Students applying to this exchange program are required to have a GPA of 3.00. Second- and third-year UNC law students take 12-15 credit hours at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid which are applicable toward their J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. Students are able to choose from a broad spectrum of classes to fit their particular interests. Students interested in studying in Madrid should contact Director of International Programs Dr. Beverly Sizemore to set up an appointment time. Students should meet with Dr. Sizemore by mid-October for a spring semester exchange and by March for a fall semester exchange.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the third
largest city in the European Union with a population of 3.3 million in the city
and a total of 6.5 million people in the metropolitan area. The city lies in
the heart of the Iberian Peninsula with access to rail-lines to the rest of the
country. Students studying in Spain find it easy to travel northward to France
and Western Europe or south to Morocco and Northern Africa. Students in Madrid
have access to museums, art galleries, and historic monuments as well as
flamenco shows, concerts and operas, and number of sports teams based in
Madrid. Beautiful, historic architecture
sits beside updated amenities in a city that blends old-world Europe and the
image of a modern, cosmopolitan capital.
What began as a small seminary in the town of
Comillas developed into a Pontifical University in 1904. The university
eventually moved to Madrid and in 1978 opened its Instituo Católico de Administración y Dirección de Empresas School
of Law. The ICADE School of Law is ranked as the 5th best
law school in Spain. The Faculty of Law has historically focused on law,
business administration and management, political science, and public
administration. Comillas Pontifical Univeristy was the first university in
Spain to offer a double degree in business administration and law. Students can
tailor their classes from wide array of options.
Madrid hosts a number of international law firms
including Allen & Overy and Davis Polk & Wardwell. The university itself is located near the heart of the city
just blocks away from large city parks and the Manzanares River.
NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, is an excellent source for information about your studies abroad. You can read their Spanish Visa FAQs online to learn more about the process for obtaining a Spanish visa.