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About the Korea Summer Program

As law practice becomes increasingly global, students and lawyers must be well-grounded in contemporary areas of international and comparative legal practice. Fordham University School of Law and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) College of Law are pleased to co sponsor the ninth annual Summer Institute in International Law, a two and a half week academic program in international and comparative law in Seoul, Korea from June 20, 2014 - July 6, 2014, to be followed by an optional 5-week internship from July 7, 2014 - August 8, 2014.  No knowledge of the Korean language is required.

71 students attended the 2013 Summer Institute. In its first eight years, the Institute enrolled over 1100 students from 5 countries and 60 law schools, including students from the law schools at American University, Boston College, Boston University, Chicago-Kent, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, George Washington, Hastings, Illinois, Loyola-LA, McGill, NYU, Texas, Tulane, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and University of San Diego.

The Summer Institute is designed for J.D. and LL.M. students in the United States, as well as for law students, lawyers, and government officials from around the world. The professors of the 2014 Institute are prominent tenured or tenure-track faculty from Fordham Law School. English is the language of instruction, but the faculty includes members who are also fluent or proficient in Italian, French, German, and Korean.

Classes are held in the new Law School building which is located on the downtown Seoul campus of Sungkyunkwan University, the oldest continuous institution of higher learning in Asia and one of the top-five law schools in Korea. Outside of class, the program features field trips and social events to enable students to experience Korean legal institutions and culture.

Institute students may enroll in one of the following three intensive three credit-hour courses in international and comparative law subjects:

  • International Environmental Law and Law of Climate Change
  • Paolo Galizzi, Clinical Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Program Director.
  • Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software
  • Mark Patterson, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law.
  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law.
    Course selection will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis with an enrollment cap of 40 students per class. The Institute will close the application process once 120 U.S. and Canadian students have been accepted. Although every effort will be made to enroll students in their first or second choice, some classes will fill up early, and so students should apply as early as possible if they have a strong preference for a specific course.

    All classes qualify for three academic semester credit hours toward the J.D. or LL.M. degrees at Fordham and should be recognized by most other J.D. programs in the United States. The Summer Institute courses are a part of the Fordham Law School curriculum and have been approved by the American Bar Association.  Non-Fordham students should check with their law school Registrar to confirm the transfer of credit.

    In addition, there will be a basic Korean language and culture class for non-Korean speakers that will meet for eight forty-minute class sessions and additional field trips during the program. The class is not for credit and open to all program students. However, the content of this class is primarily for those students with no exposure to Korean language and culture.


    After the conclusion of the Summer Institute's academic program, the Institute will place U.S. and Canadian participants who would like to stay in Korea in 5-week internships at the Korean supreme and constitutional courts, Korean government ministries, multi-national corporations, human rights organizations, and law firms.

    Students may choose to:

    • receive three ungraded academic credits for internships at a tuition rate of $2,100 (with $500 payable at the time of application);
    • or receive no academic credit for the internship upon payment of an internship placement fee of $500. Students opting for academic credits will have priority in internship placements and program housing over non-credit internship applicants.


    The Institute will negotiate and advocate placements with internship sponsors, who will make final selections in a competitive process based on transcripts, resumes, and possibly telephone interviews. Every effort will be made to place students in their desired internships, but there are no guarantees. Students should be aware that there may be substantial differences in the work and culture they will experience during the internship.  All work will be conducted in English unless otherwise stated.

    Contact Us

    Korea Summer Program
    Professor Paolo Galizzi, Faculty Director
    Phone: 212 - 636 7615 | Fax: 212 - 636 6775
    pgalizzi@law.fordham.edu