This page answers frequently asked questions about the Law
School's Rome Summer Program. For more information, please
Who can apply to the Rome Summer Program?
The program is open to:
- U.S. law students in good academic standing who have completed
at least one year of studies.
- Foreign law students who are pursuing a law degree in their
- Law school graduates (either foreign or U.S.) who are
interested in acquiring knowledge and experience in international
and comparative law. (The program does not, however, award CLE
We expect approximately 30 participants, almost all of whom come
from St. John’s and other U.S.-based law schools. Foreign students
may be allowed to audit certain courses, but we expect to have no
more than four (4) foreign students in any given course.
What are the 2013 program dates?
The Rome Summer Program runs from May 26 – June 25, 2013. Classes
start on Monday, May 27 and finals take place on June 24 and 25,
2013. Comparative Law and European Legal History will meet all four
weeks from 9 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. each day. International Art and
Cultural Heritage Law and International and Comparative
Perspectives on Law and Religion will meet from 10:40 a.m. to 1
p.m. for the first two weeks. International Human Rights Law and
International Law and the U.S. Constitution will meet from 10:40
a.m. to 1 p.m. for the last two weeks.
How much does the program cost and when are the program fees
The total cost of the program is $4,750, which includes an
administrative fee and double-occupancy housing in a local hotel.
There is a non-refundable $250 deposit due with the application. An
early bird discount of $250 will be given to applicants who
complete and submit their
application form and non-refundable deposit by February 15,
Here is an estimate of program expenses:
Program, Administrative Fee and Housing: $4,750
Payments are due on or before May 15, 2013.
How many credits can I earn through the Rome Summer
Program participants will earn a minimum of four and a maximum of
six credits. For students from law schools other than St. John’s,
please note that transfer of credits earned during the Rome Summer
Program is solely at the discretion of your home institution.
Before applying, please consult with your home institution about
credit transfer procedure and requirements.
Does St. John’s provide housing to program
Rome Summer Program participants will be housed in double-occupancy
rooms in a local hotel. Single occupancy rooms may be available for
an additional fee.
Are the Rome campus facilities accessible to students with
The St. John’s Rome Campus is fully accessible to students with
Is there a cancellation and refund policy?
St. John’s Law School reserves the right to modify, amend, or
cancel the Rome Summer Program in whole or in part should
circumstances require. In addition, applicants will be informed
immediately if, for example, the U.S. Department of State issues a
travel warning for Italy or Rome, if there is any major unforeseen
change in the program or in the unlikely event the program has to
be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, we will make every
effort to assist students in finding a similar alternative program
if the student sends the director a written request within seven
business days of the notice of cancellation. All money paid in
advance by the student will be refunded within 20 business days
after the date of cancellation. In Summer 2012, the Rome Summer
Program was cancelled and students were given the option of a full
refund or participation in the Law School's Paris Summer
Students who wish to cancel their participation in the Rome Summer
Program after registering must notify the program director before
April 30, 2013. In such cases, the student will receive a full
refund, less the non-refundable $250 deposit. Students who submit
notice of cancellation after April 30, 2013 may receive a partial
refund depending on the timing of, and reason for, the
cancellation. The program director will make decisions about
partial refunds for late cancellations on a case-by-case
Can I accelerate my graduation with credits earned at the Rome
St. John’s students may not accelerate their graduation with
credits earned at the Summer Program. Applicants from law schools
other than St. John’s should be aware that St. John’s is not
responsible for awarding credit at the applicant’s home
institution. Determinations as to credit granted must be made by
the applicant’s home institution. Likewise, the Rome Summer Program
may not accelerate graduation at the applicant’s home institution.
Applicants should consult with their home institution regarding
requirements for credits or accelerated graduation.
What is the residency requirement policy?
For the purposes of St. John’s residency requirements, credits
earned in the Rome Summer Program are not considered optional
summer credits and may not be used to reduce the tuition charge for
any semester below 12 credits for full-time students or below eight
credits for part-time students. Full-tuition scholarships do not
cover the cost of tuition for the Rome Summer Program.
How do I apply to the program?
To apply to the program, please complete and return the
application form. We accept applications and admit students to
the program on a rolling basis. The admissions deadline is April
You may also contact Assistant Program Director Lucas Rezende at firstname.lastname@example.org to
request a print program brochure and application form.
Are there additional application requirements for students
who do not attend St. John’s School of Law?
In addition to the main application, students from other law
schools must submit:
- An original transcript in a sealed envelope sent directly to
the St. John’s Office of Transnational Programs
- A written statement from the Dean’s Office of the applicant’s
law school certifying that the applicant:
- Will have completed at least one year of law study by May 26,
- Is a student in good standing
- Has permission to take the course(s) for credit (if the student
is seeking credit).
Can I use financial aid to pay for my studies at the
Rome Summer Program?
Federal student loans as well as private loans are available,
provided that certain requirements are met. In this regard, St.
John’s students and students from other law schools intending to
apply for financial aid are encouraged to contact their financial
aid office inquire about financing opportunities for summer
For more information on St. John’s School of Law’s Rome Summer