Friday, January 25, 2013

Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala


Pacific McGeorge School of Law is partnering with the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law to offer the innovative 2013 Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala. Gonzaga University School of Law, in Spokane, Wash., is also affiliated with the program. The Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala received ABA accreditation in December 2010. The 2013 Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala, which takes place in the city of Antigua, will run from May 25 through June 15, 2013, with an optional Externship/Field Placement running from June 17 to Aug. 9.

 The Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala is a truly bilingual and inter-cultural approach to legal education. It offers comparative and transnational substantive law classes about Latin America taught in Spanish and English as well as bilingual field placements and legal Spanish immersion. It allows students the opportunity to study with Latin American students. Program participants will gain professional legal and inter-cultural experience useful in the practice of law in Latin America or to work with Latino issues and clients in the United States. To encourage participation from as many students and recent law graduates, the Inter-American Program is designed to accommodate the learning objectives and needs of participants with varying degrees of Spanish proficiency, as follows:

•  Beginning-to-intermediate Spanish speakers may enroll in a combined Spanish Immersion-Legal Spanish course with a substantive law course taught in English.

•  Intermediate to fluent Spanish speakers may combine the Spanish Immersion-Legal Spanish course with a substantive law course taught in Spanish or may enroll in two substantive law courses taught in Spanish.

•  Only students with a high level of Spanish proficiency may enroll in the field placement. Students enrolling in the field placements must enroll in the two law courses taught in Spanish.

The agencies and organizations in which field placements will be offered work in the fields of environmental justice, criminal law, civil law, commerce and trade, human rights, economic development, and immigration relations. They include placements with prominent government, non-governmental, private, and international institutions, including placements with the highest courts in Latin America. These field placements are offered in addition to Guatemala, in Costa Rica, Chile, and Uruguay.

Pacific McGeorge has entered into an agreement with Rafael Landívar University, a leading Jesuit-run institution in Guatemala that is known for its social justice mission and its offerings of law courses in the field of human rights. In addition, Pacific McGeorge works closely with several other law schools in Guatemala, Chile and Spain. These collaborations allow for exchanges of professors and students from those regions in the program. Students from Rafael Landívar University and other Latin American law schools or lawyers from institutions with which we collaborate in the region may attend classes in this program with U.S. law students, providing a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the legal systems of Latin America.

In 2012, 37 students from ten different law schools, including eight from three law schools in Guatemala enrolled in the program. Enrollment in the Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala in 2013 is expected to be about 40 students and will be limited to no more than 50 students and accompanying guests.


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