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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Eligibility: 6 - Graduate
Credit Type: SLU Credit, Transfer Credit Major Prerequiste: Law Program
Program Description:
Saint Louis University School of Law
Summer Law Program in Madrid

Program HighlightsMadrid - Law
  • SLU LAW’s most popular study abroad program!
  • All of the courses will count towards the International and Comparative Law Concentration. Global Health Law will count towards the International and Comparative Law Concentration and the Health Law Concentration. Each course will also satisfy the Perspectives on Law requirement. 
  • Earn up to six credit hours in international and comparative law courses in just six weeks!
  • Courses are taught in English by SLU LAW and Spanish law professors at SLU’s very own Madrid campus.  The program includes guided court visits to various courts including Spain's Constitutional and Supreme Courts.  
  • Complimentary non-credit Introduction to Spanish class.
Program Description
SLU LAW's ABA-approved Summer Law Program in Madrid offers six weeks of enriching, rewarding comparative and international law education in one of the most exciting, historical and culturally rich cities in the world.  Students can earn up to six credit hours in comparative and international law courses taught by Spanish and American professors. Classroom instruction is in English. The program includes visits to various law firms and legal institutions.  In addition to taking up to six credit hours, students may take a non-credit introductory Spanish class at no additional cost.
Location Description
Program courses are held on Saint Louis University’s Madrid campus, located in the northwest section of Madrid near many other universities and within a 20-minute subway ride to the city’s historical center.

Academics/Extracurricular Activities (course topics, cultural excursions, etc.)
Complete course descriptions can be found here: Summer Law Program in Madrid

The course topics cover various international and comparative law issues. 

Courses for 2020 Summer Law Program in Madrid

Climate Change and the Law (2 credits) 
Prof. Ana Santos Rutschman

Creating Rule of Law in Eastern Europe: The Threat of Authoritarianism and Nationalism (1 credit)
Prof. Lorena Bachmaier Winter

Current Issues in Transnational Litigation (1 credit)
Prof. Sam Jordan

European Human Rights Law (2 credits)
Prof. Ignacio Borrajo Iniesta

International Disability Rights Law (1 credit)
Prof. Elizabeth Pendo

Intro to the Civil Law Systems (1 credit)
Prof. Javier Martinez-Torron

Intro to Spanish (complimentary, no credit)
Prof. Julio Lasarte

Students visit various legal institutions during their time in Madrid.  In the recent past, students have visited several law firms and courts such as the Gender Violence Court, the Madrid Provincial and Felony Trial Courts, the National Court of Spain, the Supreme Court of Spain and the Constitutional Court of Spain.  Madrid offers students vibrant nightlife, excellent restaurants and world- renowned museums.  Day trips can easily be made to Toledo, Segovia, Avila and Salamanca, all jewels of Spanish culture and history.  For those students who wish to expand their travels even further, weekend trips to exciting nearby destinations outside of Spain, such as Lisbon (Portugal), Paris, Nice, Lyon (France), and Morocco are also popular and easy to get to by train or a short flight. 
2020SLU LAW Madrid Dates
Important Dates and Deadlines before Madrid:
Friday, January 24, 2020: Early Registration Deadline. There is a $300 discount for anyone who applies by the early registration date. International internship letter of intent and resume due. 
Friday, March 16, 2020:  Application Deadline and $120 deposit due
Friday, April 17, 2020:  Financial aid request due
Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting

Important Dates and Deadlines in Madrid
Sunday, May 17, 2020: Last day to arrive in Madrid
Monday, May 18, 2020: First Day of Classes
Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Last Day of Class
Friday, June 26-Sunday June 28, 2020: Final Exam Period

Language of Course Instruction        
Courses are taught in English by SLU LAW and Spanish law professors at SLU’s very own Madrid campus. 

Housing Information
 During your stay in Madrid, you may live with a host family or rent an apartment by yourself or with roommates. 

Living With a Host Family
If you would like to live with a host family, you will be matched to a family that is affiliated with the SLU Madrid program. 

Renting an Apartment
If you choose to rent an apartment, you will do your own apartment search. There are a number of helpful online resources and the Center faculty and staff are happy to help. Additionally, students who are in the program will have ample opportunity to meet each other through informational sessions and email. Please contact CICL Assistant Director, Ira Trako at for a list of online resources and apartment companies that students have used in the past.
Program CostMadrid - Law 2
  • Six-week program: $5,000 estimated
  • Books and course handouts are included with tuition
  • Personal expenses are not included as they depend on the student's choice of travel, housing and living expenses.
  • The $120 registration fee will be credited toward international health insurance

Student orientation is usually scheduled on the first Monday of the first week of class.  Orientation is on the SLU Madrid campus.
Library Madrid - LawCredit Type (transfer credit, SLU credit)
The Saint Louis University School of Law Summer Law Program in Madrid is an ABA-approved foreign summer program. Students may earn up to 6 credits upon completing the Summer Law Program in Madrid.  Grades are measured primarily by final examinations and the grades used are A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F.  Students who are not enrolled at Saint Louis University School of Law may be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.  Students will be given the same credit as if they were at the SLU LAW campus, but the acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by your home school.  Please discuss your school's grading preference with your dean's office before applying to the program.
Applicants must be students in good standing who have completed their first year of law school at an ABA-approved or state accredited law school.  There are no foreign language prerequisites to participate in this program.  All courses are taught in English.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/16/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/17/2020 06/28/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.