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Global Opportunities

Faculty-led Field Study Short Courses and Field Trips

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Join faculty for an international or cross-border component on a selected topic as a stand-alone course or as part of a larger course. Opportunities available over Spring Break, in May, and in the summer.


Spring Break Courses (2Ls & 3Ls)

morriss_andrew-markburge300Cayman Islands: Financial Transactions
Andrew Morriss and Mark Burge

Special Problems in Corporate Law: Offshore Financial Transactions, Cayman Islands

LAW-7409-601    CRN 28597
2 credits

This course is a combined classroom and field experience in the Cayman Islands designed to provide a foundation for the examination of international business and tax strategies and related policy issues. The course will provide introductory knowledge and concepts to students, so that, as part of their legal practice, they will be able to assist clients in evaluating international business strategies. Students will study the various business goals that may motivate U.S. corporations to organize and utilize offshore business entities, and will examine the broader policy and legal issues related to the use of such entities. Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals and policy-makers from the Cayman Islands.

Application required and due November 10. Application deadline for all Global Field Study Courses: November 10, 2016.

Prerequisite: (1) Business Associations I (may be taken concurrently); (2) International Business Transactions; (3) Taxation of Business Entities (may be taken concurrently). (3Ls and 2Ls only).

Schedule: The course will include both U.S. and Cayman class sessions.
The Cayman sessions will meet during the week of March 13-18, 2017 (spring break).
The class sessions at the law school will meet for orientation on February 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and for class on March 3, March 24, and April 21 from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Attendance requirements: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course. An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

All Global Field Study Courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded:
         1: Prepration (6 hours of class time or equivalent)
         2: Trip (approximately 6-10 days depending on the course)
         3: Debrief and Reflection Exercises (6 hours of class time or equivalent)​

​Cayman Islands Spring Break Course: All three segments will be completed in the Spring 2017 semester for a total of 2 credits.

Course Fee: $2,500 to cover airfare, lodging,​ meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines: When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)

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eckstein_gabriel140Mexico:  Water and Natural Resources
Gabriel Eckstein

Contemporary Issues in Water Resources: U.S. Mexico Water-Food Nexus, Guanajuato, Mexico - Spring Break 2017

LAW-7900-609       CRN 28539
2 Credits

This Spring Break course (March 2017) will provide a comparative analysis of the role of water, agriculture, and food production in Texas and Guanajuato, Mexico. It will include an analysis of the biophysical, social, legal, and institutional factors in decision-making. Exposure to cultural, institutional, social, political, regulatory, and economic differences among countries is crucial to developing strong critical thinking skills. The readings and lectures will cover the fundamental principles that are necessary for understanding water issues in both countries.

Application required and due November 10. Application deadline for all Global Field Study Courses: November 10, 2016.

Prerequisite: One year in law school in the full-time or part-time program

Schedule: The course will include both U.S. and Guanajuato, Mexico class sessions.
The law school class sessions will meet on Fridays, January 27, February 10, and February 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
The Mexico sessions will meet during the week of March 13-17, 2017 (spring break).

Attendance requirements: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course. An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

All Global Field Study Courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded:
         1: Prepration (6 hours of class time or equivalent)
         2: Trip (approximately 6-10 days depending on the course)
         3: Debrief and Reflection Exercises (6 hours of class time or equivalent)​

Mexico Spring Break Course: All three segments will be completed in the Spring 2017 semester for a total of 2 credits.

Course Fee: $2,​500 to cover airfare, lodging in multi-person rooms at the Texas A&M’s Hacienda Santa Clara Study Center, meals, and ​administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines: When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)

Summer Course

alton_stephen140Borderlands Law
Stephen Alton

Special Topics in International Law: Borderlands - Contemporary Legal Issues Relating to the U.S.-Mexico Border

Course Description from Summer 2016 schedule:

In a romantic, literary sense, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands have loomed large in the mythology of Texas. Come experience the power of the borderlands, as the myth collides with the reality of the 21st century in Texas A&M University School of Law’s inaugural collaborative summer program with Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo, Texas. Laredo is the largest port of entry in Texas and is the third-largest port of entry in the United States.

This summer program consists of two parts. The first part of the program is a two-week course that will meet daily on the campus of TAMIU in Laredo. The course will present a survey of contemporary legal issues relating to the U.S.-Mexico border. Course coverage will be drawn from among the following topics:  trade, transportation, business and banking transactions, immigration, border security, crime, human rights, oil & gas, energy, water, the environment, and the Mexican legal system. The course also will include one or more relevant field trips.

The second part of this program will be a five-week externship placement in Laredo for a limited number of TAMU law students, following the Borderlands law course. The externship placements will be based on each student’s interests. The expected placements will be at private law firms and businesses, as well as governmental and public interest settings.

Housing for all students enrolled in the Borderlands course will be provided by TAMU Law School.

Enrollment limited. Application required. No Howdy registration. Application materials will be available when registration opens.

There​ will be attendance requirements.

There ​may be a new Spring Break pro bono opportunity also.

