For over twelve years, NACLE has assembled an annual curriculum development workshop organized around a central theme that combines academic exchange with social interaction. The three-day agenda typically includes: concurrent workshops and forums conducted by Canadian, Mexican and U.S. law professors who specialize in particular areas of law and policy; social gatherings; receptions and dinners; and ample opportunities to explore the host locale.

Another main feature of the workshops is the presentation of winners of the Student Paper Competition. Winners receive travel grants for an all expenses-paid trip to attend the workshop and present their papers for faculty and student criticism at open conference sessions. Students also have the chance to meet and interact with many respected members of the legal community.