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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; London, United Kingdom; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Program Arranged Housing
Dates of Instruction: May - June Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: Yes
Class levels eligible to apply: 1L, 2L, 3L Contact Email:,
Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:

Europe Summer


The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) European Law and International Business Law Summer Program in London, Paris, Brussels, and Luxembourg introduces law students and attorneys to evolving legal concepts and structures in Europe and in the international arena. The program consists of two three-credit classes with course instruction taught by American University professors and site visits to related institutions.The courses offered are International Business Law (London and Paris) and European Union Law and European Institutions (Brussels and Luxembourg).  This program is approved by the American Bar Association.  The 2017 Summer Program begins on Sunday evening May 28 and ends on June 24.

Tuition includes courses, site visits, lodging in centrally located hotels in each of city, breakfast, wi-fi, and several receptions.  It's a great opportunity to see a cross-section of Western Europe while also learning from great professors.

Students who have completed one year of full-time or part-time law study and who are in good standing at an ABA-approved or state accredited law school may enroll in this program. The program is also open to LL.M. candidates and practicing lawyers. Students from law schools other than WCL are welcome and have regularly participated. In addition, students from outside the USA are allowed to apply for participation.  When applying, non-WCL students must provide a statement by their Dean or Registrar stating that that they are in good standing and that they have permission to take these courses at WCL, so that the credits/grades earned in the program will be accepted by the student's home school.  Non-credit participation is available at a reduced rate (see below).


2018 Courses & Credits

Each course is worth 3 credit hours. Full-time JD students must enroll for a total of 6 credit hours (the two courses listed below). Part-time JD students interested in a two week option should contact

Six (6) Credits Total:

  • International Business Law (LAW 910-001; 3 credits)
    • This course will provide students with instruction on new legal concepts, jurisprudence, and institutions reflecting the globalization of commerce. Particular attention will be given to the expansion and operations of the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London law firms, and other agencies and organizations that impact international trade and commerce.
  • European Union Law and European Institutions (LAW 911-001; 3 credits)
    • This course provides an introduction to the fundamental treaties governing the European Union and the major institutions of the European Union. Students will examine such issues as: basic freedoms under the treaty, including free movement of persons, goods, services, and capital; and competition law in the EU. In addition, this course will introduce the European regional systems that govern the protection of human rights, including the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
The courses will be taught in English. Knowledge of French, while useful in several cities, is not necessary for participation in the program. Students will be expected to complete assigned readings and other assignments, attend and participate regularly in all scheduled classes and events, and successfully pass a final written examination for each course. The final grade will be based on the examination, other assignments, attendance and participation.

Class attendance is required. Attendance is normally taken. There is a final exam in Paris for LAW-910 and in Luxembourg for LAW-911. The course grade is based on attendance and class participation (30%) and the exam (70%). There will generally be one class period or up to two visits and briefings per day. Some afternoons and most evenings will normally be free for individual activities, studying, or for taking advantage of the many cultural and recreational opportunities available in the countries visited.


It is the responsibility of the students to purchase the appropriate textbooks before leaving for Europe if necessary. Information about textbooks and assignments will be provided by the beginning of May.

International Economic Law (LAW 910-001)
Professor David Snyder
European Union Law and European Institutions: Professor Stephen Wermiel (LAW 911-001)

Note: Bringing a laptop is each student's decision, but is recommended. If you bring it, make sure that files have been backed up, that you bring a security cable and that you have insurance in case of loss or theft. In the hotels that the group will use there is normally wireless access to the internet, so having a laptop may facilitate email and course-related research. In some hotels it will be possible to secure laptops in the room safe. In case laptops are permitted for use on exams, students are expected to provide a flash drive to turn in their exam. Please bring a couple of flash drives with you.


2018 Itinerary*

United Kingdom (London); France (Paris), Belgium (Brussels), Luxembourg
May 27, arrival in London,  United Kingdom (Hotel:  Citadines Trafalgar Square) (evening reception nearby)
June 23, program conclusion
June 24, departure date from Brussels

*Itinerary is subject to change as plans are being finalized


London  (check in May 27 - check out June 3): Citadines Trafalgar Square
Paris (check in June 3 - check out June 11): Citadines Saint Germain des Prés
Brussels (check in June 11 - check out June 24): Adagio Brussels Centre Monnaie 
Luxembourg (check in June 18 - check out June 20): Hotel TBA

*Hotels are subject to change as plans are finalized

Travel Throughout the Program

Airfares to Europe can vary greatly depending on several variables. Students are encouraged to make their plans early to take advantage of advance purchase options. This applies to purchasing seats on the high speed trains in Europe as well. Generally students not yet 26 years of age qualify for travel discounts in Europe.

