International Exchange Program

Spend a term studying abroad

Our JD program offers valuable opportunities to for Schulich Law students to study in other countries and in other legal traditions. Studentswith a B- average are eligible to do an exchange in their third year of the program; exchanges are normally completed over one term. Courses/Credit hours taken on exchange do count towards your degree requirements.  While attending the exchange partner institution, tuition will be paid at Dalhousie.   

We also offer opportunities for students from around the world to come and spend a term studying at the Schulich School of Law.

Information for Schulich Law students

Because of the limited number of exchange opportunities available, the International Linkages Committee encourages students only to apply if they are serious about studying abroad, and understand the additional financial costs involved. For students completing an application for exchange, you must also complete, sign and submit this form.

The selection process for exchanges is based upon a lottery system. After we contact you with an offer via email and phone, you will have twenty-four hours to accept. If you do not respond within this period of time, the offer will be revoked (excluding exceptional circumstances) and your application will be voided.

As a result of the lottery system, past experience indicates that it can take up to two weeks for the selection process to be completed. If you do not receive an offer in the first few days, do not be concerned. This only means that you are not in the first cohort. You are still likely to receive an offer of exchange (depending on how many exchange partners you have indicated interest in). While it is probable that it may not be your first choice, it is still a possibility.

If you are successful in your application and then withdraw this may have the impact of denying another student the opportunity to participate in the exchange program.

Please be aware that some of the partner exchange schools’ terms end later than the term ends at Dalhousie and that various consequences could flow from having to defer graduation, including issues with bar admission courses, articles, clerkships, graduate school, and other employment issues.

An information session is held the last Tuesday in January (January 30, 2024,) at 12:30 pm in Room 105.  Applications are due by 12:00 noon February 9, 2024

Students wanting more information on going on exchange please email or contact Cherilyn Macintosh, Room 439, Weldon Law Building. 

Partner institutions participating in the International Exchange  Program

With over 20 exchange partners, students can spend their exchanges at the following institutions:*  Please note that some of the links in the following sites may reflect the 2023/24 information as many schools will not update for the 2024/25 academic year until after the current academic year is finished.  Updates will be made as they become available.

The International Linkages Committee does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. It is the responsibility of each student to verify the relevant information needed for attending the school(s) of their choice. 

Legal Systems

Some of our partner institutions follow common law legal traditions, like Canada, but others do not. It is important to understand the legal system you will be studying under during your exchange program prior to arriving. Please note that some legal systems are mixed (like Canada!) and not all common law or civil law jurisdictions operate in the same way.

Common Law Jurisdictions   Civil Law Jurisdictions
Australia   The Netherlands
India   Spain
New Zealand   Germany
Singapore   Sweden
UK   Norway
Northern Ireland   China
US   Mexico
    South Africa

International Linkages Committee

Chair - Professor Richard Devlin
Faculty Rep - Professor David VanderZwaag
Faculty Rep - Professor Robert Currie
3L Student Rep - Caleb MacDonald
2L Student Rep - Carolyne LeBlanc
1L Student Rep - Cailan Ashcroft
Administrative Coordinator -Cherilyn MacIntosh     Room 439 902 494 4299