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Nice Program

Nice, France

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in cooperation with the Faculté de Droit de l’Université de Nice, presents a four week, ABA approved, International and Comparative Law Summer Study Abroad Program in Nice, France.


While this is an eight-year old program under the sponsorship of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, this summer abroad program continues the same Nice Summer Abroad Program that was founded and directed by Professor Susan Tiefenbrun 23 years ago. Classes are held at the University of Nice School of Law. Centrally located in the south of France on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, the University of Nice School of Law offers an ideal environment for learning international and comparative law in a city that is both beautiful and rich in European culture and history. In the Nice Program, American students study international law together with students from Europe and all parts of the world in a truly international atmosphere. The program is designed to encourage students to exchange ideas and explore cultural differences that influence international legal transactions. The student body is drawn from law schools across the United States and the world. In 2015, 39 students attended the Nice Program, including 32 American students from 4 different law schools and 7 European students from the Nice Law School. Thomas Jefferson School of Law is honored to announce that Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court will be teaching Constitutional Law in a Global Context in the Nice Program 2016. The participation of European students from the University of Nice School of Law in each of the four courses offered is an important feature of this program. Limited internships may be available while in China for the program.


Nice Program activities include a day in the French court, a Brown-bag Luncheon Lecture Series featuring distinguished judges, law professors and practitioners of international law, a French class offered for free to all students, a welcoming reception and a goodbye party for students and faculty, and other events. 



Nice is in the heart of the French Riviera, and is the largest city situated on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea between Genoa and Marseille. It is an ancient city founded by the Greeks, who called it “Nike,” or victory.


Today, Nice is modern and cosmopolitan, reflecting cross cultural influences from Greece, Rome, Provence, the Alps and the Italian provinces of Liguria and Piedmont. People come to Nice to experience great cuisine, the joys of opera, the sounds of jazz and the colors of Matisse, Chagall and other painters who were moved by its luminous skies and verdant hills. It is only minutes away from the home of Renoir in Cagnes sur Mer; the excitement of the annual film festival in Cannes and the jazz festival in Nice; the elegant town of Antibes; the sandy beaches of Cannes, St. Tropez, Juan les Pins and Cap d’Ail; the opulent casinos of Monaco; the medieval village of Eze; and the magnificent Rothschild villa near St. Jean Cap Ferrat. From Nice, you are a short train or plane ride to Spain, Switzerland and Italy. Three and four-day weekend trips can include Paris, Lyon, the chateaux of the Loire Valley, Florence, Venice, the running of the bulls in Pamplona or the ski slopes of Grenoble and Switzerland.