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    Selected Topics: Introduction to the Civil Code
    J-Term 2014: January 9-16, 2014

    Hamline Law Professor Larry Bakken teaches this exciting study abroad opportunity, which takes place in Puerto Rico, a jurisdiction that utilizes both civil code and common law in enforcement of the Rule of Law.

    • Gain an understanding of civil law principles in property, torts, contracts, family law, and estates.
    • Compare and contrast civil law and common law.
    • Examine the unique status of Puerto Rico's relationship to the United States.
    • Become familiar with the fundamentals of law found in many European, South and Central American countries, Mexico, and Quebec.
    • Learn about Puerto Rico's courts and the history of Puerto Rico.
    • Course topics also include Puerto Rico's environmental law, criminal law, legal history, ethics, dispute resolution, civil rights, constitutional and Puerto Rico's legal and judicial system.

    Current topics to be discussed by legislatures, law faculty, judges, and practitioners are: real estate law; family law, including domestic violence and minors; inheritance law; estate law; reception of civil law in Puerto Rico; and the practice of lawyering in Puerto Rico.

    J-Term 2013: January 9-16, 2014

    Registration and Application Process

    Hamline Law students should register online when registration for J-term courses begin and also submit the 2014 Puerto Rico Study Abroad Agreement Form to Deb Lange in the Programs Office, Room 106A.

    Visiting Law students apply by downloading the 2014 Puerto Rico Application Form and the 2014 Puerto Rico Study Abroad Agreement Form. Please complete both forms and return them with a letter from your school's registrar reflecting the applicant's status as a student in good standing with permission to take the course as a visiting student. When all three documents have been received, you will be registered and you will receive a confirmation email.

    Application Deadline: November 29, 2013


    Hamline University School of Law reserves the right to cancel if fewer than 10 students enroll. Any cancellation or material alteration will be promptly communicated to all applicants. In the event of cancellation by Hamline, all tuition will be refunded. In the event of material alteration, any student wishing to cancel must send a letter of declaration within seven days of notification to request a full tuition refund.

    Tuition and Payments

    This course is offered for 2 credits with the option of a third credit by doing a paper as an independent study.

    Tuition is $1,230 per credit. This amount will be credited to your student account and be reflected when you receive your billing statement.

    Class Schedule

    Times are subject to change:
    January 9: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, San Juan
    January 10-12: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, San Juan
    January 13-16: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., InterAmerican University Law School

    Course Requirements

    This class is a two-credit course with the option of an additional one credit by doing an independent study. To earn the third credit, law students will have to complete a written paper within three weeks after returning to the United States. (More details listed under Independent Study).

    Students are required to participate actively in all classes. At the conclusion of the course, students will be given a take home exam. Grades will be based upon class participation and the preparation of the written work. There are no prerequisites for this course. All participants will receive a transcript or certificate upon completion of the program and requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for these courses by any school other than Hamline is subject to approval by the student's home school.

    It is unlikely that participation in a foreign program may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should seek clarification at their home schools in light of ABA Standard 304.

    Independent Study -- 1 credit

    Independent study requires approval of topic by instructor, 10-15 typed pages, proper law review style and format, bibliography, and two-page executive summary.

    Extra Credit: Professor Bakken will give you instructions at your first class regarding the paper. Papers should be submitted via TWEN in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Also, please number all pages and indicate the total number of pages (1 of XX, 2 of XX).

    Course Syllabus

    2014 Course Syllabus to be posted as soon as possible.

    Class Booklet

    The Law School Address is:
    InterAmerican University Law School
    Federico Conta 170
    URB Industrial Tres Monjitas
    Hato Rev, Puerto Rico
    787-751-1912, ext 2004

    The Hotel Address is:
    Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino
    999 Ashford Avenue
    San Juan, Puerto Rice 00907


    Students will be responsible for obtaining their own housing in Puerto Rico: Hotel and motel list