Augsburg, Germany, Exchange Program
The exchange program with the University of Augsburg, Germany, is based primarily on the six-week intensive Augsburg Summer Program in European and International Economic Law. While the courses vary from year to year, the core courses usually include European and WTO Law, German and European Company Law, European Sales Law, International Sales Law, Comparative Contract Law, and Introduction to Law & Economics. Classes are offered in English, so no proficiency in German is required (all students also take a non-graded, non-credit Introduction to German Language and Culture course designed to help acclimate them to their German surroundings). Students can find out more about the Summer Program by accessing the University of Augsburg Summer Program website.
Students are officially enrolled at Pepperdine for the classes they take and both the University of Augsburg and Pepperdine recommend students take a minimum of four credits. Students wishing to take more than six credits (up to a maximum of nine credits) will need to get permission from the Director, Professor Peter Wendel.
About Augsburg, Germany
Augsburg is about 45 miles from Munich, Germany, where a small number of American law firms have legal offices. Students who are fluent in German may want to explore the possibility of an internship or externship with such firms. While students have made such arrangements in the past, Pepperdine has no established positions with such firms and students who are interested in trying to set up such an experience are expected to make the necessary arrangements on their own.
Due to ABA restrictions, Pepperdine is limited in the number of students it can send each year. Students will be selected on a variety of variables, including but not limited to an applicant's strengths, interests, commitment to the program, and/or connections to Germany. Students who will add special value to the program may receive special consideration.
Students can apply for the Augsburg Summer Program starting sometime around mid-to-late January after fall semester grades for the first year law students have been posted. Students will be accepted into the program on a rolling basis within a week or two of applying. Accordingly, priority will be given to students who apply early, but so long as there are openings in the program applications are acceptable up until the start of the program. In recent years, due to a change in the program, everyone who applied and was academically eligible was selected and permitted to participate in the program. We except that arrangement to continue for the foreseeable future.