International & Comparative Law in Germany - Details


Participants in the program enroll in two courses of 2 credits each, receiving a total of 4 law school credits.  Academic fees for Marquette Students, in-state University of Wisconsin students and students from other U.S. law schools is $2,678*. The academic fees cover the use of the academic facilities, including libraries and computer labs.

Non-academic fees for all students is $2,422 and includes room and board.

Participants will stay in shared twin or three-bed rooms in the “Residenz Hotel,” a small hotel near the University. Every room is equipped with a small kitchen unit. Supermarkets and bus stops as well as ATM’s are located on the same street.

Bedding including linen will be provided, but please bring some additional towels. Washing machines are also available nearby.

Alcoholic drinks are not allowed in your hotel room. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all hotel rooms, as well.

A breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel every day. In addition to breakfast, each participant will receive a pre-loaded meal card for use at University dining facilities. Several restaurants ("Mensa" and "Cafeteria") on campus serve a variety of snacks and dishes from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition to the daily changing menus, pasta, salads, barbecue and sandwiches are available. Vegetarian or vegan as well as non-pork meat and fish dishes are also available.

Non-academic fees also include travel and lodging expenses (but not meals) for two multi-day field trips to Hamburg and Berlin.

The total of academic and non-academic fees is $5,100.

Neither the academic nor the non-academic fees listed above include travel between the U.S. and Giessen. Students must arrange their own travel. Nor do the fees cover personal expenses such as entertainment and recreational travel.

*Academic fees for resident and non-resident students attending the University of Wisconsin, other than residents of Minnesota, may vary slightly from this amount. University of Wisconsin law students should see Professor Steve Barkan for information on academic fees.


The application for the program is available at the following link. The application should be submitted in hard copy as indicated below. Students from Marquette and the University of Wisconsin must submit their applications to their own home institutions. Students from other U.S. law schools must submit their applications to Marquette University Law School.

Along with the application, students are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $100 in the form of a personal check payable to “Marquette University.” The deposit will be refunded only in the event that the program is cancelled.

Students from Marquette and the University of Wisconsin will receive academic credit from their home institutions. Students from all other U.S. law schools will receive academic credit from Marquette University Law School.

Applications for the program are due April 25, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered if enrollment permits.  If enrollment is insufficient as of April 1, 2017, the program could be cancelled (see the Cancellation Policy below).

Accepted applicants must complete an online registration and orientation process in the spring, prior to departure.  More information and deadlines for the online orientation will be provided to accepted applicants.

Hard copy applications for Marquette students can be submitted directly to Professor Ed Fallone by leaving them in his mailbox in Room 453 of Eckstein Hall. Students from other U.S. law schools can submit hard copy applications to Professor Ed Fallone at the following address:

Professor Ed Fallone
Marquette University Law School
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Hard copy applications for University of Wisconsin Students may be submitted to Professor Steven Barkan by leaving them in his mailbox or delivering them to the circulation desk of the Law Library.

Download the application.


Law has been studied at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen since 1607. Famous academics such as Rudolf von Ihering (1818-1892) and Franz von Liszt (1851-1919) contributed to the reputation of the Faculty of Law. After its temporary closure following World War II, the Faculty of Law and Economics was reopened in 1964.  A separate Faculty of Law was re-established in 1970. Today, the Law Faculty offers expertise in a wide range of subjects with a particular emphasis on European and international law. The Faculty cultivates strong networks with numerous universities outside of Germany, and hosts many foreign undergraduate students from Erasmus partner universities as well as from universities in Queensland, Australia, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Kazan, Russia, Potchefstroom, South Africa and Wisconsin, USA. Graduate students from outside Germany are welcome to apply for the one year Master degree “LL.M. in German Law”. The Faculty also offers the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree (Dr. iur.) based on a thesis submitted either in German, English or another approved language. German language courses are offered throughout the semester and immediately before classes start.

The park-like campus of the University of Giessen is situated near the center of the City of Giessen. Many of its older buildings are included in various registries of historical buildings.


Giessen is a city of approximately 80,000 residents. Located in the German state of Hessen in west central Germany, Giessen is less than an hour northwest of Frankfurt. The city came into being as a moated castle in 1152, built by Count Wilhelm von Gleiberg. Communities around Giessen are among the oldest in Germany, dating back to 775. In addition to leisure-time activities provided by the University itself, Giessen offers a wide variety of music, clubs and bars as well as cultural activities such as theatre and opera. The University’s 22,000 students make Giessen the most student-dominated city in Germany.


Students will need a passport to enter Germany and any other foreign country, and also to return to the U.S. Applications for passports are available at any U. S. post office. It can take up to a few months to receive a passport so you need to apply well in advance of your departure date.

Because Germany is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, U.S. students enrolled in the Summer Session, and staying in Europe for less than 90 days, will not need to obtain a German visa and will be able to travel throughout most of Europe, to all other countries participating in the Schengen program, without a visa while they are residing in Germany.

For information on which European countries participate in the Schengen program, see the State Department website.

However, students who plan to add on personal travel to countries outside of the Schengen program or who plan on staying in Europe for more than 90 days may need to apply for and obtain visas prior to leaving the United States.  Contact the Embassy or consulate office located in the U.S. of the foreign country that you plan to visit as soon as possible, in order to learn about any visa or tourist registration requirements that may apply to travel conducted outside of the program.

Giessen Map
Google Map of Giessen


The sponsoring schools may cancel the session in the event of insufficient enrollments received by April 1. Students who have applied before April 1 will be notified immediately after that date whether the program will be held or must be cancelled. Students should not make flight arrangements until after they receive notification that the program is sufficiently enrolled and will be held as scheduled.


Laws and practices in other countries are not necessarily the same as in the United States, and the sponsors cannot assure students that all facilities used in the program will be handicap accessible.


Further information about the 2017 Summer Session in International and Comparative Law can be obtained by writing to either Professor Ed Fallone at Marquette University Law School or Professor Steven Barkan at the University of Wisconsin Law School at the following email addresses:

Professor Ed Fallone

Professor Steven M. Barkan