Msida, Malta

Overview: 
Approved by the American Bar Association, the Malta program features international and comparative law courses taught by faculty members from the sponsoring schools. It is open to students in good standing at ABA-accredited United States law schools who have completed one year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study.

On the islands of Malta, rich historical traditions combine with modern European sensibilities to provide a unique setting for the study of international and comparative law. In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, south of Italy, Malta lies at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations and sea routes.

History:
Malta’s rich history stretches back thousands of years. Archeological sites yielded Neanderthal teeth from about 40,000 B.C., and still standing today are remnants of Neolithic temples from the fourth millennium B.C., before the pyramids in Egypt. The Apostle Paul shipwrecked on Malta in 60 A.D. and brought Christianity to the islands. In later centuries, Malta was invaded and controlled by the Byzantine empire, the Arabs, the Germans, the French, and finally the Spanish, before Emperor Charles V granted the islands to the Knights of St. John in the 1500s. For more than 260 years, the Knights ruled Malta, building massive walled fortress towns that survive today and contrast with modern developments along the coastline. In 1798, Napoleon conquered and plundered Malta, but the population rose up and with the help of British, drove the beleaguered French from the island. The British occupied the island peacefully for more than 150 years, until Malta’s independence in the 1960s.

Malta Today: 
Today the islands are very much a part of modern Europe, with bustling shopping and business districts and large luxurious resort hotels. The islands offer natural terrain full of contrasts: from gently sloping beaches to dramatic cliffs and hidden coves along the coastline; and from rolling hills to sprawling fields of vineyards in the island’s interrior. Malta is a member of the European Union. For general information about Malta, please visit the website www.visitmalta.com.

Location: 
Classes are held at the University of Malta in Msida.

Tuition and fees:
$4500 for six credits if attending both sessions;
$3000 for four credits for Session I only, includes $200 non-refundable application fee

This includes the use of facilities at the University of Malta main campus in Msida, the orientation session and closing dinner. It does not include airfare, medical insurance, traveling expenses, local transportation costs, optional tours or field trips to areas outside the home campus, housing, meals, or books.

The application and $200 application fee are due by March 25, 2020.

The remaining balance of the tuition is due May 18, 2020. Enrollment is limited; therefore, early application is encouraged. Financial aid loans are generally available to students participating in this study abroad program. Students interested in obtaining loans for the study abroad program should contact the Financial Aid Office at their home school for application deadlines.

SESSION ONE
May 22 – Orientation (mandatory)
Classes May 24 – June 19, 2020

(choose two courses for four (4) credits)

Comparative Taxation I (2 credits)
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Professor Bruce McGovern
South Texas College of Law Houston

Using a code created by the International Tax Program at Harvard to help developing and transitional countries, we will study the basic principles countries use to finance government. The topics that may be discussed include the tax base, source and character, assignment of income, and other matters. The class is designed to help students understand the underlying policies and different systems which governments use to finance their activities. No prior tax or other code classes are required. This course will help with any code class taken in the future.

Transnational Civil Litigation (2 credits)
11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m
Professor Jeff Rensberger
South Texas College of Law Houston

It is increasingly important, as international commerce becomes more routine, for American lawyers to know the procedures for litigating disputes in which one or both of the parties is outside the United States (physically, or as a matter of citizenship, or both) or the events underlying the lawsuit occurred aboard. This course gives some basics of U.S. law relating to transnational litigation. At the same time, we will look at the corresponding law of the European Union for a comparative perspective. We will begin with a refresher on the U.S. law of personal jurisdiction, focusing in detail on jurisdiction in U.S. courts over foreign Defendants. We will then cover some advanced topics of federal subject matter jurisdiction relating to suits for damages arising from violations of International Law in other countries and also suits against foreign states. We will study how to effect service abroad for an action pending in a U.S. court. Finally, we will look at the problem of parallel litigation and the enforceability of foreign judgments in the U.S. and in Europe. The casebook is Zekoll, Collins, and Rutherglen, Transnational Civil Litigation (2013) (West).

Entrepreneurship Law and Ethics (2 credits)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Professor Tabrez Ebrahim
California Western School of Law

Facebook?, Shark Tank?, Boardroom?, Startups?, $$$?, & The Apprentice—“You’re Fired!” This course brings Silicon Valley and real-life entrepreneurship to the CILE Summer Programs! It teaches in a fun, informative, interactive, and experiential format the legal issues in starting and operating a new business. Topics include choice of legal entity, intellectual property, financing and fundraising, and ethical considerations. The course discusses international intellectual property law (linked to the location of the course) and international fundraising strategies for launching new products or services globally. Special emphasis will be on understanding, evaluating, and quantifying risk for starting a new business in comparison to traditional legal careers. Accordingly, students will be given practical feedback on the potential and risks and with their entrepreneurial ideas based on their business model canvas and elevator pitch from a professor who has entrepreneurship experience and is a patent attorney.

