University of Zurich - Semester-Long Opportunity

About the University, the City, and the Law School

The University of Zurich (UZH) is a public research university in Zurich, Switzerland. It is the largest university in Switzerland and one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. UZH is a League of European Research Universities and a Coimbra Group member. It was founded in 1833 and it has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. The UZH campus is located in the heart of Zurich, making it a convenient and attractive place to study. Zurich is a global financial center, as well as home to numerous international companies. The city’s wide variety of cultural activities and educational institutions define it as a diverse, open city with a passion for life. It is famous for its lakeside location, well-preserved old town, and spectacular alpine views.

This one-semester exchange opportunity:

• Exists for up to two upper-level J.D. students.
• Takes place during their Fall semester from mid-September to mid-December, and during their Spring Semester from February to May.
• The main language of instruction in all bachelor’s programs is German, some courses are available in English. Zurich offers courses in International and Comparative Law

Prior to Applying

• Understand J.D. graduation requirements and make sure an International Exchange semester fits your study goals/timeline.
• Carefully review the International Exchange Program Policies and Procedures.
• Review International Exchange Program information online (incl. academic calendars, course offerings, language requirements, etc.).
• Consider implications for summer and post-graduate job search (interview process for many clerkships, government honor programs, fellowships, and law firms taking place in Fall of 3L year).
• Final semester exchange is strongly discouraged to avoid delays in graduation, bar certification, etc. (typically Spring of 3L year).
• International students on an F-1 visa should contact their ISSS advisor prior to applying.

How to Apply

Submit your application through Miami Law’s online International Exchange Programs Nomination Application Form (applicants may indicate first and alternate choice of host school).
Upload supporting documentation:
• Resume
• Miami Law transcript (unofficial copy sufficient)
• Statement of Intent
• Application review process might include interview

Selection Criteria

The application process can be competitive, and we often receive more applications for nominations than we have slots available. If we are not able to approve a student for their first choice of host school, we look at the student’s alternate choice. Selection will be based on the totality of the student’s academic and professional record, including the following:
• Applicants should hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Preference will be given to students applying for an exchange during their 2L Spring or 3L Fall semester
• Demonstrated interest in international and transnational issues (e.g. previous course work, work experience, internships, volunteer activities, undergraduate study abroad, etc.)
• Demonstrated potential for success in a semester abroad program
• Defined educational objectives for the exchange semester
• Proficiency in language of instruction (where applicable)

When to Apply

• Fall Semester – Students must apply for nomination by February 1
• Spring Semester – Students must apply for nomination by September 1



For International Exchange Students Coming to Miami Law
International Exchange Student Handbook - A comprehensive guide to helping international students prepare to spend a semester at Miami Law.