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Kiersten Kranberg
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Guatemala Purple

Guatemala Courses — May 24 to June 16

All law students must enroll in four (4) semester units of credit.

Constitutions, Civil Systems, Corporations, and Corruption: A Comparative Look at Civil Dispute Resolution — two (2) units, graded

  • Professor John Campbell, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Language — Taught in English

This course focuses on how civil disputes are resolved in a variety of countries, with a distinct comparative focus on 1) dispute resolution in Central and South America as it differs from the United States, and 2) the role of multinational corporations and corruption in civil disputes in Central and South America. The purpose is to provide an overview that broadens perspective and provides a foundation for future study. When possible, students will learn the material through real-world, interesting cases and through a hands-on approach.

Lawyering Across Borders — two (2) units, graded

  • Professor Julie Davies, McGeorge School of Law, and Luis Mogollón, McGeorge School of Law
  • Language — Taught primarily in Spanish

This course will prepare students with basic and intermediate Spanish proficiency to represent Spanish-speaking clients in the U.S. legal system or to work in Spanish on transnational matters involving Latin America. The class will allow students to practice legal skills in Spanish, such as client interviewing, and client counseling, through simulations and group exercises. Class discussion will be in English and Spanish with exercises in primarily in Spanish. For McGeorge students only, this course meets the law school’s professional skills course requirement.

This course meets the professional skills course requirement for McGeorge students.

Sustainable Development and Trade / Desarrollo Sostenible — two (2) units, graded

Trade agreements are controversial. A key question is whether they benefit the signatories, and if they do, which signatories benefit most. This course will use the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to examine these issues. Less developed countries have entered into free trade agreements in the belief that such agreements will lead to economic development. While there is no doubt that these agreements have increased foreign investment in these less developed countries, questions remain about whether such investments benefit the less developed countries, and whether the development generated by these agreements is sustainable with respect to the effects on a number of areas, including the environment, labor, and access to culture (because of the enforcement of intellectual property norms mandated by the agreements). This introductory course examines the principal commercial norms that apply to foreign investors in Guatemala under CAFTA and Guatemalan law, with special emphasis on the effect of these norms on the environment, labor, and intellectual property in Guatemala. The course will also examine the comparable norms applicable under NAFTA and Mexican law, and their effects on these areas in Mexico. Students will examine the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development in less developed countries presented by these agreements, while also learning the norms applied in free trade agreements and aspects of the civil law systems in Guatemala and Mexico.

Spanish Language Academy — no law school credit

All students will be enrolled at the Spanish Language Academy, a leading Spanish language school. Each student will have an individual tutor for two hours per day. Typically the tutor will work with the students on Spanish conversation and grammar. Language lessons will correspond with each student's individual goals and proficiency level. This unique opportunity is included in the program fee.


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