Summer Study Abroad Programs
Both programs are accredited by the American Bar Association.
The School of Law will once again offer its highly successful and popular summer study abroad program in Madrid, Spain, co-sponsored with the Universidad Carlos III Madrid Law & Economics department. The program is a true partnership between UCIIIM and Seattle University. The student body will include students from all over Spain, and Europe, generally, who attend the UCIIIM, as well as students from across the U.S. Courses will be taught by U.S. and Spanish faculty. All courses are taught in English. No Spanish language skills are required. We offer three law and policy courses: Comparative Family Law, Transnational Business Transactions, and Comparative Environmental and Disaster Law. The program extends beyond the classroom. A minimum of two guest speakers who are experts in their fields speak in each class. In addition, each class goes on one all-day field visit per week. In Comparative Family Law, field visits include a Domestic Violence court, a safe space custody exchange, and the Property Registry. Transnational Business Transactions students visit a major corporation that exchanges in these transactions, and students prepare and present a case before the European Court of Arbitration. The Comparative Environmental and Disaster Law students visit a major insurance firm, attend a search and rescue training mission, and visit the Municipal Emergency Preparedness Center. Come explore the city that never sleeps!
Since 2007, the School of Law has offered a summer study abroad program in Johannesburg, South Africa, co-sponsored by the Mandela Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand Law School. This program is a true partnership between Wits University and Seattle University, drawing a diverse student body from the U.S., Southern Africa, and Australia with courses taught by U.S. and South African faculty. The program offers courses in South African Law, Policy, and History: Apartheid, Democracy, and the Future, Cross Cultural Communication, Human Rights and the Marketplace and International Criminal Law. The program also provides field trips to the South African Constitutional Court and the Apartheid Museum and brings well-known local speakers, including current and former Constitutional Court judges. U.S.-based students find the highlight of the program to be meeting, interacting with, and learning from their African counterparts. Although not required, students are encouraged to seek internships or externships in South Africa or other African countries after the program. (See Summer Internships and Externships).