Semester Abroad

As part of its mission of training its student body in both the American common law and the civil law that governs the majority of jurisdictions in the global community, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center develops and promotes study abroad opportunities. These can take the form of summer programs, semester abroad at a foreign institution, or international externships. These programs aim at enhancing participating students’ comparative legal skills and understanding of international law, at promoting through life experience the understanding of foreign legal systems and cultures, and at favoring contact and interaction with legal actors in different parts of the world. Studying abroad provides the students with a broader perspective from which to approach their legal education and future careers.

What is Semester Abroad?
Semester Abroad is a program that allows J.D. students in good academic standing who have completed their first year studies to spend a semester at a partner university in a foreign country.  Students may select either fall or spring semester, preferably the spring semester of the second year or the fall semester of the third year.

Which foreign universities participate in the program?
Currently, the Law Center has partnered with the following universities:

*University of Essex
*Université Jean Moulin – Lyon III, France
Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Como, Italy
*University of Maastricht, the Netherlands

South America:
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
*Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Lima, Peru
*Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

*Indicates that the university offers classes in English

If you are interested in a foreign university that is not listed above, please contact Dr. Olivier Moréteau at  Chances are that a non-partner university may welcome you as a tuition-paying “free mover”.

How does Semester Abroad work?
A student participating in the Semester Abroad program at a partner university pays tuition and fees at the LSU Law Center, but attends classes at the foreign university. The student does not pay tuition at the foreign university, but is responsible for traveling costs, living expenses, books, and all other related expenses. Courses are selected in consultation with the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs, Dr. Olivier Moréteau, and reviewed by the Registrar, upon approval by the Executive Committee. Credit will be awarded at the LSU Law Center for successfully completed courses, thus counting toward the number of credits needed to graduate.

If you are interested in learning more about the Semester Abroad program, please contact Dr. Moréteau at  Semester Abroad: It’s not just education, it’s an adventure and a life-changing experience!