A message from the Associate Dean:
I truly regret to inform you that after much consideration, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel our 2013 Study Abroad Program in Barcelona, Spain. Unfortunately, the number of applications we received for Barcelona falls below the minimum that we would need to support the program. Since the March 1st deadline, I have worked diligently to adapt the curriculum to the lower than expected enrollment. However, we risk cancellations by the April 1st deadline. We have reluctantly determined that it would be imprudent to make further arrangements for Barcelona this year.
Although our Barcelona program will not be carried to completion this year, I encourage you not to forgo the cultural and educational benefits of studying abroad this summer. Please consider one of Whittier Law’s other Study Abroad programs. Our programs for France and China, in particular, have received robust student attention.
Calvin D. Peeler
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & International Relations
Director, Study Abroad in Barcelona
(In collaboration with The Williams Institute of UCLA Law School)
June 23-July 30, 2013
(Optional)Orientation is Sitges: One Unit survey course on international and comparative law (prof. Mate)
Please note: The first week June 23 – 28, 2013 may be an OPTIONAL orientation week. Pending verification of sufficient student interest, a one-unit introductory course on international and comparative law will be offered. The course is tentatively scheduled to take place in Sitges, a medieval beach village approximately 40 minutes by train from Barcelona. Lodging is estimated to be 68€/night per person for double occupancy.
The remainder of the academic program will begin with an orientation in Barcelona on June 30. Students will be able to check into the Barcelona student residence on June 29. All other courses begin on Monday, July 1 unless otherwise indicated below.
University of Barcelona
June 29 – July 26 (Exams July 29, July 30)
Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Pyrenées Mountains, and a short distance from the Spanish Balearic Islands (Mallorca and Ibiza). One of the most visited cities in Europe, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and world renowned for its art, architecture and beautiful beaches. It is the capital of Catalunya which is Spain’s most politically progressive autonomous community. The academic program focuses on sexual orientation law.
Whittier Law School, in collaboration with the Williams Institute of UCLA Law School, sponsors the only summer law program devoted to sexual orientation law and policy issues. The program will take place at the University of Barcelona, which is located near the heart of Barcelona. The facility is modern and each classroom is equipped with comfortable seats and desks, good lighting, ventilation and blackboards. Students will have full access to the library, computer rooms and all campus facilities, including a reasonably priced campus restaurant. The campus is equipped with elevators and ramps and is accessible to individuals with mobility issues.
The Sexual Orientation Law program has a direct relationship to Whittier Law School’s Centers for International and Comparative Law and its Center for Children’s Rights. The curriculum will focus on international and comparative law as well as family law issues as they pertain to same-sex couples and non-traditional families. The faculty will include national and international scholars, practitioners, and policy makers.
The University of Barcelona faculty are well known for their scholarly interests in the area of Sexual Orientation Law. Spain is among very few nation states that give legal recognition to same-sex marriage. Barcelona has a very active and visible LGBT community including legal scholars, practitioners and policy makers.
|Optional Orientation Dates:||June 23-June 28, 2013||(optional)||Program Dates:||July 1-July 26, 2013|
|Examinations:||July 29-July 30, 2013|
|Host University:||University of Barcelona|
|Tuition:||$4,600 [includes legal and some cultural tours] (max 6 units)|
Information on foreign travel, current travel advisories, and safety information for Spain is available from the U.S. State Department on its website located at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1024.html You .should regularly check this site for up to date travel advisories and safety updates.
