Introduction

The Program

The CEU-Fordham University Program offers students of the CEU San Pablo University Law School the opportunity to acquire a solid law education in English. Students will consolidate their international profile and acquire the ability to act under different legal regimes. The Program is designed so that students expand their legal knowledge by attending the first semester of an official LLM (Master of Laws)* from the Fordham University School of Law in New York. *Students in this program may extend their stay in New York for another semester to complete the LLM and sit for the Bar of New York exam, if desired.

This program is aimed at students who meet the academic and linguistic requirements (see Admission section) and who are studying one of the degrees or double degrees mentioned below in English at the CEU San Pablo University:

  • Degree in Law (English)
  • Degree in Law and Degree in Journalism (Spanish)
  • Degree in Law and Degree in Advertising and Public Relations (Spanish)
  • Degree in Law and Degree in Criminological and Security Sciences (Spanish)
  • Degree in Law and Degree in International Relations and European Union (bilingual)
  • Degree in Law and Degree in Digital Law and Innovation

Fordham University

Fordham University is a private, Catholic university that belongs to the Association of Jesuit Universities. With more than 178 years of history, it is divided in three campuses in New York: Rose Hill, Lincoln Center and Marymount campus. It currently has more than 9,600 students and operates under the premises of excellence, learning, wisdom, service and fight for justice.

 

Fordham University School of Law

Fordham University School of Law is one of 8 New York law schools certified by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the excellent results of its students at the New York BAR rank it among the best.

There are alumni from Fordham University School of Law working in all types of businesses and large law firms, defending disadvantaged groups, dealing with topical issues and resolving real conflicts to create a better world.

Characteristics

STRUCTURE

During their undergraduate studies in Madrid, students on the program take the following subjects in 3 intensive modules taught by professors at Fordham University:

  • American Legal History
  • Comparative Law
  • Contracts Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporations
  • Privacy

After having studied the first 3 modules in Madrid, students will study the final modules at the Fordham University campus in New York where they will be admitted as fully-fledged students and choose subjects from a selection of LLM courses offered by Fordham University School of Law to the students on the program.

METHODOLOGY

Students on the program benefit from two different and complementary educational methods which, combined, provide them with a global perspective and ability to adapt that will be highly valued when entering the labor market.

LANGUAGE

The program modules are taught in English and the assignments related to the program are also to be submitted in English. Although the program enables students to improve their level of English, it is aimed at candidates with an upper-intermediate level of English.

QUALIFICATION OBTAINED

Certificate from Fordham University School of Law

(*) Studies that do not lead to an officially recognized qualification

Students who, having successfully completed the study period abroad as part of the program at Fordham University of New York, voluntarily decide to extend their stay beyond the agreed semester, may continue their studies at the University as an LLM student without the need to go through an admission process. Credits earned through the CEU-Fordham University program will be recognized in Fordham University's LLM program.

Degrees

In addition to the Official Degree of the corresponding Degree, granted by the CEU San Pablo CEU, the student who passes this program will obtain the following certificates:

  • "Certificate of Completion granted by Fordham University School of Law", which recognizes the modules taught by its professors in both Madrid and New York.
  • "Bilingual Program Diploma CEU San Pablo".

Students who have successfully completed the program can extend their stay beyond the agreed upon semester and continue their studies at Fordham University as an LLM student without having to go through an admissions process. Credits earned through the CEU-Fordham University program will be recognized in the Fordham University LLM program.

Prices

Prices

In addition to the regular USPCEU fees, specific to the degree the student is taking, the CEU-Fordham University program has specific fees that include the following:

  • Education associated with the program provided by Fordham professors, received both in Spain and in the United States
  • Complementary activities organized specifically for students in the program
  • Support from the program coordinators in Madrid and New York
  • Right to two TOEFL ITP exams and a preparation course
  • Study skills courses: how to make presentations, how to write papers, how to prepare a CV etc.
  • Academic fees and compulsory health insurance in New York
  • Access to Fordham University's facilities, services and activities on an equal basis with regular students
  • Issuance of specific diplomas associated with the program

These are the additional fees:

Academic Year 2020-2021
1er año 4.053 €
2º año 4.053 €
3º año 4.053 €
4º año 17.477 €
Total 29.636 €

Program Scholarships

Regardless of the public or private scholarships and grants that students may apply on their own, the program provides some scholarships for the mobility to Chicago. These scholarships will be granted at the end of the semester prior to the mobility and will be awarded to the best academic records. The amount granted will be deducted from the amount of the mobility to New York.

Admission

Conditions for Admission

To be admitted to the CEU-Fordham School of Law program, the candidate must

  • pass the university entrance exams
  • conduct an interview in English
  • take a test of competences
  • take an official TOEFL ITP test at the USPCEU

To apply, please visit our Admission Service page.

