International Summer Programs

Australian National University (ANU)

The Law School has a program with the Australian National University which is located in the nation’s capital city, Canberra. Each summer, a group of students travel from Alabama to Australia for approximately five weeks. They take a survey course in Australian law and a substantive course co-taught by professors from both schools. As part of the survey course, our students generally visit Parliament House, the High Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Australian National University is the national university of Australia and promotes a research-intensive approach to the study of law. Moreover, Canberra is the capital city of the nation. Canberra, moreover, offers many recreational activities, including the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery, the National War Memorial, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Each winter, a group of students from Australia spend five weeks at the Law School. They take two courses for academic credit from the ANU.

Students participating in the Australia program will be out of the country for one-third of the summer. Since the program is for only one-third of the summer, those students going abroad will have the opportunity to clerk at a firm, take classes, extern, or other activities for the first two-thirds of the summer.

If you are interested in participating in the Australia exchange program, registration begins in late fall. For information, please contact Professor Bill Andreen at


University of Fribourg in Switzerland

[Due to changes in academic calendars, the University of Fribourg in Switzerland summer program is suspended and will not be offered in Summer 2015.  The program is being re-evaluated and information will be posted when it becomes available.]

In 1996, the Law School formally established a summer program at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. During the program, studies include a survey of Swiss law as well as comparative/international course work team-taught in English by instructors from the United States and Switzerland. Students from the University of Fribourg traditionally also participate.

Fribourg, Switzerland was founded in 1157 and is still a hub for medieval architecture. It is the largest city in the Canton Fribourg and boasts museums such as the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Art and History, as well as unique attractions such as the Swiss Museum of Marionettes and the Swiss Sewing Machine Museum. The University of Fribourg was founded in 1889. The faculty is bilingual.

Students who participated in the Swiss program were out of the country during the early portion of the summer. Since the program is for only part of the summer, those students going abroad had the opportunity to clerk at a firm, take classes, extern, or complete other activities later in the summer.

In addition, each Fall the Law School hosted a group of Swiss law students. These students actively participated in all phases of law school life, both academic and extracurricular, and received academic credit from the University of Fribourg.

If you have questions about the Fribourg exchange program, please contact Professor James Leonard at