Southwestern will offer its annual Summer Law Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from May 31 to July 3, 2015. The five-week Summer Law Program immerses students in Argentine law and culture through:
Meetings with Supreme Court justices, cabinet members, members of Congress, human rights activists, and leading lawyers and journalists
Visits to the Supreme Court, Congress, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Justice, Casa Rosada (the President's headquarters), a prison, trial courts, and law offices
English-speaking Argentine students in all courses
Social and cultural events with Argentine students, lawyers and judges
As an alternative to the regular course offerings, students may also have the opportunity to participate in summer externships in Argentina. Read student perspectives on the Summer Judicial Externship in Argentina.
Southwestern's summer law program is offered in collaboration with the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and the Universidad del Salvador (USAL). Last year, 23 students participated in the program including 21 from Southwestern and 2 from other U.S. law schools. Additionally, 12 students from law schools in Argentina joined the program. Classes are held at the Universidad del Salvador's Law School, located close to downtown. The Program Director's Office is located in the same building as classes. Students in the summer program have access to computers and email at the Universidad del Salvador, and sports facilities at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. All program facilities are accessible for students with disabilities, but some Argentine public buildings and transportation may have only limited access.
Students begin their introduction to Buenos Aires with a city tour and lunch with Argentine students and faculty. To enhance American students' immersion in Argentine culture, one-third of the participants are English-speaking Argentine law students, and housing is provided with Argentine families. Participants quickly learn their way around Buenos Aires, which is one of the world's most sophisticated cities. Wide boulevards, sidewalk cafés and plazas give Buenos Aires a European flavor, while busy streets and restaurants create a nightlife that lasts past dawn on weekends. Museums, music, dance, theater, and opera make Buenos Aires a world-class cultural center. Southwestern's long-standing ties to Argentina are a part of the school’s international law program, which includes a comprehensive international law curriculum, faculty who are leading international scholars, the Southwestern Journal of International Law, LL.M. programs, programs for Argentine judges, and faculty and student exchange programs with Argentine universities, as well as the newly established Siderman-Fulbright Human Rights Fellowship for Argentine Lawyers.
Course/Final Exam Schedule
All courses are taught in English. Students may register for two of the following courses. Each course is two units. There are no prerequisites.
- Corruption and Government
1:20 - 3:10 p.m. T, W, Th
Final Exam: July 2, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- International Business Transactions
9:00 - 10:50 a.m. T, W, Th
Final Exam: July 2, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
- International Protection of Human Rights
11:10 - 1:00 p.m. T, W, Th
Final Exam: July 3, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
|Program begins with city tour and welcome lunch||May 31
|Classes begin||June 1
|Optional Trip to Iguazú Falls||June 19-21|
|Final Exams||July 2 - July 3
|Program concludes with a farewell dinner||July 3
|Program concludes for externs||July 14
(not refundable if accepted, but applied toward tuition):
(includes registration deposit and course materials):
|Four units $3,500; Externship $4,000|
|Housing price ranges* (approx.):||$800
|Trip to Iguazú Falls* (approx.)
|Letter of good standing and law school transcript||
|Trip to Iguazú Falls sign-up||
|Confirmation notice and enrollment agreement||
|Payment in full or or financial aid confirmation||
* Prices listed are estimated, based on last year's rates. Prices for 2015 will be confirmed in the spring.
** or until maximum enrollment is reached.
Early application is strongly encouraged as acceptance will be on a rolling basis. Admission to the program will be at the Program Director's discretion based on the timeliness and completeness of the application, and academic qualifications. A telephone interview may be required at the Director's discretion. If there is space available, late registration may be permitted until May 1. All course materials will be mailed in early May.
Check out Southwestern's information session (PDF)
on the Argentina program for helpful hints!
In addition to program activities included in your tuition, Southwestern will arrange an optional weekend trip to the Iguazú Falls. The trip will cost approximately $800 and will include air transportation, excursions, four-star hotel accommodations, and meals. Deadline for sign-up will be April 15. More information, including cost, will be provided in the spring.
