The Catholic University's International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow will enroll up to 25 law students. Students will come predominantly from ABA-accredited law schools, although admission is open to Canadian, European, and other foreign law students. 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. The Program also includes LL.M. students enrolled in Catholic Law’s American Law Program and admits up to 20 Polish students from various law schools in Poland.

An applicant must be in good standing and anticipate having completed one year of full- or part-time law school by Friday, May 12, 2023, to be eligible to apply. Students from foreign law schools must have completed the equivalent of one year of legal study to apply. Prior to registration in the program, a letter must be received from the Registrar or Academic Dean’s office of the student’s home law school stating that the student is in good standing and eligible to participate. The application priority deadline is March 6, 2023, or until the program reaches capacity. Completed applications will be processed upon receipt of the non-refundable $50 application fee.

This program has been approved by the American Bar Association. However, each applicant's law school still has the discretion as to whether to accept the transfer of summer credits. Thus, it is each applicant's responsibility to obtain this information from his or her home law school. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student's home school.

Applicants who are interested in using the summer credit to accelerate graduation should check with their law school's Registrar's Office or Academic Dean’s office to determine whether this summer program meets residency requirements. It is unlikely that the credits in a foreign summer program can be used to accelerate graduation.

Polish Applicants:

Do not use the online application form. All Polish students interested in applying for admission to the Summer Law Program should contact the coordinator listed below for further information on the recruitment procedure. May 14, 2023, is the final deadline for application.

Fee requirements regarding tuition do not apply to Polish students. However, a $200 administrative fee will be due upon admittance. Polish students are responsible for their own room and board. Polish students admitted to the program may be eligible to receive scholarships and other financial support provided by the program sponsors, subject to their availability. More information will be distributed by the coordinators.

Polish applicants should contact:

Dr. Piotr Szwedo
Krakow Coordinator
Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

Cancellation Policy

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law reserves the right to change or cancel the program at any time prior to May 1, 2023. Cancellation at a later date will occur only if necessary for reasons beyond the control of the law school. If the law school cancels the program, all tuition and deposit charges will be returned and applicants will be assisted in locating and gaining admission to another international summer law program.