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The Institute is a consortium of law schools comprised of the Universidad de Guanajuato Facultad de Derecho, Southwestern Law School, Texas Tech University, and The University of New Mexico (in conjunction with The University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute).
The Institute offers an introduction to Mexican Law and International Law subjects related to the USA and Latin America. It is offered to all law students, graduate students and professionals interested in learning the legal systems and culture of Mexico. Texas Tech law student Nate Christensen describes his experience as "the highlight of law school" (See Student Lawyer, ABA.)
The Institute is administered by the University of New Mexico in cooperation with the Universidad de Guanajuato. UNM has conducted law programs in Guanajuato since 1986 and the Institute since 1989; the current Consortium was formed in 1996.
Graduate students and others in related disciplines, such as international relations, business, anthropology, and Latin American studies have benefited from discussion of the economic, social, cultural, legal, and political questions considered.
In addition to the four-week course component, the Summer Institute also offers a two-week judicial or law office externship with a companion course segment on Mexican Legal Systems & Social Development.
Attending the Guanajuato Summer Law Institute will make you a richer person in a myriad of ways. You will see sights that you cannot imagine (centuries-old tunnels, colorful plazas and marketplaces, beautiful flowers, and colonial architecture). You will become more independent and learn about yourself. You will learn interpersonal and intercultural skills firsthand.
Participating in the Institute will make you more marketable in the emerging global economy by improving your language skills and exposing you to legal concepts that will give you a competitive edge over other graduates. Best of all, you will have a great time!