Our host institution requires that we submit a copy of your passport and two passport size photographs for each program participant. They will prepare a photo identification card for each of you. This card enables you to have access to the university facilities, and it might also allow you to have student discounts for other purposes, i.e., travel discounts, museums, etc. If you have not done so already, please submit to as soon as possible:a) two passport-type photos; and b) a copy of your passport
If you are a Whittier student, we can obtain the photos on your behalf. We need this information for each of you as quickly as possible and no later than March 31. If you are unable to provide your photos and a copy of your passport by March 31, please contact me as soon as possible. I know that some of you have recently applied for your passports, and I will work with you as best I can. We try to provide this information as early as we possibly can to insure that our student participants can enjoy all the benefits, services and resources available to them at the university. The student ID card is essential for those purposes. It can also be used for other benefits outside the university, including but not limited to discounts at various cultural venues, e.g., museums, movies, trains, etc., depending often on the age of the student. In the event that anyone is unable to provide this information in a timely fashion, it will not preclude his or her participation in the program. However, it may, but limit access to various university facilities.
View class schedule (forthcoming)
Estate Planning – 2 units
Julie Manasfi, Professor of Law, Whittier Law School
An analysis of revocable and irrevocable lifetime trusts as a will supplement; whether and how to avoid probate; life insurance settlement options and employee death benefits; concurrent interests including community property; use of short-term trusts to reduce income tax; marital deduction; selection of fiduciary; and estate planning of intestate property.
Orientation in Sitges: Survey course on international and comparative law – 1 unit
Manoj Mate, Professor of Law, Whittier Law School
Orientation in Sitges: Survey course on international and comparative law – 1 unit
Course description not found on Study Abroad website, in any Schedule of Classes for 2012 or 2013, nor in Online Course Catalog, as of 02/06/13.
Transgender Law – 1 unit
Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Leading cases and texts in this field will be presented in this course. There will be plenty of scope to discuss the technical and political aspects of this dynamic field.
In both halves of this seminar course, students will be asked to write and present a short paper. Class participation (including taking turns presenting the assigned cases) also will be considered in the overall course grade.
Spanish Law & the LGBT Community (Seminar) – 2 units
Dr. Monica Navarro, University of Barcelona
This course starts with a presentation of the Spanish legal system, and explores the efforts to eradicate discrimination and violence against the LGBT community. The course will then focus on different Family Law issues and whether special provisions are made on the basis of gender and sexual orientation and other rules specifically addressed at the LGBT community. Spain allows marriage, adoption and assisted reproduction, free from any gender and sexual orientation discrimination, and yet there are instances where biases do exist. The course will discuss strategies to protect the LGBT community, and how those strategies have been and are being utilized.
Crime, Sex & Gender – 2 units
Ruthann Robson, Professor of Law, City University of New York
This course considers the relationship of criminal law to issues of sexuality and gender in international perspective. We will consider the legal status of a variety of sexual offenses including homosexuality, “crimes against nature,” sex in public, HIV transmission, gender “fraud,” commercial sex, and other crimes that place the sexual act at their center. We
will also analyze the role of sexuality and gender when persons are victims of crimes, including “hate crimes,” as well focusing on the role sexuality and gender may play in accusations and convictions of crime. Finally, we will explore the issue of punishment and imprisonment, including issues arising from sex-segregated prison systems and from the treatment of “sex offenders.” Students will have the opportunity to concentrate on particular issues that interest them.
Legal Recognition of Lesbian and Gay Relationships: A Comparative Approach – 1 or 2 units
R. Bradley Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry, NYC
This course will consider and compare the legal treatment of lesbian and gay couples in the United States and Western Europe from the perspectives of law, policy, and politics. The first part of the course will provide an overview of law and policy regarding recognition of same-sex couples in Western Europe. The first two courses will be conducted as panel discussion in conjunction with a CLE program being held as part of this year’s program. On these panels, you will have the opportunity to hear some of the leading advocates and scholars in the U.S. and Western Europe on these issues. Next, we will look at marriage, civil union, and domestic partnership laws in various Western European countries. The final part of the course will introduce and explore EC law with respect to same-sex couples focusing on arguments for protection under the European Convention of Human Rights and the impact on the rights of same-sex couples of accession of Eastern European nations into the EU.
The course will focus on two main comparative themes:
In considering these themes we will discuss how the United States differs from various countries in Western Europe and how same-sex couples differ from different-sex couples.
