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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing: Off-campus, On-campus Dates of Instruction: Dual Degree Program (2 Years)
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: No Class levels eligible to apply: 1L, 2L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:
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Madrid featureThis program, offered jointly by WCL and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Faculty of Law, allows students from WCL to enroll in a unique JD/LL.M. dual degree program with a focus on Spanish and European Business Law within the European Union.

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 in European Union Law) degree at Carlos III.

The goal of this program is to create high-quality legal professionals within the field of European Business 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. Students will have the opportunity to study in a different country, acquire the legal skills to practice law in the United States, learn European Business law and create professional networks in Spain.

Application Process

Who Can Apply?

  • Students must be admitted to WCL’s regular JD program before applying to any international JD dual degree program.
  • Students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • 1L students. 2Ls may be eligible. (See program staff if interested.)
  • JD students who are not US citizens should meet with program staff prior to applying.
  • Students must be bilingual (Spanish and English) with excellent written and oral skills.
    • Personal interviews will take place during the application process in both English and Spanish.
  • Part-time students?
    • A part-time student may apply as long as he/she changes his/her registration to full time and completes the required 59 credits, including required courses, prior to leaving Washington, D.C. Classes completed during the summer contribute to this total.
  • Transfer students?
    • Transfer students must complete 43 WCL credits as well as two-thirds (2/3) of their legal education in the United States, therefore, transfer students would be able to participate only if they are willing to complete additional credits (approximately one semester’s worth) at WCL. Transfer students must consult with a program staff member before applying.
Application Content
  • All applicants are required to attend a mandatory advising session before their application will be considered complete
  • Online application due 5:00 pm EST January 31 includes:
    • Application form
    • Statement of interest in English (one - two pages maximum)
    • Statement of interest in Spanish (one- two pages maximum)
    • Current resume
    • One letter of recommendation (professional or academic reference preferred)
    • WCL academic transcript
    • Copy of passport
    • Spanish language proficiency:
      • Students should possess at least a B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. However, we do recommend a C1 level for optimal success in the program. Please use the CEFR self-assessment grid to determine your proficiency level.
      • If you self-assess at the B2 level or above, please provide evidence of your proficiency by one of the following methods:
        • Students who possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in Spanish may upload a PDF of their degree AND transcript(s) if the degree or certificate was obtained within the last five years.
        • Students who do not possess a degree in Spanish may take a language proficiency exam and upload a PDF of the results. Example exams include:
      • Students who are unsure if their language abilities are proficient for the Dual Degree Program or who have further questions about the proficiency requirements should meet with a representative at the WCL Abroad office to discuss further options.
  • Panel interviews in English take place in February
  • Panel interviews in Spanish take place late February or early March
  • Decisions sent mid-March
  • Deadline to submit all materials is 5:00pm EST on January 31st of each year.


The Program
Each year, WCL selects up to three students to participate in the program. Students complete at least two years of law school at WCL before completing at least 1.5 years at UC3M.
  • At WCL:
    • Credits: All students must complete a minimum of 59 credits at WCL & satisfy WCL residency requirements. This includes all WCL/ABA required classes (Upper Level Writing, Experiential Learning, and any other that are implemented).
    • Students must meet WCL residency requirements.
  • At UC3M
    • First Year:
      • Students study a variety of topics within European Union law for a total of 90 UC3 credits. Two-thirds (2/3) of the courses are taught in English and one-third (1/3) in Spanish.
    • Second Year :
    • Students will be assigned to groups and given a case study to complete a final thesis paper (Trabajo Fin de Máster [TFM]). Each student will then defend their TFM to a panel of professors. For more information, visit the program's webpage and look under the Programa tab.
    • Students also spend the fall semester at a practicum placement in a law firm or similar company, pre-arranged by UC3. Students not only specialize in a particular area, but also gain beneficial experience and network locally.
  • Upon successful completion of both the WCL and UC3 components, students earn the J.D. degree from WCL and a Master UE from UC3M.

Madrid buildingHousing

Both on and off campus housing is available at UC3M on the accommodations page. There are three residence halls on campus and the university has local partnerships with several housing companies that have special accommodations available for students.

Additionally, UC3M also participates in a local program where interested students can live with local, elderly residents who live alone in an effort to promote inter-generational solidarity. More information about that program can be found here.



Students interested in the International JD Dual Degree Program should refer to the International JD Dual Degree FAQs page for general questions.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to WCL Abroad:

WCL Abroad
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228
Faculty Sponsors:

Heather Hughes
Professor of Law

Juan Mendez
Professor of Law




Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
2 Years (DualDegree) 2019-2020 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 08/01/2019 12/31/2020
2 Years (DualDegree) 2020-2021 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 09/01/2020 05/31/2021