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Inter-American Program

The Inter-American Program is an innovative law school educational initiative designed to graduate bilingual and intercultural lawyers who are competent to work with Latino clients in the United States or on Latin American matters.

The Inter-American program is an outgrowth of the University of the Pacific's historic commitment to international education and cross cultural understanding. During the 1960s through the early 1980s a unique bilingual program called Elbert Covell College was based at University of the Pacific. Students came from Latin America and the United States and all classes were taught in Spanish. The pioneering approach of Covell forms the basis for our own and the University's Inter-American program.

The Pacific McGeorge Inter-American Program offers students the option to pursue a domestic or a transnational track.

The domestic track exposes students to the Latino experience in the U.S. and emphasizes skills to assist lawyers in the representation of Latino clients before U.S. legal institutions.

The transnational track emphasizes principally U.S.-Latin American relations and issues, including issues of trade and its implications on labor, environment, development and other human rights.

The program offers options to learn about the legal systems of Latin America with a comparative perspective  through substantive legal instruction in both English and Spanish as part of a Latin-American or Latino-focused curriculum. In addition, students can participate in bilingual and intercultural experiential placements in the U.S. or internationally and co-enroll with Guatemalan and other Latin American students in Pacific McGeorge's uniquely bilingual and intercultural summer program in Antigua, Guatemala in partnership with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and in affiliation with Gonzaga University School of Law. Students also provide needed legal services in Spanish to the Latino community in the greater Sacramento area through a series of community service projects.

Who should Participate?

The Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala is available to any J.D. or LL.M. student at Pacific McGeorge.

The Guatemala Summer Program is open to students from any University.

Some components of the program may require Spanish proficiency. Opportunities to learn Spanish are also available through the program.

Internationally, we have developed ties with prominent non-governmental groups in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, and Uruguay that work in the areas of environmental justice, human rights, trade and development, and commercial or corporate law. As we continue to expand and explore other placement opportunities, we welcome interested organizations to contact us.

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Questions?

Contact Raquel Aldana, Professor
Email | 916.733.2802

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