Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Washburn Law Intersession Study Abroad Course in Barbados

The Winter Law Program in Barbados will be taking place January 1-13, 2024! For the most current information, please contact the program director, Prof. Kowalska:

Why Study in the West Indies?

The Washburn University School of Law winter intersession course in Barbados provides students an opportunity to understand their legal systems more fully through comparative study of Caribbean and British Commonwealth legal systems, all while living in a safe, stimulating West Indian university environment.

Students have found that the opportunity to study law in the West Indies not only enhances their legal knowledge, but also enables them to develop cross-cultural skills for law practice in a richly diverse Caribbean context. In addition to traditional classroom learning, the program uses site visits to see legal institutions in action. Classroom discussions among U.S. and Caribbean students provide for lively exchanges and new friendships. Learn more about living and learning in Barbados.

Unique Design

While most law school study abroad programs include only U.S. students and faculty, Washburn's Barbados program brings together international students and faculty. Caribbean and U.S. students study together, and professors from both Washburn Law and University of the West Indies Faculty of Law team-teach the classes. Learn more about course offerings.

International Skills and Experience

Washburn Law hopes that all law students will strongly consider an international and cross-cultural experience before entering the workforce. At the same time, we recognize that many students need to balance that opportunity with additional domestic work experience. Therefore, the winter intersession course is specially designed so that U.S.-based students can earn two credits abroad, then return home for spring semester courses and internships.


The Barbados program is designed to make study abroad accessible and affordable. Students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools usually can use financial aid to study abroad, including tuition, meals, airfare, housing, and more. Some law school scholarships may also apply. In addition, Washburn University offers study abroad scholarships to its J.D. students.

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March 1 Scholarship Application Deadline

Washburn Law students are eligible to apply for study abroad scholarships awarded through the International Programs Office at Washburn University. Applications are due by March 1. Learn more and apply.

Photograph: Matthew Bingesser

"Studying abroad is one of the most eye-opening experiences that a student can undertake while getting their education. Going to Barbados gives you a glimpse of the world from a different point of view, while still in the comfortable boundaries of an English-speaking country. I had a blast on the trip and have found a new passion for seeing the world. Barbados was a fun, culturally enlightening experience that was one of the top experiences of my time in law school."
Matthew Bingesser
Washburn Law