Miami Law has partnered with the University of Florence in Florence, Italy and with Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain to create two new international semester exchange programs.
Sandra Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives, believes these are two excellent additions to Miami Law’s current list of programs. “We look forward to having our J.D. students participate and to welcoming their students here.”
Abraham worked with Professor Michele Papa from the Law Faculty at the University of Florence who has taught a short course at Miami during the past two years, and was very interested in establishing a collaborative agreement with the Law School. Comillas Pontifical University also approached Miami Law with a similar interest.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Florence is one of Italy’s most prestigious law faculties and is part of Italy’s national public university system. The Faculty of Law currently has 2,500 students in its 4-year undergraduate law program.
In addition to its large selection of law courses taught in Italian, it now offers a portfolio of law courses taught in English, making it possible for Miami Law students to complete their semester with these courses. Complementing the University is the “City of Flowers.” Florence remains one of Europe’s finest repositories of art and culture making it a rich historical resource for students who choose to study there.
At Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain, J.D. students will be able to take a full semester’s worth of courses taught in English. This university was founded in 1890 as a private Catholic university in Comillas before moving to Madrid in the 1960s. The Faculty of Law is located on the Alberto Aguilera campus and offers a range of law courses related to international business, human rights, and EU law.
Miami Law now has 21 exchange programs. For students interested in these programs, Abraham suggests planning ahead. “The best semesters to go are spring of 2L year or fall of 3L year. Having decided on the best time to go, the next step is to consider where to go. This should be decided based on interest, language skills, curriculum/course offerings, and semester schedule.”
Typically three to four J.D. students study abroad any given semester. The deadline for Spring 2019 semester is October 1st. There will be an information session for J.D. students on Thursday, Sept. 20th at 12:30 pm in Room A110.