Community Property (Lecture) – 2 units
Professor Calvin D. Peeler
This course focuses on modern California community property law, a marital property regime inherited from Spain, via Mexico. Topics covered include non-marital relations, putative spouses, prenuptial agreements, basic presumptions governing separate and community property designations, division of property at dissolution and death among other issues covered on the California bar exam. Some comparative law discussion, particularly regarding Spanish community property law.
International Sports Law: Sexual Orientation Discrimination (2 units)
Professor Kelley Mauerman
This course will introduce students to the emerging field of International Sports Law. The course examines the legal and international dimensions of the modern sports industry. Topics covered include the historical development of amateur and professional sports, the structure of sporting organizations, and the international governance of sport, including the Olympics. The course also explores the legal status of athletes as employees, public and private efforts to eliminate doping, the impact of intellectual property on sponsorship and promotion of sporting events, and the increasing commercialization and globalization of sport. Special attention will be paid to issues of discrimination in sport, with a particular focus on the issue of sexual orientation discrimination in sport.
Whittier Law School has secured housing accommodations for all program participants in Barcelona. Program housing is required in order for you to participate in the academic program. The program housing is also a location for occasional gatherings and posting of notices and program information.
The program residence is called Torre Gironar and located at Barcelona SPAIN, This residence is a few minutes walk from the Law Faculty where classes will be held.
The Torre Girona Residence provides single/studio style accommodations with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. The rooms are cleaned once per week, including a change of linen and towels. Each room has air conditioning, a television a telephone, and calls are free to others within the facility. If you wish to be able to make calls outside of the facility, you can simply deposit money at the Reception. You will be notified when your account is depleted. There is no charge for you to receive calls.
The Residence has a laundry room with a limited number of coin-operated washers and dryers. There are several shared amenities including two television rooms, a gym and separate game rooms with a pool table and ping pong table. Each floor is accessible by elevator, and on each floor is a quiet shared study room.
Torre Girona is located near the metro station Palau Real and convenient bus stops for extracurricular activities in Central Barcelona, and hopefully you will enjoy your stay. Students can purchase a monthly, unlimited pass for the metro and all public transportation.
Students will have access to the computer lab at the University of Barcelona law facility. It is strongly recommended for students to bring their own notebook/laptop computer, particularly for those courses that require papers or written assignments. Wireless service will be available to students and faculty while on campus. The residence also has wireless service that is accessible in the common areas. The management also provides a limited number of computers and printers for use free of charge. You must supply your own paper for printing.
Students are required to attend all classes and participate actively in all classes. All students receive a course grade based on class participation and a required paper or exam administered at the end of each course. Seminar classes have limited enrollment and require regular class participation. For seminars, students may be required to make group or individual presentations, and typically the most significant component of the final grade is determined by a research paper of approximately 10-15 pages per unit of credit to be determined by the professor.
All Whittier Summer Abroad Courses are graded by using the same grading system used for the on-campus program. We do not offer courses on a Pass/No Pass basis except for units earned for Externships, Independent Study projects, and clinical or extern units. Professors report numerical grades based on a 4.0 point system as follows:
Whittier Law School will report all grades once they are reported and finalized by the professors. Professors submit grades no later than six weeks after the end of the program. Non-Whittier students must inquire with their home school for policies regarding accepting courses and transferring credit for courses taken at Whittier law school’s summer programs. Whether credit will be accepted and how grades will be reported at the home school is entirely at the discretion of each student’s home school.
For more information regarding Whittier Law School’s grading normalization policies, please see Whittier Law School’s Policies and Procedures.
The acceptance of any credit or grade for courses completed in a Whittier Summer Program by any law school other than Whittier Law School is subject to determination by the home school.
The program is open to law students who have completed their first year of full or part time study by the time the program begins. Law graduates may be admitted as auditors. All students, except Whittier students, must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean or Registrar of their school.
The application deadline is March 1, 2013. Early applications are encouraged as program enrollment may be limited. Applications received after the March 1 deadline will be considered only if space is available.
