Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Academics and Courses

Courses for 2018

The Summer Law Program in Barbados consists of two courses in comparative or international law. The courses are held consecutively, each for three weeks. View and download the 2018 Program Calendar.

Two courses will be offered during the summer 2018 program:

  • International Dimensions of Family Law
  • Comparative Trade Law

Because U.S. and Caribbean law students study together, the materials are suitable for newcomers to these topics and legal systems. Read the full course descriptions and learn about the program faculty.

Grades and Credits

J.D. students from Washburn University School of Law will have their credits automatically applied as graded credits toward graduation requirements. Students from Stetson University College of Law should consult their Assistant Dean for International Programs regarding current policies.

Law students from other universities, both in the U.S. and abroad, may apply to their home universities for transfer of credit. U.S. law programs typically accept ABA-accredited study abroad coursework as ungraded (pass/fail) credits toward graduation. Learn more about grading and credit transfer policies.

Disability Accommodations

Students with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations through Professor Joseph Mastrosimone, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, (785) 670-1662 or Please take care to begin the process at least 8 weeks in advance, and to read the full policy and procedures.

Withdrawal and Cancellation

Students who wish to withdraw from the program must provide written notice to Washburn Law's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. For details, please see the Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy. The policy also explains students' rights in case the program is canceled.

Photograph: Jorden Ryan.
"The Washburn study abroad program was a chance for me to live, study, and soak up the majestic island of Barbados. Of course the beaches were breathtaking but I was astonished by the people, history, and culture of this Caribbean gem. Barbados was hands down my best decision since starting law school. Some of the highlights from my time in Barbados were one-on-one time with professors, dynamic classroom discussions with the U.W.I. students, lifetime friendships, and personal development." - Jorden Ryan, '13

The Summer Law Program in Barbados is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is an integral part of the Washburn University School of Law curriculum. The program welcomes J.D. students from U.S. law schools, as well as J.D. and LL.B. students from law schools around the world. Learn more about admissions and enrollment.