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Foreign Study Program Overview and Goals

Credit for Courses Taken

A student participating in study at a foreign law school with which Stanford has a foreign study arrangement will ordinarily enroll in an academic program comparable to a full academic schedule for the term at that school. The Foreign Law Programs Committee will determine the number of credits a student will receive toward his or her J.D. for the proposed course of study, although students who participate in a full academic schedule at the foreign law school will ordinarily receive roughly the number of credits associated with a standard quarter load.

For students who are approved to study at a foreign law school with which Stanford does not have a foreign study arrangement, the number of units of credit to be awarded will be determined by the Foreign Law Programs Committee. The Committee may consider the following factors in determining the number of units to be awarded:

  • the recommendation approved by the student’s faculty advisor; and
  • whether the faculty advisor requires a directed research project.

In all cases, credit will be awarded only for courses in which the student receives a grade equivalent to a passing grade at the foreign law school attended. However, grades from the foreign institution will not appear on a student’s Stanford Law School transcript in any way.

In no case will the Foreign Law Programs Committee award more than 14 quarter units for study at a foreign institution. Nor will the Committee in any case approve a petition for a course of study that is not equivalent to at least 9 quarter units (the minimum number of quarter units required to satisfy residency requirements).

No credit shall be awarded for:

  • visits or field trips to legal and government institutions except in instances in which the content of such activities is academic in nature and is related to the course in which credit is awarded;
  • clinics or externships organized or operated through a foreign law school;
  • distance education courses;
  • foreign language courses at the foreign law school;
  • courses in disciplines other than law, except upon written advance permission from the Foreign Law Programs Committee (such courses shall count toward the maximum units permissible for crossregistration at Stanford Law School); or
  • summer law study programs.