London Summer Program

Academic Facilities

London Summer Program classes will be held at both Swan House (home of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies at 37-39 High Holborn) and Somerset House, home of King's College London's law faculty.  Both locations place students in the heart of London's legal quarter.  Program activities will take place at Swan House, which will also serve as the program office.  Students will also have privileges at the King's College Law Library between Swan House and KCL's Strand campus, on Chancery Lane.

Credit, Eligibility, and Academic Standards

The London Summer Program offers three courses. Students may register for two courses for up to 6 credits maximum. Georgetown's usual academic requirements apply for the award of credit. Georgetown uses an "A-F" grading scale.

Georgetown's London Summer Program is offered as part of the curriculum of Georgetown University Law Center. It is accredited by the ABA and is open to students in good standing at ABA/AALS-accredited U.S. law schools and foreign law schools, as well as graduates of those institutions.  To be considered for admission, students must have completed foundational legal studies and thus be prepared for and capable of advanced legal studies.  Students from a wide variety of countries have attended the London Summer program in the past.  In 2016, 13 Georgetown students enrolled in the program as well as 7 students from other U.S. law schools and foreign law schools around the world.  Countries represented in the past include Belgium, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Turkey.  We anticipate similar enrollment in 2017.

All currently enrolled Georgetown LLMs, regardless of division or country of first law degree, may apply to enroll in the London Summer Program for a single summer prior to their graduation from Georgetown. Summer credits may be applied towards the student's current Georgetown degree on a routine basis, but prior approval is required from the Office of Graduate Programs with respect to individual courses and number of credits. Up to two classes may be applied towards the student's LLM degree. All courses taken in the London Summer Program will be included on the student's transcript and all grades earned in these courses will be included in the student's grade point average. LLM students pay the regular London Summer Program tuition and fees.

Other law schools have regularly approved transfer of Georgetown credits. However, each individual law school must determine the transferability of grades and credits earned in this program. Before applying to the program, non-Georgetown students should contact the proper authority at their home school to ascertain if grades and/or credits will transfer. We also remind students that they must check with their registrar's office to decide how the program fits into their residency requirements.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants who attend law school at an institution where the language of instruction is not English will be required to provide proof of their English proficiency when they apply.

Applicants who have taken the TOEFL exam must provide their TOEFL score report.   The minimum score for admission to the program is 100 points on the internet-based TOEFL exam (with minimum scores of 25 in each of the four sections) or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam (with minimum scores of 60 in each of the three sections).

Although the TOEFL test is preferred, applicants may submit an IELTS scores in place of the TOEFL.  A minimum overall score of 7.5 on the IELTS is required, with at least 7.0 in each section of the test.

Applicants who have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam, must submit an essay of about 250 words in English including the following information:

  • A description of English language courses you have taken (type of courses, work load, level, length)
  • A description of any work experience in an English-speaking environment (type of work, length of work placement)
  • Details regarding any other academic or work experience conducted in English (summer school, internships, tutoring, essays written in English)

In addition, applicants without a TOEFL or IELTS score must submit a letter of reference from a faculty member at the university level indicating that, in the faculty member’s opinion, the student has sufficient English language proficiency to complete coursework in English and to write an exam in English.

Dates, Tuition, and Fees

Georgetown Law's London Summer Program opens Sunday, July 2 with a mandatory orientation and welcoming program for students and faculty. Classes begin Monday, July 3 and will continue for four weeks, ending Friday, July 28. Classes will meet every week day with the exception of Friday, July 21.  (A detailed program schedule will be provided to admitted students.)  Daily attendance and preparation for classes are required. Final examinations will be held on Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1. All exams are handwritten.

The application fee is $40 and is non-refundable. Tuition for the London Summer Program is $5,000. There is also a $300 Activities Fee. The fee for program housing will be $2,150. Students are responsible for making, and paying for, their own travel arrangements and for obtaining their textbooks prior to departure for London.

Estimated Student Budget for 2017


Expense Estimated Budget
Tuition $5,000
Housing $2,150
Activities $300
Health Insurance $60
Local Transportation $600
Books $300
Food $1,290
Airfare (1 roundtrip ticket) $1,500
Miscellaneous $800
TOTAL $12,000

Housing

The program has reserved a limited amount of rooms at Chapter King's Cross Student Accommodation, from Friday, June 30 to Friday, August 4, 2017. The facilities are located on Pentonville Road in King's Cross and are within walking distance of King's Cross Underground station, as well as many bus stops. Swan House is approximately a 20-30 minute walk from the residence, and public transportation is also available. The most convenient route to King's College Strand Campus is via the Underground or bus and takes about 30-35 minutes. All rooms are singles and have private baths and small kitchenette facilities.

Students who want program housing should deposit as early as possible in order to secure a space, as housing is limited and available rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis as deposits are received.