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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Quick Facts:
Quick Facts:
Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader, BC Resident Director
Click here for a definition of this term BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: CSOM
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: CSOM Business Law core Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: BSLW 1021 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The ProgramMadrid Spanish Supreme Court
The course begins with a review of legal systems and sources of laws. Important provisions of the United States Constitution are examined. After learning how the court system works and how to analyze court opinions, we will touch upon the role of business ethics and then proceed to focus on specific areas of the law, including those related to administrative agencies, crimes, torts, employment, real property, and intellectual property. Because contracts are the basis of business relationships, a significant portion of the course is devoted to contract law. Contract formation, principles of contract interpretation, breach and remedies will be addressed. International law will also be introduced, including sources of international law and the role that agencies play in the regulation of international business. Risks of doing business in the global arena are considered and legal strategies for minimizing risk are discussed.

madrid retiro parkWe will take advantage of the fact that this course is being conducted in Madrid by integrating a comparison of the Spanish and U.S. legal systems into our discussions, taking note of current events related to the Spanish legal and business environments, meeting with a Spanish lawyer and  law faculty member, and visiting Spanish business, judicial and legislative institutions. 
In addition, on-site BC staff members will arrange for various cultural excursions to enhance participants’ appreciation of Spanish art and culture.

Program Dates

Arrival in Madrid: Saturday, May 26, 2018

Departure from Madrid: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Faculty Leader

Richard Powers, J.D.


This course introduces students to the legal system and the social, legal and regulatory environments of business, as well as to ethical decision-making related to law and business. Using a modified case method, students analyze court decisions and other course materials that illustrate the role of law in society and the impact of law on the business community.  Active student participation is expected in order to assist students in the development of an orderly thought process, critical judgment, and ability to articulate effectively. Current events impacting the legal environment of business in the U.S., Spain, and the European Union, will be integrated with class discussions regarding the textual material. 

madrid constitutional parkIn supplementation of class discussions, we will engage in extracurricular activities designed to supplement the learning experience regarding U.S. and Spanish law, and to more generally enhance students’ appreciation and understanding of the Spanish legal, business, and cultural environments. Tours of the Constitutional Court of Spain, the Supreme Court of Spain, the Senate of Spain and/or the Spanish Stock Exchange are planned. In addition, a Spanish lawyer, a Spanish law professor, a representative of the U.S. Embassy in Spain, and a member of the Spanish judiciary system will meet with the class.

Draft Syllabus: Introduction to Law and the Legal Process_Powers.pdf


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Three separate costs are billed to Agora: TBD
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition is $)
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($)
  • Program fee ($)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Madrid and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals are included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities.  

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in residence halls. Three meals per day at the residence hall are included in the cost of the program. 

Cultural Activities

Possible activities include:
  • Walking tour of historic center of Madrid  Royal Palace Madrid
  • Spanish flamenco performance
  • Museum visits such as Prado National Museum, Museo Reina Sofia, Sorolla Museum, and/or the National Archeological Museum
  • Tour of Spanish Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Day trip to Toledo and/or Segovia
  • Meals at traditional Spanish restaurants
Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Madrid. 

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.