International Studies

Mc 10Students in the Notre Dame London Law Programme take classes in Fischer Hall, located next to Trafalgar Square in central London.

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 Programme in 1968 and, since then, added exchange programs at law schools in Chile, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, and Switzerland.

Global Lawyering Initiative

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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 Programme

The Notre Dame London Law Programme, housed at Notre Dame London, 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.

Learn more: London

Exchange Programs

Notre Dame Law students may study abroad for a semester in:

  • Chile at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • China at Peking University Law School
  • China at Tsinghua University Law School
  • France at Paris II Panthéon-Assas University
  • Germany at Bucerius Law School
  • Ireland at Trinity School of Law
  • Israel at Tel Aviv University
  • Italy at Universita Bocconi
  • Kenya at Strathmore Law School
  • Switzerland at the University of Lucerne

Learn more: Exchanges

Honor Scholars Program

The Law School's Honor Scholars Program provides students with unique international opportunities for scholarly and professional development during the summer.

  • Dublin Honor Scholars Program
  • Hamburg Honor Scholars Program

Learn more: Honor Scholars