Learn about civil code and common law enforcement in beautiful Puerto Rico
Come to Puerto Rico to learn more about civil code and common law enforcement of the Rule of Law from Mitchell Hamline Professor Emeritus Larry Bakken.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 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 U.S.
- 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 history
Course topics also include Puerto Rico’s environmental law, criminal law, legal history, ethics, dispute resolution, civil rights, constitution, and legal and judicial system. Legislators, law faculty, judges, and practitioners lead discussions on current topics such as: 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. There are no prerequisites for this program.
Grades are based on completion of written assignments, results on a take-home exam following the course, and class participation, making it in your best interest to actively participate in all classes. This is a two-credit course with an option to earn a third credit by completing a 10-15 typed page, independent study paper within three weeks of the course. Professor Bakken provides instruction for this paper at the first class and must approve your choice of topic.
Transcripts or certificates are provided upon completion of the program requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for these courses by any school other than Mitchell Hamline is subject to approval by your home school.
Jan. 7–14, 2016
Jan. 7, 5–9 pm
Jan. 8–14, 9 am–1 pm
InterAmerican University Law School
Federico Conta 170
URB Industrial Tres Monjitas
Hato Rev, Puerto Rico
787-751-1912, ext. 2004
San Juan Marriott Resort
1309 Ashford Avenue
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
Registration and Application Process
Mitchell Hamline students
- Register online when registration for J-term courses begins.
- Submit the Puerto Rico Study Abroad Agreement Form.
Visiting law students
- Download and complete the Puerto Rico Application Form and the Puerto Rico Study Abroad Agreement Form.
- Secure a letter from your school’s registrar reflecting your status as a student in good standing with permission to take the course as a visiting student.
Application Deadline: November 25, 2015
2017 application will be posted in 2016.
$2,626 for two credits
$3,939 for three credits
This amount is credited to your student account and is reflected on your billing statement.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law reserves the right to cancel if fewer than 10 students enroll. Any cancellation or material alteration is promptly communicated to all applicants. In the event of cancellation, all tuition is 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.
You are responsible for travel to and from Puerto Rico. Mitchell Hamline has no responsibility for such arrangements. Airfares can vary greatly. Make your travel plans early to take advantage of advance purchase options. The airport is San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. To make arrangements, please consult a good travel agent or visit a reputable travel website such as:
You are responsible for obtaining your own housing in Puerto Rico. San Juan offers a range of accommodations, which can be explored via Internet sites such as:
- ESJ Towers Vacation Rentals
- Trip Advisor
Properties located in Condado/San Juan are closest to the class locations.
Contact: Deb.Lange @mitchellhamline.edu