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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum GPA: 3
Housing: Off-campus, Program Arranged Housing Dates of Instruction: Fall: August - December, Spring: January - June
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: YES Class levels eligible to apply: 2L, 3L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:



The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) is a premiere international university located in Mexico City at the center of Mexican academic life. The Faculty of Law at UNAM ranks 37th in the world for law according to the QS World University Rankings 2018. The law school's mission is to educate professionals who embody the qualities of justice, fairness, and social ethics and who will be proactive leaders seeking solutions to the legal problems of contemporary society. Students can take law classes in areas including trade, human rights and administrative and regulatory law.

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 official language of instruction at UNAM is Spanish. Students applying to the program must submit proof of Spanish proficiency. Spanish language courses may also be taken in Mexico.

  • 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 must 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 on the exam. Students must complete the exam within 30 minutes and test into the Third Year (300 Level).

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 in 2019. Please refer to the student section of the Faculty of Law website for more information.

  • Legal Sociology
  • Diplomatic and Consular Law
  • Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
  • International Economic Relations
  • International Organizations
  • Bioethics and Law
  • General Theory of Environmental Law
  • Legal Regime of Foreign Trade
  • Right of Treaties




The Learning Center for Foreigners at UNAM will provide students with a list of accommodation options. More information on housing and cost of living estimates is available here.


For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Abroad FAQs page.

All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
WCL Abroad
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019-2020 03/06/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA