A three-week program totaling 5 (semester) hours of ABA-approved credit. The one-week modules include:

  • Public Law of the European Union
  • Data Protection and Intellectual Property Law of the European Union
  • Social Aspects of European Union Law

In Cologne classes will meet at the Institute for American Law on the campus of the University of Cologne, which is within walking distance to the city center. The classroom offers wireless access with a projector and screen, and holds up to 25 students. Visitors with disabilities can be accommodated.  


Class Schedule

Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to maximize the free time of the students. Following the traditional divide in European legal education between public law and private law, students will study the public law of the European Union, which will explain the legal status of the Union, its various branch institutions and the sources of law that it uses.

Students will study the private law of the European Union, including contracts and torts. Keep in mind that since the European Union concludes treaties with the United States, European Union law is connected to the treaty law of the United States, and therefore an American lawyer may be competent to advise clients on European Union law in the United States!

The curriculum presents a third course of study—intellectual property law. Worldwide, more intellectual property is traded than tangible property.


Students will take a comprehensive written examination on the last day of class.

Student evaluation and grading are entirely within the discretion of Duquesne University. Acceptance of any credit or grade given for the program is at the discretion of the student's home school.

Site Visits

In addition to the classroom program and time spent in Luxembourg and Paris, a number of cultural excursions in Germany are included at no extra cost, such as: a Rhine River cruise through the World Heritage site of wine valleys and more than 40 hilltop castles, the birth house museum of Beethoven in Bonn, a guided tour of the Augustusburg Palace at Brühl and visits to the local courts and city hall. 

Optional Externships (1 Credit Value)

Upon successful completion of the three week course of study, a student may choose to do practical training under the tutelage of a practicing lawyer in an international law office which uses the English language to practice international law or American law, and to demonstrate to the student the possibilities for employment in international and foreign legal settings. As native English speakers and students of the common law, students provide valuable service in reviewing and drafting legal documents, attending meetings with clients and developing transactional and litigation strategies. Externships may include law firms, industry, government or judicial chambers.

Externships in Europe will be awarded based upon a successful application and interview.  The interview will take place with Professor Kirk Junker.

Please submit your completed application to Prof. Katherine Norton at