Participants should consult a good travel agent and/or reputable websites that sell discounted airfares or auction airfares. Among others, STA Travel offers attractively discounted airfares to students. Inquire at Remember that you will be starting in London and departing from Brussels.

Travel within Europe and within the cities visited will be by train, bus, metro, and other public transportation. For the purposes of the program, there will be four train trips on different dates: London- Paris (Eurostar), Paris-Brussels, Brussels-Luxembourg, and Luxembourg-Brussels. A Eurail pass is not recommended or required. There are discounts when two or more people purchase a ticket and travel together and for people not yet 26 years of age. Please explore your options through travel websites including,,,, European students may consider purchasing an Interrail pass. For more information, visit Please note that students under 26 years old can purchase discounted individual or group train fares in Europe.  Some students may prefer an intercity bus trips.  They take twice as long but can be significantly cheaper.  The program director will let everyone know what train reservations he has made in case students wish to take the same train.

Should students prefer to not travel with the group between program cities, they may  travel on their own as long as they arrive in time for the next class. If planning to use discount airlines, take into account travel time and cost to and from the airport, security checks, baggage weight limitations, and all fees.

All the trains to be used for the program require a seat reservation. It is the student's responsibility to have both a train ticket and a seat reservation. Students with a Eurail pass still need to reserve a seat. Reservations can be made online, through a travel agent, or in person as soon as you arrive in London, Paris, or Brussels.

It is strongly suggested that train tickets and reservations be made early in order to find seats available and to qualify for lower fares. Think of it as an airline ticket; normally it is better to buy it well in advance.
Students with disabilities: Every effort will be made to accommodate students with special needs or disabilities. However, generally, in Europe facilities are not always equipped for disabled people as they are normally in the USA. Students with special needs must contact the Office of Student Affairs at WCL,, (202) 274-4052.


Non-Credit Participants


Non-Credit seeking participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after successfully completing the program.

2017 Total Certificate
of Completion
$7,300 see below for payment details
Certificate of
Completion Fees1
Amount Due Date
Application Fee2
$100 due at time of application (applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 15- please note that programs often fill up well before this date)
Non-Refundable Seat Deposit3 $500 due three (3) weeks after you have been notified that your application was received
Tuition Balance Due $6,700 May 1, 2017
1 Fee includes the following: Certificate of Completion from American University Washington College of Law, in-country lodging during the program, transportation and admission to required site visits
2 Application fee is not part of tuition but is separate administrative fee
3 Seat deposit is the first $500 of the total $7,200.00 Certificate Fee for the program
* Additional program costs for which registrants are responsible include round trip transportation from the United States, food, any visa charges, and any personal expenses


 2017 Total Academic Tuition and Fees* $11,626 See below for payment deadlines
Tuition1 and Fees Amount Due Date
Non-Refundable Application Fee2 $100 due at the time of application (applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 15- please note that programs often will fill up well before this date)
Non-Refundable Seat Deposit3 $500 Due three (3) weeks after you have been notified that your application was received
Tuition Balance Due $11,026 End of May 2017
1 Tuition includes the following: 6 hours of credit from Amerian University Washington College of Law, housing from May 28 to June 25, transportation and admissions to required site visits, and supplemental travel insurance during the program.
2 Application Fee is not part of tuition but is a separate administrative fee.
3 Seat Deposit is the first $500 of the total $11, 626 due for the program.
* Additional program costs for which students are responsible include round trip transportation from the United States, food, any visa charges, and any personal expenses.

This also pays for the following:

  • Hotel housing (double occupancy), breakfast, and wi-fi from the nights of May 28 (check-in date) to June 24 (check-out on June 25)
  • Several receptions and celebrations



For general questions and concerns please visit the Summer 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

ABA Disclosure Form 2017_Europe.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.