<span class="headline">Welcome to Santiago, Chile!</span>
<span class="headline">Established in 2003</span><br />
Each spring, a group of 12 students accompanied by faculty travel to Santiago to experience the legal system of Chile.
<span class="headline">Host School</span><br />
Students who choose to go to Santiago will meet with faculty and students at the Jesuit law school of Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
<span class="headline">Examining Different Types of Law</span><br />
Students learn how lawyers in Latin America are educated, the political and legal structures in which they operate, and the conceptual framework with which they approach legal issues.
<span class="headline">Research What Interests You...</span><br />
Students in the course select a topic pertaining to one of three aspects of law; business-related matters, criminal justice or child and family law issues. In Chile, students will conduct individual meetings with experts in their chosen area. Afterwards, students create presentations and complete a research paper.
<span class="headline">Cool Off Like a Chilean</span><br />
Students will take a trip to Santa Rita on their last day and tour a local Chilean winery.
<span class="headline">Tour the Pillars of Santiago's Legal System</span><br />
One of the legal institutions students will visit is the Central Criminal Court. Other stops will include the U.S. Embassy, Carey y Cia law firm and the Chilean Supreme Court.
<span class="headline">Don't Miss Out!</span><br />
Applications for the course and program are due in the Fall - members of the program faculty select the participants.
Most U.S. lawyers will eventually represent clients with interests outside the U.S. and will encounter lawyers who are products of the civil law tradition. For that reason, it is necessary to know how these lawyers are educated, in what political and legal structures they operate, and what conceptual framework they use to approach legal issues.
As the U.S. edges toward greater involvement with its hemispheric neighbors, U.S. lawyers need to be familiar with the legal systems that prevail throughout Latin America. Chile is an ideal focus of this study, given its legal and constitutional structures and its dynamic economy.
Comparative Law Seminar: Legal Systems in the Americas is a seminar studying legal systems in Spanish-speaking South America, with particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on Chile. The seminar concentrates primarily on 3 areas of law: business-related matters, child and family law, and criminal law and procedure.
A unique feature of the seminar is the opportunity for students to travel to Chile over the spring break for on-site study and research. In Santiago, participants meet with faculty and students at the Law Faculty of Universidad Alberto Hurtado, a Jesuit law school and our local hosts, as well as with a variety of lawyers, judges and business people.