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Curriculum

The program is designed to prepare students for practicing law in the globalized atmosphere of the 21st century by broadening their understanding of International and Civil Law. Four 3-credit courses will be offered; each student must enroll in two of the four courses offered.* 

Due to the accelerated pace of the curriculum program, weekday afternoons (except Friday) should be devoted to study. Weekend trips are optional for students.  

All courses comply with the standards of the American Bar Association, and the program has been approved by the Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section on Legal Education.  Although generally credits earned in an A.B.A. accredited program are completely transferable to your home school, it is unlikely that participation in a study abroad program for only one summer may accelerate graduation. Students should check with their home schools and review A.B.A. Standards for Approval of Law Schools, Rule 304 and Interpretation 304-4, if they desire to accelerate graduation.

*Students must choose one 9:00 a.m. course and one 11:00 a.m. course.  The program will be limited to 140 students.  Required casebooks and text materials must be purchased by the students at their expense prior to departure for Spain.

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  • Comparative Law
    LAW 804 3 Credits

    An overview of the civil law tradition permeating legal systems in Continental Europe, Latin America, and many other parts of the globe. This course explores the Roman law roots of this style of legal reasoning; discusses its distinctive features vis-à-vis the common law; and examines various areas of contemporary and practical interest in the civil law, including legal education and practice. Particular emphasis is given to the process of authoritative decision-making in Latin America.

  • Comparative Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law
    LAW 951A 3 Credits

    The course for law students will provide an introduction and exploration of global debt relations and the financial crisis. The course will focus on U.S. Bankruptcy Law, South African Insolvency, and European Union approaches to Greece’s burdensome debt. It will consider the structures and practices of particular legal systems within larger global, national and local contexts. The laws, courts and legal institutions are compared and contrasted based on connections with the global economy. Students will learn the nature of disputes and the processes of legal resolutions of disputes in bankruptcy and insolvency systems.

  • International Criminal Law
    LAW 949 3 Credits

    This course will examine selected topics and current issues in international criminal law: that is, the international aspects of criminal law and the criminal law as it bears upon international laws. Accordingly, the course will explore the jurisdictional elements of domestic and international law over international criminal activities, the implications of international cooperation in criminal matters such as extradition and mutual legal assistance, the extent to which the United States Constitutional safeguard apply to law enforcement practices overseas, the substance of multilateral treaties involving war crimes and terrorism, the creation of the International War Crime Tribunals and their impact, and the international law questions posed by the granting of amnesty to war criminals.

  • International Law of the Sea
    LAW 702 3 Credits

    The International Law of the Sea course is a public international law course covering jurisdictional problems concerning territorial waters, contiguous zones, exclusive economic zones, high seas, piracy, fishery, and mineral rights, environmental problems associated with shipping as well as up-to-date cases that have been decided by various Tribunals. This is not a course in Admiralty Law. Admiralty Law is a branch of private law dealing with, for example, injuries to seamen, cargo losses, etc. International Law of the Sea is a branch of public international law dealing with jurisdictional problems, such as 200-mile limits, contiguous and exclusive economic zones, fishing, mineral rights, piracy, slavery, environmental, etc.