Becoming a Lawyer in Mexico
Mexico's higher education system closely models the system followed in the U.S., with students required to earn a bachelor's degree law (LLB) before progressing onto a graduate law degree (LLM). A Mexican bachelor's degree is called a "Licenciatura", while a master's degree is called a "Maestria". Licensed lawyers in Mexico have completed a four or five year professional law program at an accredited law school or university (called "Facultad de Derecho").
Law students are instructed in core areas of the Mexican Civil Code as well as constitutional and criminal law. Students wishing to specialize in a particular area of Mexican law will have no problem finding their desired law program as Mexico City alone has over 35 law schools, with the cities of Monterrey and Guadalajara offering additional law universities from which to choose.
Fees may vary from one institution to the other. Scholarships and financial aid may be available, depending on the university's policies.
Employment Opportunities for Lawyers in Mexico
Lawyers are constantly in demand due to Mexico's increasing economy, burgeoning population and changing social structure.