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  • Locations: Rennes, France
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Advisor: Lotte Buiting
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Kline in France: European Union Law

Rennes, France

Program Overview

The Spring Break Course in Rennes, France will have three components: (1) readings and a lecture on legal principles applicable in civil law countries; (2) lectures on the growth of European private law, French criminal law, and British common law; (3) a final paper in which students will analyze an aspect of U.S. law taking a comparative approach to French or European law. This one-credit course will introduce Kline law students to civil law, which is the legal system of most of the world, and to the growing influence of E.U. law. By studying aspects of other legal traditions, Kline law students will develop a more nuanced and critical approach to the U.S. common law system.

Rennes is the capital of the Brittany region in Northwest France. Rennes is a dynamic city where researchers, faculty and students make up about one third of the population. Majestic 18th century buildings overlook spacious public squares, and La Vilaine River runs across the city, which is a two-hour trip from Paris and one hour from historic destinations such as Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo.


Students will be registered for spring semester course LAW T680S for 1 credit.

Faculty Leader
Dr. Robert Field, Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management & Policy
Aimee Kahan, Assistant Professor of Law

Program Partner
Rennes 1 University, Faculty of Law and Political Science

Program CalendarRennes University

Program Start: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Program End: Friday, March 15, 2019
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Tentative Itinerary:
Sunday, March 19, 2018: Arrive in Rennes. Group dinner.
Monday, March 20, 2018: Morning: coffee at Rennes1; lecture at the university. Afternoon+evening on your own. 
Tuesday, March 21, 2018: Day trip to Normandy beaches.
Wednesday, March 22, 2018: Morning: lecture at Rennes1. Afternoon: visit to Brittany's Parliament. Evening on your own. 
Thursday, March 23, 2018: Day trip to Mont St. Michel. Evening dinner hosted by Rennes1. 
Friday, March 24, 2018: Morning research showcase by Rennes1 PhD students. Afternoon: depart Rennes. 

Lectures by:
Professor Anne Donnier, "Introduction to the French Judicial System"
Professor Cédric Coulon, "The Robot Question in European Law: Legal Issues Surrounding Autonomous Cars and Machines In Everyday Life"

Program Fee: $670 (2019)

Due November 15th: $500 advance payment + $25 application fee
Due January 15th: $170 final payment

Included in Program Fee: 

  • Lodging in Rennes1 dorms for five nights
  • Three group meals
  • All activities listed on the program itinerary, including entrance fees and day trips

Estimated Costs Not Included in Program Fee

  • 1 Kline credit - $1495 (minus any scholarships)
  • Round trip airfare to France - $950
  • Transport to/from airport
  • Meals - $250
  • Passport - $135
  • Visa (if applicable)

More Information

  • US citizens do not need a visa
  • For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Field, Professor of Law

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/29/2018
12/14/2018 03/11/2019 03/15/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.