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Summer Law ProgramsRome


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply? Applications are now being accepted, and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2014, or until the program reaches full enrollment. The $100 non-refundable application fee should be submitted at time of application, as an application will not be considered complete until the application fee is received. If you have questions about the application process, please contact italy@law.edu. Applicants apply online.

Who participates in the program? Students from ABA-approved U.S. schools and foreign law schools are eligible to apply. Students who participate have been in different stages of their law school career and part time evening students have been well represented. The 2011 inaugural Program enrolled 26 J.D. students from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and 4 students from other ABA-approved law schools. In 2013, 17 J.D. students from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and 2 students from other ABA-approved law school participated. Non-CUA students participating in the past have included students from Stetson, Hofstra, Rutgers, John Marshall and Liberty law schools. The International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome will enroll up to 25-30 law students. Students will come predominantly from ABA-accredited law schools, though admission is open to Canadian, European and other foreign law students.

What are the eligibility requirements? An applicant must be in good standing and anticipate having completed one year of full- or part-time law school by Friday,  May 16, 2014, to be eligible to apply. Prior to the start of the Program, a letter must be received from the Registar or Academic Dean's office stating that the student is in good standing, eligible to participate and unconditionally eligible to return to the home law school. U.S. law students from non-ABA accredited law schools are also eligible to apply if their home law school has been granted the power to confer the J.D. degree by the appropriate governmental authority in the unapproved law school’s jurisdiction, or if graduates of the non-ABA approved law school are permitted to sit for the bar examination in the jurisdiction in which the school is located. There are no prerequisites for any of the classes. If you would like to discuss your academic interests or course selections with the Program Director, or a member of the Program faculty, please do not hesitate to contact us at Italy@law.edu.  We will be happy to offer you academic advisement as you plan your summer study.

How much does the program cost? Cost of participation varies depending on personal spending habits, lodging selected, and currency exchange rates. Please see full estimated student budget at the program's cost page.

What is covered by the deposit? The deposit is applied to the program fee, which covers mandatory health and evacuation insurance; entertainment (fieldtrips, receptions, speakers); Metro pass for local transportation; and copying services.

Is financial aid available? CUA students are eligible to apply for financial aid. They should contact our Director of Financial Aid, David Schrock (schrock@law.edu) for further information. Students from other law schools must check with their financial aid offices to ensure they will be eligible. Note that students must enroll in a a minimum of 3 credits to apply for summer financial aid.

How will I get to and around Rome? Students are encouraged to search for affordable flights upon admission to the program.  Rome has two airports: Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino (FCO) and a smaller airport Ciampino. Flights from the US usually arrive at Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino (FCO) while flights from other parts of Europe may go to Ciampino.

You may book a shuttle in advance to bring you from the airport to your lodging. They will be waiting for you with a little sign with your name on it. There are several companies that offer this service, such as www.airportshuttle.it. Those on a tight budget may wish to take the commuter train to Termini.

A taxi is the easiest (although more expensive) way to the center of the city with your luggage. Do not accept a taxi ride from people approaching you in or outside the airport saying "taxi." These are unregulated and may charge you an enormous fee. Instead, go outside and look for the official line of white taxis waiting at the taxi stand. The fixed price into Rome for the legal taxis is currently 48 euro, luggage and tip included.

Do I need a visa to participate in the program? American citizens do not need a visa to study for up to 90 days in Italy.  A current, valid passport is required, and you must send us a copy of the photo page of your passport in advance of the program to Constantia Dedoulis (dedoulis@law.edu). If you do not already have a passport, apply for one at your earliest convenience. Be sure to allow sufficient processing time. If you do have a passport, check the expiration date and renew if necessary. Your passport expiration date should be six months beyond the which you intend to return home. If your passport is not an American passport, different rules may apply.  Please contact italy@law.edu for additional information.

When should I arrive?  When should I plan on departing?  A mandatory program orientation will be held on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Classes begin on Monday, May 19th, 2014.  Examinations will be held Thursday, June 5th, and Friday, June 6th.  Students using CUA-arranged housing may check in on Saturday, May 17th. Program faculty and staff will be there to welcome you and help you settle in prior to Orientation. Rooms must be vacated by 10:00 am on Saturday morning, June 7th. If you arrive before or after these dates you are responsible for your own housing arrangements and expenses.

What are my housing options?  Students may select CUA-arranged housing, but they are also free to find their own housing in Rome. Please see full information about accommodations on our "Facilities" page.

Are meals provided? A light breakfast is included in the CUA-arranged housing, and we will be hosting opening and closing dinners. Beyond that, students provide their own meals. There are local "bars" in the area surrounding the school where one can have a coffee and pastry ("cornetto & caffè") for breakfast.  A quick lunch is available in the neighborhood as well. There are nearby grocery stores where you can buy your own food. In addition, there is a reasonably priced student cafeteria and coffee bar on the Lateran University campus, in our own classroom building.