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Please Note: 2014-2015 will be  the final year for the exchange with Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

Buenos Aires Law Program

  • Immerse yourself in the South American culture and legal system
  • Perfect your Spanish and prepare yourself for a bilingual legal career
  • Live with an Argentine family
  • Study and socialize at Pepperdine's own "Casa Holden" and "Casa Olleros" facility as well as at Torcuato Di Tella University one of the most prestigious universities in Argentina

Buenos Aires is the dynamic capital of Argentina. It offers a charming combination of European tradition and Latin attitude. Often called the "Paris of South America" for its wide boulevards and active sidewalk cafe life, Buenos Aires is one of the world's greatest cities. Museums, music, dance, theater, and opera make Buenos Aires a world-class cultural center. Porteños like to boast that their city is home to over 300 theaters, 100 plus galleries, and at least 70 museums. It is also the home of tango! Buenos Aires is definitely one of the most culturally creative cities of the southern hemisphere.

Buenos Aires Pepperdine Facilities: Casa Holden and Casa Olleros

The Pepperdine facilities are located in the northern, upper-middle class Belgrano neighborhood. Belgrano is located 20 minutes on bus from Torcuato Di Tella University where students will take classes.

Though students live with various homestay families, there is a central location for them to gather to socialize: Casa Holden. Casa Holden is the University-owned facility in Buenos Aires located in the embassy district of the city. It houses a student center with sofas and cable T.V., an auditorium, and a computer lab connected to the Internet. This facility also contains the program offices. There is a swimming pool and BBQ in the backyard. The Casa is near public transportation including bus and subway.

Adjacent to Casa Holden is another Pepperdine facility, Casa Olleros. Casa Olleros features the Patagonia Library, classrooms, and a large study area on the bottom floor. Pepperdine's undergraduate students at Seaver College who are participating in the Buenos Aires Program, take their classes at Casa Olleros. 

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) is a private non-profit institution founded in 1991 by the Di Tella Foundation and the InstitutoTorcuato Di Tella. The mission of the University is to educate new generations of academic, social, political and business leaders, and to enhance research and scholarship in the arts and sciences. The University prides itself on its small classes and distinguished faculty.

The Universidad Torcuato Di Tella School of Law opened in 1996. Its chief objective is to provide a first-rate legal education in order to promote the establishment of a reliable, just, and efficient legal system in Argentina. Since its inception, the School of Law has stressed the importance of changing the nature of legal studies in countries that, like Argentina, follow both the Civil Law system and the doctrinal approach to legal scholarship.

Di Tella's full-time faculty is comprised of scholars who publish their research work in international journals and publishing houses. It is complemented by a distinguished group of adjunct instructors, many of who have made important contributions to legal doctrine in Argentina. In addition, renowned foreign scholars teach courses in both the undergraduate and the graduate programs. The School of Law also boasts several influential publications, including the Revista Argentina de Teoría Jurídica, a bilingual, electronic journal in legal theory edited by the law students. The Revista focuses on interdisciplinary legal research, particularly in the Spanish-speaking world.


Classes will be held at Torcuato Di Tella University. Classes and exams will be in Spanish and taught by Di Tella faculty who reside in the host country.

Tentative 2014 Fall courses can be found by accessing Di Tella's website and downloading the "Law" PDF. Please also see below for a sample of the courses offered. Once you have applied and been accepted into the program, the final schedule will be emailed to you.  Students are encouraged to take the Argentine Culture and Language Course which starts three weeks before the start of the semester (July 14 - August 1) and costs $250. You must register in advance at the same time that you apply to Di Tella.

Academic Calendar 

July 14 -Aug 1  Intensive Spanish Course for International Students

August 1  Orientation Meeting and Lunch for International Students, 10:00-2:00

August 4  Classes Begin

August 4-8  Registration Period

August 18  Holiday

Sept 29- Oct 14  Midterm Exam Period

October 13  Holiday

November 14  Late Drop Deadline

November 24  Holiday

November 28  Classes End

December 8  Holiday

December 1-19  Final Exam Period

Spanish Language Proficiency and Application Requirements

A total of four spots are available to Pepperdine law students for this new exchange program. Students participating in the program are required to have a high level of Spanish proficiency as all classes and exams are in Spanish. Applicants must submit a letter in Spanish with English translation, explaining why they believe this program would be beneficial for their legal education and career.

