Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Academics and Courses

The Summer Study Abroad Program is an integral part of the Washburn University School of Law and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Other law schools have regularly approved transfer of credits. However, non-Washburn Law students should contact their present law schools before registration, in order to confirm transfer of credits. The Summer Study Abroad Program consists of two courses, each for 3 semester credit hours. Students must enroll in both courses. The courses are suitable for second or third year students. The class schedule shows the days classes meet, other tentatively planned activities, and final exam dates.

Each course is assessed using, at minimum, a final examination. Faculty also require additional assignments, projects, class participation, and so on, just as in any other law school course. Upon completion of the program, a grade report will be e-mailed by Washburn Law to the student's e-mail address. Washburn uses a letter grading system, including A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and F. Washburn University School of Law assigns grades based on faculty-approved grading guidelines for upper-division courses.


Courses for the 2015 program are:

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Legal Systems: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Comparative Constitutional Law

This course will be co-taught by David Rubenstein, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, and Westmin James, Lecturer in Law and Course Director for Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights, and other courses at the University of the West Indies. The objectives of this class are to analyze and compare the constitutions of the United States and the nations that make up the Commonwealth Caribbean, as well as representative constitutions from other countries, to discuss “best practices” in constitutional law, and to examine the way that each of these constitutions address these practices. Specific areas of concentration include constitutional formation, the role of the judiciary and judicial process, the separation of powers, the protection of rights, equal protection of the laws, and criminal punishment.

Comparative Legal Systems: Alternative Dispute Resolution

This course will be co-taught by Curtis J. Waugh, Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law, and Calvin Hamilton, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of West Indies Faculty of Law. This course will provide a unique blend of doctrine and skills, including the theory and practice of international alternative dispute resolution. Topics will include client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and hybrid dispute resolution processes. In addition to learning the theory and law of alternative dispute resolutions, students will engage in simulated exercises that will highlight the distinctions between the various alternative dispute resolution techniques. Special attention will be paid to alternative dispute resolution within an international/Caribbean context.

Photograph: Jorden Ryan.
"The Washburn study abroad program was a chance for me to live, study, and soak up the majestic island of Barbados. Of course the beaches were breathtaking but I was astonished by the people, history, and culture of this Caribbean gem. Barbados was hands down my best decision since starting law school. Some of the highlights from my time in Barbados were one-on-one time with professors, dynamic classroom discussions with the U.W.I. students, lifetime friendships, and personal development." - Jorden Ryan, Washburn Law Student