Since 1989 the faculty of law at Leiden University in the Netherlands has conducted a program of courses in English, called the Leiden Law Courses (LLC), for law students from other European countries and the United States. Rutgers–Newark joined the program in 1995 and has received full ABA accreditation for our participation. About 250 students take part in the program each year, including students from the University of Michigan Law School, New England Law—Boston, and William Mitchell College of Law.
The LLC’s offerings center on international law, comparative law, legal history, the law of the European Union, and law and economics in the international context. Accordingly, the program is of particular interest to students who look toward practice in international business transaction, international trade regulation, and public international law.
The curriculum is designed and taught by the Leiden faculty as an integral part of its enterprise. Most of the Leiden Law Courses faculty come from the School of Law, but members of the political science and economics faculties also teach in the program. Dutch students, students from other European countries, and American students take the classes together. Participants in the program thus are, in effect, students at Leiden University for their term of enrollment.
Each year between two and five Rutgers School of Law–Newark students enroll in the Study Abroad at Leiden University program.