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The Foreign Legal Study Program

Foreign Study Program Overview and Goals


Today, virtually all Stanford Law School graduates will encounter foreign legal systems and will work with lawyers and clients from other countries in their practices and post‐graduate work. Learning about foreign legal systems is accordingly an increasingly important aspect of legal education. Study at a foreign law school provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain familiarity with foreign legal systems. Stanford Law School’s Foreign Study Program enables students to pursue study for Stanford Law School credit either at a foreign law school with which Stanford has an established foreign study arrangement or, in exceptional cases, at a foreign law school of their own choosing.


The goals of the Foreign Study Program are:

  • To permit students to gain in‐depth substantive knowledge of other legal systems that goes beyond what we offer at Stanford;
  • To provide students with exposure to foreign legal cultures, including an appreciation for the role that law plays in other societies; and
  • To give students the opportunity to interact with future lawyers from other legal systems in order to better understand how they reason, argue, and solve legal problems.