In 2002, the College of Law introduced a fall semester study program at Bucerius Law School that is the only ABA-approved semester program for legal instruction at a private law school in Europe. The school's dean and faculty are recognized as some of the world's leading experts in international and comparative law. At Bucerius, students learn from a corps of energetic, multilingual law professors who, together with leading practitioners, teach a global law curriculum. Courses are offered in English and German.
The Bucerius Program in International and Comparative Business Law is open to students from 88 partner institutions in 30 countries, of which Willamette is a founding partner. It takes place each fall from September to December. Courses in the International Exchange Program are taught in English. The International Program offers you a wide variety of international and comparative law courses. Your academic studies at Bucerius will be balanced by some interesting extracurricular activities.
During the week-long break in between the two sessions, an optional five-day study trip to Berlin and Potsdam will be offered. Optional German language courses will be available throughout the program.
Each year the program welcomes up to 80 students in the International Exchange Program. In the last two years, the number of applications has risen considerably above the number of places available. Students applying for the program are thus carefully selected on the basis of their application material (transcript of grades, letter of purpose and English proficiency).
The Bucerius Web site provides information on academics, application requirements, administrative assistance (visa, insurance), housing, German language courses, additional information for persons with disabilities, and extracurricular activities. The Bucerius Law School facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Applying to the Program
Prospective and current Willamette students interested in more information about the program should contact Professor Aaron Simowitz.
You should submit your application for Bucerius to Aaron Simowitz during the fall semester preceding the year you plan to attend. The German part of the process occurs in February, and you will receive notification of acceptance into the program from Bucerius near April 15.
The acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the Bucerius Law School program, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by Willamette.