Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Admission Requirements

Washburn Law's Barbados Study Abroad Programs is open to both U.S. law students and international law students.

J.D. Law Students in the United States

Law students who are J.D. candidates at a law school in the United States are eligible for the program when they:

  1. are in good academic standing; and
  2. will have completed at least one year of academic work toward the J.D. degree before May 26, 2015.

A Washburn Law J.D. student is considered to be in good standing at a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. Non-Washburn J.D. students must certify their good standing by furnishing a letter from the home law school's dean or registrar. By submitting a registration application, students are certifying that they will meet the admission requirements. Students must advise the Director of International Legal Programs of any change in academic status.

International Law Students

Law students from outside the United States and Barbados are also eligible and invited to apply for the summer law program in Barbados. Each application will be reviewed carefully to assess whether the international law student is academically prepared for the program, and the Director or Academic Dean may require additional information from the student before approving an application.

Enrollment Priorities

Enrollment is limited to 50 students, and 25 of the 50 maximum places will be reserved for Washburn Law students until March 4, 2015. Enrollment will be granted in order of application receipt. Once 50 applications have been received, all subsequent applicants will have the opportunity to be placed on a wait list. As noted elsewhere, applications must be received no later than April 15, 2015, and Washburn Law students should apply earlier (by March 15, 2015) in order to be eligible for the $500 Washburn University study abroad scholarship.

Anticipated Enrollment

Based on past enrollment and current applications, we expect that in 2015, we will have approximately 4-5 students from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Faculty of Law (Barbados); 5-7 Washburn Law students; 1-2 non-Washburn U.S. law students; and 1 student from a non-Barbados international law school joining the program. Up to four academic scholarships will be awarded to law students from University of the West Indies to attend the program. In 2014, there were 10 students enrolled in the program: five Washburn Law students and five students from The University of the West Indies.

ABA Standard

Foreign Summer and Intersession Criterion V(B)

Students enrolling in a foreign summer or intersession program for credit toward a J.D. degree must have completed at least one year of full- or part-time law study at an ABA-approved law school or a law school described in Standard [506] prior to enrolling.

Standard 506: Enrollment of Non-Degree Candidates

Without requiring compliance with its admission standards and procedures, a law school may enroll individuals in a limited number of courses, as auditors, non-degree candidates, or candidates for a degree other than a law degree, only if such enrollment does not interfere with the ability of the law school to operate in compliance with the Standards and to carry out its program of legal education.

Photograph: Ashlee Erikson.
"Living and studying in Barbados for six weeks was an experience that I will never forget. I learned about a new culture, met new people, and made friendships that will last a lifetime. Studying abroad is definitely a life changing experience that I recommend for any student." - Ashlee Erickson, Washburn Law Student
ABA Standard

"Students enrolling in a foreign summer or intersession program for credit toward a J.D. degree must have completed at least one year of full- or part-time law study at an ABA-approved law school or a law school described in Standard 506(a)(1) prior to enrolling."
Criteria for Approval of Foreign Summer and Intersession Programs Established by ABA-Approved Law Schools, page 148, section V.B.