American University Washington College of Law to Offer New Semester-Long Legal Spanish Program

Program Includes CLE Opportunity— Courses on Immigration, Criminal Law, and Cross-Cultural Competency



WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 17, 2013 - American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce a new, semester-long Legal Spanish Program for lawyers who speak Spanish and seek to improve their knowledge and use of complex legal terms in their client interactions and legal work.

“The Legal Languages Program at American University Washington College of Law is excited to add Legal Spanish to its course offerings," said Catherine Schenker, Associate Director of the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP). "The class will complement the Legal English courses that are offered in the winter and summer. The syllabus is exciting with courses on immigration, criminal law, and cross cultural competency. Students will also participate in mock client interviews."

The course, to be held Wednesday evenings from Jan. 22 to April 16, 2014, introduces participants to legal concepts and provides practical communication skills in Spanish. Through weekly lectures, written assignments, discussions, and in-class 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. Participants must be practicing lawyers, legal professionals, or law students with an intermediate to high level Spanish proficiency.

The ILSP administers the Legal Spanish Program and is one of the most intellectually and culturally diverse LL.M. programs in the nation. The LL.M. program incorporates a rich array of international law courses, experiential learning, and special events that allow students to network with leading faculty, practitioners, diplomats, business leaders, and policymakers.

“The emergence of global markets and the development of new information technologies have marked dramatic changes that are occurring in the world today," said Claudio Grossman, dean, American University Washington College of Law. "Individual states can no longer isolate themselves, and legal training must incorporate broader perspectives. We developed the Legal Spanish Program with this in mind."

The Legal Spanish Program will offer CLE Accreditation upon request, and a Certificate of Attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The registration deadline is Jan. 5, 2014.

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In 1896, American University Washington College of Law became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 100 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. The law school's nationally and internationally recognized programs (in clinical legal education, trial advocacy, international law, and intellectual property to name a few) and dedicated faculty provide its 1700 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC and around the world. For more information, visit