2013 Study Abroad Procedures

Policies and Procedures for programs offered by other U.S. institutions

Study Abroad Options

The School of Law will accept credits from an overseas summer program of an ABA-accredited law school, as long as that program has been approved by the ABA, and as long as the student achieves a grade of "C" or better in each course for which he or she seeks credit. To be certain that your program is ABA-approved, verify the program school’s ABA status at www.abanet.org (click on ‘resources for students’).

Academically many law programs abroad offer a wide range of subjects such as comparative systems or topics in international law; thus study abroad presents an academic opportunity that ‘contextualizes’ being in another culture while studying. For summer law school programs go to http://www.studyabroad.com/ (select ‘summer programs’).

No matter how many credits a student earns in an overseas summer program, the student will still have to be in residence on the St. Thomas campus for six semesters in order to complete a St. Thomas law degree. In other words, a student cannot graduate early because of credits earned in an overseas summer program.

A first-year student who does not achieve at least a 2.00 GPA in the first semester may not enroll in an overseas summer program or make a deposit on such a program without the permission of the Associate Dean.

A student may not earn credit in an overseas summer program if he or she is not in good academic standing. For example, a first-year student who has not achieved at least a 2.00 GPA in the second semester may not earn credit in an overseas program during the summer between the first and second years of law school. Students should bear this policy in mind when deciding whether to make a non-refundable deposit on a program.

Study Abroad Advising

Law Students seeking to apply to programs offered by other U.S. institutions abroad should consult with Tim Dohmen, Study Abroad Advisor in International Education, as they prepare an application for study abroad. You can reach Mr. Dohmen at 651-962-6444, or tedohmen@stthomas.edu.

Selection of Students

All students participating in study abroad must be in good academic standing.  For graduate students, the approval for students to study abroad will be the prerogative of the individual graduate program directors or deans.

Students will be expected to work closely with their academic advisors to identify and gain graduate school approval for the courses taken abroad. Students will be expected to obtain such approval in writing as part of the formal application process. Once approved by their respective graduate programs, the student application should be submitted Associate Director of International Education.

Once a student receives approval, the IEC is then responsible for forwarding the application on to the program or host institution, ensuring proper registration and billing for the student at St. Thomas for the period abroad.