Australia/New Zealand Study Abroad Program

Australia/New Zealand Study Abroad Program

Discover How to Spend a Semester Down Under

Australia/New Zealand

WMU-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 six weeks and the remainder of the semester in Australia. 

NOTE: The 2021 AU/NZ Program will not be conducted. We are closely monitoring the pandemic. We are cautiously optimistic the Down Under Program will return in 2022.

"Best experience of my life!" Grant, Study Abroad guest student from American University Washington College of Law

Are you interested in earning law school credits while living in two of the most beautiful countries in the world? The 2020 Program details remain available so you may familiarize yourself with the program. Future programs will be similar but not identical to the 2020 Program.

Program Details from 2020

Download the 2020 Application here (pdf)
Download the 2020 Professionalism Form here (pdf)
Download the 2020 Australia/New Zealand Brochure (11-22-19) here (pdf)
Download the 2020 Housing Booklet here (pdf)
Download the 2020 Housing Agreement here (pdf)
Download the 2020 Calendar (7-2-19 draft) here (pdf)

WMU-Cooley New Zealand Study Abroad

How to Apply

Application instructions will be included in the materials for future programs. 

Do you want to be one of the first to know about program details? Sign up for program updates by e-mailing the International Programs Office at [email protected].

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.

Eligibility

The WMU-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.

Save on Guest Student Tuition!

The guest student tuition rate for the 2020 program is a reduced tuition rate of $1,000 per semester hour. The guest student tuition rate for future programs has not been determined.

Contact Information and Mailing Address:

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
International Programs Office
300 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 371-5140
[email protected]

Eligibility

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.

Travel Information

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 PiringaFaculty of Law, and the University of Monash and Monash University Law Chambers do not award credit for this program.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives for the WMU-Cooley Study Abroad program are:

  1. Encounter other cultures and legal theory and systems
  2. Attend legal courses that are international and comparative in focus
  3. Participate in legal events that familiarize them with the legal system of the host country
  4. Gain an international and comparative perspective of the law
  5. 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. 

  • Great Ocean Road

    Great Ocean Road

  • Students enjoying the Great Ocean Road

    Students enjoying the Great Ocean Road

  • Koala in Australia

    Koala in Australia

  • Great Ocean Road view

    Great Ocean Road view

  • Sunset in Melbourne

    Sunset in Melbourne

  • A day at the courts in Australia

    A day at the courts in Australia

  • Sky high view 

    Sky high view 

  • New Zealand Landscape

    New Zealand Landscape

  • New Zealand Spires

    New Zealand Spires

CONTACT

WMU-Cooley Law School
300 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933 
(517) 371-5140

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