The Panama Summer Legal Studies Program is an academic program of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, presented in cooperation with Universidad Latina de Panamá. Faculty members from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the University of Miami Law School teach the courses, and Universidad Latina de Panamá graciously provides the staff support and the facilities. The interim director of the program is Professor Ramona Fernandez from Loyola College of Law. Various administrators, faculty, and assistants from Universidad Latina de Panamá will participate in the conduct of the many events of the program, such as legal visits. In 2014, 20 students participated in the program.
Loyola’s general academic policies apply to foreign programs. Thus, students must attend 80% of all classes, and the final examinations will be graded on the traditional A through F (+/-) scale. Loyola students must check with the Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs to determine that all credits and grades will be accepted toward graduation requirements.
Any Loyola University New Orleans College of Law student currently enrolled and in good standing may register for the Panama program. Loyola students must be carrying a GPA of 2.20 or above (by the program start date) to participate in any of our Summer Legal Studies Programs. We will limit program enrollment to 30 students. As Loyola LL.M. students and students from foreign universities are invited, one or two students from Panama and/or other foreign countries may participate.
Applicants should be aware that participation in foreign programs cannot generally be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration of graduation should consult an appropriate official at their law schools in light of ABA Accreditation Standard 305, Interpretation 4.
Loyola does not anticipate the need to cancel this program. However, ABA regulations require a disclosure that certain events such as war, natural disaster, or insufficient enrollment could cause cancellation. In the event of a program cancellation, the program director will immediately contact the student via phone and email to communicate the imperative details.
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