Law school expands foreign study programs

Thomas M. Cooley Law School recently gained approval by the American Bar Association to expand its foreign study program to include Oxford, England.

The study abroad program in Oxford allows students to earn six credits and begins on June 30, 2014 and ends with the completion of exams on Friday, Aug. 1. In addition to international and comparative law courses, the program features legal events in Oxford and London and social activities.

"Cooley Law School is continuously looking into locations to add to our extensive foreign study program," said Debra Hirsh, Cooley's director for International Programs. "We are pleased to be able to now offer students the chance to study at Oxford University, which promises to be an invaluable International Law experience."

Cooley Law School has offered several foreign study programs since the late 1970s. Today, students can choose from more than 20 international study programs, which are all approved by the ABA, including a full semester in Cooley's own Australia and New Zealand program, which has been in place for 16 years. In addition, Cooley has offered a six week program hosted by the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Canada, since 2001. In 2011, Cooley entered into an exchange program with the University of Münster, which allows students the opportunity to live and learn in Germany.

Hirsh notes, "International study options offered at Cooley allow many opportunities for both Cooley and non-Cooley students. It can expand their world and the law school experience by studying outside the United States. Plus, nearly all of the foreign study courses taken will count toward the 12 credit hours students will need should they concentrate in International Law."

Individuals wishing to learn more about Cooley's International Programs can do so at or contact the school's International Programs office at 517-371-5140 ext. 2044.

Published: Thu, Jan 23, 2014