The Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) was founded in 1992 with the aim of completing university training of law graduates from both the theoretical and practical side. Representatives of the main offices of national and international lawyers met in order to discuss the creation of an academic institution, intended solely to the legal education of the highest level. It was necessary that in Spain appeared a teaching center that besides forming college students were able to incorporate sufficient guarantees and automatically to the best firms. It was a need and requirement required by the law firms themselves.

ISDE is a legal training center attached to the Complutense University of Madrid.

Today there are more than 200 firms in more than 50 countries which have joined the project.


Looking for the most excellent academic partnerships, in addition to its membership of the Complutense University of Madrid, the ISDE imparts joint training with universities like Carlos III and Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, between national and Columbia University, New York, the Levin College of Law, University of Florida, including foreign ones.

Along with the above, the ISDE has signed multiple agreements with universities around the world and is the only Spanish institution providing official master's degree programs in the United States, recognized by the American Bar Association.

At the institutional level, the ISDE has the recognition of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers and Bar Associations of Madrid, Barcelona, and Tarrasa. With the Ministry of Justice assists in the delivery of courses in mediation and has signed cooperation agreements with the Centre for Legal Studies of the Ministry of Justice, the national council of court clerks and the Carolina foundation.


As for professional associations, the ISDE has signed agreements with the Inter-American Bar Association, the professional association of real estate experts, the association of accountants and tax of Spain experts, the Spanish association of construction law, the center for research and development the registration and commercial law, the board of Governors of sports, professional football league and support, among others.

Thus, with the help of the cream of professional, academic, institutional and associations, the ISDE has thus been able to develop a training method in which the gap between theory and practice disappears.

The suitability of this method to the needs of students results in a placement rate after making our close to 90% programs as well as the largest number of approved new evidence of access to a lawyer of Spain, with 100 %

Reflecting these years of work, the ISDE has been included with 18 programs in the "Innovative Law Schools" report, the Financial Times, ranking first in Spain, the third in Europe and fourth in the world. Year after year also leads advocacy category ranking by the newspaper El Mundo and the legal supplement of the newspaper La Razon what stands as the center with the highest number of foreign students, with around 150 students annually.

These are awards to an effort in the service of one protagonist: the student. Its excellent training and career success are those that give meaning to the project ISDE. Today, more than 25,000 alumni. in over forty countries, they are our best ambassadors.

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Please, be informed that this program is not an LLM accredited by the American Bar Association nor the New York Bar Association. ISDE is a private European Law & Business School attached to the Complutense University of Madrid, imparting joint training programs with renowned universities in Spain like Carlos III and Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, and Columbia University, New York, the Levin College of Law, university of Florida, in the US.

Please, note that this program is highly recognized by the international law industry since most of the top lawyers in such industry are either professors, guest lecturers or alumni of the program, as it may be consulted on our Web Site: Partner Companies. ISDE has at the moment more than 2,500 alumni working in the International Law industry all around the world. Additionally, ISDE provides our degree holders with networking structures designed to strengthen their connections among peers and to access a competitive legal environment.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Presentación Máster in International law

Location address
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New York, New York, 10118 US