International Study Opportunities

Study European Union Law in the Czech Republic

European Union Law (JD 287-EU, 2-3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 29 credit hours (minimum of 10 students)

czech tyn church

The Tyn Church in Old Town, Prague

This course offered during the spring/summer interim, surveys European Union law and its effect on European domestic law and institutions. Students will focus on European Union law and the transition that has taken place in the Czech Republic since 1989 from a Communist one-party system to a democratic government that is a partner in the European community.

Course Information

In European Union Law (JD 287-EU, 2-3 Credits) students will attend a series of pre-trip lectures at John Marshall prior to their departure for Prague. Once in the Czech Republic, classes will be taught by judges, government officials, attorneys, and lecturers from Charles University, the Economics University, and the Metropolitan University in Prague; Masaryk University in Brno; and Comenius University in Bratislava. Lectures cover the European civil law tradition, the transition that has occurred in the Czech and Slovak Republics since 1990 from a totalitarian state to a democratic state, and European Community law and its effect on domestic law and institutions.

Trip Dates and Details

In addition to the standard tuition costs for the course, John Marshall may assess an additional registration fee. Students are expected to arrange their own travel, as well as cover the costs of their own meals and lodging, although John Marshall will make housing arrangements in Prague, Brno, and Bratislava at special rates. While in the Czech Republic, optional side trips are available for students who want to travel during the first weekend and at the end of the program. Trips have included such scenic areas as Cesky Krumlov, Znojmo, Jindrihuv Hradec, Kutna Hora, Olomouc, Kromeriz, Mikulov, Lednice, and other areas outside Prague and Brno. Students have also traveled to Krakow and Vienna after classes end. These trips are arranged based on student interest, cost, and feasibility, although it is recommended that you participate in these trips as you will experience the country in ways that the casual visitor to Prague never does.

For more information about this program, please contact Professor Michael Seng at 312.987.1446 or

Czech Republic

Capital Prague
Largest city Prague
Official language Czech
Government Parliamentary republic
Population 10,562,214

Slovak Republic

Capital Bratislava
Largest city Bratislava
Official language Slovak
Government Parliamentary republic
Population 5,445,324