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’).
The maximum number of credits a student may earn in an overseas summer program is six; and regardless of how many summer credits earned the student will still have to be in residence on the St. Thomas campus for six semesters. 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. Students are cautioned that most international programs have strict cancellation fee schedules and so proceeding with an application with uncertainty of standing is not advised.
For the complete 2013 Policies and Procedures, click here.