Study Law in Cairo

Program Description

Cairo Information

We regret to inform that the Cairo Study Abroad Program will not be available in Summer 2014 due to ongoing political unrest in Egypt. We do expect to operate our Jordan program and additional information on the Jordan Program may be found by clicking here.


We are proud to offer law students the opportunity to spend an exciting summer in Cairo, Egypt, studying international and comparative law. Our Program for the Study of Law in the Middle East will operate a three-and-a-half week fully accredited ABA-approved summer session at The American University in Cairo (AUC). The Cairo Summer Program is the first and oldest ABA-approved summer program in the Arabic-speaking Middle East. 

Students may take a course in Islamic Jurisprudence or a course on Constitutional Reform in the Middle East, as well as a course on International Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Students will have an opportunity to meet and receive lectures from activists and scholars who are leading the legal and judicial reform process in Egypt. The Program will also sponsor roundtable discussions on a variety of topics, including efforts to achieve an Arab-Israeli peace, the role of international organizations in resolving disputes, the impact of religious law, and practical considerations in practicing law in the region. 

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit Egyptian legal institutions and meet with prominent scholars, judges, and public officials. The program also sponsors several tours of important antiquities and historical sites in the region, specifically trips to the Pyramids and Sphinx, Alexandria, as well as a three night post-program Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan.

The American University In Cairo

AucCourtyardClasses will be conducted on the new campus of the American University in Cairo, an undergraduate and graduate institution founded in 1919. The University today enrolls more than 5,400 full-time students in its degree programs, and more than 35,000 non-degree students in its Center for Adult and Continuing Education.

The campus of the University consists of elegant, turn-of-the-century building two blocks from the Nile River in downtown Cairo, and a modern state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo, located outside the city center. The University's new 260-acre main campus in New Cairo represents a major investment in the future of the city, the country, and the region - a modern campus for advanced research , innovative teaching, and civic engagement.

All AUC classrooms are spacious, air-conditioned, and well equipped with modern audio-visual facilities. The AUC library is one of the strongest research collections in the region with 250,000 books and 2,400 periodicals and continuations. Students in the program will have full library privileges at the AUC library located on the New Cairo campus. Additionally, students will have the right to participate in all AUC student activities. The University offers students a range of other services, including computer facilities, counseling and medical services, bookstore, banking services, and a student lounge. 

Program Dates, Class Meetings, and Enrollment

The Program will operate from June 2, 2012 until June 21, 2012. Students wishing to participate in the Nile Cruise should plan to remain in Cairo until June 26, 2012. Students are expected to be in Cairo on or before June 1, 2012. The program orientation will take place on June 2nd and June 3rd. Classes will begin on June 4th. Classes will be held four days a week (Monday through Thursday) from 9:00 am until approximately 3:00 pm with a one hour and thirty minute break for lunch. Each course meets for 12 sessions during the summer with the last class occurring on or about June 21, 2012. Students will be examined using take-home exams. The curriculum is described in detail on the curriculum page. All classes are conducted in English and taught by Seton Hall faculty members with assistance from distinguished faculty from American law schools and Egyptian scholars, activists, and members of the Egyptian bar. The program will maintain an office on the campus of AUC in New Cairo. Student accountability will be measured by a take-home final examination, administered in accordance with Seton Hall Law School regulations. Classroom attendance is mandatory. The Seton Hall attendance policy and honor code will be enforced. Enrollment in the classes is drawn primarily from law schools in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom with a few students coming from Europe, Africa, and Asia.