Summer in France
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Program dates: May 16-June 29, 2016

Program dates in France:
May 24-June 29, 2016

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Drake Law School's Summer in France Program gives students a chance to earn six credits in comparative and international law subjects, taught in English, at the University of Nantes.

Enrichment Activities

Don’t just read about it … experience it! This study abroad program includes weekly enrichment activities. While earning credits toward graduation, students have…

  • Traveled to Paris for a meeting with French jurists
  • Participated in a mock trial with French lawyers in a French courtroom
  • Visited administrative courts and the local legislature
  • Joined in a panel discussion with French scholars
  • Toured a local vineyard and sampled the wine
  • Journeyed to the picturesque town of Clisson
  • Floated down the Erde River on a dinner cruise with classmates


Nantes is located just 35 miles from France’s Atlantic coast. The 6th largest city in France with one of the youngest demographics, Nantes is a major commercial center with a port on the Loire River. It was rated as one of the best cities in France for quality of life (Click here to read more.) A tapestry of vineyards surrounds Nantes, and many elegant chateaux are nearby and open to the public. Paris is two hours away by train, seaside resorts are half an hour away, and all of Europe is easily accessible by train or plane. A medieval castle, historic sites, outdoor cafes, and a lively nightlife offer students a unique international experience.

For more information, visit web sites on Nantes (great photos, text in French) and (English guide to various sites in Nantes and the surrounding area, lots of photos). A map of the city is also available to students. A live webcam of Nantes' Place du Commerce can be viewed here.

Read more here about the cultural revitalization that has taken place in Nantes.


The program is limited to 25 students. Any student in good standing attending an ABA-accredited law school who has completed one year of full or part time law study is eligible to enroll. Students who do not attend Drake Law School must submit a letter of good standing from the appropriate official at the school where they are currently enrolled. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses in this program. Qualified students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Application deadline: March 21, 2016.

Applicants are subject to the Financial Requirements stated above. $250 deposit should be delivered to cashier's office in Old Main, or may be paid by credit card by calling Student Accounts at 515-271-2151.

To apply, click here.

Contact Information

Professor Ellen Yee, Director
Telephone: 800-443-7253, ext. 1914
or 515-271-1914

You may reach us by fax at 515/271-1958.

Last Modified: 7/13/2016 11:55:00 AM by Kristi Longtin