Summer Institute Registration 2021

The Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Practice was developed by the University of Washington School of Law — one of the world’s leading centers for innovative teaching and research on international, comparative and U.S. law. The two week institute has been held in early September each year since 2005 and provides legal professionals and researchers from all over the world a strong foundation in the structure, culture and thinking of the U.S. legal system and practice.

With today’s global legal practice and policies, legal professionals need a sophisticated understanding of legal and regulatory systems beyond their own. For international practitioners seeking professional development, the Summer Institute provides an excellent overview of the American legal system and practice. For international students planning to undertake law studies in the U.S., the program provides the foundation and skills needed to successfully complete their studies in any challenging U.S. law school environment.

The 2021 Transnational Institute (Sept. 7-17) will be offered as a combination of asynchronous recorded lectures online and daily synchronous (real-time) classes, which will be held 4:30-7pm, Pacific Time. To accommodate participants around the world as well as those on campus the live sessions will be offered virtually as well as concurrently on campus subject to public health guidance.


The full tuition cost: For the 2021 Transnational Summer Institute we are offering a special tuition of $1,500.

This fee includes a non-refundable $100 deposit paid at time of registration and $1,400 tuition balance. Tuition balance of $1,400 may be paid at time of registration or no later than August 31, 2021.


Institute registrants continuing on to a program of study within the University of Washington School of Law may use their student visas.

Visiting Scholars at the law school may use their scholar visa.

All other participants should enter the U.S. on a Business Visitor visa (B-1) since the Institute program is not a certificate/degree program but rather a two-week educational conference. More information about the Business Related B-1 visitor visa is available through the U.S. Department of State's Business Visa Center FAQs. We will be happy to provide you with a formal letter of invitation to facilitate the visa process.


Health Insurance

All international students and scholars are required to maintain adequate health insurance while attending a program of study at the University of Washington.

Institute registrants continuing to a degree program in the University of Washington School of Law will be required to separately purchase UW Student Health Insurance for the year. More information

Since coverage under the UW mandatory student health insurance does not begin until the start of the formal academic year in late September, it is strongly recommended that students purchase other short-term coverage for the gap period. On the ISS webpage, several option are linked under Other Insurance Plans.


A fact sheet with information about short term housing options near campus, including area hotels and homestay organizations, is available here (pdf)