Program of Instruction

Classes are held in classrooms at the University of Costa Rica (a 15-minute walk from the Sleep Inn) usually from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can enroll in up to four classes for a total of six credit hours.


Comparative Biotechnology, Bioethics & Policy

2 credit hours

This course is designed for students interested in learning more about bioethics and health care in the U.S. and Latin America. Topics will include review of protection of human subjects, institutional review boards, the U.S. health care system including Medicare and Medicaid as well as a discussion of the proposals for health care reform in the U.S. The Costa Rican health care system will be studied. The course will address challenging issues related to biodiversity and conservation in Costa Rica.

Seminar on Comparative Limited Liability Companies

1 credit hour

Since 1977, the limited liability company (LLC) has become the preferred form for organizing small businesses in the United States. The popularity of LLCs in the United States can be traced to their combination of the flow-through tax-advantage of a partnership with the limited liability advantage of a corporation. In terms of governance,
an American LLC may be structured to resemble either a partnership (a membermanaged LLC) or a corporation (a manager-managed LLC). North Carolina authorized the LLC form in 1993 when it added chapter 57C to the North Carolina General Statutes, and the course will use North Carolina’s statutes to represent United States law.

This course will explore the differences between these very similar business forms in the United States and Costa Rica. Course materials include the relevant chapters of the Oquendo textbook (chapters 1 and 14) and the LLC statutes of North Carolina and Costa Rica. Students will use the text to examine the differences between Costa Rica’s civil
law system and the common law system used in the United States, and the statutes to examine specific differences between the business forms in the two countries. The goals of the seminar are to: (1) understand legislative differences that cause LLCs to be popular in the United States and unpopular in Costa Rica, (2) tie these differences to
specific policy goals that are expressed in LLC statutes in the United States, and (3) reinforce the students’ understanding of North Carolina’s LLC statutes by using them as an example of U.S. law.

Mediation Advocacy

2 credit hours

This course will provide hands-on instruction on effective representation of clients in mediation. Students will learn about various mediation processes, how to prepare their case for mediation (as opposed to trial), and how to prepare themselves and their client for mediation through a blend of practice and theory.

The course is designed to help students learn, in the context of mediation, generic listening, questioning, persuasion, and problem-solving skills that are fundamental to the practice of law and to help you evaluate the benefits and limitations of mediation and other dispute resolution techniques so that you can both responsibly counsel clients about their choices and, as potential policy makers, make informed choices about dispute resolution systems.