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The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Facultad de Derecho, is located in Mexico City, at the center of Mexican academic life. UNAM offers students the opportunity to observe the intellectual traffic of a cosmopolitan capital while also participating in a strong academic program. The law school's objective is to offer training that includes the knowledge and the necessary abilities to understand and value the field of law, its inherent problems, and how law contributes to the development of the country and society.
UNAM offers extensive computer resources, a large library system and plenty of extracurricular activities for students. Public transportation, as well as free student transportation, is available.
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The program is offered in both the spring and fall semesters.
Fall : Mid August – Mid December
Spring : Late January – Early June
For specific program dates please see the UNAM academic calendar.
The official language of instruction at UNAM is Spanish. Spanish language courses may also be taken in Mexico.
Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at UNAM, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the AUWCL Office of the Registrar. AUWCL students will be enrolled in regularly scheduled classes with fellow UNAM students.
The following is a selection of courses offered. A more complete list is available on UNAM's Academic Services webpage.
- Legal Sociology
- Philosophy of the Law
- Political philosophy
- Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
- International Law
- International Organizations
- Comparative Law and Relations Mexico-USA-Canada
- Legal Regime of Foreign Commerce
- Theory of International Commerce
- Fundamental Concepts of Canadian and American Economic Law
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
International Programs Analyst
Semester Exchange Program
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 355
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4177
Fax: (202) 274-4005
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