SESSION TWO
Classes June 23 – July 10, 2020
(choose one course for two (2) credits)

Comparative Taxation II (2 credits)
10:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Professor Kevin Yamamoto
South Texas College of Law Houston

A continuation of the course from Session I, in this class we look at how various systems tax corporations, partnerships and international transactions. The topics that may be discussed include corporate/partnership formation, distributions and liquidation, and the taxation of inbound and outbound transactions. The class is designed to help students understand the underlying policies and different systems which governments use to finance their activities. The only prerequisite is Comparative Taxation I, and no other prior tax or code classes are required. This course will help with corporations/partnerships and any code class taken in the future.

Cyberlaw: A New Jurisdiction (2 credits)
10:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Professor Natasha Varyani
New England Law|Boston

The past decade has seen a revolution in the way we use technology in business, commerce and our personal lives. The coming of 5G networks and advances made possible by increased speeds promise even more changes in the way individuals conduct themselves online and integrate data and technology into daily lives and habits. This course will examine the legal issues associated with a new virtual jurisdiction, as well as the ways in which our current legal tools need amendment for application in “cyberspace.” In an area that is constantly redefining itself as well as its issues, students will be challenged to craft solutions using their knowledge of the law as well as their creativity and analytical skills. In this course, students will have an opportunity to build on doctrinal concepts and also practice some drafting and analysis skills.

Housing:
Students participating in the Malta program make their own housing arrangements. An Internet search for “apartments in Malta” yields links to several agencies that can provide assistance in finding rental properties to meet individual student housing needs and budgets. Links to available properties and traveler reviews of specific properties through sites such as Trip Advisor or AirBNB.com can provide valuable insight as to the quality and amenities to expect. Bus service on Malta makes transportation fairly simple and students may purchase monthly Tallinja card bus passes online to save on transportation costs at www.publictransport.com.mt/en/tallinja-card

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Transportation:
Arranging airline reservations and transportation to and from Malta is the student’s responsibility. Several airlines serve Malta through European hub cities, such as Amsterdam, London, Rome, Frankfurt, and Paris.

Accessibility:
Facilities in Europe are not as accessible to individuals with disabilities as American facilities are. Individuals with special needs should contact the program at WMorrow@stcl.edu by March 20, 2020.

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Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcome 1: Substantive Law and Legal Process Knowledge
Graduates of the law school will demonstrate mastery of the foundational areas of legal knowledge and legal processes with the proficiency suitable for a competent entry-level practitioner.

Learning Outcome 2: Legal Analysis, Reasoning, and Problem Solving 
Graduates of the law school will demonstrate the ability to perform legal analysis, legal reasoning, and legal problem solving with the proficiency suitable for a competent entry-level practitioner.

Learning Outcome 3: Legal Research 
Graduates of the law school will be able to independently conduct effective legal research with the proficiency suitable for a competent entry-level practitioner.

Learning Outcome 4: Other Professional Skills, Including Effective Communication
Graduates of the law school will be able to perform such other professional skills as are appropriate for a new layer in their chosen areas of specialization with the proficiency suitable for a competent entry-level practitioner. 

Learning Outcome 5: Professional and Ethical Responsibility
Graduates of the law school will demonstrate an ability to exercise the professional judgement and ethical standards expected of a competent entry-level practitioner.

Learning Outcome 6: Self0Management and Collaboration
Graduates of the law school will be able to use the skills and concepts required for the effective and efficient management of law practice with the proficiency suitable for a competent entry-level practitioner.

Responsibility and Modifications
The sponsoring schools will not be responsible for personal injury or for loss or damage to personal property. Students are expected to maintain or obtain medical insurance coverage for accidents or illness that may occur during their participation in this program, including repatriation expenses.

The sponsoring schools reserve the right to change any aspect of the program which circumstances make necessary or desirable. Participants will be notified of material changes or cancellation of the program. Student and faculty conduct in the Prague program is governed by the rules on attendance, plagiarism, and sexual harassment of South Texas College of Law Houston. Any student who has questions about any aspect of this policy should contact the program director or Assistant Dean Wanda Morrow at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Online Application

(Application Coming Soon!)

Admission is open to any law student at an ABA-accredited law school who is in good academic standing and who has completed the first year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study.

Applicants should submit:

1.) An online application for admission along with a $200 application fee payable to South Texas College of Law Houston; and

2.) A letter of good standing from his or her law school stating that credits earned in the Prague program will transfer towards his or her J.D.

Should an application not be accepted, South Texas College of Law Houston will return this application fee within 20 days. The application fee will be applied to the tuition and program expenses such as orientation, closing dinner and visits to courts and governmental agencies.

The application deadline is March 25, 2020.

Wanda T. Morrow
Assistant Dean of Institutional Compliance and International Programs
Title IX Coordinator
ADA/504 Coordinator
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-646-1825
Email: WMorrow@stcl.edu

Stop by Room 835, call 713-646-1825, or e-mail wmorrow@stcl.edu for more information!