International & Comparative Law in Germany - Details


The Summer Session in Giessen, Germany for 2020 has been cancelled.  We look forward to resuming our program in the summer of 2021.

Participants in the program enroll in two courses of 2 credits each, receiving a total of 4 law school credits.

Students from Marquette and the University of Wisconsin will receive law school credit from their home institutions. Students from all other U.S. law schools will receive law school credit from Marquette University Law School.  The program does not accept undergraduate students from the United States.

The total cost of academic fees (tuition) plus non-academic fees (lodging, etc.) is $4,500.

Academic fees cover the cost of tuition and the use of the academic facilities, including libraries and computer labs.  Students attending other U.S. law schools other than Marquette Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School are welcome to enroll in the program, however additional academic fees may apply to them.*

The total of academic fees for the 2020 Summer Session is $2,075 for 4 credit hours.

Non-academic fees include four weeks of lodging, the cost of field trips and receptions, and some meals.  Non-academic fees are the same for all students enrolled in the program.

Participants will be lodged with one or sometimes two roommates in a small hotel near the University. Each room is equipped with a small kitchen unit. Please note that no alcohol or smoking is permitted in hotel rooms, and that students are expected to be respectful of other hotel guests during the program. Bedding will be provided, but participants should bring a personal towel to take on the field trips. Laundromats, supermarkets and ATM machines are located near the hotel.

A breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel every day, and breakfast is included in the student fees. Students are responsible for the cost of their other meals. At the beginning of the program, each participant will receive a University meal card which can be loaded with additional cash and which may be used at University dining facilities (open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.).

The total of non-academic fees for the 2020 Summer Session is $2,425.

The total of academic fees ($2,075) and non-academic fees ($2,425) for the 2020 Summer Session is $4,500.**

*Academic fees for non-resident students attending the University of Wisconsin, other than residents of Minnesota, may vary slightly from the academic fees for Wisconsin residents. Higher academic fees may apply to U.S. students who attend a law school other than the University of Wisconsin or Marquette University Law School. Contact Professor Ed Fallone for more information at

**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 of participants, such as entertainment and recreational travel.

Students looking at a map


The application for the 2020 Summer Session is now available and can be downloaded here.

Hard copy applications for Marquette students should be submitted directly to Professor Ed Fallone by leaving them in his mailbox in Room 453 of Eckstein Hall. Professor Fallone can be contacted at

Hard copy applications for University of Wisconsin Students should be submitted to Professor Anuj Desai by leaving them in his mailbox. Professor Desai can be contacted at

Students from other U.S. law schools may 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

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.

Applications for the program can be submitted beginning in December 2019 and will be accepted until March 30, 2020. Applications received after March 30 will be considered only if enrollment permits. If enrollment is insufficient as of April 1, 2020, the program may be cancelled (see the Cancellation Policy below).

Once accepted in the program, participants will be required to complete an online registration form and to participate in an online orientation process prior to departing for Germany. More information concerning how to complete the online registration and orientation will be provided to accepted applicants.



Law classes have been offered at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen since 1607. Famous academics such as Rudolf von Ihering (1818-1892) and Franz von Liszt (1851-1919) are among past members 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 Hesse in west central Germany, Giessen is less than an hour northwest of Frankfurt. The city's origins date to a moated castle built in 1152 by Count Wilhelm von Gleiberg. Communities around Giessen are among the oldest in Germany, dating back to the year 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.

A map of Giessen


Students will need a passport to enter Germany and any other foreign country, and also to return to the United States. 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, do not need to obtain a German visa.  In addition, no visa is required for travel to any of the other European countries participating in the Schengen program during your trip.

For information on which European countries participate in the Schengen program, see the State Department website located at this link. Please be aware that visa requirements may change.

However, please note that students planning on traveling to countries outside of the Schengen program, or who plan on staying in Europe for more than a total of 90 days, may need to apply for and obtain visas for their countries of destination 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 Summer Session in International and Comparative Law.


The sponsoring schools may cancel the session in the event of insufficient enrollments received by April 1, 2020. Students who have applied before April 1 will be notified immediately after that date whether the program will be held or must be cancelled. IMPORTANT: Students should not make flight arrangements until after they receive notification that the program is sufficiently enrolled and will be held as scheduled.

Help desk workers


Laws and practices in other countries are not necessarily the same as in the United States, and the sponsoring schools cannot assure participants that all of the facilities used in the program will be handicap accessible.  Please as well note that air conditioning is not as common in Europe as the United States and that hotels and buses used by the program may not be fully air conditioned.

Experienced support staff maintain a "help desk" that is available to assist participants with travel, lodging, medical issues and other requests during the duration of the program.

All participants in the program are required to sign the following Code of Conduct:

“I agree to behave at all times in a spirit of mutual respect for others. I will strive to treat others with sensitivity, consideration, and understanding, to respect persons with different cultures, practices, beliefs, and needs, and to demonstrate an active concern for the safety, health, and welfare of others. I understand that unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature violates this standard of conduct. I also agree to abide by the policies of the administrators of the program concerning the consumption of alcohol, which include drinking alcohol in moderation and a prohibition against consuming alcohol in my hotel room during the program.”


Further information about the Summer Session in International and Comparative Law can be obtained by writing to Professor Ed Fallone at Marquette University Law School at the following email address:

Students studying