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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 should meet with the Office of International Programs by mid-October for a spring semester exchange and by March for a fall semester exchange.

Madrid, Spain

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 4th 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.

For more information about the ICADE School of Law, check out their 2016-17 Course Listings, LL.M. Exchange Info Sheet, Faculty of Law Info Sheet, Academic Calendar, and Exchange Student Expense Estimates

Manzanares River - Madrid

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.

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