First-year studies focus on required first-year JD curriculum in Chicago. Second semester, students apply for admission to the master's portion of the dual-degree program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, though students with a slightly lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Second-year studies concentrate on MIEBL coursework at Pontificia Universidad Comillas, Madrid. Course credits count toward the 86 credit hours required for a DePaul JD and are equivalent to two semesters in the DePaul JD program. Students finish all their MIEBL course work by late April, and are strongly encouraged to return to the United States immediately to pursue summer employment or internships.
Students satisfy all remaining DePaul JD requirements, including Legal Analysis, Research & Communication (LARC) III; Legal Profession, and an approved professional skills course. The advanced legal writing requirement is satisfied through the Master's Thesis that students will have completed as part of their MIEBL studies in Madrid. In their third year, students are also strongly urged to take such critical Bar passage courses as Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Business Organizations, Federal Income Tax, Secured Transactions or Commercial Paper, and Wills and Trusts.
The MIEBL program allowed me to explore numerous areas of international and business law. Some highlights included completing a thesis on competition/antitrust law in the EU and US, and traveling to Hong Kong and Vienna for the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The first-hand knowledge I gained about the operations of the European Union, commercial, and business law has given me a competitive edge when interviewing for employers, and is always a conversation piece networking or in interviews. My experience abroad relates to employers that I am flexible, adaptable in new and unfamiliar situations, and have an appreciation for learning outside the classroom. I highly recommend the MIEBL program for students interested in challenging themselves both academically and personally." - Stephanie Cortes, JD/MIEBL '17