Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Latin American Laws and Institutions

527AP | 2.0 credits


This course studies the similarities and differences between Latin American legal systems and those of the U.S. The course will focus on Argentine constitutional law, emphasizing the development of Argentina’s legal and political institutions and how Argentine constitutional and administrative practice differs from that of the U.S. Additionally, the course will examine the organization of civil law, the general theory of obligations law under which the civil law operates, and specific problems in the areas of contracts, torts, products liability, property, family law, trusts and estates.

Students who are fluent in Spanish can register for one additional unit of credit for an additional hour of class each week to supplement Latin American Laws and Institutions. This additional hour will be taught in Spanish with material in Spanish, including court decisions, scholarly articles and statutes that are not available in English. The professor will meet with each of the applicants to determine their Spanish fluency level.