Summer Study Programs

WCL's Chile Program and the Comparative Law Program in Europe programs are compatible with the JD/MA program requirements.

The academic component of the summer program consists of two 3-credit courses, Legal Aspects of Trade and Investment in Latin America and Comparative Legal Perspectives on Social Problems.

  1. Legal Aspects of Trade and Investment in Latin America, a survey course, explores the various legal issues in international trade and foreign direct investment, such as foreign investment statutes, international and domestic environmental law, bilateral and regional trade agreements, antitrust laws, and other areas of law relevant to the foreign investor.

  2. Comparative Legal Perspectives on Social Problems introduces students to the civil law system, especially as practiced in Chile, and explores the role of legal institutions, both national and international, in transitions to democracy and the protection of human rights.

Students attend classes for one-half of the program at the University of Chile Law School and one-half at the University of Diego Portales School of Law. Classes are typically held from 8:30am-12:30pm

All classes are taught in English. Knowledge of Spanish, while useful, it is not necessary for participation in the program. Information on Spanish-speaking classes will be made available to interested students at the outset of the program.

Comparative Law Program in Europe

The program is intended to introduce law students and attorneys to evolving legal concepts and structures in Europe and in the international arena. The program will consist of three courses: International Economic Law: The New European Legal Order; International Human Rights Law: Changing Concepts, Approaches, and Enforcement; and International Institutions and Sustainable Development.

Students must enroll for a total of 6 credit hours. All students enrolled in the program must take the "International Economic Law" course. They can then select either the "International Human Rights Law" or the "International Institutions and Sustainable Development" course.

  1. The first course,International Economic Law, will provide the students with solid instruction on new legal concepts, jurisprudence and institutions reflecting the globalization of commerce. Particular attention will be given to the expansion and operations of the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and other agencies that impact international trade and commerce. International organizations in London, Brussels, Paris and Geneva will be visited.

  2. The second course, International Human Rights Law, discusses legal developments, court decisions and international agreements in human rights and humanitarian law generated by substantial changes in the international order, ethnic conflicts and warfare in various regions of the world, and the more active role undertaken by the European Union, the United Nations Human Rights and Refugees Branches, the International Labor Organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, among others, in addressing these problems. Relevant international organizations in Brussels, Paris and Geneva will be visited.

  3. The third course, International Institutions and Sustainable Development, focuses on the international institutions responsible for promoting environmental law and sustainable development, including the OECD, the United Nations Environment Program, the World Trade Organization, and various inter-governmental and non governmental organizations like WWF International, Green Cross and the World Conservation Union.


These programs are approved by the American Bar Association.