Panama City Academic and Cancellation Policies

Academic Policies

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.

Cancellation Policy

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. 

  1. For cancellation that occurs after a deposit has been paid, the program director will use his best efforts to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar program, if the student so desires.
  2. If the program is canceled, all money advanced by the student shall be refunded within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation. 

State Department Advisories 

I. Consular Information Sheets

  1. As part of the registration materials for the program, the Office of International and Comparative programs shall supply the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet for the country(ies) in which the program will be conducted; “Areas of Instability” will be included. If the Consular Information Sheet is revised during a program to announce an “Area of Instability” in the region in which the program is being conducted, the updated information will be distributed promptly to students.
  2. If the program is held in an “Area of Instability,” students will be permitted to withdraw upon learning that the site has been declared to be such an area. Students shall be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date the site was declared an “Area of Instability." 

II. Travel Warnings

  1. If, prior to the commencement of a program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the country(ies) in which the program will be conducted, all registrants will be notified promptly of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. Students who withdraw shall receive a full refund of all monies advanced within twenty (20) days after withdrawal. In the event that a program is canceled, students shall receive a full refund of all monies advanced within twenty (20) days after the cancellation.
  2. If, during the course of a program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the country(ies) in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly of the warning and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. Students who withdraw will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal. If the program is terminated, students shall be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date the Travel Warning is issued.