Summer Programs

Assessment & Credit

Earn credit toward your legal studies

Successful completion of the program will earn you both a certificate and academic credit.

Final Assessment

You will be assessed based upon your performance in the two-day final negotiation workshop and on a two-hour written exam. These scores will be combined to determine your final grade for the program.

Credit Load

Though not accredited by the American Bar Association, the program follows the ABA's standards for Student Study at a Foreign Institution to offer you credit for your undertakings; the course has been structured to provide a total of 5 ABA credits (60 hours of classroom time; one credit hour being equivalent to 700 minutes of classroom time).

If you are a European student, you can collect European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points, which your home university may choose to accept toward your program of study. Successful completion of the program will provide 10 ECTS points.

If you are seeking to transfer credit, be sure to consult with your home institution before committing to the program to ensure that your participation will be recognized. Your academic advisor may be required to approve a foreign course of study in advance of the program.

The number of credits recognized within your program of study is at the discretion of your home university, e.g., US law schools may award fewer than 5 ABA credits.


All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of participation and transcript of grades; if you are seeking to have credit recognized toward your degree program, you should explore the policies of your home university in advance of your participation.

Attendance and active participation in at least 80% of program activities (including lectures, seminars, workshops—both on- and off-campus—and group work sessions) is required in order to earn credit for the program.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

UC Hastings is an approved provider of California MCLE. Attorneys licensed in California may satisfy their full 25-hour MCLE requirement by completing the Summer Program, except for the required hours in Legal Ethics, Prevention / Detection / Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness, and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession. Attorneys licensed in another state should consult their bar to determine whether California MCLE programs may be used to satisfy their CLE requirements. The Summer Program will issue a Uniform Certificate of Attendance to assist attorneys licensed outside California in obtaining CLE credit.


Learning about cross-border practice from those who encounter it each day

The program has been an amazing experience. We have learned about the US and European legal systems, how they interact with each other and what to watch for when you're performing transactions that involve both jurisdictions. It's amazing to work with practitioners—what they're teaching is the basis of what they do daily; it's like having an open book of what is actually practiced within both jurisdictions.

Leticia, Dominican Republic

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