VALPARAISO, IN. – Each summer, Valparaiso University Law School students participate in a study abroad program in Chile and Argentina which focuses on International Human Rights. The program offers students insight into a foreign legal system and a comparative perspective on pressing questions related to human rights by providing them with legal, historical and cultural analyses.
This program is coordinated with Universidad Vina del Mar, Vina del Mar Chile, and Universidad Palermo, Buenos Aires Argentina. The program lasted for four weeks, running from June 1 through July 1. Students completed courses in International Human Rights: Latin America and Comparative Family Law.
Candice Thomason, a first year law student, stated that this trip was unforgettable because it taught her the importance of knowing what is happening around the world and that the U.S. is not immune to human rights violations. She was amazed by the amount of knowledge that she was not previously exposed to in an educational setting but was able to attain during her travels through Chile and Argentina. “Looking back on my 4 weeks in Chile and Argentina I have come to realize the wealth of information I gained in such a short period of time. As we explored the Human Rights Museum in Santiago, Chile and the detention camps in both Chile and Argentina I became aware of how much information I was missing. It amazed me that I was born when there was a dictatorship in Chile yet, learned nothing of it in my 20 plus years of education,” Thomason stated.
Students were able to experience various cultural facets of South America. They tried food from a variety of countries by visiting local restaurants and explored Delta de Tigre, Uruguay and Buenos Aires. The students even made a stop in Valparaiso, Chile.
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For more than 130 years Valparaiso University Law School has empowered talented individuals to realize personal and professional success. Nine “live client” clinics, a nationally recognized externship program, and a commitment to innovation, highlight a program of education that serves as both a path to a career and a path to personal and professional growth. Located in metropolitan Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, Valparaiso Law has one of the most diverse law student bodies in country. The faculty are distinguished by their commitment to student success and to continuing impact on the advancement of law and legal understanding.
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