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.

Information for law students from other universities: Washburn welcomes participation by students from other law schools in the U.S. and internationally. Other ABA-accredited law schools have regularly approved transfer of credits from Washburn's Barbados program to their J.D. programs. However, students from law schools other than Washburn Law should contact their home law schools before registering—usually through the home law school's study abroad coordinator and academic dean—in order to confirm the conditions for transfer of credits.

Courses

Courses for the 2016 program are:

  • Comparative Legal Systems: Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Legal Systems: Labor and Employment Law

Comparative Legal Systems: Comparative Constitutional Law

The comparative constitutional law course will be co-taught by David Rubenstein, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, and Westmin James, Deputy Dean and Lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Faculty of Law. 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

The comparative labor and employment law course will be co-taught by Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law, and Jefferson Cumberbatch, Deputy Dean and Lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Faculty of Law. This course will explore fundamental workplace rights, protections, and duties from a comparative law approach. Students will review American and Caribbean approaches to employment law subjects, such as the nature of the employment relationship, the rights and duties of the parties, and termination of employment; as well as labor law subjects such as freedom of association, certification and recognition of labor unions, and collective bargaining.

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