Zurich Seminar

Zurich

The Zurich seminar program focuses on international law and comparative law issues in international business. The University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland and its Faculty of Law is particularly well known in the field of business law. In this program, a small group of selected Miami students has the opportunity to spend a week in Zurich with students and professors from the University of Zurich. These students then spend one week at Miami Law hosting visiting students from the Swiss university.

About the University of Zurich

The University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland with 26,000 students. It was founded in 1833 and is one of the foremost universities in the Germany-speaking world. In 2018, US News Global Universities Rankings placed it 59th in the world. Among its strength is the Faculty of Law which is one of the leading and most diverse faculties in Europe.

About Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and one of the largest global financial centers, as well as being the 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 and densely wooded hills which run through the city.

Course Requirements

UM students participate in two sessions – one in February and one in May – and make an oral presentation in each session on one of eight pre-selected topics of controversy on a major difference in perspective between the U.S. and Europe. The other side is presented by selected law students from the University of Zurich. The students in the program also write a paper which can be used to meet the upper-level writing requirement on one of the two topics. All presentations and discussions are in English, and all students are expected to be active participants throughout both sessions.

Credits

Students will receive 2 credits for taking part in this program. Participants will enroll in a two credit workshop (a 700 level course) for the Spring semester. Students are required to participate actively and complete a short paper (up to 10 pages) for the workshop. The program can also be used to fulfill the upper level writing requirement by taking an additional credit and writing a substantially longer paper on a workshop-related topic.

Timing

The Zurich students come to Miami in February. Miami Law students travel to Zurich in May with sessions take place on the Zurich campus over three days with the aim to avoid conflict with spring exams, and to leave time for students to work or do a summer internship.

Travel & Tourism

The UM team travels over together; those wishing to stay in Europe longer may do so, but will assume any additional costs. Students need current passports, and non-American citizens may need visas for Switzerland and any other country they may be visiting.

Eligibility

2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. students are eligible to participate. The program is limited to a maximum of eight students plus two alternates. Students are selected based on:

  • Overall GPA
  • Preparation and grades in relevant law school courses such as international and comparative law, and business law subjects
  • Past experience in international affairs through foreign residence and travel, competitions, work, military or Peace Corps service
  • Past work experience in business
  • Undergraduate and graduate education
  • Scholarly writing

Tuition and Housing

UM Law students will pay their regular tuition to UM, and pay no tuition to the University of Zurich. Students will need to find housing off-campus. The University does have a number of rooms reserved for exchange students.

Costs

For the Zurich program, students contribute half of the travel cost and any increased cost their personal travel plans might entail. The two sponsoring universities cover the rest of the travel expense, lodging, most meals, entertainment, and many incidental costs.

Application

Miami Law selects the two most qualified students to propose to Zurich each academic year. Zurich will make the final decision on admission. To apply, please send:

  • A short letter (1-2 pages) stating the reasons for your interest
  • A copy of one’s CV; and
  • A copy of your unofficial law school transcript.

To Apply

As this is such an excellent opportunity and spaces are limited, admission is by competitive application only. A faculty committee selects from among those who apply. To apply, click HERE.

Deadline

Application materials need to be received by April 1st for fall semester, and by October 1st for spring semester. Please send to Sandy Abraham, Executive Liaison, sabraham@law.miami.edu.

For more Information

Questions should be directed to Sandy Abraham, 305-284-4030, sabraham@law.miami.edu