Course Information


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.*

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 are encouraged to check with their home schools and review the 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.

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

Courses – Summer 2019

Conflict of Laws
Monday – Friday – 9:00am – 10:50am
Professor Alfred Light

LAW 866

With the expansion of communications in the world it is inevitable that there will arise in most every lawyer’s practice a conflict between and among the laws of the several jurisdictions involved in even the least complex of legal transactions. This course takes the student from the classroom to the courtroom in understanding these problems. The development of the Internet has generated many new and difficult problems dealing with traditional conflict of laws. Conflicts in contractual and marital problems are considered as are conflicts in the international setting. An important aspect of the course is preparing the practitioner to detect a lack of conflicts, which saves time and expense of litigation.

Conflict of Laws course materials typically include topics covered in a rudimentary way in the first year Civil Procedure course such as domicile, personal jurisdiction, the Erie Doctrine, choice of law, and recognition of judgments (including preclusion), all topics covered on the Multistate Bar Examination.

International Environmental Law
Monday – Friday – 9:00am – 10:50am
Professor Keith Rizzardi

LAW 955

Although there are hundreds of international legal instruments containing provisions addressing “environmental” issues, international environmental law remains in a formative stage. Modern international environmental law began in 1972 with the United Nations Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and the establishment of the United Nations Environment Program (“UNEP”). While there was an explosion of U.S. domestic environmental law during the decade of 1970s, actual progress of the global community has been slow. Trade and environmental issues began to emerge in the late 1980s. Today, U.S. foreign policy, international financial institutions such as the World Bank, non-governmental organizations, and UNEP probably make the field of international environmental policy more active, important, and interesting to policy analysts than domestic environmental policy. A policy analysis approach to international environmental law presumes some familiarity with sources of international law and their limitations, material not typically addressed in the required law school curriculum. After a short introduction to principles of international law and environmental policy, we will survey many of the most critical global environmental concerns. Our focus will be on the relative effectiveness of international environmental regimes.

Comparative Law and Religion
Monday – Friday – 11:00am – 12:50pm
Professor Eang Ngov

LAW 804A

This course will provide a comparative approach to religion. The focus on U.S. law will be on the interpretation and application of the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. A variety of judicial, historical, and theoretical readings will be assigned to illustrate historical tensions between law and religion in the United States. We will explore theories of neutrality, separation, and accommodation that have been advanced for the Establishment Clause. The focus on international law will be illustrated through Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the interpretations by the European Court of Human Rights. Modern considerations of Christianity and sharia law will be examined. To ensure a robust and thoughtful discussion, students are requested to be respectful of differing views.

Global Legal Skills
Monday – Friday – 11:00am – 12:50pm
Professor Cathren Page

LAW 832A2

Whether at home or abroad, the best advocates know how to find an answer and adapt to audiences. While attorneys gain substantial knowledge to pass the bar and earn their degrees, legal problem-solving is a lawyer’s greatest strength. This course provides a starting point for problem-solving in foreign and international forums and for adapting verbal, non-verbal, and written communication styles to various audiences and forums. Through examples based on real world scenarios, students in this course will practice hands-on, in-class exercises on matters like cross-cultural client counseling and adaptation to differences in communicating and advocating in foreign and international forums. Upon successfully completing this course, students will employ strengths and skills to venture into new territory. In these new settings, students can problem solve and find answers regarding issues involving foreign clients or parties, regarding issues in international forums, and regarding issues in other nation-states’ forums.