Austrian Parliament Vienna

Program Highlights - Vienna


  • Beginning Monday, June 28, we offer a three-week, four-credit course entitled Comparative Legal Systems: Austria, Germany, and the United States.
  • Professor Richard Gamauf, a leading scholar from Vienna, and Loyola Professor Dane Ciolino teach the course. The course includes visits to the Parliament, the Constitutional Court, and a Court of Appeals. The introduction to the civil law and its comparison to the common law are, to many, the most interesting parts of the course. Other students particularly enjoy the European Union aspect of instruction. The students’ appraisal of the course for the past 22 years has been excellent, and the ABA evaluation of the program termed it “first rate.” One of last year’s participants wrote, “Everything with the program was top-notch, including the class, which I found to be the most informative and stimulating class I have taken in law school.”
  • On Friday afternoon, July 3, the group will take the train to Prague, one of the most exciting cities in Europe, and enjoy a three-day stay. On Monday morning, July 6, class is held in Prague. The group will return to Vienna by train that afternoon. The final exam will be given on Saturday morning, July 18.
  • Students participate in the rich array of cultural offerings available in the imperial city of Vienna, both individually and in groups. Guided group tours of such institutions as the world-famous Kunsthistorisches Museum (Habsburg collection), the Schönbrunn, the Belvedere, nearby cathedrals, and the renowned Café Central are conducted daily after class. These are informal and optional tours for which the students bear the cost of any admission fees. Many students explore Vienna with the guided tour book provided by the program. Vienna is filled with fine restaurants, unique coffee houses, and diverse evening entertainment. The summer brings lively outdoor activity to the city from nightly film festivals to classical concerts.