Summer in Spain
2020 Program Dates
May 23-June 23
St. Thomas University School of Law is pleased to provide students with exciting opportunities to study abroad during the summer semester.
Admitted students from the United States must be students in good standing at an ABA or State-approved law school who have completed one year of law studies at the time of the summer program.* Students must arrange for their home law school to send a transcript and letter of good standing. Current St. Thomas Law students need only fill out the application form; the requirements of a transcript and letter of good standing are waived.
Candidates from non-U.S. law schools must also have completed one year of legal studies in their home country. Attorneys admitted, or to be admitted, to the bar in their respective home countries may also be admitted to the summer abroad programs. Non-native English speakers must contact the program for language certification requirements.
*Students from St. Thomas University School of Law must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher in order to participate in the summer abroad programs.
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain, commonly referred to as El Escorial, is the setting for the Study in Spain program, and is located in the foothills of the beautiful Guadarrama Mountains, about 45 minutes from Madrid. El Escorial’s mountain setting means it enjoys a temperate year-round climate, and provides direct access to hiking trails and other natural areas. El Escorial is perhaps best known as the site of the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a Spanish royal site, palace, and monastery. The large complex dates from the 16th century, and the monastery has served as the primary burial site for the Spanish monarchy since. The site was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, and also contains a museum and remarkable Royal Library, which contains many important illuminated manuscripts and items collected from throughout Europe and elsewhere where the Spanish held influence.
Madrid is one of the cultural capitals of the world. There are about forty museums, the most famous of which, the Prado, and the new Thyssen museums, are within walking distance of each other. The boulevards, such as the Grand Via, and plazas, such as the Puerta del Sol, offer enjoyable strolling and visiting at a myriad of outdoor cafes. Shopping can be done in modern department stores, or bargains found at the Rastro bazaar on Sundays. Retiro Park is huge, and offers miles of shaded walkways and a variety of entertainment: from lavish Flamenco dancing to strolling musicians, and artists who will sketch one’s portrait in a matter of minutes. Madrid also features a modern transportation system, including subway, bus, and rail systems, and is home to the Madrid-Barjas International Airport, allowing both easy access to all that Madrid has to offer and to the rest of Spain and Europe.