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 school before registration to confirm transfer of credits. 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.

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 tenatively planned activities, and final exam dates.


Courses for the 2014 program are:

  • Comparative and International Taxation Law
  • Comparative Legal Systems: Constitutional Law

Comparative & International Taxation Law

This course, co-taught by Lori A. McMillan, Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, and Dr. Carol-Ann Smith, Course Director for Revenue Law at the University of the West Indies. The course will take a multi-country approach to examine the basic underpinnings of taxation law. While tax systems vary from country to country, the elements that comprise each system are the same, and we will examine the similarities and differences to see how each country achieves their goals. Concepts such as the tax base, deductions, income attribution, timing, source and residence will be explored. Nonresidents who engage in domestic and international transactions from a US perspective have special rules apply to them, and we will also examine these. The tax systems in a number of common law and civil law jurisdictions, including the U.S, U.K., France, Canada and others, will be explored to learn the basic tax concepts. Taxation concerns facing the EU will also be examined. Taxation issues will be explored from the perspective of both individuals and business organizations. The method of evaluation will be based on a final exam and class participation. See the course syllabus (518 KB PDF).

Comparative Legal Systems: Constitutional Law

This course will be taught by Jeffrey D. Jackson, Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law and Westmin R.A. James, Lecturer in Law, University of West Indies Faculty of Law. The course will examine the differences in the development of Constitutional Law in the United States and the different countries in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Although most of these legal systems descended from the same British Common Law tradition, their constitutional development has been different in many significant ways since colonial times. The course will focus on the ways that the different legal systems handle concepts such as judicial review of legislation, separation of powers between branches of government, reliance on international law, and the identification and protection of rights. Students will analyze and discuss the benefits and liabilities of the constitutional choices made by these legal systems. This course is taught by way of a daily lecture delivered by one of the faculty members, followed by discussion and exploration of the topic. Small group work will be included on most days. The course is evaluated by way of a written examination that will require application of the principles learned during the class.

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