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What is the American Legal Studies and Exchange - Brazil Program?

This program, taught in English only, is essential if you are interested in learning the U.S. legal system to develop your skills and expertise in practicing law internationally. It equips lawyers and professionals with the necessary skill sets to become competitive in a fast-growing and ever-changing global economy.

  • This intensive two-week program allows foreign lawyers to study the American legal system.

  • It is designed for legal professionals, foreign attorneys/prosecutors, and judges, including all students with a law degree.

  • All courses are offered at the California Western School of Law campus in beautiful San Diego, California.

  • A Certificate of Completion in American Legal Studies is awarded after successfully completing a course.

Knowing the U.S. Legal System is a Competitive Advantage

  • A working knowledge of the U.S. legal system is becoming imperative, as the U.S. remains the world's leading economic power.

  • The program is designed so participants can capitalize on the steady increase in the areas of international business and trade, in which knowing the U.S. legal system is an advantage.

  • The ALS&E-Brazil program believes in teaching the principles of the U.S. adversarial legal system that lawyers from other countries can adapt to their own systems.

American Legal Studies Courses

Course Dates Tuition
Bankruptcy January 12 - 16, 2015 $1,450

Why California Western?

  • California Western is one of the first law schools in the United States to offer legal study programs for foreign lawyers.

  • The courses are taught by highly distinguished and experienced professors who have practiced law in both the criminal and civil arenas.

  • You will feel welcome and at home on our highly diverse campus. National Jurist magazine recently named California Western among the top 40 law schools in the country for diversity.

  • San Diego is an ideal city to in which to study and visit. Mild year-round weather and convenient access to beaches and the ocean are only part of the appeal. The California Western campus is located in the heart of San Diego's legal and political community.

How to Apply

  1. Download and fill out the application

  2. Sign the application, scan and email back to Carla McEwen:

About Our Instructors

Carla McEwen

Carla McEwen

Founder and Vice-President of the American Legal Studies and Exchange - Brazil
Phone: (619) 525-1480

Dr. Carla McEwen is the director and founder of the American Legal Studies and Exchange - Brazil (formerly LEEP). A native Brazilian attorney, she worked for over ten years at the Law Offices Of Huston & McEwen in San Diego, California... Read More

Mario G. Conte

Mario Conte

Distinguished Practitioner
Phone: (619) 515-1510

Conte teaches trial advocacy in programs throughout the United States while also continuing to try his own cases. He was an adjunct professor at California Western for over fifteen years, teaching Trial Skills and Evidence Advocacy... Read More

Leslie P. Culver

Leslie Culver

Legal Writing Professor
Phone: (619) 525-1476

Prior to joining the faculty at California Western School of Law in 2009, Leslie Culver was an Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law, her alma mater, where she taught Legal Research & Writing and Missouri Civil Procedure... Read More