photograph of four adjacent glass buildings at Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Bar-Ilan University
Dates to Remember

Academic Year 2016-2017
Applications Due:
  February 15, 2016
Interviews:
  February 22-26, 2016
Decisions:
  March 2, 2016

"Overall, the experience greatly enriched my law school studies.  I would highly recommend studying at Bar Ilan because of the focus on clinical/practical experience, the extremely warm student body and faculty and the opportunity to learn a related but different legal system."

-Hilary Polak, J.D. 2017

Overview

The University of Bar-Ilan is a rapidly growing public university near Tel Aviv, Israel. Bar-Ilan is the second largest academic institution in Israel, with 33,000 students and a teaching staff of more than 1,700 full-time and adjunct professors. Established in 1955, it was conceived of by Jewish Americans to “serve as a cultural link between the Israeli republic and America.” Bar-Ilan remains committed to diversity and welcomes students from all over Israel, both secular and religious.

The Bar-Ilan Faculty of Law was founded in in 1970 by Jewish American lawyers who wanted to create a law school in Israel that ranked with the best of the U.S. law schools. There are more than 2,000 students in its LL.B., LL.M., M.A. and PhD programs. There are about 30 full-time professors, 80 adjunct professors and numerous distinguished professors from the world’s leading law schools. Many of the law school graduates are “leaders in many facets of Israeli life, including the economy, the foremost legal offices, the courts (including the Supreme Court) and the government.”

Bar-Ilan Law is located on the main campus, which is very modern and has received awards for its ornamental gardens and use of green spaces. There are also six regional campuses throughout Israel.

Language Requirement

Bar-Ilan Law offers a special program in English to foreign students. Students with proficiency in Hebrew are also welcome to take courses taught to Israeli students.

Budget

Each year the International Programs department and the Office of Financial Aid work together to create an appropriate semester or year budget for the exchange program. This budget is based on the UConn Law rate of tuition plus the living costs associated with the program. 

Term of Schedule

Fall Semester

Mid- to late October, after the Jewish holidays, until end of December*

The international program for foreign students closes by the end of December to allow students to return to their home institutions in time for the spring semester. All assignments can be completed before the end of December. It is offered only in the Fall Semester.

Program of Study

"The Law Faculty at Bar-Ilan University is committed to three central values (1) excellence in research and instruction; (2) a commitment to Israeli society and Israeli law; and (3) pluralism," according to Professor Shahar Lifshitz, Dean of Bar Ilan Law. He notes that faculty members are “prominent researchers in Israel and worldwide in their respective fields" and that the school has a high standard for students.

Bar Ilan demonstrates its commitment to Israeli society through a wide variety of legal clinics in areas of civil legal aid, public defending, rights of the handicapped, environmental issues, Jewish law, women’s rights, medication and assistance to the elderly and Holocaust survivors. The commitment to the development of Israeli law is expressed through Bar-Ilan’s “Jewish and democratic character, while addressing social gaps and rifts as well as the challenges posed by Israel's unique identity,” according to Lifshitz. UConn Law students studying in the fall will have the opportunity to enroll in a clinic or to complete an externship.

Courses are taught in English but with an international or comparative component. They are taught partly by Bar-Ilan's own professors and partly by visiting professors from leading law schools in North America and Europe. Reading materials can be found on the course website; students do not need to purchase books.

The detailed course program for the coming school year is usually published around April or May: http://law.biu.ac.il/en/node/164/

The academic program in Bar Ilan is also complemented by extracurricular activities for the students, including events that will introduce them to Jewish and Israeli history and culture, the political situation and the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process. Day trips are planned for foreign students to visit places of importance, such as Jerusalem, Israel's Supreme Court, the Knesset (Parliament) and the Old City.

The Culture

The main campus of Bar-Ilan, including Bar-Ilan Law, lies in the city of Ramat Gan, in the limestone hills in the Gush Dan metropolitan area east of Tel Aviv. Although it is a densely populated area with more than 150,000 people, 25 percent of the city is covered by public parkland. It is the home of many high-tech industries, numerous embassies and Israel’s tallest building, the Moshe Aviv Tower. The area was settled in the early 1900s as a Zionist agricultural community and later shifted to commerce and industry. The Sheba Medical Center and one of the world’s major diamond exchanges are also located in Ramat Gan.

Students will have the opportunity to spend time in Tel Aviv, the financial capital and business center for Israel and a global city “that never sleeps at night.” The city, located on the Mediterranean coast in central-western Israel with the port city of Jaffa as part of the western boundary, is a technological and economic hub, home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and many corporate offices and research and development centers. Nearly half the Israeli population lives in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and more than 2.5 million international travelers visit annually, making Tel Aviv one of the leading destinations in the Middle East.

Tel Aviv has a lively nightlife and a famous 24-hour culture. It's a major center for performing arts and culture, as well as a hub for national sports. Ramat Gan Stadium, with seating for more than 41,000 people, is the largest football stadium in the Israel. National Geographic ranked Tel Aviv has one of the best “beach cities” in the world.

Tel Aviv has a Mediterranean climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine annually. The warm months are May through October, with average temperatures ranging between an average daily high of 80 and 90 degrees and an average daily low of 60 to 70 degrees. The cooler months are October through March, where the average lows are in the mid 60s during the day and can go below freezing at night.

Support in Bar-Ilan

For more information, please contact:

Ortal Shemesh

Coordinator of International Programs

Faculty of Law, Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan 52900, ISRAEL

E-mail: Exchange.Law@mail.biu.ac.il

Telephone: ++972-3-5318415

 

Bar-Ilan University website: https://www1.biu.ac.il/en-about

Bar-Ilan Faculty of Law website: http://law.biu.ac.il/en/

Map of the University: http://www.biu.ac.il/Tour/