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2019 Bologna, Italy Summer Law Program

Bologna Summer Program 2016

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The summer program in Bologna, Italy is sponsored by Brooklyn Law School and hosted by the University of Bologna. The University of Bologna was founded in the 11th century and is the oldest university in Europe. It has been a renowned center for the study of law since the Middle Ages. The Program offers students an opportunity to study a variety of international and comparative topics with distinguished faculty from Brooklyn Law School and from the University of Bologna.

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  • Brooklyn Law School was founded in 1901, is approved by the American Bar Association (321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60564-7598, phone: 312-988-6738, www.americanbar.org/legaled), through its Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The Summer Law Program in Bologna is approved by the American Bar Association. The Law School’s curriculum is registered with and approved by the New York State Education Department.

  • The 2019 program will be held at the School of Law of the University of Bologna. The School of Law is housed in a beautiful Renaissance building with modernized classroom facilities. The University is the oldest university in the western world. The study of law in Bologna began in the eleventh century with the revival of the systematic study of Roman Law; today the School of Law is one of Europe's most respected law schools.

    The University and School of Law are located in the heart of the old city of Bologna, within walking distance of the major cultural and artistic attractions of the city. The University of Bologna has a multi-million volume library, as well as the usual facilities of a major institution of higher learning. 

    Classrooms and Administrative Office
    Classes are held in classrooms at the University of Bologna School of Law. They are equipped with audio visuals and internet. The Library, which includes reading rooms and study areas, will be open to students from Monday through Saturday. Students will also have access to the university's computer laboratory.
  • Students with Disabilities
    Brooklyn Law School complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. The Acts prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability. Students who are requesting disability accommodations must provide supporting documentation.

    Brooklyn Law School students should contact Louise Cohen, (718) 780-0377.

    If you attend a different law school, ask your law school to provide a letter describing the nature of the accommodation it has provided. The letter should be submitted to Louise Cohen.

    Given the difference between Italian law and U.S. law, the facilities may not be fully accessible. Students should notify us of their needs and we will try to accommodate them.

  • The city of Bologna, with a population of approximately 400,000, is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy, approximately midway between Florence and Venice. Bologna is one of Italy's most attractive and interesting cities. The old city includes the magnificent Piazza Maggiore, the cathedral, beautiful churches and palaces, museums, and a wonderful marketplace, combined with the cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and discos frequented by thousands of university students. The program is scheduled while the university is in session.


    The Asinelli & Garisenda towers

    Bologna offers easy access to the surrounding region of Emilia-Romagna and all of Northern and Central Italy. The city is the major rail center of North-Central Italy. Florence (1 hour), Milan (1-1/2 hours), Rome (3 hours) and Venice (1-1/2 hours) are easily accessible by trains that run virtually around the clock. In addition, the beach resorts at Rimini and Ravenna are 1-1/2 hours by train.

    Program participants can travel in the afternoon if the class schedule permits and easily arrange trips to almost any destination in Italy during the weekends. Other European cities outside of Italy are accessible by train.

  • Eligibility and Acceptance
    Students who are in good standing and who have completed one year of full-time or part-time law study at a U.S. law school at the start of the program are eligible to apply for admission to the program for academic credit. Enrollment in the program is not limited to students from the United States, although occasionally a very small number of students from other countries, including Brazil, Russia, and Italy, have participated. The vast majority of students who enroll, however, are from the United States and the number of citizenship of foreign students that might enroll is impossible to predict. Law students at universities outside of the United States who have completed a year of study and practicing attorneys are also eligible to apply to attend the program. Students from non-U.S. law schools and practicing attorneys will receive a letter from the office of the registrar for completed course work but they will not normally receive academic credit from the program.

    We are looking for a diverse group of interesting students who will bring various talents and backgrounds to the summer program and who will particularly benefit from what it has to offer. Brooklyn Law School adheres to and supports all legal requirements for non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its programs.

    You are advised to apply as early as possible and in any event no later than February 22, 2019 in order to secure a spot in the program with your preferred courses and hotel accommodations. We will consider applications received after February 22, 2019 as long as space remains in the program.

    Last year 22 students participated in the summer program, including 1 student from a school other than Brooklyn Law School.

    Good Standing Letters
    Students must be in good standing at their schools in order to be accepted into the summer program.

    Students from Brooklyn Law School, by signing and submitting their applications, authorize the Registrar's office to verify to us their good standing.

    If you do not attend Brooklyn Law School, please ask the Dean or Registrar at your school to send us your good standing letter. Letters of good standing are due by February 22, 2019.