The student must comply with all administrative and legal requirements demanded by Fordham University for international students studying in the United States.

In addition, the student must comply with the regulations that Fordham University applies to its students.

Conditions of permanence in the Program

To remain in the program, the student will have to:

  • pass, at least, 60% of the ECTS of the first year
  • pass each module with a grade higher than a C.

The student must comply with all administrative and legal requirements demanded by Fordham University for international students studying in the United States.

In addition, the student must comply with the regulations that Fordham University applies to its students.

Specific Conditions for Mobility to Fordham's School of Law

In order to make the transfer to Fordham School of Law, students will have to

  • Score a level of 100 TOEFL IBT/600 TOEFL ITP/7 IELTS points in the months prior to the mobility
  • Pass at least 90% of the credits of the previous courses
  • Meet all administrative and legal requirements for admission as a college student in New York State.
  • Know and respect the rules and regulations that Fordham School of Law applies to its students

Testimonials

Professors of the Program

"CEU is the perfect partner for us in so many ways. First of all, it’s such a prestigious university and law faculty in Spain. It shares many of the same common values as Fordham does. And the CEU-Fordham University Program is a really innovative program which is, in my experience, unique among Spanish and maybe even European law faculties."
Toni Jaeger-Fine – Assistant Dean International and Non- J.D.Programs

FAQs

  1. Who should participate in the program?

    This program is aimed at bilingual undergraduate students at the School of Law of the CEU San Pablo University, who have extensive knowledge of English and want to add an international seal of distinction to their curriculum.

  2. What level of English is required?

    The student must obtain a level that allows him/her to participate in classes taught in English. Before applying to Fordham School of Law, the student must pass 560 points in the TOEFL - ITP test (83 points on the Internet Based Test) before taking the first module taught by Fordham's teachers in Madrid. Before moving to Fordham, the student must pass 600 points in the TOEFL ITP test (100 points on the Internet Based Test) or 7 in the IELTS test.

  3. Will students in the program be able to access any other mobility program?

    Yes. Mobility to Fordham School of Law is compatible with other types of bilateral international mobility or Erasmus. Students who wish to do another mobility must comply with the requirements established by the School of Law and previously ensure that this mobility is compatible with the completion of the program's modules.

  4. What happens if a student does not meet the requirements for a mobility to Fordham University?

    The student must meet three basic requirements:

    • score 100 points on the TOEFL IBT
    • pass at least 90% of the credits before mobility
    • successfully pass the three modules in Madrid
  5. What subjects can students take during their Fordham mobility?

    Students, with the help of the Program's Academic Coordinators, choose from over 50 legal subjects offered by Fordham University School of Law.

    As part of the program, CEU students are required to enroll in an "Introduction to the U.S. Legal System" course, usually during the first week of January. The final program of the course will be available in November of each year.

  6. Can students obtain an LLM from Fordham University?

    During the program, students attend the first semester of an LLM at Fordham. The student can take the second semester of the Fordham LLM by paying the academic fees if they wish after graduating from the CEU.

  7. What are the requirements for the New York Bar exam?

    To be eligible for the NY Bar exam, a student must have completed the master of access to law in Spain and have completed the Master of Laws (LLM) at a university (Fordham in this case) recognized by the American Bar Association. 

  1. What happens if I have to drop out from the Program?

    If the student drops out of the CEU-Fordham program he/she will maintain the status as a student in the Bachelor’s degree in which he/she is enrolled in the CEU. 

  2. What happens if I do not meet the requirements for the mobility?

    If you do not meet the requirements, the student must drop out from the program.

  3. If I drop out from the program, can I get my money back?

    If a student has to abandon the program or wants to cancel the participation to the program, the monthly payments done until the date of cancellation will not be refunded.

  4. How can I obtain a visa to live in the United States?

    The first thing the student needs to travel to the United States is the government I-20 form provided by the host university (Fordham School of Law). After obtaining this document, the student must make an appointment at the embassy's website and pay for the visa. The student will receive all the detailed information at the time of the mobility.

  5. My visa has not arrived. Can the CEU speed up the process with Fordham?

    No. The I-20s issuing departments are sealed units within the universities that work in direct relation with the US security departments, (NSA, Homeland Security, etc), and do not admit any type of interference or pressure. Any violation of this rule can be sanctioned. The visa application is a personal procedure and in no case can the CEU or Fordham guarantee or be held responsible for the issuance or non-issuance of a visa and the consequences that this fact entails.

  6. Will I be able to travel outside of the United States during my study period there?

    Yes, the foreign student can exit and enter the U.S. several times if they have a valid F-1 student visa, but they will need to inform the International Office of the American university (Fordham) of their travel dates in advance.

  7. Does the university manage the search for an accommodation?

    No. The student will have to manage the housing search on his/her own. However, useful information will be provided in the months prior to the mobility.