Spanish for Lawyers

¿Hablas español pero se te dificulta hablar de temas jurídicos en español?

Ésta es tu oportunidad para mejorar tu comunicación en el idioma. Inscríbete en uno de los cursos de Español para Abogados en American University Washington College of Law. Estos cursos sobre derecho penal e inmigratorio te permitirán potenciar tus conocimientos idiomáticos, lo que favorecerá tu comunicación efectiva con abogados y clientes de habla hispana.


Spanish for Lawyers at American University Washington College of Law introduces lawyers, legal professionals, and law students with a high-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish speaking skills to legal Spanish concepts and cross-cultural communication in the context of U.S. Criminal Law and U.S. Immigration Law. Through lectures, written assignments, and oral exercises, participants will practice a wide array of legal Spanish skills ranging from legal reading and writing strategies to oral presentation of substantive legal issues. The courses will be taught in Spanish.


With the aim of preparing participants for real world situations such as client meetings and conference calls, Spanish for Lawyers incorporates exercises that focus on listening and speaking skills. Participants will give presentations and will engage in discussions and attorney-client meeting simulations.


Participants must be practicing lawyers, legal professionals, or law students with a high-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish proficiency. Participants are expected to actively participate in class exercises and complete homework assignments.


If you are not sure that you have a high-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish proficiency, please feel free to take this PLACEMENT TEST. Please download the test or print it out and send the filled-out test to the course coordinator, Bjorn Arp, at We will review your answers and inform you of your score. If you score 70% and above, you can feel comfortable taking our course!


The instructors of Spanish for Lawyers are Spanish and Latin American lawyers and teachers who have experience with international students.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Coordinator, Bjorn Arp, at (202) 274-4346 or