Education Beyond Borders

Education Beyond Borders: A Faculty-Led Study Abroad Course to Cuba

Course Overview:

  • Course Number: IS620A
  • Term: Summer 2017
  • First Day in Country: July 29, 2017
  • Last Day in Country: August 5, 2017
  • Credit Bearing: 3 credits – letter grade
  • Format: Online – eight-week format – starts May 22, 2017
  • Faculty Lead: Jared Carter
  • Program fee: 3100 USD – includes airfare from port city of LAX to Cuba. Does not include airfare to LAX, tuition, passport.


This course provides an introduction to the law and legal system of Cuba through two course segments; the first part of the course will be online and the second will be taught in Cuba. Through an examination of Cuba’s constitutional framework, electoral system, court system, and government structure, students will develop a strong understanding of how Cuban law and the legal system function. Students will also learn about the legal framework of the decades-old U.S. embargo and trade restrictions on Cuba. From the Trading with the Enemy Act to the Free Trade in Ideas Act, students will gain insight into the legal apparatus that defines the longest-standing embargo in history.

In the Cuban field study portion of the course, students will have the opportunity to witness first-hand how the Cuban legal and political systems function. Through an intensive ten-day-long segment in Havana, Cuba, students will attend lectures and seminars led by Colleges of Law faculty and faculty from the University of Havana School of Law, visit municipal courts, engage with Cuban law students, and visit the Cuban national bar association. With an emphasis on critical and creative reflection based on observations, and in-class discussions and activities, students will emerge from this course with a broad-based understanding of the Cuban legal and political systems.

Faculty Bio:

Jared Carter is a graduate of Vermont Law School. In addition to serving as an articles editor on the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, he received an Equal Justice Foundation Fellowship to litigate a constitutional challenge to U.S. Treasury Department Regulations prohibiting travel to Cuba. A veteran attorney and advocate for social, legal, and economic justice, Professor Carter spent a year as law clerk to Justices William Leaphart, Jim Rice, and Jim Nelson at the Montana Supreme Court. Currently, Professor Carter teaches advocacy and environmental law courses. In addition, he has developed study away courses that take students to Cuba to learn about the Cuban legal system. An active member of the Vermont bar, Jared also directs the Community Law Center, litigating constitutional and consumer rights issues in state and federal court. Professor Carter has a wealth of relevant experience and is dedicated to bringing his diverse background to the classroom. Professor Carter is an avid outdoors-person—backpacking, canoeing, and fly-fishing in the warmer months, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Despite the fact that Vermont is landlocked, Professor Carter also enjoys surfing and does so in the frigid waters of the New England coastline.

This program is made available through collaboration with TCS Education System.

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