Thank you for your interest in the Catholic University’s summer abroad law programs. The Law School's 2020 and 2021 summer law programs were suspended, but we plan to return in 2022!

For nearly thirty years, Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law has offered law students from Catholic University and around the world the opportunity to enrich their academic study and preparation for professional life by offering summer legal study abroad. In the interest of the health and safety of our participants, the 2020 and 2021 summer abroad law programs were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the emergence of new variants in Europe and elsewhere, and the lack of widespread availability of vaccinations.

In 2022 summer, the Law School is pleased and proud to offer its International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy, and its International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland, with optional externships at international law firms. The health and safety of all participants is still our paramount concern, but we are hopeful conditions will improve significantly by next summer, making it possible for safe travel and study abroad to take place.

The programs planned for 2021 will be offered in Summer 2022, with the same schedules and facilities, and the same or similar faculty and courses. Visit the summer abroad programs website frequently for updates on the International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy, and the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland.

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International Human Rights Summer Law Program Rome, Italy

Tentative dates: May 15 to June 5, 2022 (4 credits) (click here to learn more about the program)

We look forward to hosting the International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome in Summer 2022. Students earn four credits over a concentrated three-week program of study. Students study and live in Rome, the Eternal City, which is home to the Holy See, a major international advocate for human rights and provider of humanitarian relief throughout the world. Rome is also the headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization as well as other legal and humanitarian institutions of interest to those studying human rights.

In addition, Rome's historical, cultural, religious, and legal significance make it a perfect setting for a concentrated study of human rights law. Students select two 2-credit courses from a menu of courses that focuses on different aspects of human rights law. Formal study is supplemented with planned visits to local legal institutions and organizations, as well as the opportunity to explore the city of Rome and enjoy some of Italy’s religious, cultural, and historic treasures. At the completion of the program, students still have over two months free for summer employment before classes commence for the fall semester. Alternatively, students may continue their legal studies by applying to participate in our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow.

2018 - CUA Law students study human rights law in the Eternal City

2016 – CUA Law Students Participate in CUA’s International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome

International Business and Trade Summer Law Program Krakow, Poland

Tentative dates: June 12 – July 15, 2022 (3 – 6 credits) (click here to learn more about the program)

Catholic University’s joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Krakow has provided students with intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives on regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the EU, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. As the nations of our world become more connected and interdependent, and today's lawyers are increasingly called upon to demonstrate competency in the laws of more than one country, our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for global practice.

Poland is an ideal site for our program in law of the European Union and international business and trade, as the nation has undergone numerous transitions to one of the most dynamic economies in the European Union, attracting investment from Germany, China, the United States and many other countries. Foreign investment has driven down labor costs, raised productivity, and contributed to the transformation of Poland into a successful market economy.

While students earn three to six credits, they engage in a true cultural exchange as they study alongside English-speaking Polish students. The rigorous curriculum will be enhanced with activities that include a tour of Krakow and several cultural and historical excursions. For those interested in acquiring practical experience in either an American or Polish law firm or legal institution, externship placements may be arranged through the director of the program either before the program commences, during or after it has concluded.

2019 - The International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland Remains a Strong Vibrant Opportunity for Law Students

2018 - Law Students Participate in CUA Law's 2018 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland 

2018 (Fall) - CUA Law Reunion Weekend Speaker Series Celebrates 15th Anniversary of the CUA-JU LL.M. in American Law and 27 years of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program

2017 - CUA 2017 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program, Krakow Poland

2016 – CUA 2016 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland Celebrates 25th Anniversary