Frequently Asked Questions







Application Process and Course Registration

Who is eligible for the Judicial Reform Summer Program?
In order to apply, candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently work as an attorney, judge, public defender, or district attorney;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field related to international affairs, government, political science, journalism, or any other field related to judicial reform;
  • Be a lawyer or graduate student who wishes to strengthen their knowledge of the judicial reforms in Latin America and the United States.

When does the Judicial Reform Program start accepting applications?
Please check back soon for 2014 registration information.

When is the application deadline?

What is the letter of interest?
The letter of interest is a 1 page letter that briefly tells the Judicial Reform Program (1) why you are interested in attending the summer program, (2) how the program complements your career and/or career goals, and (3) what you wish to take from the program.

How should I send in the application?
We encourage participants to apply via our online application since it is the easiest and most effective method.  The letter of interest may be attached to the online application.  

When do I find out if I have been accepted to the program?
After applicants submit all the application materials and non-refundable $65 fee, they will be reviewed and a decision will be made.  Applicants will be sent an an acceptance letter via email with details about how to submit payment. Payment in full is required prior to attending the course.

Is there an orientation?
Generally, an orientation will be held on the first day of the program beginning at 9:30am. Orientation is mandatory. Breakfast will be served at 9:00am.

Do WCL students need to fill out an application to enroll in the program?
Yes, the application, CV and statment of personal intereste are required for all interested participants.

Do I need to demonstrate my proficiency in English or Spanish to participate in the program?
No, however please be aware that there will be 2 classes in English and 3 classes in Spanish.  Proficiency in both languages is necessary if you wish to understand what the professors will be teaching.

Are the courses translated into other languages?

No. You will need to be able to speak and understand the language in which the course is presented in order to attend.

Financial Information

How much does the program cost?
There are 6 pricing options to choose from.  For details of the costs please go to the about the program section of the webpage.

Which types of payment are available?
There is no installment plan available for the program. All fees must be paid in their totality, a month before the program in order to be eligible for a partial reimbursement upon cancellation. Credit card, bank wire transfer and certified check are the options for payment.

If for some reason you cannot attend the program, is there any reimbursement of the costs?
Yes, however the amount reimbursed depends on the date of cancellation.  Please note that any cancellation must be made in writing to


Tell me more about the course schedule.
The official courses for the 2014 program have not yet been finalized. Please check back soon for confirmed course information.

In the past the program has offered 3 courses in Spanish and 2 courses in English, which can be taken for a certificate.  Although the schedule is subject to change, classes will generally take place in the morning and early afternoon.  Each class session will be about 1 hour and 35 minutes in length.  Each class will meet four times, either the first week or the second week.

Are there any online courses?
No, the purpose of the summer program is to immerse students in the subject of Judicial Reform in Latin America and the United States, to establish links among students, therefore all classes require the presence of the participant.

Does the program require full-time commitment?
Full-time commitment is beneficial since the intensive format of this program allows participants and professors two weeks to learn and cover all the material.  However, participants can opt to register for the one-week only option.

Do I have to take exams?
There are no exams required for this program as it has been organized as an intensive two-week session for non-academic credit.

Will I have access to Wi-fi?
Yes, details of how to access the internet will be provided during orientation.


What housing options are available?
The Judicial Reform Summer Program provides a list of potential housing options in Washington D.C. Univeristy sponsored housing is not included in the program.


How is the weather during the program?
Washington D.C. weather can vary greatly. In general, climate is warm during the summer when temperatures tend to be 75 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. You can check a detailed weather forecast at


For further information, please e-mail:

Judicial Reform Summer Program
Washington College of Law
American University
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 366
Washington, D.C., 20016