Living accommodations with an Argentine family may be arranged for a fee, and include a private room and weekday continental breakfasts and dinners. Costs for 2015 will be approximately $800 ($900 for externs) All families are located a short walk or bus ride from the university and the courts. Program housing begins on May 30. With sufficient advanced notice, Southwestern's representatives in Buenos Aires will assist interested students in renting apartments, but the program recommends accommodations with a family as the best option in terms of price, quality and cultural experience.
State Department Travel Information
to visit the United States Department of State website for information about traveling to and within Argentina. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for Argentina, all registrants will be notified promptly of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for Argentina, students will be notified promptly of the warning and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. In the event that students withdraw from the program as permitted in these criteria during the course of the program, or if the program is terminated, students will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.
TransportationStudents will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to Buenos Aires. Students should plan to arrive in Buenos Aires no later than Saturday, May 30 in order to participate in a morning city tour and lunch with Argentine students and faculty on Sunday, May 31. Students are required to have a passport to enter Argentina and will be required to pay an entry fee prior to arrival. Please visit the Embassy of Argentina's website for more information and to make your payment. Your receipt will need to be presented to immigration officials upon arrival in Argentina.
Given sufficient student interest, Southwestern will arrange non-credit courses in Legal Spanish, and introductory and intermediate conversational Spanish. Each course is scheduled so that it does not conflict with class time and typically consists of ten, two-hour classes taught by an experienced instructor. The course fee is approximately $200, payable to the instructor in Argentina at the second class meeting.
Admission and Course Credit
Southwestern is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The ABA has approved the Summer Law Program in Argentina. Applicants must be students in good standing at an American or Canadian law school. Prior to the start of the summer program, they must have completed their first year of law study and must submit a transcript and a letter of good standing from their law school.
Students may register for two courses, for a maximum total of four semester units of credit, or register for the five unit judicial externship. Any class change must be made in writing to the Southwestern Study Abroad Office. Each professor will administer a written final exam and assigns grades. Grades will conform to Southwestern's grading policies. Southwestern utilizes an alpha grading system in which the actual grade earned is represented by an alphabetical letter. Grades are assigned from A+ to F. No unit credit will be granted if the grade received is an F. Additional information can be found in the Southwestern Student Handbook, which will be sent to all applicants and also is available upon written request. Students are advised to consult their home school policies on receiving credit for course work.
Southwestern will send a transcript to the student's home institution in September following completion of the program and final payment of all tuition and fees. Students should consult with their home institutions regarding the transfer of credit and financial aid. Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to determination by the student's home school. For financial aid purposes, four units is considered half-time and five or more units is full-time. Students should be aware that participation in a summer program is unlikely to accelerate their graduation date; students interested in acceleration should consult their home school.
Tuition Refund Policy
Students who withdraw from the program or request a class change must notify the Director of the Argentina Summer Program in writing as early as possible. Students who withdraw before the first day of the summer program may receive a 100% credit of charged tuition, with the exception of the $500 non-refundable registration deposit. Thereafter, refund for tuition is pro-rated on a daily basis. After 60% of the program is completed, there is no refund. Program housing fees will not be refunded after May 1.
Students who withdraw from the program prior to the commencement of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or the cancellation of the program, including cancellation because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded all monies advanced within twenty (20) days after the cancellation or withdrawal.
Students who withdraw from the program during the course of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or termination of the program, including termination because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.
Southwestern reserves the right to change or cancel the Summer Program in Argentina at any time prior to May 1. Southwestern also reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation of the program or any course at a later date will occur only if necessary for reasons beyond Southwestern's control. For cancellation that occurs after a deposit has been paid, the program director will use his best efforts to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar program, if the student so desires, and all money advanced by the student shall be refunded within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation. Students who have paid a deposit or registered for the program also have the opportunity to withdraw from the program if there are changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program and receive a refund of fees paid with the exception of room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal. In the event of cancellation, students will immediately be notified by email, phone and U.S. mail. This program has not been cancelled in prior years.
Liability & Insurance
Southwestern will not be responsible for personal injuries to students, medical conditions, or for loss or damage to personal property within or in transit to Argentina. Southwestern requires students to obtain health insurance that covers or reimburses for health care abroad, and requires the plan to cover medical evacuation and repatriation.
Anne L. Wilson
Study Abroad Office
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel: (213) 738-5707 Fax: (213) 383-1688