Seattle University School of Law has established a semester exchange program with Bucerius Law School ("Bucerius") under which up to two Seattle Law students may spend the fall 3L or 4L semester in Hamburg acquiring up to 12 credits toward the J.D. degree. Established in 2000, Bucerius is the first private law school in Germany, with a mission to prepare students for an increasingly international legal environment. The semester exchange with Seattle University School of Law is an English language program with a curriculum focusing on international and business law and includes such courses as a survey course on Aspects of German Business Law, the Law of the WTO and International Commercial Transactions. Those students who speak German will be able to select additional law courses from the German language curriculum.
The Bucerius campus is located in the center of Hamburg, in the Old Botanical Garden next to the Hamburg State Courts. The school is small, modern, and well-equipped. Approximately 100 students are admitted per year. (Bucerius Law School facilities, excluding the library cupola, are accessible to individuals with disabilities.)
The program is available to 3Ls or 4Ls in the fall semester only who are in good academic standing. At Bucerius, the fall semester is 12 weeks long including a 2-week exam period, and runs from September to mid-December.
Each year, two Seattle University law students will be selected to study at Bucerius for one semester and an equal number of students from Bucerius will study at Seattle University School of Law. In order to apply, Seattle University law students should submit the following materials:
- Statement of Educational Objectives
- Seattle University School of Law transcript (unofficial)
- Faculty Recommendation
The deadline for applications is March 10, 2014. Materials should be submitted to Junsen Ohno, Program Administrator, International and Comparative Law Programs. Students will be notified by the end of March whether they have been selected by Seattle University for nomination to Bucerius.
Once selected, the two students will need to complete the application process required by Bucerius. Final acceptance to the program is subject to Bucerius approval; selected students must submit the completed Bucerius application materials by April 15th.
A description of the Exchange Program is available from the Bucerius Law School website.
The Bucerius program is divided into two sessions, each session extending over six weeks. There is a one-week exam period following each session. Orientation begins in September. The first session is from September to October with exams at the end of October; and the second session is November to December, with exams in mid-December. Each session offers about seven courses. During the week between the two sessions, exchange students go as a group on a week-long study trip to Berlin (optional).
Exchange students are evaluated by the same standards that are applied to other students, which may include any combination of attendance, classroom participation, oral presentation, papers, and written exams. Each course will end with an examination. Seattle University School of Law will accept credit for only those courses passed with a C or above. Acceptance of any grade for any course taken in the program is subject to the determination by Seattle University School of Law.
Grades awarded by Bucerius will appear on the transcript provided by Bucerius. Grades for courses taken at Bucerius will not be included in the computation of the law school grade point average. Students' Seattle University transcripts will reflect only credit for classes passed with a C or better.
Seattle University law students continue to pay Seattle University School of Law tuition. To obtain a German residence permit, students need to have health insurance covering them in Germany. Students should also be covered in other nations they wish to visit. To rent the room or apartment of a German Bucerius Law School student, students need liability insurance covering them in Germany. If students do not have German insurance coverage it can be purchased through Bucerius Law School at cost. Although students in the exchange program do not pay tuition to Bucerius Law School, there are small fees to defray some of the cost.
Participation in the Bucerius Law School Exchange program should have no effect on a student's eligibility for financial aid scholarships or loans. Specific questions should be directed to the Seattle University School of Law Financial Services Office.
Bucerius Law School reserves the right to cancel any course for reasons of insufficient student registration. If changes are announced prior to a student's departure from the U.S., and the student is unable to identify satisfactory substitute courses, the student may choose to withdraw from the program. If cancellation occurs after the student has arrived in Germany, substitute courses must be selected and submitted for approval to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Seattle University School of Law.
Attached you will find additional information about the Bucerius Exchange program, including an academic calendar and an updated flyer on the exchange program. More information can also be found at www.law-school.de/exchangeprogram.html.
Donna Claxton Deming
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Seattle University School of Law
Tel: (206) 398-4307; Fax: (206) 398-4310
Bucerius Law School
Hochschule fur Rechtswissenschaft gGmbH JunguisstraBe 6
D-20355 Hamburg, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 40 3 07 06 - 113; Fax: +49 (0) 40 3 07 06 - 293