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Havana, Cuba

Virtual Program: March 21 - 26, 2021


After 50 years of estrangement and conflict, the United States and Cuba have started the process of normalizing diplomatic, political and economic relations. Over the next few years, substantial opportunities will open up for American investors, businesspeople, and the lawyers needed to facilitate and provide legal advice for trade and investment transactions.

"We always hear so much about Cuba in the media and everywhere, so this seemed like a good opportunity to see it for ourselves and form our own opinions of it from the ground."
Jessica Watkins, DePaul Law Alumna
Read more about the program in the The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article.

This program will provide an introduction to Cuba, the evolving Cuban legal system, and the Cuban legal and economic framework regulating foreign investment, trade, and international business transactions. Students will study the Cuban legal, political, and economic system, and recent Cuban legislation and regulatory changes in the areas of foreign investment, migration, small enterprises, and self-employment. In addition, students will study the major legal and regulatory issues in key sectors of the Cuban economy such as tourism, energy, mining, and agriculture, to help prepare them for advising U.S. clients doing business in Cuba. The program will include visits to the Cuban Bar Association, a major Havana law firm, the recently renovated Capitol building (built in 1923 after the U.S. capitol in Washington, DC) where the national legislature meets, and a Cuban court proceeding.

In the evenings, students will have ample opportunities to sample Havana's exciting night life, including its numerous jazz and salsa clubs; enjoy the stunning 17th century colonial architecture of Old Havana; visit a wide array of newly sprung restaurants offering amazing cuisine; attend Cuba's world-renowned National Ballet; and interact with Cubans from all walks of life in the midst of a very exciting historic new chapter in relations between Cuba and the United States.


Application Deadline Information:

DePaul Students: The application deadline is November 15.

Non-DePaul Students: The application deadline is January 15.