Eligibility & PoliciesELIGIBILITY
The program is open to US law students who have satisfactorily completed at least one year of full-time or part-time study at an ABA-accredited law school and are in good academic standing. Colombian law students, practitioners, and government officials, as well as law students and lawyers from other countries, are also welcome to apply. The internship program is only open to students who are also enrolled in the academic portion of the program.
All non-Fordham students must submit a letter certifying good standing or graduation from the appropriate law school administrator at their home school along with their program application.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants may expect to receive a decision within 2-3 business days of receipt of all application materials.
This program has received approval for its first year of operation from the American Bar Association (ABA).
Fordham's academic rules and regulations will apply for awarding academic credit. Fordham uses an "A-F" grading system. The for-credit internship is pass/fail; however, taking academic session courses for pass/fail is not permissible.
Students are permitted to enroll in a maximum of six credits (One 3-credit course + One 3-credit internship) during the program. Transcript requests are free of charge and should be addressed to the Fordham Law Office of the Registrar. All classes and the for-credit internship qualify for three academic semester credit hours towards the JD or LLM degree at Fordham and may be credited toward a law degree at other ABA-approved institutions. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course is subject to determination by the student's home institution. Non-Fordham students should consult their law school's registrar.
Students should also consult their registrar with respect to the ABA residency requirement. It is unlikely that participation in this program will accelerate graduation. Fordham Law Evening Division students who are planning to transfer to the full-time day division are eligible to participate, but must consult the Registrar regarding residency requirements.
Daily attendance and preparation for classes are required and may be taken into account in determining the course grade.
TRAVEL AND DOCUMENTATION
Transportation costs to and from Colombia are not included. Participants arrange travel on their own.
A passport is required for travel to Colombia, valid for at least six months after your intended departure date. Students are responsible for obtaining their passports. This process takes time, so students are encouraged to plan ahead and secure a passport early.
With few exceptions, students will also need to obtain a visa upon arrival in Colombia. Detailed instructions for US passport holders will be included in the program guide, distributed to admitted students in mid-March. General information on visa guidelines, including guidance for holders of non-US passports, may be found at:
HEALTH INSURANCE AND PRECAUTIONS
The quality of medical care available in Bogotá is comparable to the US. Students are encouraged to carry/obtain travel health insurance for the duration of your time abroad and consult with their personal health care provider to determine the proper health precautions, if any, to be taken when visiting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Traveler's Health guidelines for Colombia are available at:
Fordham students who have purchased Fordham insurance are covered by a mandatory accident policy, the University's Accident Medical Health Insurance program, which provides 100% coverage for medical expenses up to $2,500 per accident, with no deductible. In the event of an accident, students enrolled in this program are advised to collect receipts for reimbursement on your return home.
In addition, we strongly suggest carrying/obtaining health insurance for the duration of your time abroad. Students should consult their individual insurance carrier to determine whether and what coverage is provided for travelers. If you are not covered, we strongly suggest purchasing additional insurance that covers sickness, accident insurance (if not already covered by Fordham's or similar a home institution policy), and emergency medical evacuation. While it is highly unlikely that a student will become ill in Colombia, all are strongly encouraged to ensure their health and safety with proper preparation and coverage.
The CDC recommends that travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot. Other immunizations may be recommended, depending on your personal health and immunization history, the areas of the country you will be visiting, and your planned activities. Students should review the CDC guidelines in consultation with their personal doctor or health-care provider, ideally 4 to 6 weeks before leaving for Colombia, to determine what additional vaccinations, if any, may be needed.
Malaria is a dangerous, yet preventable and treatable, disease that is contracted from the bite of an infected mosquito. Students are again encouraged to consult the CDC Traveler's Health guidelines for Colombia for malaria information. The latest CDC guidelines indicate that malaria is not a concern in Bogotá, where the program is held; however, students planning to travel more widely should consult the recommendations for their intended destinations, as they may vary depending on where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside.
The Colombia Summer Program reserves the right to alter or cancel its programs. Cancellation might occur in the event of under-enrollment by May 1, 2014, or unforeseen international events that could inhibit program operations or seriously affect participants' safety.
In the unlikely event that the program is canceled, students will be notified immediately via telephone and email; the refunds of the otherwise non-refundable application fee and all other payments will be requested within 20 days of cancellation; and Fordham will use its best efforts to make alternative arrangements for any enrolled student to attend a similar program, if desired.
If the program were to be modified substantially, students affected by the modifications would be entitled to a refund upon request.
U.S. State Department Travel Warning
The United States State Department renewed its Colombia Travel Warning on 14 April 2014. The full text of the warning may be accessed on the U.S. State Department website at: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/colombia-travel-warning.html
Please read this warning carefully before you decide to apply to the program.