzburg. 

Graduate Program Tuition 

  • $1,300 per unit 
  • Payment is due on first day of class — July 1, 2024 

Students must enroll in the two courses offered in Salzburg. In addition, students participating in an internship must also enroll in one (1) unit for the pre-program internship. 

2024 Student Program Fee 

  • Program fee is $500 
  • Payment is due May 1, 2024

This fee includes course materials, opening and closing dinners, and excursions to legal institutions. 

2024 Student Salzburg Housing Fee 1 

  • Single room housing fee is $1,850 
  • Double room housing fee is $1,600
  • Payment due by May 1, 2024 

All students must stay in the student dorms arranged through the program. 

1The Housing fee does not include housing for pre-program internships. Students must coordinate their own housing. 

The fee for the rooms includes 

  • Daily breakfast buffet 
  • Bed-linen and towels changed weekly 
  • Rooms cleaned weekly 
  • Internet access in room with cable 
  • Small refrigerator and microwave available in common area
  • Laundry for a fee
  • Rooftop terrace access
  • Common areas/TV rooms 

Student housing will be available for occupancy beginning June 29, 2024, with a move-in time TBD. Check-out will be July 20, 2024.

Accompanying Person Fee 

  • $300 — due May 1, 2024 

Non-students may accompany persons enrolled in the program on a space-available basis. The accompanying person fee includes dinner and receptions, and program-related social activities. Accompanying persons may not attend classes, but may attend tours or excursions to legal institutions. 

Summer Abroad Programs Policies and Disclosures

Students and recent graduates of ABA or state accredited U.S. law schools or fully-accredited foreign law schools, who have completed a minimum of one year of full or part-time study and are in good standing at time of application, are eligible for admission. Please note that admitted students who are academically disqualified or who disenroll from law school for other reasons either prior to the first day of class of the program or during the program will not be allowed to participate/continue in the program. 

Students enrolled in law schools other than the University of the Pacific should check with their appropriate school official regarding procedures to follow for transfer of credit earned from participation in classroom courses toward fulfilling degree requirements. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program, is subject to determination by the student's home law school. 

Class schedules, lecturers, and topics covered (i.e., the "syllabus") may be adjusted based on availability of lecturers or facilities. Visits to legal institutions or other tours and events may be altered based on the availability of facilities, guides, or lecturers, etc. Students will be provided with as much notice as possible and appropriate substitution will be provided. Adjustments will not substantially affect the content of the program, and do not constitute a "substantial modification" of the program. 

Unforeseen events beyond our control may require substantial modification or cancellation of a program. If the Program is cancelled, students will be immediately notified by email. Among the reasons a program may be cancelled or modified are the following: 

  1. Area of Instability. If the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet for the country in which the program is conducted indicates that it is an "area of instability," students will be promptly notified, and the program will be cancelled or modified. Even if the country has not been officially deemed an "area of instability," the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law may cancel or substantially modify a program where it deems the risk of harm to be at an unacceptable level. 
  2. Travel Warning. If, prior to the commencement of a program or during the course of a program, a serious U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the country in which the program will be conducted, students will be promptly notified of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. 
  3. War, civil unrest, terror threats, epidemics, or health hazards which pose unacceptable risks of harm to participants. 
  4. Unforeseen events, such as fires, extreme weather, or natural disasters, which render the classrooms or other site facilities including student housing unavailable or unsuitable for use. 
  5. Labor unrest or strikes which make transportation to the site or the use of essential facilities at the site impossible, unduly difficult or hazardous. 
  6. Incapacity or unavailability of key or necessary faculty or personnel, for which no substitute can be arranged in a timely manner. 
  7. Low enrollment. Programs that have fewer than the minimum required number of admitted students as of April 1, 2024 are subject to cancellation. The School of Law will promptly notify admitted students of any cancellation or substantial modification and the reasons therefore. 


If the program is cancelled for the reasons as set out above, students will receive a full refund of all payments made within 20 days, except for the room and board payments utilized prior to the date of cancellation. 

