Transnational Law Program - FAQ

If you have additional questions, please contact Michael Peil, Associate Dean for International Programs. 

  1. How are students admitted to the TLP?

    Admissions decisions are made by WU Law members of the TLP Joint Faculty Advisory Committee.  The Committee reviews each applicant’s completed TLP application form and WU Law application form.
    As the application form suggests, the Committee is particularly interested in prior international work, study or travel, foreign language proficiency, and other factors which suggest an ability and motivation for a transnational career.

  2. What do you mean by “transnational law?”
     “Transnational law” includes a wide variety of areas of legal study and practice.  As presently practiced by a large number of attorneys, transnational law includes (but is by no means limited to):
    1. International mergers & acquisitions
      This may mean that the two principal entities are from different countries, or that one or both entities has holdings or assets in different countries
    2. Trans-border sale of goods
    3. International aviation regulation and law
    4. International human rights law
    5. International antitrust / competition law
    6. International trusts and estates
      Specifically, this might include the situation where the testator has assets in multiple countries
    7. International tax law (private or public)
    8. International criminal law
      This includes both the emerging area of criminal law that encompasses international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  It also may mean the extraterritorial application of a country’s criminal law.
      It is the purpose of the TLP to prepare its graduates for careers in any of these fields
  3. What do TLP students do with their summers?
    The partner law schools will work closely with TLP students over the course of their law studies, providing advice and introductions which will aid in finding summer internships and eventual employment in their chosen field.
  4. I received a scholarship or tuition remittance from WU Law.  Will this scholarship apply to all four years of my participation in the TLP?
    No.  Your scholarship or tuition remittance will apply only to the first three years of your participation in the TLP – namely, your five semesters at WU Law and your first semester in Europe.  You will be responsible for tuition and fees for your final year of participation in the TLP.
    The partner schools are pursuing additional funding – through U.S. and foreign-government grants and outside sponsorship – to provide financial aid for U.S. and European students during their fourth year of studies.  We will keep all TLP participants apprised of the status of this funding.
    As of 2007-8, tuition for a Master of Laws at Utrecht Law School was 10,500 Euros (~$16,000) for the year.
  5. Is fluency in a foreign language a mandatory prerequisite for the TLP?
    A transnational lawyer must be able to read, speak and write in languages other than English.  All graduates must attain a proficiency in at least one language in addition to English, sufficient to allow them to conduct business in that language.
    Fluency in a second language is not a prerequisite to admission.  However,  a demonstrated ability to attain reading, spoken and written proficiency in a second language within four years is required.  Students who already have a demonstrated proficiency in a second language have a much greater chance of meeting that standard.