Discover How to Spend a Semester Down Under
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School's Australia/New Zealand Program is a semester program “Down Under”. This exciting program allows law students to live and study in New Zealand for about five weeks and the remainder of the semester in Australia. It is anticipated that the 2020 program will begins in Hamilton, New Zealand on January 2, 2020 and conclude in Melbourne, Australia, on April 9, 2020. Join us Down Under in 2020!
"Best experience of my life!" Grant, 2018 guest student from American University Washington College of Law
Download the 2019 Application here - Guest Student (pdf)
Download the 2019 Professionalism Form here (pdf)
Download the 2019 Australia/New Zealand Brochure here (pdf)
Download the 2019 Housing Booklet here (pdf)
Download the 2019 Housing Agreement here (pdf)
Download the 2019 Calendar here (as of 7-13-18 / pdf)
How to Apply
The application period for the 2020 AU/NZ "Down Under" Program will begin in mid-summer 2019.
The 2019 AU/NZ program information is available for download on this page. The 2020 program will be similar but not identical.
Note: Current WMU-Cooley students please visit our site on the portal here for program and application information.
Travel arrangements and accommodations should not be arranged before WMU-Cooley officially notifies applicants of acceptance into the program.
Classes may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. Participants will be promptly notified an opportunity provided to adjust their class schedules.
Save on Guest Student Tuition!
The guest student tuition rate for the 2020 program has not yet been determined. The 2019 guest student tuition rate was a reduced tuition rate of $1,000 per semester hour.
Contact Information and Mailing Address:
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
International Programs Office
300 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
The Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will consider applications from law students who are enrolled in good standing at an ABA-approved or state accredited law school and have completed at least one year of law study before the start of the program. Students from other ABA-approved or state accredited law schools must ask their school to send an official transcript and letter of good standing to WMU-Cooley Law School verifying their eligibility.
- U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov
- U.S. Department of State: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
- U.S. Department of State: Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts
- U.S. Department of State: Worldwide Cautions
- U.S. Department of State: Country Specific Information for Australia
- U.S. Department of State: Country Specific Information for New Zealand
Certificate of Completion
Students who successfully complete a WMU-Cooley foreign study program receive a certificate suitable for framing and may note on their curriculum vitae "Certificate, (applicable year e.g., 2020) Australia/New Zealand Study Abroad Program, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School." It would be a misrepresentation to assert that you were a student of University of Waikato and Monash University. Note: The University of Waikato and University of Waikato Te Piringa—Faculty of Law, and the University of Monash and Monash University Law Chambers do not award credit for this program.
- The educational objectives for the WMU-Cooley Study Abroad program are:
- Encounter other cultures and legal theory and systems
- Attend legal courses that are international and comparative in focus
- Participate in legal events that familiarize them with the legal system of the host country
- Gain an international and comparative perspective of the law
- Experience daily living in a different culture
Join our e-mail updates list
If you would like to receive information about our study abroad programs, please contact the International Programs office at [email protected]. Those on our e-mail list are the first to know about the program. They also receive very special program opportunities for current and future programs.