Richmond Law allows its students to earn credit toward the J.D. degree through coursework at certain foreign educational institutions, so that students have the opportunity to access a greater array of courses covering foreign, international, and comparative law; to immerse themselves in different legal cultures; and to prepare themselves for an increasingly global world of legal practice. In order to ensure that the objectives and requirements of such coursework are consistent with the objectives and requirements of courses taught at Richmond Law, coursework at foreign educational institutions and credit therefor must be approved in advance by the international academic adviser, pursuant to a written plan specific to each student.
The most popular programs for Richmond Law students over the last several years have included (in no particular order):
- Bocconi University (Milan, Italy)
- Universitat Popeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)
- Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)
- Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea)
New University partnerships include:
- Maastricht University (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
- Universitaet Manneheim (Mannheim, Germany)
Advanced foreign language skills are not necessary for a semester abroad-many of Richmond's partner universities offer at least a portion of their law curriculum in English, as well as in their native languages.
- University of Richmond partner universities where law students can study (some may require prior foreign language stuy)
- University of Richmond partner universities where law students can study in English
The accreditation rules of the American Bar Association allow law students to count a semester or year-long law study abroad program toward the six semesters necessary to earn the law degree.
Financial aid applies to Richmond semester abroad programs. Additionally, financial incentives are available for law students who go abroad. These include:
- A travel allowance of $500-$1,200 per semester to help with the cost of international airfare (allowance depends on location)
- A law student allowance of $500 per semester to help cover various miscellaneous costs
- Reimbursements for passport, visa, and resident fees abroad, when applicable (certain restrictions may apply)
- Reimbursements up to $500 per semester for approved cultural and academic excursions
- Reimbursements up to $200 per semester for gym membership while abroad
- Scholarships (see the OIE website for applications and eligibility requirements)