School of Law

The School of Law has developed a unique professional development course in Managua. This course looks at the professional development and responsibility of lawyers in a comparative manner. In addition to readings covering the Nicaraguan legal system, students read materials covering the Nicaraguan civil law system as well as readings covering the historical and economic background of the country. The course allows for a comparative exploration not only of substantive areas of law, but also of differing professional requirements for lawyers during both training and practice.

Becca Mohally Renk, The Jubilee House

In Nicaragua, for example, law students are required to serve in a clinical setting before being licensed. These clinical programs provide nearly all legal services to the poor. The course explores such differences in both readings and site visits to clinical programs and NGO’s which work with them and adds a new element to the curriculum that integrates comparative law with exposure to practice.

This course also adds a cross-disciplinary opportunity for law students. The course is taught in collaboration with faculty from the Schools of Medicine and Divinity. The course is already listed in both schools for credit. This cross disciplinary model will continue with faculty members from medicine, divinity and law, who co-teach the course. The course integrates readings from each discipline related to professional development, including topics related to professional training, ethics and practice. By working collaboratively across schools, students engage multiple perspectives on professional obligations, training, ethical canons and what professional status means for individuals and communities.

The School of Law works closely with the The Jubilee House.