Hofstra students first to study in Cuba

Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law is the first American law school to offer a study abroad program in Cuba — with 30 students currently onsite in what the school is calling a “Field Study." The U.S government recently lifted the ban on educational travel to the communist island.

Hofstra’s program is being conducted in Havana during the Law School’s spring break, March 31 to April 7. Students are staying at the Hotel Ambos Mundos, and classes are being held at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, the former Supreme Court of Justice building, in Old Town Havana.

“Hofstra Law is excited to be one of the first law schools to take advantage of the government’s endorsement of educational exchange with Cuba, and we hope that our program will provide students with an academically and culturally enriching experience,” said Hofstra Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “This expansion of our study abroad offerings also responds to the complexities of the legal field which increasingly demands future lawyers to be prepared for an ever more interconnected world.”

An American Bar Association inspector will be onsite during the field study to ensure that the program meets all standards set forth for foreign-program accreditation.

“Students have a limited amount of time to soak up as many educational experiences in law school as they can,” said Jeffrey Dodge, assistant dean for global initiatives & multicultural affairs. “Trade regulations between the United States and other countries can change quickly, and as a result there is an increased need for law school graduates to be able to navigate the complex waters of U.S. export laws and controls on behalf of international business clients.” 

Assistant Professor Juli Campagna, who has studied, practiced and taught law in Europe, Asia and Latin America, will teach the field study.