Caribbean Law Clinic
In the Caribbean Law Clinic (CLC), students study the legal systems and processes of the Commonwealth Caribbean and assess legal problems confronting Caribbean countries and U.S. jurisdictions represented in the American and Caribbean Law Initiative. Each semester, one of the participating law schools (from either Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Cayman Islands, North Carolina or Florida) works with its respective government (often the Attorney General’s office) to refers current legal problems to the CLC.

The CLC serves as a free legal resource that the requesting governmental authority can turn to for timely research and analysis. The research typically involves the law of a particular country, relevant international law and comparative law. Areas addressed so far in the CLC include criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, human rights, immigration, privatization, foreign investment, government ethics, family law, environmental law, maritime law, property, contracts, and international trade and business law.

Students at the participating law schools, under faculty supervision, research and write reports and memoranda. The students then travel to the country or state from which the legal problem originates to present their work to each other, to the faculty, and to the government officials who referred the problems.

Before the formal presentation, students from participating law schools meet to share and discuss their findings and recommendations and plan the presentation.  Students have the opportunity to develop skills including problem solving, legal research and analysis, factual assessment, legal writing and formal oral presentation, all in the context of a multi-cultural and multi-national environment. During the trip, time is also spent visiting legal institutions and meeting with governmental officials.

There is a mandatory class component that includes learning about the history, sources of law and the court structures of the legal systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Students will also learn about conducting legal research on Commonwealth Caribbean law and will present their research to the class before leaving for the formal clinic presentations.  The course is graded and a final exam is administered at the end of the semester.

Selection is based demonstrating a genuine interest in this area of the law and/or this region through background and experience, courses taken in international or comparative law, and involvement in organizations. GPA and year in law school may also be factors.
For additional information, contact Professor Christopher Roederer, Coastal Law's Director of  International Programs.
 

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