Study Abroad FAQ

Q: Do I need permission from New York Law School to attend a study abroad program?

A: Yes. Students must submit a proposed course schedule complete with descriptions to the Office of Academic Affairs and receive written approval prior to attending a study abroad program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Students must be in good academic standing to seek permission to attend a study abroad program.

Summer Abroad Permission Request Form

(submit completed form to Danielle Friedman, Associate Director of Academic Affairs)

Semester Abroad Permission Request Form
(submit completed form to Danielle Friedman, Associate Director of Academic Affairs)

Note: Students who attend study abroad programs without receiving prior approval from the Office of Academic Affairs will not receive any credits toward the JD degree.

Q: Where can I get a list of ABA approved study abroad programs?

A: A list of approved programs can be found on the ABA website at www.abanet.org/legaled/studyabroad/abroad.html.

Q: How many credits can I transfer? Will they be applied towards the eighty-six (86) credits necessary for graduation?

A: Provided students receive a grade of “C” or better, New York Law School will transfer up to (16) academic credits earned through a semester abroad program and up to six (6) academic credits earned through a summer abroad program. The credits will be applied towards the eighty-six (86) academic credits necessary for graduation. Students may receive academic credit for only one summer abroad program while at New York Law School.

Note: New York Law School will transfer academic credits earned through a study abroad program for students in the Comprehensive Curriculum Program, however, those credits will not be applied towards the eighty-six (86) academic credits necessary for graduation.

Q: Will the grades I receive during a study abroad program be included in my GPA?

A: No. New York Law School will not transfer the grades received for coursework completed during a study abroad program, and will not include such grades in a students’ cumulative GPA.

Q: Will I receive residence credit for a study abroad program?

A: In general, students will receive residence credit for a semester abroad program, however, New York Law School does not generally award residence credit for summer abroad programs because such programs usually do not guarantee the amount of class hours required by the ABA. Therefore, students should not plan to use summer abroad programs to accelerate graduation dates. A complete description of the residency requirements and summer abroad criteria can be found on the ABA website at www.abanet.org/legaled/studyabroad/abroad.html.