Students are required to comply with Argentine immigration rules. Pursuant to the Argentine immigration rules currently in force, this will entail additional costs (less than US $100) to obtain a Student Visa, through Di Tella University.

Housing and Meals

Students get the unique experience of living in carefully chosen local homestays, with Argentine families.

Breakfast and dinner are provided seven days a week at the students' homestays. Punctuality is always appreciated for dinner, since this is the time of the day when the whole family gathers. Dinnertime generally starts around 9:00pm.

Plaza de Mayo - May Square


The Casa Rosada (Pink House), officially known as the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), is the executive residence of the President of Argentina. The President normally does not live there and it houses a museum related to the presidents of the country.

The Plaza de Mayo is the main historical square in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina; it is flanked by Hipólito Yrigoyen, Balcarce, Rivadavia and Bolívar streets. Several of the city's major landmarks are located around the Plaza: the Cabildo (the city council during the colonial era), the Casa Rosada (home of the executive branch of the federal government), the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires, the current city hall or municipalidad, and the headquarters of the Nación (National) Bank.

The Buenos Aires financial district (microcentro), affectionately known as 'la City' also lies besides the Plaza. Buenos Aires or "Fair Winds" is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port.

The Plaza de Mayo has always been the focal point of political life in Buenos Aires. Its current name commemorates the May Revolution of 1810, which started the process towards the country's independence from Spain in 1816.

Palacio de Justicia. Tribunales de la Nación - Palace of Justice


Opposite Lavalle Square, in the City of Buenos Aires, is the Palace of Justice, seat of the National Supreme Court of Justice. Its architecture makes it an especially attractive site either for those who are visiting the city or for any porteño that may decide to explore their capital a little more thoroughly.


Palacio del Congreso Nacional -Palace Congress


Begun in 1898 and opened in 1906, Palacio del Congreso (Congress Palace) is the most imposing building in all of Buenos Aires. One of the main architects was Italian Victor Meano, who was also involved in designing the Teatro Colon, but he was murdered before completion of either building.


Congreso is constructed in Argentine grey granite, with a coating of white marble, built mostly in a Greek-Roman style. The imposing copper dome is illuminated at night, creating a dramatic vista point down Avenida de Mayo from Plaza de Mayo. Congreso is also the best example of the Argentine concept of taking the architectural elements of the world's most famous buildings and reinterpreting them. It resembles the U.S. Capitol.

Situated at the end of Avenida de Mayo, at the other end of which is located Casa Rosada, Argentina's parliament is bicameral. Both the upper-house Senate and the lower-house Chamber of Deputies are open for visitors.

In front of the building lies Plaza de Congreso (the Congress Square), a popular spot for tourists-and for protestors. It features the beautiful Monumento a los Dos Congresos (the Monument to the Two Congresses).

Cabildo - Town Hall


This building was used as a government house during colonial times. Currently, Cabildo hosts the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution. 18th century paintings, artifacts, clothes and jewelry are on display here.


Potential Course Offerings

Private International Law (4 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to give a practical perspective of those aspects of private international Law that are relevant for the counsel of companies involved in international business, negotiation, writing of international contracts, and dispute resolution. The most important topics include: statement and implementation of foreign law; the impact of international treaties on reciprocal protection of investments (BITs); sale agreements; international payment systems (letter of credit, bill of lading, and bill of exchange); systems of distribution; international concession and franchising; international project financing; international jurisdiction; claim notification and obtaining of foreign evidence; execution of foreign sentences; international commercial arbitrage.

International Business Law
Public International Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Trade Law
Political Institutions and World Trade
Social Justice and Public Choice
Legal Writing
Liability and Commercial