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Study Abroad Vienna: June 30 - July 12, 2024

Seat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 600 years and capital of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy until 1918, Vienna provides a rich and historic site for the program. A world-renowned center for art, architecture, music, and diplomacy, Vienna also served as a political nerve center of Europe for centuries. Located at the crossroads between East and West, Vienna has long been, and continues to be, the meeting place for diplomats, merchants, kings, and presidents. Vienna provides all of the trappings one would expect in an international city: palaces, monuments, gardens, museums, theaters, opera, and the university.

The University of Vienna Law School serves as the site of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Vienna Summer Legal Studies Program. Class instruction will be complemented by visits to the Austrian Parliament, the Austrian Constitutional Court, the Austrian Supreme Court, and the Mauthausen Memorial (a former Nazi concentration camp). The program will also include a weekend trip to Prague, Czech Republic, where a three-hour lecture will take place at the Charles University, Faculty of Law.

Our Vienna, Austria program is currently ABA accredited.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vienna Teaching Assistants at


Comparative Legal Systems (1 credit hour)
Professor Robert A. Garda, Jr. & Professor Richard Gamauf
July 1-5 & 8-12, 2024
9:00 - 10:10 AM
Location: University of Vienna School of Law

This course will present a comparative view of the legal traditions and institutions of the United States and other EU countries (focusing particularly on the United States and Austria). It will provide a comparative examination of the differences between parliamentary and congressional governments and will also explore the differences in these countries’ judicial institutions. Finally, it will also compare some of the differences between common and civil law traditions.

Comparative Remedies (1 credit hour)
Professor Meera Sossamon
July 1-5 & 8-12, 2024
10:20  - 11:30 AM
Location: University of Vienna School of Law

The remedy is arguably the most important and certainly most impactful pragmatic effect of any lawsuit: determining what relief the plaintiff is entitled to. Yet when remedies are taught across disparate classes such as torts, contracts, and other doctrinal courses, it’s often hard to see the big picture as it fits together.
As a practical matter, plaintiffs are often bringing several of types of claims in one lawsuit, each offering unique remedies. This course seeks to take that big picture approach, and considers the question of what remedies plaintiffs in different jurisdictions are entitled to, particularly contrasting common law and civil law jurisdictions, and what that may reveal about the public policies and values that these various jurisdictions seek to emphasize through the remedies they offer. In our survey of comparative remedies, we will explore areas such as the contrast between damages and specific performance remedies in contract law, punitive damages, unjust enrichment, and some public law remedies as well.

Soccer and the Law (1 credit hour)
Professor Lloyd L. "Trey" Drury, III
July 1-5 & 8-12, 2024
11:40 AM - 12:50 PM
Location: University of Vienna School of Law

This course examines the governance mechanisms employed by the sport of soccer and the legal issues resulting from this governance structure. The first week will focus on soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, its coordination role among national and regional jurisdictions, and contemporary legal disputes in the sport. The second week takes a comparative look at the varying approaches of national associations, focusing on Spain, Germany, the UK, and the United States.


The principal instructors for this program will be Professors Robert A. Garda, Jr., Richard Gamauf, Meera Sossamon, and Lloyd L. "Trey" Drury, III. Professor Ursula Kriebaum will also be an instructor.

The Vienna Summer Legal Studies program does not provide housing. However, we recommend the 25 Hours Hotel Museums Quartier, the Hotel Alpha, and other facilities that our students have enjoyed over the past 20 years. The Vienna Summer Legal Studies Program Handbook contains a list of the facilities, as well as candid student comments describing them. We recommend that program participants read this part of the Handbook carefully so as to make the housing choice that is best suited for their needs and budget. Many students have enjoyed the use of Airbnb in Vienna to get the authentic feel of living abroad. The Vienna program Handbook and the Vienna Teaching Assistant can offer assistance in selecting accommodations, but making the actual hotel reservations is the responsibility of the student. Major credit cards are accepted.

Vienna Mandatory Forms

Content forthcoming March 2024. 

Vienna Handbook

Content forthcoming March 2024. 

Additional Resources for Travel Planning 

Austria Tourism Office

US State Department – Travel Information

The Bureau of Consular Affairs