March 11 - 18, 2023
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Students will take a two-credit course in Comparative Civil Rights law while spending a full
week exploring the wonders of Havana, Cuba. The course will be taught by Professor Frank
Rosenblatt of MC Law.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
The program is open to full-time or part-time J.D. and LL.M. students, including international students, enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Participating J.D. students must have attended law school for at least one year and currently be in good standing. LL.M. students must be in good standing. Therefore, the program is only available to current second and third year J.D. students and LL.M. students.
For MC Law students, see MC Law policies regarding academic standing and eligibility to participate in intersession courses.
Visiting students must have written approval from the Dean of their home school to be eligible to participate and are advised to consult with their home school's Dean or Registrar prior to application to ensure acceptance of credit for the program. Transcript request information will be provided to visiting students upon completion of the program. Visiting students are responsible for submitting their own transcript requests following the program. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the home institution.
In recent years, participating students represented numerous academic institutions, including Mississippi College School of Law, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Seattle University, the University of Northern Kentucky, the University of Maryland, Fordham University, Florida A&M University, New York Law School, Golden Gate University, Valparaiso University, Western New England University, and the University of Houston.
Upon completion of the course, students will earn a total of 2 credit hours from the following course:
Law 649 - Comparative Civil Rights
The course will compare and contrast, from both a theoretical and doctrinal perspective, civil rights and liberties in the United States and other countries and regional organizations. Topics to be covered include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and other substantive and procedural aspects of liberty and equality. When the course is offered in a study abroad program, special attention will be given to region involved.
MC Law does not anticipate that the program will be canceled. However, in the unfortunate
event that cancellation occurs, MC Law will refund all tuition and registration fees within 30 days of cancellation. We will also refund any portion of the administrative fee that has not been irrevocably committed to a third party.
If there are any changes to significant aspects of the program (classes offered, teachers, dates,
etc.), after a student has signed up to the program, these will be communicated promptly, and students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and obtain a full refund of monies paid to MC Law for the program with the exception of those funds that have been irrevocably committed to a third party.
Access For Persons With Disabilities
Persons with disabilities should speak with program administrators in advance of applying. Transportation and accommodations in Cuba are not as accessible to those with certain disabilities. MC Law will make every effort to ensure students can participate.
The following is an estimate of student expenses for the program. This includes both payments to MC Law and anticipated out-of-pocket expenses. Please note that these are only estimates and are subject to change.
- MC Law Student tuition (at student’s tuition rate) for 2 credit hours
- Visiting Student Tuition: $2,436
- Lodging/Admin Fees: ~$3500 (includes lodging; airport transfers; excursions; many meals) (this figure will be finalized before payment is due)
- Miscellaneous/personal expenses: $300-$400
- Round Trip Travel to Havana: $600-$1000 (depending on point of departure)
- Trip health insurance (optional): $100-$200
MONEY AND COMMUNICATIONS
U.S. credit and debit cards will not work in Cuba. Students MUST take cash to Havana to be converted to Cuban Pesos. The recommended amount of spending money is $75 per day. Most students find this more than adequate. Additionally, U.S. cell phones will not work in Cuba. Students may call the U.S. from phones at the hotel for a fee. While the hotel does offer internet, students should not expect the same standard of internet service available in the U.S. and should not rely on having constant or fast service.
A valid U.S. passport AND a Cuban visa will be required for travel. If you wish to participate in the program, you must obtain a passport immediately. The program administrators will aid students in obtaining Cuban visas, but passports are required in order to obtain the visa. Students will be given instruction regarding submission of passports for required visas for Cuba.
A U.S. Department of State “Consular Information Sheet” on Cuba is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/cuba.html. This is a U.S. government overview of information concerning Cuba for U.S. travelers. Please check it periodically for updates. In the unlikely event that Cuba is declared an “area of instability” by the U.S. government before or during the trip, or if the U.S. issues a “travel warning” for Cuba, students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and will receive a full refund of monies paid to MC Law that have not been irrevocably committed to a third party.
The U.S. Department of State recommends (but does not require) U.S. citizens to register trips abroad with the Department of State. MC Law will register all program participants with the Department of State prior to the program.
Travel and health insurance is strongly recommended for students participating in the Cuba
program. There are various providers with the cost, depending on the coverage purchased,
ranging from approximately $100 to $200. Travel Guard (http://www.travelguard.com) is one such provider, as is iNext (www.inext.com). Your policy should, at a minimum, cover medical expenses, travel interruption/cancellation and repatriation.
Health information and recommendations regarding vaccines and medicines for travel to Cuba can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/cuba.
Questions And Application
Please direct questions to:Professor Frank Rosenblatt
MC Law students should submit applications and required documents via the Study Abroad
Non MC Law students should submit their application materials to Ms. Darnell Paige at
Space is limited, and applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Deposits must be
received by October 28, 2022. All programs require a $250 nonrefundable deposit.
- Last day to add: 02/24/2023
- Last day to drop with 100% tuition refund: 02/24/2023
- Last day to drop with a "W" grade: 03/08/2023
- Deposits are non-refundable.
- Admin fees are refundable only if they have not been paid out to a 3rd party at the time of the drop.
- Last day to drop with no tuition refund and get a W grade is 3 days before the program is scheduled to start.