Notre Dame Law School recognizes that effective legal practice requires lawyers to have a global perspective and understand how legal issues may transcend borders.
That’s why the Law School started the Notre Dame London Law Program in 1968 and, since then, added exchange programs at law schools in Chile, China, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland.
Global Lawyering Initiative
Our Global Lawyering Initiative connects students and faculty with learning and research opportunities worldwide. Learn more at law.nd.edu/global.
Notre Dame Law School also offers LL.M. and J.S.D. programs that attract lawyers from other countries to further their legal expertise by studying here. In an average year, the Law School hosts more than 30 lawyers from around the world. These students take courses with J.D. students and add valuable perspectives to class discussions.
For students interested in supplementing their J.D. with a global credential, the Law School offers a J.D./Master of Global Affairs dual-degree program in cooperation with Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs.
London Law Program
The Notre Dame London Law Program, housed at Notre Dame's London Global Gateway, is open to second- and third-year law students. Students may spend a semester or full year in London, where they learn from a faculty that consists of prominent American, British, and European legal scholars. The program also offers numerous externship opportunities with British barristers, solicitors, multinational corporations, government offices, nonprofit organizations, and law firms.
The program, founded in 1968, is the oldest study-abroad program offered by a U.S. law school and the only ABA-approved, year-long overseas program offered by a U.S. law school.
Notre Dame Law students may study abroad for a semester in:
- Chile at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
- China at Peking University Law School and Tsinghua University Law School
- Germany at Bucerius Law School
- Ireland at Trinity School of Law
- Italy at Universita Bocconi
- Switzerland at the University of Lucerne