McGeorge School of Law

Mexican Law Students Visit McGeorge to Study U.S. and California Legal Systems

June 29, 2016

Mexican students and professors

Mexican students and professors with Professor Julie Davies (back left) and Professor Mary-Beth Moylan (back right) from McGeorge, and Professors Alfredo Estrada (front right) and Cristóbal Hernandez (second row right) from CETYS.

McGeorge School of Law welcomed 12 Mexican law students and two professors for 10 days of study in Sacramento, Calif. from June 12 to 23, 2016 for a Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) Summer Program. CETYS is a private university in Baja California with law programs in Tijuana and Mexicali. Students from both campuses participated in the visit. The students took classes to learn more about the U.S. and California legal systems, and visited Northern California legal organizations and tourist attractions.

The visiting Mexican students took five classes: Introduction to the Judicial System & Working with Common Law and Overview: U.S. Legal System with Professor with Professor Mary-Beth Moylan; Legal Writing Style in the U.S. with Professor Daniel Croxall; Introduction to Negotiations & Cross-cultural Negotiation with Professor Julie Davies and Associate Dean Michael Colatrella; and, U.S. Criminal Trial System with Professor Cary Bricker. The latter class included viewing a criminal trial in the morning, and then debriefing it in the afternoon.

In addition to these classes, the group of Mexican visited the Governor's office, the federal court, and the Mental Health Court in Sacramento. The group went to San Francisco, where they visited City Hall and then met with Justice Therese Stewart at the First District Court of Appeal. The law firm Delfino Madden in Sacramento hosted a visit with the group.

McGeorge students participated in the visit through attending some social events and negotiating a problem with the Mexican students in a negotiations class. "The students and their professors felt very welcome in Northern California and appreciated the kindness of members of our campus and broader legal community," said Professor Davies.