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, it can provide you with an introduction to the legal institutions of another country, and it can provide you with 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. At the Sturm College of Law you can choose to participate in 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 offerred through other U.S. law schools in countries around the world.

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.

Other ABA-Approved Programs: Students who have taken advantage of other ABA-approved study-abroad programs have…

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? Contact Karlyn Shorb, Administrative Director of the International Legal Studies Program via email or telephone, 303-871-6655 or come by Room 405. Professor Annecoos Wiersema, Director of the International Legal Studies Program, can also be contacted at