LATIN AMERICA: Studying law in Latin America is more complicated that in many other areas. Law is generally an undergraduate degree, following the Spanish tradition, and the programs are therefore not very miscible. Mexico is probably the best choice for studying in Latin America, given the strong influence from and ties to the U.S. A Mexican law degree is most commensurate with one from the U.S.
Few programs exist within Latin America as a result. No annual programs are known at this time. However, a growing number of summer programs exist. If none of these suit your needs, the best suggestion is to create an individual program, including all classes. It will probably be necessary to do so from several graduate majors at the institution of choice. See the university list for contacts in setting up your own program.
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L.L.M, Year, and Semester Programs
None Yet Available:
Director: Professor Richard J. Wilson
Baylor University runs a summer program in Guadalajara Mexico focusing on Comparative Common and Civil Law, International Human Rights, and NAFTA.
Director: Professor Brian J. Serr
Courses Offered: Legal Institutions of the Commonwealth Caribbean; Comparative Constitutional Process; Immigration Law; International Entertainment Law. All courses are 2 credits.
The Mexican Legal Studies Program is an intensive 6-credit summer course for U.S. law students seeking a better understanding of Mexican law and legal relations between Mexico and the U.S. Established in 1968 to promote understanding of the Mexican legal system and its surrounding culture, the Program has trained hundreds of American lawyers who deal with Mexican-U.S. relations, many now practicing in Mexico.
Director: Professor Sanford Gaines, Professor Manuel Gonzalez Oropeza
Tel: 713 743-2200
Courses: International Environmental Law (4)
Tuition & Fees: $2,516 (includes course materials, field trip, room and board with local families); 4 credits
Application deadline: No deadline, but enrollment limited to 28 students
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY - NEW ORLEANS
Director: Professor Bernard Keith Vetter, Professor Evangeline Abriel
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY - NEW ORLEANS
Courses: Latin American Legal Systems (2 hours credit)
Admission requirements: Completion of first year of law study in good academic standing; enrollment limited; preference given to students in Loyola's summer Mexico program (listed under Mexico).
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO &
Director: Professor William T. MacPherson
Tel: 505 277-2146
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
The University of Richmond and Nova Southeastern University are co-sponsoring a 5 week summer program in Caracas this summer. Students take International Business Transactions, Latin American Legal Systems, and do a civil placement internship.
Director: Professor Daniel T. Murphy
(305) 452-6171 (voice)
Courses: Latin American Laws and Institutions; International Environmental Law; Comparative Criminal Justice; International Business Transactions; Judicial Externships with classroom component on Argentine legal institutions. (Spanish fluency required for externships. Externship runs June 1 -July 16).
Tuition: $2,000 for 4 credits including social/cultural activities; $2,650 for 6 credits and social/cultural activities. Housing available for $800; includes continental breakfast and weekday dinners.
Admission requirements: Law students in good standing at an ABA- or Canadian Bar Association-approved law school who will have completed one year of full-time law study prior to the start of the program
Application deadline: April 1 (enrollment will close early if program is filed prior to deadline)
Tel: 213 738-6716
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
Location:: Buenos Aires; with expense-paid field trip to Iguazu Falls (Brazil and Argentina); optional field trips to a ski resort and Uruguay
Courses: International Human Rights Law, International Civil and Commercial Litigation; International Commercial Transactions (subject to change)
Tuition: $3,300 covers enrollment for up to 6 credit hours, including room, two meals four days a week, and one field trip (subject to change)
Admission requirements: Good standing at any ABA-approved law school or equivalent approved law program outside the United States
Application deadline: April 1 or until enrollment is filled at 60.
918/631-3536 or 2432