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Courses for Chilean Legal Community

Session One: Classroom Component - May 22 - July 5, 2014 during which students can earn 6 units or 8 units.

Session Two: Practicum Component – mini-internships which begin on June 16 and continue to July 18, 2014
during which students can earn 2 units.

Practicum Component is optional. Space is limited so apply early!


Session One starts on Thursday, May 22, 2014, with the last class and/or examination on Saturday, July 5, 2014. In Session One, you take two courses to start (both are mandatory): Cross Cultural Negotiations and Dispute Resolution (2 units) and International Human Rights Law (2 units). There is a six-day break from Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Students then have a choice among several courses: Spanish for Lawyers (2 units)...


The Heidelberg Center for Latin America is the University of Heidelberg’s Center of Excellence funded by the German Government. It is housed in a beautiful French-styled mansion in an exclusive neighborhood in Santiago. Classes will meet Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily with a short break in between classes (during which you will be provided snacks and coffee), leaving the afternoons open for cultural events, sightseeing, reading, library visits, or research.

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Chile Summer Program 2014

The Chile Summer Program places students in the heart of Latin America’s quest for justice and the struggle over globalization. Whether it is human rights litigation, legal reforms, or economic development, Chile has long been a leader in Latin America. After emerging from the Pinochet dictatorship, the country consolidated its democracy with a new judicial system. In Santiago, a city of more than six million people, students will experience the reform process first-hand with leaders from the legal sector, including human rights advocates, senior police officials, and Supreme Court judges. Workshops and site visits will introduce students to new trends in social justice and the role that expanding free trade has played in Latin America. Courses in international and comparative law, taught by U.S. law professors and leading Chilean scholars and practitioners, will provide frameworks for understanding the globalization of law and legal practice – in the laboratory that Santiago and its environs provide. Excellent ski resorts, thermal baths, wineries, coastal getaways, and top-end hiking are within a ninety-minute drive from Santiago.

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The Chile Summer Program is divided into two sessions. For those students staying only in Session One, there is the option to enroll in a total of three courses for six units or in four courses for a total of eight units. Session Two also features a mini-internship – the Practical Component field placement - for two units. Students may not take more than eight units for the whole Chile Summer Program. Local and international experts and faculty members from the law schools of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education ( serve as instructors, supplemented by practicing lawyers and sitting judges who provide occasional lectures. There will also be several trips as well as extra-curricular activities that take advantage of Chile’s natural beauty and proximity to winter sport activities. Non-program, optional trips to countries in the region may also be organized.