The concentration in Latin American and International Law is offered in conjunction with the country's preeminent center for the study of Latin America, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. The program provides students with an increased understanding of the transnational legal environment in the Americas. This program is flexible, allowing students to focus on a particular area of study or to take courses on a broad range of international topics, including business, trade and investment, human rights, immigration, and environmental law.
Students may also incorporate interdisciplinary study by completing LLILAS courses in areas such as public policy, anthropology, economics, history, art, literature, politics and sociology. Students may earn a certificate in Latin American Studies from LLILAS (in addition to the certificate from the Law School) by completing a sufficient number of courses through LLILAS.
Because of the importance of a foreign language to the practice of law in the Americas, students are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese. Students who are not native speakers of either language must pass a language proficiency test. Alternatively, the language requirement may be met by presenting evidence of two years of college-level Spanish or Portuguese, plus performance deemed satisfactory during a 15 minute oral interview designed to assess the student's ability to comprehend and converse in the language. In special circumstances, proficiency in another language may satisfy the language requirement.
This concentration is open to students with a foreign law degree and students with a J.D.