You may request an application from the Law School or print the form from this site. For your convenience, you may submit your application(s) and the required fee(s) by mail, email, fax, or in person to:
Office of International Relations
Whittier Law School
3333 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Fax: (714) 444-0855
A complete application consists of a completed application form, and a non-refundable application fee of $100, payable by Visa, MasterCard or personal check. (Checks should be made payable to Whittier Law School. The application fee must accompany the application at the time of submission.)
It is unlikely that participation in foreign summer programs may be used to accelerate graduation. Whittier Law students interested in acceleration should consult with the Student Affairs office to review this issue in light of Standard 305, Interpretation 4. Non-Whittier students should consult with their home school.
You will be required to select your courses no later than the March 1 application deadline. For some programs, there are several course choices. In order for the Program Director to know whether all courses will be adequately subscribed, we require early registration. For your convenience, we have included on each program website course descriptions and a course plan or syllabus for each course to enable you to make your selections. This information is critical for planning the operation of our programs so that we are certain to offer courses that interest you. In the event that a course for which you have enrolled is undersubscribed, we will notify you promptly so that you can consider alternative choices. Courses with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled.
We must make early commitments of financial resources to operate our summer programs, including faculty assignments. Therefore, we will offer a very limited opportunity to add or drop a class after the registration deadline. Please consider carefully your course selections. You may change your registration until March 8 without consequence. Any request to add or drop a class(es) after March 8 will require an additional administrative fee of $25 per course.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013. Applications received after this date will be considered only if space is available.
First Tuition Deposit Deadline: March 15, 2013. $200 Deposit Due
Final Tuition Balance & Housing Payment Deadline: April 1, 2013. (If you are applying for financial aid, please advise us.)
Last day to withdraw with no tuition obligation: April 1, 2013.
Requests to withdraw must be made in writing, and submitted or postmarked on or before April 1, 2013. Notices of withdrawal received after April 1 will not be considered for tuition/fee relief. Any program participant who withdraws after April 1 will be responsible for the full price of tuition and/or other non-refundable fees.
PLEASE NOTE: Failure to comply with a deadline will not automatically withdraw you from a program(s) to which you have applied and been admitted. Your failure to meet a defined deadline may subject you to an additional administrative fee. To request exemption from a deadline and avoid a fee, please contact the Office of International Relations.
Projected Expenses based on figures from 2011 (may vary depending upon when you purchase your ticket, the carrier, and other variables.)
|Personal Expenses||$ 1,877|
|Housing||$ 1,463 (not included, additional housing costs for shared occupancy in Sitges, approximately $600)|
|Tuition & Fees||$ 4,600|
Please see Study Abroad – Financial Aid
Admitted students are automatically enrolled in the program(s) and counted for purposes of program plans upon submitting the signed acceptance letter. Should a student decide to withdraw from a program(s), s/he must submit in writing a “Letter of Declaration” setting forth an intention to withdraw no later than the close of business on April 1, 2013. For timely requests for withdrawal, all appropriate tuition and/or fees will be refunded within 10 business days of receipt of a letter of withdrawal. Failure to withdraw by April 16 will subject a student to tuition obligations as well as other fees the Law School has advanced on his or her behalf.
Please be advised that the Program Directors make early commitments to secure housing, purchase materials and pay for other program expenses based upon the number of participants determined shortly after the application deadline. Additionally, the Law School makes non-refundable financial commitments to faculty, program activities, and foreign hosts based upon the anticipated student tuition revenue at the time of registration. Therefore, it will not be possible for Whittier Law School to accept requests for refunds and/or relief of commitment to pay tuition or housing fees after the April 1, 2013 deadline to withdraw. A student who withdraws from a program after that date will be liable for all fees and tuition.
Please be advised that once you withdraw from a summer program, there will be a $50 fee to re-activate your application and reserve your space in the program in the event that you subsequently change your mind. We understand that a few of you may need to change your summer plans, and we are ready to assist you as best we can. We wish you all a wonderful and productive summer.
