Msida, Malta

2023 Malta program canceled. Check back in September 2023 for updates on 2024!

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.

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.

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.

Classes are held at the University of Malta Msida.

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

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.

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.

The sponsoring schools may cancel the summer program in the event of compelling circumstances, including unrest or instability in the host country or insufficient enrollment.

If, during the course of a program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for Malta, students will be notified promptly of the warning and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. If students withdraw as a result of such a warning or if the program is terminated, students will be refunded fees paid to the program prior to the date of termination or withdrawal within twenty (20) days of withdrawal.

In the event of cancellation, all monies, including the $200 application fee, would be returned within 20 days after the program is canceled. Individual courses in any program may be canceled if they are under-enrolled. The $200 application fee is non-refundable unless one is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled. 

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.

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.

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!