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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: French Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing: Off-campus, On-campus Dates of Instruction: Fall: September - January, Spring: January - June
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: Yes Class levels eligible to apply: 2L, 3L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:


The American Bar Association-approved Cooperative Program between the American University Washington College of Law and the law department of the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, offers second and third-year students at AUWCL the opportunity to study for a semester at an internationally recognized French law school, earning up to 12 credits toward their J.D. degrees.

Nanterre is a cosmopolitan school, drawing students from throughout Europe and beyond. Students will take courses in teh UFR de Droit et Science Politique and be able to choose from a wide variety of courses. Past AUWCL program participants have found that the French law students, and those of other nationalities, prove to be excellent academic, linguistic, and social resources.



The official language of instruction at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense is French. Students applying to the program must submit proof of French proficiency.

  1. Students with undergraduate or graduate studies in a French speaking country must show the certificate or degree obtained within the last five years.

  2. Students with French majors (in the US) must have obtained their degree within the last five years and must provide a copy of their degree and undergraduate transcript(s). 

  3. Students who are not in the conditions mentioned above are required to take a French proficiency exam. Please contact for further information.

Students must complete at least 12 ABA credits/24 ECTS credits while at Nanterre, and are eligible to complete both License courses (designed for students in their first, second, or third year of law; "undergraduate" level) and Master courses (designed for students in their fourth year of law; "postgraduate" level). There are also about one or two courses offered in English every semester.

Please see the link below for a full listing of License courses (be careful to pay attention to which semester they are offered):

License course catalog- click on Catalogue EC Licence - UFR Droit et science politique (DSP)

And Master courses:

Master course catalog- click on Catalogue EC Master - UFR Droit et science politique (DSP)

In making their course selections, participants in the Cooperative Program will want to bear in mind that law classes at Nanterre range from large lectures (cours magistraux- CM) to small seminars (travaux dirigés- TD). Moreover, some subject matters may be taught as both large lectures and seminars, offering AUWCL students a choice.

Nanterre's 2018 Pedagogical Guide for Incoming Law Students may also prove useful. (Under "Actualités)

Housing and Cost of Living

Nanterre's International Services department has a partnership with CROUS de Versailles, an organization designed to aid students in finding housing while completing their studies. CROUS de Versailles offers lodging in three different university residences, specifically and uniquely for exchange students. Information about each of these residences can be found at the link below, under "Logements":

Students submit their housing application along with their main application form for the program, which is completed after a student has submitted WCL's program application, been nominated for the program by WCL Staff, and have been accepted into the program by Nanterre Staff.

Nanterre also provides many options for off-campus housing, information for which can also be found at the above link under "Logements."


For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Abroad FAQs page.

All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
WCL Abroad
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018-2019 03/06/2018
04/01/2018 09/01/2018 12/31/2018

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.