Notices of withdrawal received after April 1, 2013 will not be considered for refund or for tuition fee relief. Any program participant who withdraws after April 1, 2013 will be responsible for the full price of tuition and/or other non-refundable fees.
Whittier Law School will not refund tuition or housing fees or grant relief from these financial obligations under any circumstance after the April 1 deadline, not even in the event that a student withdraws for reasons or misfortunes beyond his or her control, e.g., academic disqualification, financial aid disqualification, medical emergencies, or any other unforeseen circumstances, etc. Therefore, it is very important that each student weigh carefully his or her decision to participate in one of Whittier Law School’s Study Abroad Programs. Since no tuition or housing fee will be refunded under any circumstance after April 1, students are encouraged to consider Tuition Insurance.
Whittier Law School reserves the right to cancel or alter the Study Abroad Programs. The programs, or specific courses advertised, are subject to cancellation if the enrollment is insufficient or if a State Department travel warning has been issued for the country or area where the program will take place. Any cancellation or material alteration of the program will be promptly communicated to all enrolled participants. In the event that Whittier Law School decides to cancel, significantly change the course offerings, or make other material changes to a program, students will be notified and given the opportunity to withdraw without financial penalty. All tuition and all fees will be promptly returned. In the event of program cancellation, the Associate Dean for International Relations will assist displaced registrants to find suitable alternative summer programs.
Students typically learn their GPA in June after all grades have been submitted and published. It is particularly important that you carefully weigh whether you should apply to a Summer Abroad program if there is an apparent risk of academic disqualification. After April 1, 2013, no one is excused from financial commitments, even when disqualified and even when student loans are cancelled.
Please be advised that if you fail to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline and subsequently learn that you are academically disqualified, we will hold you responsible for tuition fees and any other fees we cannot recover should you decide not to attend the summer abroad program. Therefore, we invite your participation. You will be welcome to take courses, participate in enrichment opportunities, and fully participate in all program activities.
Please note, however, that due to your disqualification you will be ineligible to earn law school units or credit for your participation in the courses you take abroad. If you have concerns about your plans to go abroad, please contact the Office of the Associate Dean for International Relations.
Whittier Law School reserves the right to cancel or alter the Study Abroad Programs. The programs are subject to cancellation if the enrollment is insufficient or if a State Department travel warning has been issued for the country or area where the program will take place. Any cancellation or material alteration of the program will be promptly communicated to all applicants. In the event that Whittier Law School cancels a Study Abroad Program or makes a material alteration to the academic curriculum of any program, we will promptly return all tuition and all fees. In the event of cancellation, the Associate Dean for International Relations will assist all displaced registrants to find suitable alternative summer programs.
Whittier Law School assumes no responsibility for medical care or costs, and students may be required to show proof of health insurance that covers medical expenses incurred abroad. You are advised to check with your medical insurance provider to see if your current medical insurance covers emergency medical care while overseas. If it does not, you are strongly encouraged to consider buying supplemental medical and hospital coverage for the period of your stay overseas. You might inquire with your medical provider, insurance agent or travel agent.
Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to obtain medical evacuation insurance. Such insurance may be obtained from various providers including, but not limited to, the following possible providers: Travel Assistance International, (800) 821.2828 , http://www.travelassistance.com; Global Travel Insurance, (800) 232.9145 , http://www.globaltravelinsurance.com; and Travel Insurance Services, (800) 937.1387 , http://www.travelinsure.com; The Gateway Plans http://www.gatewayplans.com; Wallach & Company Inc. http://www.wallach.com; BETiNS, (866) 552-8834 , http://www.betins.com.
Israel Bar Association Holds Fourth Joint Conference
May 26, 2013
Admitted Student Mixer
June 4, 2013 4:00pm-6:00pm
NeighborWorks Orange County Honors the Honorable Senator Joseph L. Dunn
June 13, 2013 5:30pm-7:30pm