    For additional information see the Important Dates flyer.

  • In order to receive academic credit for a course, students must attend class consistently and complete the final exam for the course. The American Bar Association has strict rules governing class attendance and exam completion in summer study programs. Because of the small number of class meetings, students seeking academic credit for a course may not miss more than one class meeting. Attendance will therefore be taken at the beginning of each class. Each course has an on-site exam after the last meeting for the course. Students seeking academic credit should therefore arrange their travel schedules to ensure they are present in Bologna for the duration of the courses in which they are enrolled and to take the on-site exams at the designated times. The summer program begins with an introduction and welcome dinner on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. and all classes start on Friday, May 17, 2019. Final exams will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

    The Law School utilizes a letter-grading system, in which each letter grade has a grade-point equivalent. Grades and grade-point equivalents are as follows: A+(4.33), A(4.0), A-(3.67), B+(3.33), B(3.0), B-(2.67), C+(2.33), C(2.0), C-(1.67), D(1.0) and F(0.00).

    For students enrolled at Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Law School’s grading system governs the Bologna program. For each course taken, credit will be awarded only if a grade of D or better – as defined by Brooklyn Law School -- is received in the course. The units will be awarded on a "pass" basis. Although the course must be taken for a grade and not on a pass/fail or credit/no credit basis, actual letter grades received in the course(s) will not appear on Brooklyn transcripts and will not be used in computing a student’s weighted cumulative grade point average. Enrolling in this summer abroad program does not preclude Brooklyn Law School students from exercising their pass/fail option during the regular academic year.

    For students enrolled in a law school other than Brooklyn Law School, we will send to the registrar of your own law school an official transcript showing the letter grade you received for each course. In order for us to send this transcript, you must check the appropriate box on the application giving us permission to release your grades to your registrar. We do not send official transcripts directly to students. You should consult with your own law school registrar in advance of the program about the availability of and requirements for receiving transfer credit. Your own registrar will be able to tell you whether transfer credit is available through the program on a Pass/Fail or letter-graded basis.

    Brooklyn students may obtain an official transcript showing their grade for each course from the Registrar's office.

    Following the completion of the program, all students, regardless of where they attend law school, will receive directly from Brooklyn Law School an unofficial transcript showing the letter grade they received for each course.

  • Tuition & Fees
    Tuition for the program is $850 per credit, plus a $125 activity fee to cover tours and social events. You may enroll on one or both one-credit courses. Students enrolled in International Sports Law may earn an additional credit by writing a paper on a course-related topic. For more information, please see Curriculum.

    Your $400 deposit, which must accompany the application even if you are applying for financial aid, will be credited against your remaining tuition. In early March, accepted students will receive a bill for the balance of tuition and for the activity fee. Your full tuition payment is due on Friday, March 15, 2019 and all deposits are non-refundable on that day. Read more about the Estimated Cost of Attendance.

    Review the Important Dates document for information on tuition due dates, withdrawals and refunds.

    Financial Aid
    Students who wish to apply for financial aid must first apply to the study abroad program and should submit financial aid applications as early as possible. Summer is considered a separate term for financial aid awarding purposes. Financial aid for the summer term is not automatically awarded based on prior eligibility or acceptance to the program.

    Brooklyn Law School Students
    Brooklyn Law School students should contact Florence Attino in the Office of Financial Aid at florence.attino@brooklaw.edu, or (718) 780-7915.

    More information on summer loans for study abroad is available on our Applying for Aid page.

    Students from other Law Schools
    Students who are not enrolled at Brooklyn Law School should comply with the section on consortium agreements below.

    Federal & Private Loans
    Financial Aid in the form of Federal Graduate Plus Loans (GPLUS) may be available for students enrolled in a total of 6 credits or more for summer programs. Thus, students who are enrolled in summer courses or internships for credit in addition to the study abroad program may be eligible for GPLUS Loans. Private Alternative Educational loans may be available for students enrolled in 1-5 credits. Students may borrow loan funds up to the estimated cost of attendance (COA). The COA is determined by the Office of Financial Aid and includes tuition and fees, as well as an allowance for room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Under no circumstance can financial aid exceed the cost of attendance.

    The Office of Student Accounts issues refunds to students for accounts that have a valid credit balance after the Add/Drop period for each semester is over. Please note, if the credit is based on anticipated credits for financial aid, scholarships, or the payment plan, a refund will not be processed until the funds have actually arrived and been posted to the student's account. Direct deposit is the fastest and most convenient way to receive a refund. Sign up for Direct Deposit online through WebAdvisor.

