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Maestría Program Welcomes 108 New Students

Maestria Opening Ceremony

California Western Professor Justin Brooks has reported that the Maestría program has exceeded the law school’s admission goals despite the severe effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brooks is pleased to report that next week the program will start with a class of 108 students.

The Maestría en Derecho con Especlallzacion en Litigación Oral is a program that is provided by California Western’s Instituto Latinoamericano de Derecho y Justicia (ILDJ) or Latin American Institute of Law and Justice. It is an online academic program for licensed attorneys taught entirely in Spanish, offering participating students additional knowledge and practice for professional development.

The new class includes students from across Latin America including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, México, Panamá, and Perú together with some students who live in the U.S.

The opportunity to earn a law degree in Spanish from an American law school is unique to California Western, and Maestría is one of four Spanish programs offered by the ILDJ. The other three programs are ACCESO Capacitación, the Mexican Moot Court Program, and REDlnocente.

California Western has been training lawyers across Latin America to improve litigation and advocacy skills for more than two decades. This training has been critical throughout Latin America as country after country has converted to an American-style trial system.

“None of this could have happened without tremendous work from everyone in the Instituto,” said Brooks. “Starting with the leadership of Karen Sigmond, and the recruiting efforts of Ruby Anaya, but also with great contributions by Miriam Castaneda, Rachel Carey, Victoria Chavez, Alejandro Romero, Narda Reyes, Lizeth Amaya, and Daniel Pozos.”

“I am so proud of the Instituto and everyone who works there,” added Brooks. “Here’s to another great year!”

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