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Summer Program: Law Internships in London
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Description:

What You Need to Know

London is your campus for the summer law program. The city affords boundless opportunities for immersion in legal history, as well as observation of modern legal institutions in action. Your summer program schedule provides ample time to enjoy the culture and excitement of urban London and the beauty of the English countryside.

Syracuse University's College of Law offers law students a summer of legal study through internships in London. This program is for law students only. It is open to students from law schools throughout the country and Canada. Students learn about the English legal system through the comparative law experience.

The summer law program has been approved by the American Bar Association and is offered as part of the fully accredited curriculum of the Syracuse University College of Law. The College of Law is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

After completing an introductory course on the English legal system, you commence a six-week internship in one of several prominent legal settings. The practitioners providing internships include solicitors specializing in criminal, labor and employment, tort, business law, intellectual property or property law; barristers whose chambers focus on criminal defense, commercial law, children's rights, and corporate transactions; public servant practitioners performing city-based transactional work, and criminal prosecution with the Crown Prosecution Service and corporate lawyers practicing in the areas of finance and commercial work.

Each placement affords the opportunity for applied study of lawyering skills ranging from client-related activities such as case-management, interviewing, and trial preparation and participation to more theoretical activities requiring research and writing, problem-analysis and extensive observation.

Your internship experience is enhanced by weekly seminars conducted by the SU College of Law faculty and English practitioners. Through the combination of clerkship, weekly seminars, and reflective journals, you develop legal skills in an environment foreign enough to broaden perspectives, yet sufficiently familiar to allow valuable training for practice in the United States.

Eligibility and Requirements

Any student in good standing at an accredited law school who has completed at least one year of full-time or part-time legal study by May 19, 2016 is eligible to apply. Anticipated enrollment for the summer 2016 program is 20-25 students. Based upon previous experience, it is expected that approximately two-thirds of the students will come from Syracuse University College of Law and the remainder will come from law schools throughout the United States and Canada.

Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student's home institution. It is unlikely that participation in foreign summer programs may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should contact their home institution to review this issue more thoroughly.

Travel and Living

Students will arrange and pay for their own round-trip transportation to London. Local transportation within London is not covered by the program fee; students will have to cover the cost of transportation to and from your internship placement.

Advantage Travel will arrange a group flight for students on this program. We encourage students to travel on the group flight, which includes ground transportation upon arrival. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

The cost of pre-arranged housing is not included in the program fee and you will be charged an additional rate ($2,800) if you choose to live in the flats. Students who choose pre-arranged housing are housed in shared rooms in furnished flats arranged by Syracuse University for the duration of the program. Internet is available in the flats. 

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Law in London: Clinical Internships
(Law, 910, 6 credits, graduate)

Students are graded on a pass/fail basis unless their school requires an assigned grade. In preparation for their assignments, interns take part in an intensive course on the legal system (described below). Internship work will then be augmented by weekly seminars led by faculty and practioners. In addition to mandatory attendance of classes and seminar sessions, program requirements include maintaining a journal and professional portfolio of your internship work, good and faithful discharge of internship responsibilities, and submission of an analytical and reflective essay on comparative (English/American) law.

The course meets for a minimum of 15 hours during the five-day period from May 23 through May 27. Through a series of lectures and discussions, students receive an intensive exposure in fundamental tenets of English law. The program emphasizes English legal institutions, the legal profession, court structure, and procedure in both civil and criminal cases, as well as selected areas of substantive law. Classes are supplemented by visits to one of the Inns of Court and a guided tour of "Legal London".

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Christian C. Day has been a director of the London law program for 11 summers.  He teaches corporate law at the Syracuse University College of Law.

Associate Dean for International Initiatives and Professor of Law Aviva Abramovsky, who has served as associate director of the program since 2009, is an expert on insurance law and professional responsibility.


Program begins: May 19, 2016
Class begins: May 19, 2016
Internships in London end: July 9, 2016
Application deadline: February 20*

* Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


GRADUATE (6 credits)
Tuition $7,500 (estimated rate)
Program Fee $800 (estimated rate)
Housing in London  $2,800
Total $11,100 (estimated rate)

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,300
Personal: $1,500
Meals: $1,900
Visa Fees: $465
Inter-city transportation: $300

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/20/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/19/2016 07/09/2016
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.