The NIU College of Law offers a unique summer program abroad in Agen, France. Courses are taught in international and comparative law by NIU law school faculty in cooperation with the law faculty of the University of Bordeaux-Montesquieu IV.
A major strength of the Agen program is that it makes extensive use of French law faculty and practitioners. Students are exposed to the study of law in the European fashion where the lecture/discussion mode predominates over the American case presentation method. The American faculty are present and participating when their French colleagues are lecturing.
Both academic and leisure field trips are planned as part of the program. Past academic trips have included court observation in both local and national courts (Agen and Paris), "behind the scenes" presentations at the French Senate and National Assembly in Paris, the French Supreme Court, and visits to the national judicial school in Bordeaux. Past leisure trips have included visits to the mountains and the Atlantic beaches.
As part of the total experience of immersion into the study of law abroad, bilingual French law students may also accompany American law students on many field trips and social outings.
Law students from the University of Bordeaux-Montesquieu have also been visiting NIU since 2007.