NYU Law in Latin America: Buenos Aires

About the Program

The NYU Law in Buenos Aires provides up to 25 J.D. students in their third year the opportunity to immerse themselves in the law and legal culture of Latin America while studying in an academic program established and administered by the Law School. 

The Program provides exposure to domestic legal structures throughout Latin America, and the challenges faced by legal systems in the region. It has a particular focus on economic and institutional development, which provides a platform for addressing the crosscutting social, legal, and business challenges that this dynamic and fast-growing region faces. Courses focus on administrative issues in dispute resolution in Latin America; transnational bankruptcy and sovereign debt restructuring; commercial transactions in Latin America; and the legal and economic history of institutions in Latin America. A clinic is offered that focuses on policy advocacy on a variety of issues, such as human rights, access to justice, and institutional development in Latin America.

All courses are taught in English by faculty from the region and are held in NYU’s Academic Center in Buenos Aires. These faculty members consist of leading academics and practitioners in Argentina and Brazil.

The Program offers the opportunity to study Spanish at NYU’s Academic Center in Buenos Aires and to interface with regional law firms and legal institutions. Selected students from our local partner, the University of Buenos Aires School of Law (UBA), will also participate in NYU Law courses, providing NYU students with opportunities to interact with local students and have dynamic classroom discussions that incorporate local viewpoints. In addition, students may also choose to take select law courses in Spanish offered by UBA.

The NYU Law Abroad encourages students to delve into the cultural context of the region’s legal issues by planning excursions to places of academic and cultural interest in Buenos Aires. Midway through the Spring '14 semester, NYU students can participate alongside with UBA students in an academic conference pertaining to emerging legal challenges. Through a partnership with Fundação Getuilio Vargas, NYU students also have the opportunity this year to spend their spring break in Sao Paulo learning about Brazilian legal institutions. 

Students also have the opportunity to pursue Directed Research in their fields of interest. 

Professor Florencia Marotta-Wurgler is the NYU Faculty Program Director. She oversees the program in coordination with the On-Site Program Director, Professor Marcelo Alegre, a law and philosophy professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires School of Law.

For more information about the site facilities, please visit: http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/buenos-aires.html.

Academic Calendar Spring 2014

Arrival and Orientation January 20 - January 24
Classes January 27 - May 9
Spring Break March 31 - April 3
Final Exam Period May 12 - May 16


Course schedules are available within the ABRA registration system at the same time that regular courses for the spring semester are published. Some courses may be subject to the adjunct cap. For more information about the J.D Program requirements please visit the Academic Service page here.

All courses administered by NYU are evaluated with letter grades, appearing on student transcripts and counting towards the student's GPA. However, courses offered and administered by the University of Buenos Aires School of Law, the partner institution, will not count towards GPA, only appearing on transcripts as credits earned, rather than as individual courses.

Spring 2014 courses

Language Courses: Students who have a working knowledge of the Spanish language will generally receive a greater benefit from their experience. Students are therefore encouraged to take language courses at NYU or elsewhere before participating. Students may also find it useful to take language courses while in residence in the host country. No law school credit will be awarded for courses intended solely for language instruction, however; NYU language courses will appear in transcripts.

Tuition and Living Costs

Students participating in the study abroad program pay full tuition to NYU for the semester. Tuition will cover a full course load; students who wish to take additional courses may do so at an additional expense. Information about NYU Law School tuition can be found in the following link: http://www.law.nyu.edu/financialaid/budgetandbudgeting/studentexpensebudget/index.htm

For information about cost of living and other expenses please visit: http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/buenos-aires/admitted-students/costs-budgeting/cost-of-living.html


Students can find their own apartment before they arrive by working with a recommended rental agency.

Passport, Visa and Residence Permit Requirements

Students should obtain the necessary passport and visa to study in Argentina. Students are able to coordinate the process with the Office of Global Services.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Unfortunately, the NYU Buenos Aires Academic Center facilities are not fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Should you have any questions regarding access, please contact us at globalstudents@exchange.law.nyu.edu
More information about travelling for persons with disabilities can be found here.

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