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Opportunity for Rutgers–Newark Law Alumni to Study Cuba’s Legal System

January 08, 2014 – 

International programs continue to flourish at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, with 2014 experiences planned for the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Israel and new agreements signed with law schools in Russia and China aimed at collaborative efforts.

For the past three years, Clinical Professor Charles I. Auffant has led a group of second and third-year Rutgers Law–Newark students on a trip to Havana, Cuba, as the capstone of their study of comparative legal research on the Cuban legal system.  

During the week-long educational visit, students attend lectures on the legal system, discuss with members of the University of Havana community issues ranging from the Cuban criminal justice system to career prospects for recent law graduates, and explore the country’s history and culture. 

Planning is underway for the 2014 trip, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, through Saturday, March 22. 

Since several alumni have indicated an interest in joining the Rutgers group, the law school is offering alumni who are practicing attorneys of full-time professionals the opportunity to conduct independent research in Havana on Cuba’s legal system and social order and sponsor a law student who may otherwise be unable to afford the trip. “Sponsorship will allow eligible students an incredibly meaningful experience in a country undergoing significant transition,” says Professor Auffant. “After leading three trips, I can attest to the real power and effectiveness of the dialogue that happens before, during and after the trip. It is truly transformative.” 

For more information on the March trip to Cuba, contact either Professor Charles Auffant at cauffant@kinoy.rutgers.edu or 973-353-3104 or Cindy Lou Cuesta at ccuesta@kinoy.rutgers.edu or 973-353-3066.