Thank you for your interest in Catholic University’s summer abroad law programs!

For over twenty-five 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 Summer 2019, we are pleased and proud to offer our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow, Poland, with optional externships at international law firms. The Law School's International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy, will be offered again in 2020.

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International Business and Trade Summer Law Program Cracow, Poland

June 15 to July 17, 2019 (3 – 6 credits) (click here to learn more about the program)

Catholic University’s joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow 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 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 will study and live with English-speaking Polish students, making the program a true cultural exchange. The rigorous curriculum will be enhanced with activities that include a tour of Cracow and several cultural and historical excursions. For those interested in acquiring practical experience in either an American or Polish law firm or legal institution, non-credit internship placements may be arranged through the director of the program either before the program commences or after it has concluded.

2018 - CUA 2018 Cracow Summer Law Program - 27th Consecutive Year

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

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



International Human Rights Summer Law Program Rome, Italy

TBA - Offered again in 2020 (mid-May to early-June) 4 credits (click here to learn more about the program)

International Human Rights Summer Law Program is offered in even years. We look forward to hosting the program again in Summer 2020. 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 group of courses that focuses on different aspects of human rights law. The course selections include existing offerings in Catholic University’s curriculum, as well as courses designed specifically for this program. 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 Cracow.

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