Paris: Law, Letters, and Society (September Course)

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Final App Deadline: 
Monday, February 14, 2022
Language Requirement: 
Kylie Poulin

The College’s September Law, Letters, and Society (LLSO) course in Paris provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn an upper-level LLSO credit by exploring European perspectives and institutions focused on economy, law, and globalization.

September 2021 Course
Law and Political Economy - Professor Jonathan Levy
This course revisits old and explores new approaches to the relationship between law and economic life. We survey the Legal Realist movement of the Progressive era, the Law and Economics movement of the second half of the twentieth century, and more recent Law and Political Economy approaches. Reading across disciplines and also important legal cases, we inquire into the legal processes at the heart of capitalism. While focused on the United States, we will take full advantage of meeting in Paris to address international and comparative issues. For LLSO majors, this course can count as the required third-year seminar.

Apart from classroom work, the September LLSO program offers a series of excursions to sites of academic and cultural interest within and around Paris. Indeed, Paris itself plays a central role in components of the curriculum as detailed above and students will be expected to make full use of its cultural resources.

Center in Paris

Headquarters for the College’s study abroad programs in Paris is the University of Chicago Center in Paris, the University’s research and teaching arm in Europe. Situated in the thirteenth arrondissement, the Center in Paris is part of an ambitious intellectual project along the river Seine, including the Bibliothèque Nationale and a new home for Université de Paris (formerly Université Denis Diderot - Paris VII). The Center in Paris features classrooms, offices for faculty and graduate students, computer facilities, a small library, and an apartment for the faculty director. For participants in Chicago’s programs, the Center in Paris provides a focus for academic activities, a central meeting place, and a continuing Chicago “presence” within one of the major capitals of Europe.


Students in the September LLSO course are housed in a residence hall within the Cité Internationale Universitaire (Cité). The Cité, a park-like residential complex in the fourteenth arrondissement, is the international student campus in Paris, though French students also live there. Students reside in single rooms with a private bath and have access to Cité facilities, including a library, theater, laundry, and athletic facilities. Students will have access to common kitchens in the residence halls and can purchase inexpensive meals at the Cité’s restaurant universitaire.

Credits and Registration

Participants in the Paris program will take and receive credit for one Law, Letters, and Society course (100 units). This course is considered part of the students’ Autumn Quarter course load and is recorded as a course enrollment on their Autumn Quarter registration. The course credit is an upper-level credit for LLSO majors. The course title, unit of credit, and grade is placed on the College transcript.


Provided students enroll in no more than three (3) additional 100-unit courses in the Autumn Quarter after the Paris program, the tuition cost of the Paris course will be part of students’ regular College tuition for the quarter. Students participating in an Autumn Study Abroad program following the Paris September course will be permitted to use the Paris course as a fifth course with no tuition surcharge.

In addition to Autumn tuition, students pay a Paris program fee and a nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and Paris program fee are paid via myUChicago in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in the program. Precise figures for the 2021–2022 academic year are listed below:

Autumn tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

Study abroad administrative fee: $675

Paris September LLSO program fee: $3,525

Program fee includes: Out-of-pocket expenses include:
accommodation round-trip airfare to and from the program site
instruction transportation on site
student support meals
program excursions course materials
emergency travel insurance (ISOS) personal entertainment and travel
  communications (including cell phone usage)
  health insurance and upfront payments for care
  other miscellaneous expenses

Previous program participants report spending in the range of $200 to $250 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that the cost of living in Paris is relatively high and that, while it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.

Since participants remain fully registered in the College, they retain financial aid eligibility for Autumn Quarter tuition while participating in this course.

Eligibility and Application

While the Paris September LLSO program is open to all University of Chicago undergraduate students, priority consideration is given to Law, Letters, and Society majors. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

The program is designed for undergraduates in good standing who are beyond their first year in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the course is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite.

Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record, personal statement, and academic recommendation. If you are interested in applying for this program, please fill out the online application.

Further Information

To discuss the Law, Letters, and Society September program and the possibility of participating, please contact Kylie Poulin.

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