Exchange Programs

The Law School encourages all students to consider the opportunity for studying abroad during either their second or third year of studies. To be eligible, rising second-year students 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 third-year students 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 even given that student’s previous academic performance in law school. The Dean’s determination in this regard will be final and not appealable.

Exchange Program Opportunities for NDLS Students

As a Notre Dame Law School student, you may apply to study for a semester at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in South America, at Trinity School of Law in Dublin, Ireland, at University of Lucerne in Switzerland, or at either Peking University Law School or Tsinghua University School of Law in Bejing, China. 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.

Interested students (currently enrolled at NDLS) should email their Statement of Intent to Attend the Notre Dame Law School Exchange Program to Law School Registrar Anne Hamilton at For more information about the six exchange programs, you may view the Frequently Asked Questions.


Peking University Law School was officially inaugurated on June 26, 1999. Its precursor was the Law Department of Peking University, which was founded in the year of 1904, and therefore the institution with the longest history of modern legal education in China.

Tsinghua University has deep roots in the development of legal and political education in modern China. Over the past 20 years, legal education and research at Tsinghua University has made outstanding achievements. Loyal to Tsinghua’s motto of “Self Strengthening, and Social Commitments”, the School of Law has maintained high standards with its own characteristics.


The professors oversee the following School of Law investigation centers: Center for Family Studies, Center of International Commerce and Foreign Investment, Center of Advanced Legal Studies, Center of Mediation and Negotiation, Program of Administrative Economic Law, Center of Religious Liberty, Center of Antitrust Studies. The faculty also participates in the Center for International Studies.


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. During the past two years, two NDLS students have attended Bocconi and we have welcomed a number of Bocconi law students to our campus and law classes.


Trinity College, one of the Republic of Ireland’s best universities. 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 theatre 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.

For Exchange Students to Study at Notre Dame Law School

Eligibility to Study at Notre Dame Law School
Your home school must have an exchange agreement with Notre Dame Law School. The DS-2019 process can only begin after your participating home institution program director contacts the Law School to confirm selection and attendance of their respective candidates. Current exchange agreements exist with Brocconi University in Milan, Italy and Catholic University of Chile, Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

J-1 Visa
If admitted to one of the Law School’s semester long exchange programs, students will be contacted by the Admissions Office to provide financial documentation to begin the visa process. Once students submit sufficient financial documentation the university will issue the student a Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange (J-1) Visitor Status via the DS-2019 form.

Whether students have a sponsor or are self-supporting, students must show a bank statement, a letter from a bank, or a letter and a bank statement from a person or organization who will provide support. Students must provide proof of support sufficient to cover their expenditures for one complete semester.

Housing and Transportation
The University’s Office of International Student Services has additional information pertaining to the visa processes, housing and transportation.

Please direct all visa questions to Marisa Villano at