The application deadline for all Study Abroad programs is March 1, 2013.
Whittier Law School continues to accept applications for all Study Abroad programs beyond the posted application deadline.
Located in the elegant district of Santa Fe, and just a short distance from the heart of Mexico City, the Universidad Iberoamericana is a beautiful campus with state-of-the-art facilities including an extensive library, beautiful gardens, athletic facilities, a campus cathedral, and various restaurants at very reasonable prices. Mexico City is the Federal District, the capital of Mexico, and the seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is Mexico’s largest city as well as its most important political, cultural, educational and financial district. Just two hours away are the breathtaking Teotihuacan Pyramids. The program includes various legal and cultural tours.
Information on foreign travel, current travel advisories, and safety information for Mexico is available from the U.S. State Department on its website located at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html You .should check this site regularly for up-to-date travel advisories and safety updates.
|Program Dates:||June 9 – June 28, 2013|
|Host University:||Universidad Iberoamericana|
|Location:||Mexico City (Santa Fe)|
|Tuition:||$3,500 (max 4 units)|
|Externship Opportunities:||Volunteer opportunities with private law firms and nonprofit organizations litigating trans-border matters.|
Mexico is our neighbor to the South, and California’s largest foreign market for trade and legal services. There are many practical benefits to consider about our legal relationship with Mexico. Therefore, we hope you will join us to study in the world’s largest metropolis rich with history and a diverse culture. Students will gain cultural and legal perspective by the participation of Mexican students in class sessions, as well as scheduled group excursions within Mexico.
Courses (all courses are seminars)
International Business Transactions – 1 unit
Professor Miguel Rosillo
This course covers both private and public aspects of international business transactions. Specific topics include doing business in Mexico, the role of business in the Mexican constitution, Mexican and U.S. corporations, the incorporation process, entrepreneurial activities, international and Mexican tax law, taxation of international commerce under NAFTA, environmental regulation from the business perspective, a field trip to the customs office or a similar venue, and applied case studies.
International Environmental Law – 1 unit
Professor Peter Reich
A survey of international environmental principles and problems, treaties and conventions. Topics to be covered include planning processes, global climate change, trans-boundary air and water pollution, hazardous substances, and marine conservation.
International Migration and Refugee Law – 1 unit
Professor Raquel Amiga
This course introduces students to the international law of refugees. Topics covered include the definition of refugee status, the 1951 Geneva Convention, the asylum/refugee distinction, the use of statistical analysis, and concepts incorporated into national immigration law. Interviews with actual refugees and role-playing will be used to enhance students’ experience.
Environmental Sustainability in International Business and Law – 1 unit
Professor Kristen Martin
This course examines business, law, and policy issues associated with the goal of environmental sustainability, focusing on external regulation and internal governance. Sustainability concepts have a legal impact on industries such as agriculture, high-tech manufacturing, and international tourism, as well as on broader social issues like climate change, hunger, and water access. A field trip may be offered to an enterprise or institution incorporating sustainability practices through construction, governance, and ethical norms.
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, accompanied by $100 application fee. Applications received after this date will be considered only if space is available.
First Tuition Deposit Deadline: March 15, 2013. $200 Deposit due.
Final Tuition Balance & Housing Payment Deadline: April 1, 2013. (If you are applying for financial aid, please advise us.)
Last day to withdraw with no tuition obligation: April 1, 2013.
Requests to withdraw must be made in writing, and submitted or postmarked on or before April 1, 2013. Notices of withdrawal received after April 1 will not be considered for tuition/fee relief. Any program participant who withdraws after April 1 will be responsible for the full price of tuition and/or other non-refundable fees.
PLEASE NOTE: Failure to comply with a deadline will not automatically withdraw you from a program(s) to which you have applied and been admitted. Your failure to meet a defined deadline may subject you to an additional administrative fee. To request exemption from a deadline and avoid a fee, please contact the Office of International Relations.
Please see Study Abroad – Financial Aid
Projected Expenses based on figures from 2011 (may vary depending upon when you purchase your ticket, the carrier, and other variables.)
|Personal Expenses||$ 695|
|Tuition & Fees||$ 3,500|
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 1 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.
Professor Peter Reich is the stateside director responsible for planning and overall administration of the program. Professor Reich is a well-known environmental law scholar and has written extensively on Mexico and Mexican law. He has traveled, studied and worked in Mexico City on many occasions and enjoys sharing its wonders with students. He will also serve as the on-site director during the program.
Program Director Peter Reich
Phone: (714) 444-4141, x 235
Calvin D. Peeler is the Associate Dean for International Relations, and oversees all Summer Abroad Programs.
Phone:(714) 444-4141 ×111