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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Constantia Dedoulis Program Type: CUA
Academic Level: 5. Graduate Areas of Study: Law
Credits: 3, 6 Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
On-Site Language Course Required: No Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel, Independent Housing
Internship Available: No
Program Description:

Law: International Business & Trade

June 9 to July 14, 2024
Thank you for your interest in the Law School’s International Business and Trade Summer Law Program (IBTSLP) in Kraków, Poland.  We are excited to offer in 2024 Summer both the IBTSLP and the International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy (offered in even years).  The programs are scheduled:

          Sunday, May 12 to Sunday, June 2, 2024 - Rome Program offers a three-week session, two courses, each with two credits

          Sunday, June 9 to Sunday, July 14, 2024 - IBTSLP-Kraków offers two course blocks, each with two 2-credit courses:

          Block 1 runs from June 10-June 26

          Block 2 runs from June 24-July 14

The Rome and Kraków (IBTSLP) summer programs offer mix-and-match options tailored to a student’s interest and time.  Students can go to Rome and Kraków in the same summer or to successive summers. Rome is offered in alternate years while the IBTSLP is offered every summer. Coursework and/or externships in Poland for credit at prestigious law firms and other legal institutions can be combined up to a maximum of 10 credits.
You can opt to take:
  • classes in both programs—combining Rome at 4 credits with 2, 4, or 6 credits in the IBTSLP
  • combine 4-credits of classes in Rome with an IBTSLP externship for an additional 4-6 credits. (The externship includes taking the 2-credit Law of the European Union course from June 10-20; the on-line, 1-credit Becoming an International Lawyer course; and 1-3 credits for fieldwork, which students start as early as June 24.)
  • IBTSLP classes in one or both the course blocks (the first beginning June 10, second beginning June 24) with classes alone or combined with externship (packages ranging from 4-10 credits).

This summer will mark the 32nd year of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program (IBTSLP) in Kraków, Poland. The IBTSLP is a cross-cultural summer law program, which is offered in cooperation with the prestigious Jagiellonian University. Over the last few decades, the exponential growth in international trade and investment has intensified the demand for competent attorneys specializing in international business and development. American attorneys are increasingly called upon to negotiate with foreign governments, business enterprises, and financial institutions. Our summer abroad program is designed to expose students to the wide range of knowledge and skills required for success in the rapidly changing international arena. Students receive intensive training in the law of the European Union and global aspects of modern trade and business law, as they study side-by-side with Poland's finest student lawyers in one of Europe's most beautiful cities. A unique feature of the program is that American, Canadian and Polish students take part in the program, learn about other legal systems from each other, and in the process create friendships, which develop into a network of international colleagues.

The emergence of the EU is one of the defining events of the 20th century. Our program provides the opportunity to learn first-hand how the EU affects the political, economic and social landscape of Europe and its impact on foreign relations. As Poland ascended to the European Union in the summer of 2004, this program offers students an incredible opportunity to witness the transformation of an entire socio-political culture. As you prepare to join the ranks of international attorneys, learn about law of the EU and international trade and business from esteemed faculty and expert guest speakers.

For those seeking the added benefit of cultural enrichment, Kraków, almost entirely spared the destruction wrought upon many urban cities of Europe during World War II, was recognized as the 2000 Cultural City of Europe. It is both an ancient royal city famous for its architectural beauty and cultural heritage, as well as a vibrant and modern city.

I hope to see you in Kraków!  In the meantime, if you have any questions please let us know.


Leah Wortham
Director and Professor Emerita
Students interested in learning more about the summer law programs should visit the Law website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 05/06/2024
Rolling Admission 06/09/2024 07/14/2024
NOTE: Applications will be accepted through March 17, 2024. After March 17, applications will be considered on a space available basis.
Summer 2025 03/01/2025 03/15/2025 TBA TBA

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