2 Years (DualDegree)
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JD/LL.M. DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
WCL & UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
**STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2013-2015, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2013-2014**
**STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2014-2016, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2014-2015**
This program, offered jointly by WCL and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Faculty of Law, allows students from WCL to enroll in a unique JD/LL.M. dual degree program with a specialization in European Union Law.
Each year up to two (2) WCL students will be selected for this dual degree program. Those students who successfully complete two years of study at WCL and 1.5 years of study at Universidad Carlos III will be awarded the JD degree at WCL and the Master en Derecho de la Union Europea (Master UE) degree at Carlos III. This selected group of students will have the opportunity to study in a different country, acquire the legal skills to practice law in the United States, learn European Union law and create professional networks in Spain.
The goal of this program is to create high quality legal professionals within the field of European Union law, to provide a real-world exploration of comparative law, to present opportunities for building international professional networks and to develop specialists with a deep understanding of the dynamic institutions and politics of the European Union.
Tuition and Expenses
Please note: If you are an International JD student at WCL and will be applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT), contact the Director before applying. A modified timeline may apply.
Students must complete two (2) academic years at WCL and 1.5 academic years at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3). WCL students must demonstrate intermediate-level Spanish proficiency and must be in good academic standing to be admitted to the program.
Outgoing students enrolled in the program must complete a minimum of 59 credits during their two (2) years of residence at WCL and 120 ECTS credits during their three (3) semesters at UC3. While at UC3, students must enroll in classes offered in the Master UE program and must also complete an internship component (approx. 6-8 months). WCL will transfer 27 credits from UC3 to the JD degree.
For more detailed information on the UC3 portion of the program, please see: http://www.uc3m.es/portal/page/portal/postgrado_mast_doct/masters/Master_en_Derecho_Union_Europea.
Students participating in the program can participate have two options:
The student would first complete two (2) years at WCL completing their residency requirement. The student would then travel to Madrid and complete two (2) semesters at UC3. Following successful completion of the coursework at UC3, the student would complete the internship portion of the program.
- The student would complete one (1) year at WCL. In their second year, the student would travel to Madrid and complete two (2) semesters at UC3. Following successful completion of the coursework at UC3, the student would complete the internship portion of the program. After completion of the internship, the student would return to WCL for a (1) year and complete their ABA residency requirement.
The internship portion of the program may be waived but WCL highly recommends this portion of the program not be waived. It is an excellent and unique opportunity to gain experience abroad and create connections and network with professionals from Spain and abroad.
It is important to discuss how to approach the program with Theresa Kaiser. Be sure to contact her to set up an appointment to discuss the program and what would work best for you.
Students will pay 3 years of regular full-time tuition and fees to their home institution. There will be no additional tuition payment either for the extra semester or to the host school. WCL students enrolled in the program will pay the same amount of tuition as regular WCL students and will remain eligible for financial aid and grants as if they studied all 3 years at WCL. Students may be required to pay additional student fees at the host institution.
All participating students are required to have health insurance while at WCL and at UC3. Health insurance coverage is the sole responsibility of each student and students must show proof of coverage. WCL students may enroll in the Universidad Carlos III health insurance program at their own expense.
- Travel and housing expenses are the students' responsibility. Upon their arrival to Madrid, UC3 will provide WCL students with information on housing.
Students must be admitted to WCL's regular JD program before applying online to any International JD Dual Degree program.
Students must complete the application and will be contacted for interviews following review of the application (mid-to-late February)
Once accepted to the Program, students must also complete an application provided by UC3.
When to Apply:
Eligibility: First and second year WCL students in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and high-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish proficiency. All WCL international JD students should contact the Program Director before applying.
DEADLINE: The deadline for the 2013-2015 Program and the 2014-2016 Program is January 31, 2013.
The online application consists of the following materials:
- Statement of interest in English and Spanish. (No more than one page stating the reasons for applying.)
- Letter of Recommendation (Letters should be from either professional or academic references. No relatives.)
- Current résumé.
- Updated WCL academic transcripts.
- Proof of Spanish proficiency:
- Students with undergraduate or graduate studies in a Spanish speaking country must show the certificate or degree obtained within the last five years.
- Students with Spanish majors (in the US) must have obtained their degree within the last five years and show their undergraduate transcripts and a copy of theirshow their undergraduate transcripts and a copy of theirshow their undergraduate transcripts and a copy of theirmust provide a copy of their degree and undergraduate transcript(s).
- Students who are not in the conditions mentioned above are required to take a Spanish proficiency exam through the Language Department at AU and provide us with their results. Students must complete the exam within 30 minutes and test into the Third Year (300 Level).
For general questions please visit the International JD Dual Degree FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
Director of Study Abroad & International Exchange
International JD Dual Degree Program
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Office of the Dean
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: [+001] 202-274-4237
Fax: [+001] 202-274-4005
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