Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Admission and Enrollment

Washburn Law's Barbados Study Abroad Program is open to both U.S. law students and international law students. J.D. students are eligible for the program when they:

  1. Demonstrate they are good academic standing (Washburn Law students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and non-Washburn students must furnish a dean's letter of good standing); and
  2. Will complete at least one year of academic work toward the J.D. degree before May or, if enrolled in the Washburn Law January admissions program, at least 12 credits of full-time study in the Spring semester.

Law students from schools outside the United States are also invited to apply, including those from LL.B. programs. 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. LL.B. students at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill should enroll through their home institution.

Anticipated Enrollment

We expect that we will have approximately 8-15 students from United States law schools and 20-25 from University of the West Indies. The last time the program was offered was in the summer of 2019. That summer, there were approximately 7 students from U.S. law schools and approximately 20-25 students from University of the West Indies.

ABA Standards

Foreign Summer and Intersession Criteria Disclosure

Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in this program is subject to determination by the student's home school.

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: Ashly Valenzuela.

"Barbados was the most amazing experience and best decision thus far. I was in a time where I didn't know how to keep going through law school when the opportunity presented itself through our study abroad program. My view on the world has changed through the trip itself and the amazing courses because I've learned how different things are from our lives in the states. Learning the constitution for twelve different countries seems overwhelming, but the way the course is structured allows you to learn with students from the Caribbean, different from a lot of other programs. This is interesting because they are also learned about the American constitution and it's so valuable to see their take on the lives we live everyday. Outside of the classroom, Catamaran cruises, different beaches every day, an amazing ocean view just from your dorm, and the Bajan food of your dreams is something you may not be able to get again while in (or even after) law school."
Ashly Valenzuela
Stetson Law