The program is scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 6, 2014 and run through Friday, August 1, 2014. Classes will generally meet four days each week, from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm, with a brief recess in between.
Afternoons and weekends are largely free for individual study, recreation, and opportunities to explore Haifa and surrounding areas. Two guided field trips (see below) are a part of the academic program; additional (optional) tours will also be available.
A farewell dinner is scheduled during the final week of classes.
Examinations are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 and Thursday, July 31, 2014.
University of Baltimore School of Law grading standards apply to all students except those from Haifa University. (Some law schools recognize credit for summer abroad programs on a pass/fail basis).
All students enrolled in the program can take up to four credits from the two courses offered. The courses have no prerequisites, and are taught by American and Israeli law professors. All classes will be presented in English.
An examination of how various aspects of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution — particularly freedom of expression, religious liberty, and the right of privacy — might be treated differently in other modern democracies. Specific emphasis will be placed on a comparison of hate-speech regulations in America and elsewhere, and the extent to which freedom of speech protects words that incite.
An interdisciplinary and international perspective on the principal problems that lead to the conviction of the innocent. The topics to be covered include mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, forensic science, “jailhouse informants,” inadequate defense counsel and the role of the police and prosecutors. The course will review exoneration cases that have occurred throughout the world and the response of various legal systems to the existence of this problem. The relative strengths and weaknesses of inquisitional and adversarial criminal justice systems will be explored in the context of preventing and correcting the conviction of the innocent.
The program will include a two-day trip to Jerusalem, including exclusive guided tours of the Supreme Court and the Knesset. Accommodations will be at a hotel located near the Old City. In addition, there will be a one-day trip to important historical sites in northern Israel. Optional tours to other locations will also be available.