With our focus on international law, many students spend a session learning about the law in other countries. Career Services maintains a list of study abroad programs. To receive credit, classes must be pre-approved by the Academic Affairs Committee; the registrar can provide credit information and residency requirements.
The Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE) is a group of private law schools: California Western School of Law, New England School of Law in Boston, South Texas College of Law in Houston, and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. Under its auspices, students may study abroad with European and U.S. professors and intern at British legal offices or The Hague.
Through the Consortium, students may take courses for transfer credit during several summer abroad programs:
The Consortium also sponsors semester abroad programs where students may receive full credit. These programs are:
The student and faculty exchange program with the Faculty of Law at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand allows students and faculty to gain first-hand knowledge about another legal system.
California Western faculty have taught at Victoria and brought back to the classroom new perspectives gained from their teaching experience. The faculty visiting from Victoria teach in the areas of International Law, Comparative Law, Common Law and Jurisprudence.
Beginning in 1997, California Western received ABA and AALS approval for upper-division students to receive up to one trimester of academic credit for studies at Victoria University. Students from Victoria can attend California Western for one semester. Two second- or third-year students may attend Victoria each trimester.
Students interested in the New Zealand exchange should review these guidelines. Interested students may obtain information from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.