Exchange Programs

Notre Dame Law School maintains partnerships with the following institutions to host exchange programs:

  • Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile
  • Trinity School of Law in Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Peking University Law School in Beijing, China
  • Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing, China

Click here if you are an exchange student interested in studying at Notre Dame Law School.

Exchange Program Opportunities for ND Law Students

The Law School encourages all students to consider the opportunity to study abroad during their second or third year of studies. All six of these programs provide students interested in international law with a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of how the law functions in other legal systems.

For more information about the six exchange programs, see the ND Law Exchange Program Details.


Università Bocconi is one of Europe’s leading educational institutions in law. Università Bocconi is a city campus, an integral part of urban life and just five minutes away from the city center via public transport.


Trinity College Dublin School of Law is Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious law school with distinguished professors and lecturers who are leading experts in their fields and a high-caliber population of about 680 students. Dublin is a capital city of 1 million people located on the Irish Sea, which is on the east coast or Ireland. Physically a small city— all the major museums and sites are within walking distance— it has a rich cultural life manifested especially in its established and experimental theater and traditional Irish and classical music. It is a young city, with over 100,000 college-age students in its many educational institutions.


The University of Lucerne is a small university with a prestigious international reputation and roots that go back to the 17th century. The University of Lucerne overlooks the beautiful Lake Lucerne, ranking among the top Swiss law schools. It distinguishes itself by offering a more personal atmosphere for students. Learn with students from all over the world. Numerous classes are taught in English with the option to take classes in German. The Law school has two main emphases of research: business law and legal fundamentals.


Peking University Law School has the longest history of modern legal education in China. It remains in the frontier of Chinese legal education, in terms of recruiting the most talented faculty, breaking the new grounds of research, cultivating outstanding students, and building and rebuilding China's legal system.


Since its founding in 1920, Tsinghua University’s Law School has graduated many prominent legal scholars, judges and lawyers. Backed by the rich history, academic strength, and reputation of Tsinghua University, the Law School has progressed to become a leading institute in legal education and research in China. Comprised of state-of-art facilities and the finest faculty members in China, many of whom have foreign legal backgrounds, Tsinghua Law School has attracted over 1,300 students who are currently enrolled in its various undergraduate and graduate programs.


The greatest assets of Universidad Católica are its talented and restless students who are socially oriented and genuinely interested in learning and in leadership. These students, together with an excellent group of academics who develop and transfer their knowledge to them, have made the UC educational project a complete success. This project is inspired by Catholic values and works to serve both the Church and society.

How to apply

Current 1Ls and 2Ls enrolled at Notre Dame Law School will receive an email early in the spring semester to apply for the coming academic year. Once approved by the registrar and assistant dean, students may be asked to complete a separate application through the partner institution.

To be eligible for foreign exchange, rising 2Ls must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher as of the end of the spring semester of their first year of studies based on GPA, and rising 3Ls must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher as of the end of spring semester second year. Any student who does not meet that standard and who wishes to study abroad may ask the dean to waive this requirement; any waiver shall be based on the dean’s determination regarding whether there are sufficient grounds to conclude that the student will succeed academically in the program given that student’s previous academic performance in law school. The dean’s determination in this regard will be final and not appealable.