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Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala

Inter-American Summer Program 2015

  • Interested in developing professional legal and inter-cultural experience useful for work with Spanish-speaking clients in the U.S. and abroad?
  • Learn side-by-side with Latin American law students and lawyers.
  • Whether you speak Spanish fluently or have only basic proficiency, the Guatemala Program offers options for you to learn about the legal systems of Latin America, immerse yourself in the Spanish language, and study in the beautiful Spanish colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

McGeorge School of Law is partnering with the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law to offer the innovative Inter-American Summer Program. Gonzaga University School of Law, in Spokane, Wash., is also affiliated with the program.

Dates for 2017

Courses: May 24 to June 16
Externships: June 19 to Aug. 7

The Inter-American Summer Program in Guatemala is a truly bilingual and inter-cultural approach to legal education. It offers comparative and transnational substantive law classes about Latin America taught in Spanish and English as well as Spanish-language externships and Spanish immersion. It allows students the opportunity to study with Latin American students.

To encourage participation from as many students and recent law graduates as possible, the program is designed to accommodate the learning objectives and needs of participants with varying degrees of Spanish proficiency.

See our course descriptions for more information.

Externships through McGeorge are available with agencies and organizations working in the fields of environmental justice, criminal law, civil law, commerce and trade, human rights, economic development, and immigration relations. They include placements with prominent government, non-governmental, private, and international institutions, as well as placements with the highest courts in Latin America. Externships are offered not only in Guatemala, but also in Costa Rica, Chile, and Uruguay.

Externships are also offered by the University of Denver at leading private law firms in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. For more information about the University of Denver’s externships see:

Descriptions of externships can be found on the Inter-American Program Externships page.

In 2016, 18 students from six different law schools, including five students from a Latin American law schools, enrolled in the program. For 2017, the Inter-American Summer Program expects to enroll approximately 20 U.S. law students and approximately six Latin American law students.


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Our Partner

University of Denver, Strum College of Law

Our Affiliate

Gonzaga University School of Law


Contact Ly Lee, Summer Abroad Programs Coordinator
McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA  95817
Email | Phone: 916.739.7021 | Fax: 916.739.7363

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