University of Bern: Bern, Switzerland

The University of Bern Law Faculty is located in the capital of Switzerland, with approximately 1,700 full-time law students working towards their Bachelors and Masters in law, as well as other students pursuing post-graduate programs in law, inter alia the LL.M. and Ph.D.  The University is located in the center of Bern, very nearby the main train station, with a view over the nearby Alps, and has a large library and modern facilities in a combination of historical and modern buildings.  Bern is a very livable city, with a UNESCO World Heritage protected old town dating back to the 13th century, and Alpine skiing and hiking opportunities approximately 1 hour away by train in the Bernese Alps. 

The law school offers many courses in English and has put together a package of courses each fall which will allow students from Georgetown Law to take part in courses including intellectual property, international investment law, and other business-related topics, all taught in English.  If a student has a strong knowledge of German, he/she would also be welcome to enroll in a broader range of law courses taught in the German language as well.  Most of our faculty members, as well as most of our students, have a command of the English language, to make socializing and networking easier.

Should students be interested in spending their 1L summer beforehand in Switzerland, they might also want to consider applying for internships at many of the international organizations in Switzerland, both public international organizations based in Geneva and elsewhere, as well as to law firms, companies, and financial institutions based in Switzerland.  Georgetown's agreement with the University of Bern allows a total of up to five students to study for a semester.

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