International, Study Abroad & Exchange Programs
The School of Law is proud to offer many international programs to Texas Law’s J.D. students.
In accordance with paragraph I.A.3 of the American Bar Association’s Criteria for Student Study at a Foreign Institution, the University of Texas at Austin School of Law sets forth the following objectives for students studying abroad and receiving JD credit:
The University Of Texas School of Law recognizes the value of an international component to legal education. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected very few legal issues are exclusively domestic. Exposure to different legal systems equips student with the skills they need to recognize and handle the complexity of international legal issues. Further, exposure to foreign cultures and languages deepens students’ personal development and trains lawyers who are better able to handle clients of all backgrounds. In addition, law students strengthen their understanding of United States by comparing it to different legal systems. These programs are open to Texas Law students going abroad their 3L year.
See what Texas Law Alumni are saying about their decisions to study abroad here.
Information Regarding COVID-19 and Study Abroad Programs 2020-2021 can be found here.
Students can travel all over the world to learn about foreign legal systems, gain specialized expertise in areas of law while attending our prestigious law school partners. Texas Law students may attend English instruction or after providing language proficiency may study in a foreign language. Students will spend the fall semester of their 3L year abroad. Students will receive credit toward their J.D. upon successfully completing courses abroad and submitting foreign credit to the Graduate & International Programs office for credit conversion toward their University of Texas School of Law J.D. degree.
Students can earn their J.D. in conjunction with a foreign Law degree at an international law school in a total of three and a half to four years. Students will spend their 3L year abroad and will be eligible to receive a degree from the foreign institution upon successfully completing the foreign degree requirements. Students will submit the same credits to the Graduate & International Programs office for credit conversion toward their University of Texas School of Law J.D. degree.
Students can earn their J.D. in conjunction with a the Licenciatura en Derecho in a total of five to six years. Students will spend their 3L year abroad and will be eligible to receive the degree from ITAM upon successfully completing the foreign degree requirements. Successful completion of the Licenciado en Derecho allows students to practice law in Mexico. Students will submit the same credits to the Graduate & International Programs office for credit conversion toward their University of Texas School of Law J.D. degree.
Outgoing Exchange Student applications are due 2L fall to study abroad during the 3L year.
We have a robust exchange with our partner schools. Any student interested in studying at Texas Law for a semester or a year should contact their home university to determine whether there is an existing partnership. We look forward to welcoming you to Austin!