Online Spanish for Lawyers Course

New course start dates for Spring 2020!

February 17 to april 17, 2020

AUWCL's online Spanish for Lawyers course presents Spanish terminology in context. It focuses on U.S. Criminal Law, U.S. Immigration Law, and cross-cultural communication and it is taught by specialists in each field. Participants will interact with professionals online and broaden their knowledge of legal terminology and concepts in Spanish. This will help them communicate in Spanish both with clients and other attorneys. Please see our sample syllabus to get a better idea of the course contents.

This course is particularly geared towards U.S. attorneys and paralegals with a practice in immigration law, criminal law, and related fields. For this reason, American University Washington College of Law has joined forces with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), offering special AILA membership privileges when enrolling in this course.


This online program provides participants with the flexibility and convenience of studying legal Spanish while maintaining their day-to-day responsibilities.

are you sufficiently proficient in spanish to take this course?

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 online program will have asynchronous and synchronous components. Participants will watch lectures and complete exercises in their own time. They will also meet online once a week at a specified time. During the Spring 2020 online course, the online live classes take place weekly on Wednesdays, between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.


Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the online Spanish for Lawyers course (successful completion is defined as at least 70% of all coursework).


American University Washington College of Law is an accredited provider for VA and PA, with reciprocity for such states as NY, NJ, CA, and VT. The granting of accreditation for these and all other states will depend on individual state criteria and accreditation will be applied for as requested. Attendees are advised to contact their own state to ensure that online/on-demand programs are accepted by their state for continuing legal education as the criteria varies considerably.


The online Spanish for Lawyers course uses the most advanced web-based technology available. Our state-of-the-art technology features

  • an extraordinary learning environment that blends asynchronous and synchronous tools;

  • self-paced coursework produced by Washington College of Law faculty and career experts;

  • a collaborative online community that uses familiar social networking, group, and organizational tools; and

  • live and recorded lectures as well as one-on-one coaching sessions through virtual technologies, as needed.


American University Washington College of Law has partnered with the online learning platform Brightspace, by Desire2Learn®. We use education technology tools that are integrated into a seamless learning experience and enable participants to collaborate with faculty and peers around the world. The program will provide learners with live and recorded video lectures, self-paced coursework, and a collaborative community of instructors and classmates available via online chats.


  • Webcam

  • Microphone

  • We recommend using internet bandwidth of 25mbps for streaming video during live sessions