Why Should Law Students Study Abroad?

If you are a law student interested in pursuing a career in international, environmental, business, immigration, or even criminal or regulatory law, studying abroad can provide you with an opportunity to learn a new language, an introduction to the legal institutions of another country, and an opportunity to take courses not offered at the Sturm College of Law. Additionally, international law courses taken abroad can count toward the International Law Certificate offered through the International Legal Studies Program. At the Sturm College of Law you can choose to participate in our study-abroad program in Sorrento, Italy or our Lawyering in Spanish summer study-abroad program in Antigua, Guatemala, through a partnership with the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, or choose one of the many other ABA-approved programs offered through other U.S. law schools in countries around the world.

2017 Denver Law Italy Program (Sorrento, Italy)

Dates: May 22 – June 16, 2017


Schedule & other important ABA information/disclosures can be found here: Study_Abroad_ABA_Disclosure_and_Student_Info_2017.pdf


A detailed overview of the admissions process can be found here: Visiting_Student_Enrollment_Study_Abroad_Summer_2017.pdf


As part of the Italy summer program, students spend four weeks in Sorrento, Italy earning up to six course credits from the following courses:

Comparative Corporate Governance (Professor Celia Taylor, 2 credits)
This course will explore corporate governance regimes in the United States and other countries. The focus will be on the respective allocations of power and authority in the various corporate regimes. It will consider issues of corporate structure and regulation under the respective legal frameworks.

Introduction to Italian Law (Professor Amedeo Arena, 1 credit)
This course will cover the basics of the Italian legal system and court structure. The course will be taught in advance of the several court visits to enhance student appreciation of those experiences.

Comparative Competition Law (Professors Roberto Mastroianni and Amedeo Arena, 1 credit)
This course will explore, analyze and compare competition (antitrust) law in the European Union and the United States. The focus will be on the different ways the two legal systems regulate economic power in the marketplace. The course includes a visit to the Italian Competition Authority in Rome.

Comparative Drug Policy (Professor Sam Kamin, 2 credits)
This course will be an investigation of international drug prohibition and the emerging alternatives to it. We will discuss the international agreements that govern the production and distribution of illicit drugs and the role the US played in creating these agreements. We will then examine the growing international consensus that prohibition has not worked and look comparatively at the various alternatives to prohibition being adopted around the world. We will also discuss various metrics for evaluating and assessing the growing number of alternatives to the status quo currently being developed.

Possible Field Trips (subject to change):
o Various courts in Rome (details to follow)
o University of Naples and juvenile detention center in Naples


Tuition and Fees: Tuition is charged per credit (at a net rate of $975 per credit hour) and a course fee of approximately $675 will be assessed to all student participants. TUITION/FEES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

For Denver Law students: The $250.00 deposit is due by March 10, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. It is non-refundable, but will be credited towards your tuition. Please make checks out to “University of Denver” with “Study Abroad-Sorrento, Italy” in the memo line. No cash or credit cards accepted. Deposits can be given/mailed to Theresa Baker in the Deans Suite, Room 215. (2255 East Evans Ave., #215, Denver, CO. 80208)

For Visiting Students: Your deposit is due once you are admitted to the Program by Denver Law. Read more about that process here: Visiting_Student_Enrollment_Study_Abroad_Summer_2017.pdf


If you will be participating in Program, here is a link to a comprehensive manual with helpful tips concerning travel, housing, transportation and more: Denver_Law_Summer_2017_Sorrento_Italy_Student_Manual.pdf


Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy

If you have any questions about the Program, please contact Professor Celia Taylor at

Guatemala Program

As part of the Guatemala program, students spend three weeks in Antigua, Guatemala improving their Spanish and studying comparative law of Latin America. After completing the program in Antigua, students may choose to participate in an 8-week externship in Guatemala City.

How do I get started? If you are interested in the Guatemala summer study abroad program, complete the program application for Sturm College of Law students or contact Professor Beto Juarez at

Other ABA-Approved Study Abroad Programs

For ABA-approved programs sponsored by other schools, follow the instructions on our flow chart here. To petition to study abroad at another ABA-accredited institution, please click here.

Questions? Professor Celia Taylor, Director of the International Legal Studies Program, can be contacted at 303-871-6931 or The fax number is 303-871-6711.