Eligibility and Application

Any Cardozo student is eligible to apply for a summer term abroad.  Credits earned during a summer study abroad cannot be used to accelerate a student’s J.D. program. Only grades earned in a Cardozo summer program will be included in the student’s GPA calculations.  Regardless of the program, students will not be awarded more than 6 credits for summer study.


Cardozo 2014 Summer Study Abroad

Cardozo is offering the following program abroad for credit in the Summer of 2014:

Introduction to Mediation
Budapest, Hungary

Professor Lela Love
June 23-27, 2014
2 credits

This intensive one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars, practitioners, trainers, and students from around the world. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners to adapt for use in their home countries. Through lecture, discussion, demonstration and role plays, students will be introduced to mediation theory and skills and examine the impact of culture and context on the consensus building approach adopted.

Participants should come prepared for a highly engaging learning experience. Case examples will focus on both civil and criminal mediation models and scenarios from both the United States and Central and Eastern Europe, including efforts to promote dialogue in times of crisis involving high-conflict situations and interethnic tensions.

Mediation is a newly emerging field in both the west and the east. Legislation mandating the use of mediation has outpaced the development of both theory and practice, and this course is designed in part to fill that gap, cultivating scholars, teachers, trainers, and practitioners in this developing and important arena.

Course Information


Download the course syllabus here.


Course Director: 

Lela P. Love
Kukin Program of Conflict Resolution, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, USA

Course Faculty:

Petra Bard
Legal Studies and CELAB, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Borbala Fellegi
Foresee Research Group Nonprofit Ltd., Budapest, Hungary

Christian Hartwig
Streitvermittler, Berlin, Germany

Erin Jenne
International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Natalia Andrea Peral
Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Markus Petsche
Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Joseph Stulberg
Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

Registration and Credit

Students should register in person at the Office of the Registrar in Room 1034 by May 1, 2014.  Course space is limited; registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

This course is worth two Cardozo credits and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Please note: Students may not get Cardozo credit for both Introduction to Mediation and Introduction to Mediation in Budapest.

CEU Summer University will also award a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $700
Program Fee (includes social and cultural events and materials): $100
Aifare is on your own. Approximate airfare should be in the range of $1200-1600.

Estimated Living Costs

            CEU estimates that students should budget the following for their one-week stay:

Minibus Airport transfer: $28
City transport: $25
Meals: $150-$200


Students will be billed by the Cardozo School of Law Office of Student Finance. Payment will be due no later than May 28, 2014.

Refund Policy

Students withdrawing from the program through Banner or in person at the Registrar’s are eligible for tuition and program fee refunds in accordance with the following schedule:

•Before May 28: 100% refund

•Between May 28 and 14 days prior to the course start: 80% refund

•Within 14 days of the course start: no refund

Financial Aid

Students requiring student loans to cover the tuition, fee, and/or estimate living costs, should contact the Office of Student Finance no later than May 5, 2014.  Please note that financial aid for this program is only in the form of student loans for eligible students. Institutional scholarships and grants are not available.


Visit the Central European University website at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/mediation-2014/accommodation for information about available housing options, including nearby hotels or the CEU Residence Center, which is approximately 40-45 minutes by public transportation to the University.  Housing reservations for the Residence Hall must be made and paid for directly through CEU.  Rates are:

Single room: 28 EUR/ night / person - including breakfast
In Shared Double room: 17 EUR/ night / person - including breakfast

Health Insurance and Visa

Health Insurance

It is mandatory for all enrolled Summer University participants to have adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in Hungary as a condition of their participation in the program. Participants will be responsible for taking out their own insurance policy.

Participants will be required to sign a declaration about their medical insurance and submit a copy of their valid insurance policy upon arrival.


United States Citizens on a short-term stay in Hungary (not exceeding 90 days) do not need a visa to enter Hungary.



Other ABA-approved Summer Study Abroad

Cardozo also permits J.D. students to study at non-Cardozo other ABA-approved summer study abroad programs. Please see the ABA website for a list of approved summer and winter intercession programs.

The National Jurist provides a searchable database of programs to assist students in identifying options, though it may not be completely up to date or accurate. Please also see the UNC's interactive summer study abroad map for helpful links to U.S. law school summer programs abroad.

Any student interested in studying abroad in a non-Cardozo summer program must meet with the Dean of Students for approval prior to application to the program. Among other things, care must be taken by students in selecting courses that do not duplicate course work taken at Cardozo. Non-Cardozo program credits will not count toward the student’s GPA.