International Study Opporunities at John Marshall

Study the European Union and the Legal Profession in Spain

The European Union and the Legal Profession (IBT 799-D, 1-2 Credits)

This course and field trip aim to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the practice of law in EU member states. The course also provides students with an introduction to civil law, as well as an overview of Spanish and Catalan history and culture. The field trip to Barcelona includes three-four law firm visits, as well as a visit to the High Court of Justice of Catalonia.


The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

Course Information

The European Union and the Legal Profession (IBT 799-D, 1-2 Credits) introduces students to the essential aspects of European law, EU institutions, competencies, the EU legislative process and its implementation, and the fundamental principles of EU law. Chicago class sessions consist of pre-departure courses on Spanish and Catalan history, an overview of the European Union and EU law, an introduction to civil law, and an overview of the legal profession in Europe. The field trip to Barcelona focuses on Westphalian states, changes in international law, globalization, transnational practice in Europe (European rights of establishment), multi-jurisdictional practices in the U.S., transnational practice in the world (GATS-WTO), comparative current issues in rules of ethics in the U.S. and the European Union, and the future of the legal profession (ABA’s Commission on the Future 2002 and IBA’s Commission 2020).

2013 Trip Dates and Details

In addition to the standard tuition costs for the course, John Marshall may assess an additional registration fee. Students are expected to arrange their own travel, as well as cover the costs of their own meals, lodging, and additional trip costs. While in Spain, students will visit Barcelona law firms, the High Court of Justice of Catalonia, the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), the Generalitat (seat of government for Catalonia). Students will also enjoy a day trip outside of Barcelona and a final dinner in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.

Interested students must submit a short personal statement (500 words) describing their interest and motivation to Virginia Russell, Associate Director for the Center for International Law, at 6russell@jmls.edu. Students should state their reasons for applying for the course and field trip. Students will be selected based on their statements and overall academic records.

For more information about this program, please contact Virginia Russell, Associate Director for the Center for International Law, at 6russell@jmls.edu.

Kingdom of Spain

Capital Madrid
Largest city Madrid
Official language Spanish
Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Population 47,265,321