    Students borrowing Private Alternative Educational Loans should check with their lender as to the earliest disbursement date for their loans. Tuition costs may be deferred pending receipt of summer aid. However, students must be prepared to pay for some expenses (such as airfare) out-of-pocket before their loan funds are disbursed.

    Consortium Agreements
    Students who are not from Brooklyn Law School must obtain financial aid for program costs through their home institutions. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid at their home institution to begin the consortium agreement process. There are several requirements that must be met before financial aid can be awarded and disbursed via a consortium agreement. Students should begin this process immediately after applying to the program.

    Consortium agreement forms must be emailed from your home school's Office of Financial Aid to Florence Attino at florence.attino@brooklaw.edu.

    Additional Costs

    Students are responsible for their meals (the hotels include breakfast). Bologna has many self-service restaurants, fast-food restaurants, bars, cafes, and pizzerias where students can eat for about $15 to $20 per meal. Program participants may also eat in the University's cafeteria.

    You should plan to bring a reasonable amount of money to cover personal expenses such as meals, souvenirs, local transportation, etc., as well as to provide a safety cushion for the unexpected. ATMs are available throughout the city. 

    Students will arrange and pay for their own round trip travel between the U.S. and Bologna, Italy. Several airlines fly from various U.S. cities to Bologna, with connections in London, Paris, Frankfurt and other cities. The Bologna airport (Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna) is approximately 4 miles from the city. Shuttles run between the airport and Bologna's train station every 15 minutes, 5:30 AM to 11 PM daily. Students may also fly to Milan with rail connections to Bologna.

    STA Travel is a travel agency that specializes in student travel. They may offer a lower fare for the summer.

  • Program Changes
    Brooklyn Law School reserves the right to make changes to the program. Should any significant changes to the program occur; students will be advised of the changes and given the option to withdraw with a full refund.

    Cancellation or Termination

    Brooklyn Law School reserves the right to cancel or modify the program should circumstances, such as the need to protect the health of students and staff, or to ensure the integrity of the program, or insufficient registrations warrant it.  In the event that the program is canceled or terminated, students will be notified by email and, upon request, the program director will endeavor to assist students in finding a similar program.

    In the event that the program is canceled or terminated, the following refund policy will apply:

    • If the program is canceled prior to the commencement of the program, students will be notified immediately and issued a full refund.  The program director will assist the students in identifying another suitable program, if the students so desire.
    • If the program is terminated during the course of the program, students will be notified immediately, given the opportunity to withdraw from the program, and refunded all tuition/fee charges except room and board charges utilized prior to withdrawal.

    Under no circumstances is Brooklyn Law School responsible for financial losses caused by travel arrangements due to the cancellation or termination of the program.

    Travel Warnings and Alerts
    In the unlikely event that the U.S. State Department issues a Travel Warning or Alert covering the destination and dates of the program, the following refund policy will apply:

    • If the warning or alert is issued prior to the commencement of the program, students will be notified immediately and given the opportunity to withdraw from the program with a full refund.
    • If the warning or alert is issued during the course of the program, students will be notified immediately, given the opportunity to withdraw from the program, and refunded all tuition/fee charges except room and board charges utilized prior to the withdrawal.
  • This is a tentative schedule. Actual class meeting times may vary.
  • Casual dress will be fine for almost everything you do during the program. You should bring one set of business-casual attire to wear to the legal roundtable and in the event you plan activities on your own where casual clothing would be out of place (e.g. a visit to an upscale restaurant, a courthouse, or the opera).

    Recreation Facilities
    There are a variety of sports facilities in Bologna including swimming pools, tennis courts, and gyms. There is a park close to the host hotel for running, basketball, and other activities.

    Visits to Legal Institutions
    Students will have the opportunity to visit local legal institutions. In past years, we have arranged visits to the local court and to a law firm as well as a roundtable discussion on the Italian legal system with local judges, lawyers, and professors.


    Streets of Bologna

    Social Events
    A number of social events are held during the program, including a welcome dinner on Thursday, May 16, 2019. There will be an organized tour of the city and the university. In past years, we have arranged for a trip to a vineyard, with a visit to the wine cask storage room, and a lesson on wine production techniques.

    During the summer months, the Municipality of Bologna organizes a Cultural Festival which offers a wide range of events each evening, such as open theater, cinema, concerts, and poetry readings. As a university town, Bologna offers a wide variety of other entertainment options, from opera to night clubs.

