William and Mary Law School

Program Basics


Our ABA-approved Summer Study Abroad Program in Madrid provides the opportunity to live and study in one of Europe's most exciting cities. Over the course of five weeks, you will gain invaluable experience as you learn about the laws of Spain and the European Union and how they relate to an ever more international and comparative perspective in the practice of law.

 Classes are taught in English and are limited to a maximum of 45 students. Classes are held Monday-Thursday in a block schedule designed to comply with ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure. Students enjoy free afternoons and 3-day weekends, leaving the maximum amount of time to explore Spain and European culture. 


Students who successfully complete the Madrid program can earn up to 5 credits. The William & Mary SummerLaw Program in Madrid is ABA-approved and functions as an extension of William & Mary Law School’s Williamsburg campus. Student performance will be measured primarily by final examinations. Grades used by William & Mary are A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F. The maximum course load is five credits. William & Mary Law School gives the same credit as if these courses were offered on the Williamsburg campus. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in this program is subject to determination by your home school. You should clear this matter with your dean’s office before applying to the program. Participation in a foreign summer law program may not necessarily result in accelerating your graduation. If interested in acceleration, consult your home school to review this issue in light of ABA Standard 304.


For our 2015 program, we are pleased to offer the Colegio Mayor San Pablo dormitory, which is considered to be one of the best university dorms in Spain and is located on the Universidad de San Pablo-CEU campus. Amenities include wireless internet access, a gym (with cardio equipment and free weights), an attractive dining room, lounge areas, a library, tennis, paddle, and basketball courts, a soccer field, a TV room, and a large swimming pool. The residence hall is conveniently located in the Moncloa area of Madrid, at the edge of the City University complex. The Islas de Filipinas metro stop is just a few blocks away and there are numerous cafes and shops within easy walking distance.

Students are provided a private, single room with access to shared bathroom facilities. Linens and maid service are supplied weekly and laundry service is available on-site. Meals are included and served cafeteria style, with breakfast available daily and lunch and dinner served Monday - Friday.