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Vanderbilt in Venice

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Program Overview

Each summer, Vanderbilt in Venice allows American and European law students an opportunity to gain an invaluable international perspective. Directed by Professor Michael Newton, Vanderbilt in Venice brings together a maximum of 45 students with three professors to study selected topics in international law in the rich cultural center of Venice, Italy.

Courses are taught in English, and the faculty includes members of the Vanderbilt Law faculty as well as faculty from the University of Venice Ca' Foscari.

Field trips have previously included a tour of the historic cities of Treviso and Verona, a Laguna boat tour to the islands of Burano and Torcello, a visit to a Murano glass factory, and a vineyard tour and dinner.

The 2020 Vanderbilt in Venice sessions will be held remotely in accordance with Vanderbilt University's coordinated response to the coronavirus, which is based on public health recommendations. Please contact for more information.

Vanderbilt in Venice, Professor Ranall Thomas with Students
Professor Randall Thomas with students on the stairs of our classroom in Palazzo Franchetti on the Grand Canal . 

2020 Program Dates

May 14 - June 12 Venice classroom

Arrival for Venice Classes: May 12 & 13
Student Orientation, Welcome Lunch & Reception: May 14
First Class Begins: May 14
First Exam: May 28
Second Class Begins: June 1
Second Exam: June 12
Third Class runs May 14 through June 10
(no classes during 3 day weekend - experiential offering with no final exam, this satisfies 2 of the 6 experiential credits required by the ABA for graduation)

  Vanderbilt in Venice Classroom
Palazzo Franchetti
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Vanderbilt in Venice is open to law students and graduates of ABA-accredited U.S. and European law schools. Vanderbilt staff works closely with each student to ensure seamless enrollment and credit transfer to home institutions. 

Summer 2019 Courses | Summer 2018 Courses  | Summer 2017 Courses |
Summer 2016 Courses | Summer 2015 Courses | Summer 2014 Courses |

For additional information, please email us or contact us by phone at (615) 322-6452 .

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