    Below are links to Italian tourism websites that you might find interesting. We do not endorse the websites or any products or services on these sites. We only provide the information as a courtesy to you.

    Tourism Website of Bologna

    Emilia-Romagna Official Tourism

    Italia Tips

  • Health Insurance Requirements
    The Summer Program at the University of Bologna and Brooklyn Law School assume no responsibility for students’ medical treatment or expenses during the program.  Medical care is available in Bologna; however, students will be required to pay for medical services at the time they are rendered.  We will obtain limited accident and sickness coverage for students, but we strongly encourage students to investigate purchasing additional individual coverage.  BLS students who are enrolled in the BLS insurance program already have additional coverage that will be effective while they are in Bologna.  BLS students who are enrolled in the BLS student insurance program can find more information about their coverage while abroad at www.gallagherstudent.com/BrooklynLaw or by contacting Gallagher Student Health Customer Service at 800-394-5783 or blsstudent@gallagherstudent.com.  

    If you are not enrolled in the BLS insurance program, you should consult your insurance carrier to see if your coverage is effective while you are in Italy.  If you need to purchase insurance, one option is purchasing low-cost traveler’s insurance though the STA Travel website at www.statravel.com or calling 1-800-781-4040.  Another option for students who are not residents of New York, Maine, or South Dakota is purchasing medical coverage for a minimum period of one month through www.gallagherstudent.com/studyabroad.

    If you have questions about travel vaccinations, please contact your health care provider. Travelers’ health information is available at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.

  • Travel Advisory Information

    Travel advisory information for Italy is available online through the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs and the CDC. Information will be sent to students with acceptance materials. The information includes travel warnings and alerts, safety and health issues, and emergency situations. Students are strongly encouraged to read the Italy specific section on the State Department website.

    All students who are not U.S. citizens are responsible for inquiring about and applying for their own visas. It is important that you check with the Italian embassy or consulate for visa requirements. Visit the website for the Italian Consulate in New York.

  • Application - Deadline & Deposits

    • The Application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019. We will consider applications after February 22 if space remains in the program.
    • A $400 tuition deposit is required with the application.
    • A $400 hotel deposit is required to reserve a room at the hotel.

    Tuition Payment & Reimbursements

    • Full tuition payment is due on Friday, March 15, 2019, and all deposits are non-refundable on that day.
    • If you withdraw prior to March 15, 2019: the $400.00 tuition deposit and the $400.00 hotel deposit will be refunded.
    • If you withdraw between March 16, 2019 and April 13, 2019: tuition payment (minus the $400 tuition deposit) will be refunded.
    • If you withdraw on April 14, 2019 or after no refund will be made.

    In Bologna, Italy

    • The summer program begins for all students with dinner and introduction on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8 p.m.
    • Classes begin for all students in Friday, May 17, 2019. This is the last dat to add a class.

    Final exams will take place on: Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

    The Summer program ends: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at noon.

  • A $400 tuition deposit is required with your application.

    We accept online payment by e-Check or credit card:
    E-check allows you to make payment directly from your checking or savings account. There is a non-refundable $2 service fee for using e-Check. If you pay by credit card, there is a non-refundable service fee of 2.74% of the charge. The fees are charged by our processing vendor Official Payments (O-Pay) in a separate transaction.

    Please keep in mind that any check, including e-checks, returned by the bank unpaid, for any reason, will result in the imposition of a Returned Check Fee of $50.00.

    You may also mail your deposit to us. Fill out the online application. Make out a check or money order payable to Brooklyn Law School for $400 to cover the required tuition deposit. Include the $400 hotel deposit if you would like us to make a hotel reservation for you. The check or money order must be from a U.S. bank in U.S. currency. Please send your deposit(s) to us by February 22, 2019. Your application will not be processed until we receive your tuition deposit.

    To complete the application process, please send the items below to the program coordinator, Lorraine McDonald.

    • Letter of Good Standing. You must be in good standing in order to be accepted into the summer program. If you do not attend Brooklyn Law School, the Dean or Registrar at your school must let us know that you are in good standing.
    • Deposit(s) (if not paying online)
    • Copy of your Passport. If you do not have a passport now, please send a copy as soon as you have it. Email is fine.
    • Photo. Send passport type photo as an email attachment to lorraine.mcdonald@brooklaw.edu.

    Lorraine McDonald
    Brooklyn Law School
    250 Joralemon Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    718-780-7533 - Telephone
    718-780-0393 - Fax

  • Bologna Summer Program 2016

Have questions? We have answers.

Lorraine McDonald
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Email: lorraine.mcdonald@brooklaw.edu

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