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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing: Off-campus Dates of Instruction: Dual Degree Program (1 Year)
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: No Class levels eligible to apply: 3L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:

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JD/LLM- Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law

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Madrid cityThe JD/Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law program offers WCL students the opportunity to spend their 3L year in Madrid, Spain, studying at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE).

The program provides a truly global and practical approach, since its curriculum is fully designed on the basis of international and EU law. The curriculum is specifically tailored to the needs of international business and transactions, and the faculty includes top professors and practicing lawyers from different countries throughout the European Union.

Participating students will also have mentoring and networking opportunities, visit important Spanish and European legal institutions, and travel to Brussels and Luxembourg to meet with European policy makers and attend a European Court of Justice hearing.

Students will also have the opportunity to intern at Spanish, U.K., and U.S. law firms in Madrid.

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.
  • Part-time students?
    • A part-student may apply as long as he/she changes his/her registration to full time and complete the required 62 credits, including required courses, prior to leaving Washington, D.C. Classes completed during the summer contribute to this total.
  • Transfer students?
    • Transfer students must consult with a program staff member before applying.

Application Content
  • All students 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)
    • Current resume
    • One letter of recommendation (professional or academic reference preferred)
    • WCL academic transcript
    • Copy of passport
  • Panel interviews in English take place in February
  • Decisions sent mid-March
  • Deadline to submit all materials is 5:00pm EST on January 31st of each year.


Please note courses at ICADE are subject to change.

Courses are in English, but seminars in Spanish are also available. Students can also take Spanish classes at at Universidad Pontificia Comillas' Language Institute.

The Program
Each year, WCL selects up to two students to participate in the program. Students complete at least two years of law school at WCL before completing one year at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE).

  • At WCL:
    • Students must complete at least 62 credits before going abroad, including all required courses and the Upper Level Writing Requirement, Experiential Learning Requirement, and any other requirements implemented.
    • Students must meet WCL residency requirements
  • At ICADE:
    • Students must complete 60 ECTS credits in international and European Business law. All courses are taught in English. The Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law offers the opportunity to complete an internship at a prestigious Spanish or international law firm located in Madrid. The internship work is complemented with visits to Brussels and Luxembourg to meet with political leaders of the European Union and attend a hearing of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

  • Upon successful completion of both the WCL and ICADE components, students earn the J.D. degree from WCL and an Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law from ICADE.

More information is available on ICADE's website for the program.

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ICADE does not offer housing for students, but they do partner with an external provider, Students Global Education, which provides free assistance to help exchange students find accommodations. ICADE also has an exchange student fact sheet with additional information on living in Madrid and student services. The 2018-2019 International Exchange fact sheet can be found here.

ICADE is located on the border between the Malasaña and Chamberí neighborhoods in Madrid. You can find out more about the neighborhoods surrounding ICADE and life in Madrid on the Official Tourism website for Madrid.



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



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
1 Year (Dual Degree) 2020 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 09/01/2020 05/31/2021
1 Year (Dual Degree) 2019 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 08/01/2019 12/31/2020