Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Admission Requirements

Washburn Law's Barbados Study Abroad Programs is open to both U.S. law students and international law students.

J.D. Law Students in the United States

J.D. students at U.S. law schools are eligible for the program when they:

  1. demonstrate they are good academic standing; and
  2. will complete at least one year of academic work toward the J.D. degree before May 23, 2016.

Washburn Law J.D. students are considered to be in good standing for purposes of the Barbados program at a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

Non-Washburn J.D. students must certify their good standing by furnishing a letter from the home law school's dean or registrar. By submitting a registration application, students are certifying that they will meet the admission requirements. Students must advise the Director of International Legal Programs of any change in academic status.

International Law Students

Law students from schools outside the United States are also invited to apply, including those from LL.B. programs. Each application will be reviewed carefully to assess whether the international law student is academically prepared for the program, and the Director or Academic Dean may require additional information from the student before approving an application. LL.B. students at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill should enroll through their home institution.

Enrollment Priorities

Enrollment is limited to 50 U.S. students. Until March 4, 2016, half of the maximum places will be reserved for Washburn Law students. Enrollment will be granted in order of application receipt. Once 50 applications have been received, all subsequent applicants will have the opportunity to be placed on a wait list.

As noted elsewhere, Washburn Law students should apply by March 1, 2016 in order to be eligible for the $500 Washburn University study abroad scholarship. However, applications will be open to all eligible students through April 15, 2016.

Anticipated Enrollment

Based on past enrollment and current applications, we expect that in 2016, we will have approximately 5-10 students from United States law schools and 20-25 in each course from University of the West Indies. In 2015, there were 6 students from U.S. law schools enrolled in the program. They were joined by 12 students from University of the West Indies in the first course, and 10 in the second.

ABA Standard

Foreign Summer and Intersession Criterion V(B)

Students enrolling in a foreign summer or intersession program for credit toward a J.D. degree must have completed at least one year of full- or part-time law study at an ABA-approved law school or a law school described in Standard 506 prior to enrolling.

Standard 506: Enrollment of Non-Degree Candidates

Without requiring compliance with its admission standards and procedures, a law school may enroll individuals in a limited number of courses, as auditors, non-degree candidates, or candidates for a degree other than a law degree, only if such enrollment does not interfere with the ability of the law school to operate in compliance with the Standards and to carry out its program of legal education.

Photograph: Ashlee Erikson.
"Living and studying in Barbados for six weeks was an experience that I will never forget. I learned about a new culture, met new people, and made friendships that will last a lifetime. Studying abroad is definitely a life changing experience that I recommend for any student." - Ashlee Erickson, Washburn Law Student
ABA Standard

"Students enrolling in a foreign summer or intersession program for credit toward a J.D. degree must have completed at least one year of full- or part-time law study at an ABA-approved law school or a law school described in Standard 506(a)(1) prior to enrolling."
Criteria for Approval of Foreign Summer and Intersession Programs Established by ABA-Approved Law Schools, page 148, section V.B.