For withdrawal made prior to May 1, 2024 students will receive a refund of all monies advanced except for the deposit. 

For withdrawal made after May 1, 2024 but prior to the first date of the respective program, students will only be refunded tuition. All other fees will be forfeited. 

For withdrawal during the course of the program, all fees including tuition are forfeited. 

Grading will comport with the University of the Pacific’s grading practices. Students attending from other colleges or universities should seek guidance from their home institution as to whether course units will credited and how grades will be reported on their official transcripts. 

Regular and punctual class attendance is mandatory. The faculty expects that you will be fully prepared and that you will actively participate in class. The faculty is required to take class attendance, preparation, participation, and performance into consideration in grading. Your attendance and active involvement in class discussion form a central part of the learning process for you and your classmates. Failure to meet the minimum standards set by your professors may result in a lower grade, or exclusion from taking the final examination, resulting in a failing grade. 

University of the Pacific students receiving financial aid to cover summer abroad program tuition will have their student accounts debited once financial aid is disbursed. Important — If you expect to have funds from your financial aid office deposited to your bank account after you arrive in the program country, be sure to bring enough money to cover your expenses for several days. Program staff cannot cash personal checks that are drawn on a U.S. bank. University of the Pacific students should discuss availability of Financial Aid with the school's Financial Aid Office

Students from other law schools should contact the financial aid office of their home institution. 

Every effort is made to accommodate persons with physical, medical and/or learning disabilities; however, the University of the Pacific cannot ensure that the housing and classroom facilities used in the summer programs abroad will meet the same standards for accessibility as do the facilities of the school's campuses in Stockton and Sacramento. Please contact our Dean of Students about possible accommodation needs. 

The U.S. Department of State lists current travel advisories, if any, for each of the summer abroad program countries. University of the Pacific will take these into consideration to determine if it is safe to run or cancel the program. 

United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Austria, although you will need your passport with a validity of at least six months to enter. It is required for students to have their passport on-hand while traveling throughout the European countries.  

A passport is a document issued by your government allowing you to travel abroad. A visa is a permit issued by the government you are planning to visit allowing you to enter that country. Passports and visas are the responsibility of the student. 

United States citizens can obtain a passport application from the nearest U.S. Department of State Passport Office or from certain State and Federal courts and post offices. If you lose your passport while abroad, contact the nearest U.S. embassy immediately. 

To avoid any delay in obtaining your visa or passport, be sure to apply as early as possible. 

In addition, students may need to provide proof of COVID19 vaccination or negative PCR test. This health requirement changes quickly and we will make sure to inform all confirmed students with such entry requirement. 

Students who enroll in one of McGeorge's summer abroad programs are required to provide proof of medical insurance that covers them overseas. To request more information about student medical insurance policies, contact our office. 

If you are a student at University of the Pacific and have the student medical plan, you are covered while abroad, including travel assistance with evacuation benefits that meet most Visa requirements. Students who have other private medical or travel insurance should check their insurance plans to ascertain if the plan extends while away abroad. 

If you need to purchase short term international medical insurance, please refer to the list of providers below: 

When traveling abroad, you will have many new cultural experiences. You are reminded that you will be governed by the laws and regulations of the host country, and you need to be mindful that some of Austria's rules will vary significantly from the United States. An important aspect of the summer study abroad program is to be alert to these cultural and legal differences. 

University of the Pacific’s ability to offer this faculty-led program depends on changing circumstances that may necessarily lead to its suspension or require an early return. In such cases, expenses incurred, whether prior to departure, while abroad, or during repatriation are solely the responsibility of the participant. Pacific cannot and does not assume any responsibility for financial losses related to this opportunity (e.g., application costs, program fees, tuition, transportation, visas, room and board or insurance). It is highly recommended that you remain informed of developments in both the region and host country as well as changes to relevant visa regulations and COVID-19 related requirements. For the most up-to-date information on Pacific’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 Updates | University of the Pacific.


Contact the Summer Abroad Program office
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Email | Phone: 916.739.7021