The law school offers unique, summer study abroad opportunities in London, Venice and Vienna for course credit. In addition, we also offer a short course in Nicaragua during the winter break.

The practice of law is increasingly international, and students who take the opportunity to study abroad demonstrate their appreciation of the broader dimensions of law. There is no better way to understand American law than to contrast it with the law from a different country and culture. Studying abroad can also help enhance resumes and distinguish students to potential employers.

Each summer abroad program runs for four weeks during the summer–London in May/June, and Vienna or Venice in July. Our overseas law programs introduces students to various topics of comparative and international law, depending on the expertise of the Wake Forest law professors who teach in the program. The London program features a focus on the history of the common law as well. European law students attend the programs in Venice and Vienna.

To be eligible to attend any one of the summer programs, a first-year Wake Forest law student must have a GPA of at least 73 as of the end of the first-year fall term. A second-year Wake Forest law student must be in good standing.

Non-WFU Law Students Eligible

Law students from other U.S. law schools who have completed the first year and are in good standing with their law school are also eligible to apply for any of the summer programs.

What do students have to say about our programs?

  • Summer Abroad Bloggers: Want to hear about other students’ experiences while participating in one of our overseas programs? Check out our International Programs blog which includes several posts and pictures written by students while abroad.
  • To get a visual of our summer abroad programs, be sure to check out our videos!

Nicaragua Short Course

WFU Law offers a unique opportunity to take a short course in Nicaragua in January before the spring semester officially begins. Professor Steve Virgil leads the trip and teaches Cross Disciplinary Professional Development. If you are interested in a comparative law course, or want to work on economic development or poverty issues, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss. The class offers an opportunity to look at law in a comparative, interdisciplinary class– along with an opportunity to visit Nicaragua. For more information, go to


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