Over the past 40 years studying abroad has become an increasingly common part of the U.S. law student experience and the number and variety of programs continues to grow rapidly. The vast majority of the 200 ABA-accredited U.S. law schools offer their students some sort of study abroad opportunity. Admissions brochures are increasingly promoting study abroad programs to prospective students. More and more law students are studying abroad each year.
This article will trace the development of the study abroad experience in U.S. law schools; consider its place in legal education; and discuss the relationship of study abroad to the preparation of U.S. law graduates who will work and compete in today’s global environment.