May Global Field Study Courses (1Ls & 2Ls)

AricShort-ThomasMitchellGhana: Land Use Conflicts & Access to Justice
Aric Short and Thomas Mitchell 

LAW-7900-617          CRN 28627
0.5 Credits

Students in this course learn the basics of international and comparative law, cross-cultural communication, and being a global professional. This course will also address the history, culture, and legal issues that provide context for the students’ study of land use conflicts in Ghana in May of 2017.

This course includes a field trip to Ghana. All short study field courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2017 course with the Field Study Trip Completed in May and the Field Study Debrief and Reflection Exercises completed during the Fall semester 2017 for an additional 1.5 credits.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by Fall 2016. May 2017 anticipated graduates may not register for this course.

Schedule: The course will include both U.S. and Ghana class sessions.
The law school class sessions will meet on Fridays, February 10, March 31 and April 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. The Ghana sessions are May 14-29, subject to change.

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course.
An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Application required and due November 10. Application deadline for all Global Field Study Courses: November 10, 2016.

All Global Field Study Courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded:
         1: Prepration (6 hours of class time or equivalent)
         2: Trip (approximately 6-10 days depending on the course)
         3: Debrief and Reflection Exercises (6 hours of class time or equivalent)​

May Field Study Courses: Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2017 course with the Field Study Trip ​completed in May and the Field Study ​debrief and ​reflection ​exercises completed during the Fall semester 2017 for an additional 1.5 credits.

Course Fee: $2,500 to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines:  When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically. (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)

alkon_cynthia-charlotte-kuCambodia: Building The Rule of Law
​Cynthia Alkon and ​Charlotte Ku 

LAW-7900-616       CRN 28624
0.5 credits

The course will introduce students to the basics of international and comparative law, cross cultural communication, and being a global professional. This course will introduce students to the challenges of developing rule of law in a post-conflict environment. Students will study how the history of conflicts and genocide impact the Cambodian legal system.

This course includes a field trip to Cambodia. All short study field courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2017 course with the Field Study Trip Completed in May and the Field Study Debrief and Reflection Exercises completed during the Fall semester 2017 for an additional 1.5 credits.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by Fall 2016. May 2017 anticipated graduates may not register for this course.

Schedule: The course will include both U.S. and Cambodia class sessions.
The law school class sessions will meet on Fridays, February 10, March 31 and April 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
The Cambodia sessions are May 14-29, subject to change.

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course.
An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Application required and due November 10. Application deadline for all Global Field Study Courses: November 10, 2016.

All Global Field Study Courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded:
         1: Prepration (6 hours of class time or equivalent)
         2: Trip (approximately 6-10 days depending on the course)
         3: Debrief and Reflection Exercises (6 hours of class time or equivalent)​

May Field Study Courses: Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2017 course with the Field Study Trip ​completed in May and the Field Study ​debrief and ​reflection ​exercises completed during the Fall semester 2017 for an additional 1.5 credits.

Course Fee: $2,500 to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines:  When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically. (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)​

morriss-andrew-william-magnusonJersey (Channel Islands):  Facilitating Trade
Andrew Morriss ​and William Magnuson

LAW-7900-635      CRN 28667
0.5 credits

The course will introduce students to the basics of international and comparative law, cross cultural communication, and being a global professional. Jersey is a major international financial center and the course will introduce students to how businesses and investors make use of Jersey structures to invest in Great Britain, the EU, and the world. This course will introduce students to the British Constitution, European Union financial regulation and the legal issues involved in wealth management.

This course includes a field trip to Jersey. All short study field courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded. Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2017 course with the Field Study Trip Completed in May and the Field Study Debrief and Reflection Exercises completed during the Fall semester 2017 for an additional 1.5 credits.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of law school by Fall 2016. May 2017 anticipated graduates may not register for this course.

Schedule: The course will include both U.S. and Jersey class sessions.
The law school class sessions will meet on Fridays, February 10, March 31 and April 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. The Jersey sessions are May 14-29, subject to change.

Attendance: Students must attend the entire classroom component to earn credit in the course.
An absence for any reason will result in administrative withdrawal from the course.

Application required and due November 10. Application deadline for all Global Field Study Courses: November 10, 2016.

All Global Field Study Courses will be in three segments for a total of 2 credits graded:
         1: Prepration (6 hours of class time or equivalent)
         2: Trip (approximately 6-10 days depending on the course)
         3: Debrief and Reflection Exercises (6 hours of class time or equivalent)​

May Field Study Courses: Students will complete the Field Study Preparation for 0.5 credits as a Spring 2017 course with the Field Study Trip ​completed in May and the Field Study ​debrief and ​reflection ​exercises completed during the Fall semester 2017 for an additional 1.5 credits.

Course Fee: $2,500 to cover airfare, lodging, meals, and administrative fees. Tuition will be assessed at the same rate as for all other law school courses.

Payment Deadlines:  When registering and accepted into the course, you will be billed automatically. (You will be responsible for the course fee even if you fail to complete the course.)​