Students who have had at least two years of Spanish during their college years (or the equivalent) may enroll in “Constitutions, Civil Systems, Corporations and Corruption: A Comparative Look at Civil Dispute Resolution,” a course that will be taught in English, and in “Lawyering Across Borders,” which will be taught in English and Spanish. Students with intermediate or high proficiency in Spanish may enroll in one of the above courses and in “Sustainable Development and Trade,” which will be taught in Spanish. Each course is a 2-credit course.

The classroom portion of the Guatemala summer program will take place over three and a half weeks, from May 24, 2017 through June 16, 2017. Students must enroll in two courses, and will earn four semester units of credit.

Professor Juárez will schedule an interview with each applicant to the program. Part of the interview will be conducted in Spanish and will be used to determine whether the applicant will enroll in “Constitutions, Civil Systems, Corporations and Corruption” (taught in English) and “Lawyering Across Borders,” or in one of those courses and “Sustainable Development and Trade.”

Below are the course descriptions:

Courses for Students with Basic Spanish-Language Skills

Constitutions, Civil Systems, Corporations and Corruption: A Comparative Look at Civil Dispute Resolution (2 units) (taught in English) – Course description forthcoming.Taught by Professor John Campbell (Denver).

Lawyering Across Borders (2 units) (taught primarily in Spanish) – This course will prepare students with basic and intermediate Spanish proficiency to represent Spanish-speaking clients in the U.S. legal system or to work in Spanish on transnational matters involving Latin America. The class will allow students to practice skills in Spanish, such as client interviewing, intake, and client counseling, through simulations and group exercises.

Intensive legal Spanish language instruction will be fully integrated with the rest of the course curriculum. Taught by Professors Julie Davies (Pacific McGeorge) and Luis Mogollón (Pacific McGeorge).

Spanish Language Academy (no law school credit) (taught in Spanish) – Students have individual tutors at a leading Spanish-language school. Students spend several hours per day with their tutor working on Spanish conversation and grammar. Lessons will correspond with each student’s individual goals and proficiency level.

Courses for Students with Intermediate or Fluent Spanish-Language Skills

Sustainable Development and Trade (2 units) (taught in Spanish) – Trade agreements are controversial. A key question is whether they benefit the signatories, and if they do, which signatories benefit most. This course will use the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to examine these issues. Less developed countries have entered into free trade agreements in the belief that such agreements will lead to economic development. While there is no doubt that these agreements have increased foreign investment in these less developed countries, questions remain about whether such investments benefit the less developed countries, and whether the development generated by these agreements is sustainable with respect to the effects on a number of areas, including the environment, labor, and access to culture (because of the enforcement of intellectual property norms mandated by the agreements). This introductory course examines the principal commercial norms that apply to foreign investors in Guatemala under CAFTA and Guatemalan law, with special emphasis on the effect of these norms on the environment, labor, and intellectual property in Guatemala. The course will also examine the comparable norms applicable under NAFTA and Mexican law, and their effects on these areas in Mexico. Students will examine the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development in less developed countries presented by these agreements, while also learning the norms applied in free trade agreements and aspects of the civil law systems in Guatemala and Mexico.
Taught by Professor José Roberto (Beto) Juárez, Jr. (University of Denver).

Additional Information for all Courses

Because these courses are University of Denver courses, DU Law students admitted to the program do NOT need to request permission to enroll in the program; you should not submit the “Request to Study Abroad” form from Student Affairs.

The courses will be graded like all DU Law courses, and the grade received in the course will automatically appear on each student’s DU transcript and will be included in the calculation of each student’s grade point average.

Any final examinations will be given on Friday, June 16, 2017.