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Overview / Intro to School
CIDE Law School is an innovative leader in reforming research and teaching of law in Mexico. Its principal objective is to train future lawyers as competent problem-solvers and responsible leader in the professional community. To change the way normative law is taught, CIDE’s Law School, with support from Stanford University Law School and Diego Portales Law School at Chile, has developed new teaching materials and techniques.
What else can you do as a CIDE student? There is more to do at CIDE than just study. You’ll find different extracurricular activities like pilates, jazz, spinning, yoga, Tae Bo, chess, ballroom dancing, a movie club, debate club, soccer, basketball and volleyball tournaments. There is also a great city to explore. As one of the leading social science and law research centers in Mexico, CIDE hosts a number of conferences every semester by leading authorities from Mexico and abroad.
Specialties / Programs
The faculty of CIDE Law School is committed to pedagogical innovation in teaching law, and this dedication has had positive results. As Faculty Representative, Alejandro Posadas, explains, “This is the only program in Mexico which has received an international award for its pedagogical innovation ("Problem-Solving in the Law School" CPR 2004, New York). It is the only school outside of the United States of America, which has received this recognition. The reason? A program of study which gathers together the best methods for teaching law. The nine-semester undergraduate law program covers the following thematic blocks:
Designed to give students a solid background in positive law and to prepare students to work in diverse areas, this block includes courses in civil, commercial, criminal, constitutional, tax, labor, international, and administrative law and litigation.
Critical Reasoning and Argumentation
To help students develop skills in critical analysis, independent thinking, logic, and the elaboration of arguments, this block involves courses in the interpretation and argumentation of law, logic, and the analysis of norms.
To allow students to draw on the knowledge of related disciplines, and their methodologies, the program includes courses in areas such as sociology, economics, finance, and political science applied to legal problems.
Putting acquired knowledge into practice is a focus of all our courses, but the program also includes courses that focus directly on strengthening oral and written expression, negotiation, and mediation skills.
Public Interest and Professional Standards
The Law School at CIDE puts special emphasis on understanding Mexico’s social problems and working for the public interest. In addition to professional practices that introduce students to the day-to-day working world of law, CIDE sponsors collaborate with the public interest clinic and allows the students to litigate real cases in court under the supervision of a trained professor.
As part of the clinic program, when studying law at CIDE, students have the opportunity to complete internships in the Oficina de Defensoría de los Derechos de la Infancia, ODI A.C ., by doing research in support of the labor of the office. This organization takes cases of violation of children’s rights and provides victims with legal services. Its work helps to establish jurisprudence supporting children and youths to promote a culture in defense of human rights.
Research at CIDE, Opportunities for Students
CIDE is a leader in empirical and applied social science and law research center in Mexico. The CIDE Law Faculty is committed to a Law research agenda described generally as “Law in Action”. This means conducting a type of research focused on how legal institutions operate in reality and to produce knowledge and public policy proposals to improve the working of Mexican legal institutions. This is also an innovative legal research agenda as traditional research in the area has devoted mainly to the study of the legal system in paper and to doctrinal analysis of the Law. CIDE has conducted extensive research on the working of the criminal law system, the summary commercial judicial proceedings, and is now conducting research on the family law process and the alternative mediation for family legal conflicts. For example CIDE has produced the first documentary on the local Mexico City criminal justice system told by its actors and relying on empirical research produced mainly in CIDE about the system. Other research topics include corruption, transparency, international arbitration, judges, the writing and quality of arguments in judicial decisions, among others. There are ample opportunities to participate and discuss research with Faculty as a student at CIDE and we welcome NACLE exchange students’ applications for research fellowships as they study a semester at CIDE Law School.
Location - Mexico City
Why Should You Study in Mexico City?
Mexico City, or the Distrito Federal, is Mexico’s capital. It is full of life. Here you will find people with many different backgrounds and lifestyles and there are so many things to see and do that you won’t know where to begin.
Where to go? What to see? What to do?
For example, close to 100 museums and 50 galleries. Some of the most important include: the National Museum of Anthropology and History, the Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of Fine Arts, a combination of gallery and opera house, the National Museum of Art, and San Ildefonso College. In addition, there are many archaeological ruins in and around Mexico City including the Templo Mayor in the city’s downtown, and Teotihuacan a short bus ride away. Mexico City is well communicated with the rest of the country and there are a number of interesting sites around to visit.
There are entertainment options for all tastes and budgets. Nightlife in the DF is definitely lively. There are many bars, discos, and concert venues where you can have a great time. The stars of the moment, both national and international, play at two of the cities most important concert venues: the Auditorio Nacional and the Foro Sol. There a number of areas, like Insurgentes Sur, Polanco, the Zona Rosa, Coyoacan and la Condesa where you’ll find a full range of places, from tranquil coffee shops to popular bars and discos, to relax with friends. There are also plant-filled oases of calm like Chapultepec park, Xochimilco, and the Viveros where you can take a quiet walk.
While you’ll find all the accoutrements of a modern city, you’ll also find many traditions. On Independence Day join in the celebrations, watch the fireworks, and try traditional foods like tostadas, tacos, tamales, or pozole. In the first days of November, Mexican families celebrate the Day of the Dead by preparing offerings for their dead relatives. These offerings, adorned with cempazuchitl flowers, Mexican food, the delicious Bread of the Dead and symbolic paper cutouts can be truly impressive. Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is another period in which those of the Catholic faith commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ in various ways, including by eating only white meat. In December, it is Mexican’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, who is celebrated by the faithful — many of whom undertake long pilgrimages to the Basilica of Guadalupe to express their devotion. Each of these traditions --secular, religious, or syncretic-- is filled with the contagious joy and celebration of the city’s inhabitants.
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