Cuba: Legal Field Study

Charles Auffant
Charles AuffantClinical Professor of Law
Charles I. Auffant oversees the Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic and joined Rutgers as a clinical attorney in the Urban League Clinic. He’s worked for numerous organizations, including the Urban League of Essex County, Essex-Newark Legal Services, Newark Board of Education, the University of Medicin

A two-credit seminar aimed to explore the historical development of Cuba’s legal system. Students will be exposed to the civil law, which is the basis of Cuba’s present legal system. We will examine the evolution of the Cuban constitution and its role in addressing changes in Cuban Society.

The course offering “Cuban Legal Field Study” provides students with an opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba during Spring break where they are hosted by the National Union of Cuban Jurists (UNJC). The UNJC, a professional organization for lawyers headquartered in Havana, coordinates a program on the Cuban Legal System with the assistance of members of the University of Havana Faculty of Law and practicing attorneys.


Havana, Cuba

Program Dates


Who Can Participate

  • Rutgers undergraduate students who have:
    • completed 12+ credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Rutgers graduate students

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required in order to apply for this program.

Related Areas of Study

  • Social Work

Important Note: This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from all majors and professions for participate. All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.



Travel and Visa Information:

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizen will need to obtain a Cuban visa in order to travel to Cuba.

Pre-Departure Resources:

US State Department

Center for Disease Control.