The Cave Hill Faculty of Law partners with the Washburn School of Law to offer a summer study programme at the Cave Hill Campus. The program uses a comparative model and takes advantage of co-teaching by the University of the West Indies and Washburn Law Faculty members. The student body is composed of students from both the University of the West Indies and Washburn Law. Washburn students may earn six hours of academic credit; Cave Hill students may obtain three Level III credits per course.
Specific courses in the summer progamme vary from year to year. The curriculum utilises both traditional classroom methods and site visits to observe relevant legal institutions in action. Students have found that the opportunity to study law in the summer study programme not only enhances their legal studies, but enables them to learn about and enjoy the rich heritages of both Caribbean and American cultures and legal traditions.
This summer two courses will be offered, each for three weeks:
Comparative Legal Systems: Comparative Constitutional Law
Comparative Legal Systems: Labour and Employment Law
Classes: May 23-26, May 30-June 2, and June 6-7
Partial Exam Reading Day: June 8
Final Examination: June 9
The comparative constitutional law course will be co-taught by David Rubenstein, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, and Westmin James, Deputy Dean and Lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Faculty of Law. The objectives of this class are to analyse and compare the constitutions of the United States and the nations that make up the Commonwealth Caribbean, as well as representative constitutions from other countries, to discuss “best practices” in constitutional law, and to examine the way that each of these constitutions address these practices. Specific areas of concentration include constitutional formation, the role of the judiciary and judicial process, the separation of powers, the protection of rights, equal protection of the laws, and criminal punishment.
Classes: June 13-16, June 20-23, and June 27-28
Partial Exam Reading Day: June 29
Final Examination: June 30
The comparative labour and employment law course will be co-taught by Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law, and Jefferson Cumberbatch, Deputy Dean and Lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Faculty of Law. This course will explore fundamental workplace rights, protections, and duties from a comparative law approach. Students will review American and Caribbean approaches to employment law subjects, such as the nature of the employment relationship, the rights and duties of the parties, and termination of employment; as well as labour law subjects such as freedom of association, certification and recognition of labour unions, and collective bargaining.
Cave Hill students may enrol in one, or both, courses depending upon spaces. Cave Hill tuition is payed at the usual summer school rate.
Classes meet from 9:00 am-1:10 pm, Monday through Thursday, with a thirty-minute break. There are no classes on Fridays or over the weekend.
Please see the Washburn site for further information about the Washburn School of Law and previous summer programmes: