Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies

US Degree

Bachelor of Science
in Foreign Legal Studies

Graduates earn an American Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies degree granted by Ambra College.

Validation in Brazil

As any degree foreign to Brazil, this degree can be validated at the discretion of a Brazilian public university. Upon validation in Brazil, graduates can sit to government exams and to the OAB exam.


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Ambra graduate testimonials

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Fernando Meneguin
B.S. in Foreign Legal Studies (Ambra)
Degree validated in Brazil
Professor & Alumni

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Francine Lemos
B.S. in Foreign Legal Studies (Ambra)
Degree validated in Brazil
Alumni

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Joice Martins
B.S. in Foreign Legal Studies (Ambra)
Degree validate in Brazil
Enrolled in Master’s of Law at University College of London
Alumni

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Investment

Standard pace

8 courses per year
$270 dollars per month
Graduation in 6 years and 1 quarter.

Accelerated pace

10 courses per year
$337.50 dollars per month
Graduation in 5 years.

Full Time Student

12 courses per year
$405.00 dollars per month
Graduation in 4 years and 1 quarter.


*Scholarships for Florida residents

Ambra offers scholarships for Florida residents. Learn more.

Teaching Method

Apply to one of the 30 seats available per term.

On campus

Classes at our campus
to residents in Orlando.

Blended

Combination of online classes and on campus
exams to Florida residents.

100% online

Classes and exams online available
to anywhere with Internet access.


Faculty


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Alcides Pacheco
Master’s in Criminal Sciences
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum


Alexandre Rocha
Alexandre Rocha
PhD in Social Sciences
Master’s in Political Science
Bachelor’s in Political Science
Professor

Curriculum
Testimonial
Camila Jacobs
Camila Jacobs
Master’s in International Relations
Specialists in Distance Education
Bachelor’s in Social Sciences
Professor

Curriculum
Cíntia Gonçalves
Cíntia Gonçalves
Master’s in Business Administration
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum

Fernando Meneguin
PhD in Economics
Master’s in Economics
Bachelor’s in Math
Bachelor’s in Foreign Legal Studies (Ambra)
Professor & Alumni

Curriculum
Georgenor Neto
Georgenor Neto
Master’s in Law
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum


Guilherme Abrão
Guilherme Abrão
Master’s in Criminal Sciences
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum


Igor Ajouz
Igor Ajouz
Master’s in Law
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum


Nathalia Mazzonetto
Nathalia Mazzonetto
PhD in Prosecution Law
Master’s in Prosecution Law
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum


Pedro Buck
Pedro Buck
PhD in Law
Master’s in Law
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum


Rafael Dresch
Rafael Dresch
PhD in Law
Master’s in Law
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum
Ricardo Marques
Ricardo Marques
Master’s in Law
Bachelor’s in Law
Professor

Curriculum
Testimonial


Curriculum


The Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies is composed of 50 courses and the recommended time of completion is 6 years.

Check out what courses are offered for this Bachelor's program.


Year 1

General Theory of Private Law
General Theory of Criminal Concepts
Juridical Research Methodology
General Theory of Law
Political Science
Government Theory
History of Law
Anthropology

Year 2

Constitutional Law I
Philosophy
Economics
Civil Law - Obligations
Administrative Agency I
Sociology of Law
Contracts Law
General Theory of Government Prosecution Procedure

Year 3

Criminal Law I
Constitutional Law II
Civil Prosecution Procedure I
Labor Relations I
Administrative Agency II
Forensic Psychology
Forensic Sciences
Filosofia do Direito
Professional Ethics


Year 4

Civil Prosecution Procedure II
Labor Relations II
Public International Law
Civil Prosecution Procedure III
Civil Law – Goods and Real Property
Civil Law - Family and Inheritance
Tax Regulation
Conflict of Laws/Private International Law
Criminal Law II

Year 5

Criminal Prosecution Procedure I
Labor Relations Prosecution Procedure
Regulatory Economics
Criminal Prosecution Procedure II
Corporate Entity I
Corporate Entity II
Corporate Entity III
Simulated Work Experience - Civil Law

Year 6

Real Work Experience I
Real Work Experience II
Simulated Work Experience - Public Law and Superior Courts
Final Program Project
Simulated Work Experience - Criminal Law
Simulated Work Experience - Labor Law
Final Program Work I
Final Program Work II


Ambra Trust

Try 1 month with no financial risk


We trust in the excellence of our institution and we can prove it. At Ambra, all applicants accepted in the application process have the first month of classes to get to know our institution, professors and classmates and decide if they want to continue studying or cancel their enrollment with no financial obligation to Ambra . We believe that the relationship between student and institution must be based on mutual trust and satisfaction.

The application fee is non-refundable.

The 1 month trial can be used only once per applicant.

Validation in Brazil


Do it the same way as our graduates and validate the American Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies in Brazil. Upon validation, graduates become eligible to sit for government exams or the Brazilian OAB exam. Watch the videos below to better understand the process.

1 – Is it possible?

2 – How does it work?

3 – Will I succeed?

Frequently asked questions – Validation in Brazil

  • 01 Is there any case of validation of a degree from Ambra in Brazil?
    Yes, many. Watch some testimonials.
  • 02 But I read on the Internet that validation in Brazil is impossible.
    You probably read an old news article published by Estadão in 2011 and that might have caused this confusion. In 2014, all degrees of our first class of graduates were validated in Brazil. After that, graduates from 2014, 2015, and 2016 have had their degrees validated in Brazil as well. Read our response to that news article in this link (also read the comments from some of our students at the end of that blog post).
  • 03 Which Brazilian Universities validated degrees from Ambra?
    The first Brazilian public university to validate a degree from Ambra was the Universidade Estadual Vale do Acaraú – UVA (in Sobral – CE - Brazil).
  • 04 Besides UVA, what other universities validated a degree from Ambra?
    At this moment, we prefer not to inform what other universities validated degrees from Ambra. We took this decision due to the big volume of people that call UVA (Universidade Estadual Vale do Acaraú) questioning about the first validations. People who do that tend not to enroll at Ambra because they are insecure about validation. This creates additional work to UVA personnel and we don’t want that happening to other universities. In the future, we will consider publishing the name of other universities.
  • 05 Were there any cases when validation in Brazil was denied?
    Yes. Denials on validation happen, because each public university in Brazil has authority to decide autonomously on validation requests. For instance, when a validation request is denied, that means that that same university might deny future validation requests as well. But for anyone interested in validation in Brazil, the validation at any public university is enough and there are universities in Brazil that already validated Ambra’s degree.
  • 06 I would like to get my degree validated in Brazil but I’m insecure. What should I do?
    It is important to consider that, even though the validation in Brazil is proven to be possible, it cannot be guaranteed. Regarding this matter, there are 2 groups of people considering Ambra as an option:

    1) People who see validation as an opportunity.
    2) People who see validation as a problem.

    People in group 1 tend to enroll at Ambra and to study without any problems, just as our alumni who were able to validate their degrees in Brazil. People in group 2 tend to withdraw during the program or to indefinitely postpone their enrollment, always waiting for something that would make them feel safer. You should decide in which group you are in.

    If you want to have a degree valid in Brazil and do not want to worry about validation, then you must graduate in a Brazilian institution and not in the US.
  • 07 May I contact anyone who had their Ambra degree validated in Brazil?
    Unfortunately, our graduates and professors aren’t able to reply to everyone that try to reach out to them. On each quarter, we have over 6 thousand people that get to know Ambra. Among them, approximately 30 will become students. As we have just a few over 20 graduates at this moment, it is impossible for them to speak to thousands of people over the phone or to offer any sort of individualized contact. If you would like to see a validated degree, please come to our campus in Downtown Orlando.
  • 08 What is the correct term in Portuguese: revalidação, convalidação, or validação?
    The correct word is revalidação.


Reference and Legislation



Online Admissions Conference


Live access

Attend our online conference, meet live with Ambra personnel and we will answer your questions about the application process.

Next conference on September 8 at
• 8:00 PM Orlando time
• 9:00 PM Brasília time

Digite seu nome:
* The conference room is open 15 minutes before the scheduled time.

Recording

Watch the conference from July 23, 2016 (duration 35 min).

Frequently asked questions


Your question may have been already answered.

  • 01 What degree is conferred upon completion of this program?
    Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies degree.
  • 02 What credential is required for enrollment?
    Candidates must hold at least a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • 03 My High school diploma is not American. Do I have to evaluate it for equivalence?
    If your high school diploma is from the US, Brazil, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, or England, you might not need to have it evaluated depending on the awarding institution (at the discretion of Ambra when checking your documentation). For degrees from other countries, you will need an evaluation report from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services - NACES. In this case, you should contact them directly and check what would be the procedure and cost for evaluating your credentials.
  • 04 Can I transfer credits from other programs to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies at Ambra?
    In some cases, it is possible to transfer credits to Ambra bachelor's programs, but limited to 40% of the program and credits earned within the last 5 years. Learn more.
  • 05 Can I transfer credits from Ambra to another institution?
    There is a universal rule in regards to transfer of credits between schools: it will be at the discretion of the receiving school to accept or not any credits. Ambra has no agreement for transfer of credits with other institutions. If you consider transferring credits from Ambra to another institution, please contact the target institution in advance and ask if they would accept the transfer of credits.
    If you plan to complete your studies at another school, it's recommended that you start your studies there.
  • 06 How many hours of study will I need to commit to?
    Students are recommended to reserve an average of 20 hours weekly per academic term to complete the program within 6 years (standard pace).
  • 07 Is it possible to take leave of absence?
    Yes, if you have successfully completed at least one course. Leave of absence is limited to 9 consecutive months.
  • 08 What is the maximum timeframe allowed to complete the program?
    Students must complete the program within 10 years from the date of enrollment, including eventual interruptions and leave of absence.
  • 09 How is tuition paid?
    Payments are done using American credit card or credit card enabled to be used internationally.
  • 10 What is the price in currencies other than the US dollar?
    Prices are only in US dollars and there are no prices in other currencies. If you do not reside in the USA and utilize other currency, then your credit card operator will handle the conversion from US dollar to your local currency according to market exchange rate.
  • 11 Can I switch between standard and accelerated paces during the program
    Yes.
    Students are free to switch paces at any academic term according to their time availability to study.
  • 12 Does Ambra offer any discount, scholarships, or financing?
    Ambra offers scholarships for: Ambra alumni; Florida residents, need based Florida residents, and family members of Ambra students and alumni. Learn more.
  • 13 For being online, shouldn’t this program be cheaper?
    When designing our programs, we opted for quality instead of final price affordability. This option financially restricts access to many people. Our programs could be cheaper if we had opted to compromise quality. When compared to other American schools, our prices are very affordable. Because we are sure about the quality of our institution we offer a 1 month risk free trial.
  • 14 Can I take courses as non-degree seeking student?
    No.
  • 15 In what language is this program taught?
    Fully in Portuguese.
  • 16 Because this program is taught in Portuguese, is this a program or Brazilian institution?
    No.
    Ambra is an American institution headquartered in Orlando (USA) and licensed by the FL-DOE – Florida Department of Education (License CIE#4001). Understand why Ambra teaches in Portuguese.
  • 17 Is it possible to validate this degree in Brazil?
    As any degree foreign to Brazil, Ambra degree can be validate at the discretion of a Brazilian public university. Many graduates from our Foreign Legal Studies program were able to validate their degrees in Brazil. Learn more.
  • 18 But is there any case of validation of a degree from Ambra in Brazil?
    Yes, many. Watch some testimonials.
  • 19 Will I be able to be an attorney in the USA?
    No. Our program content covers only legal studies related to Brazil and nothing related to US law. Upon completion of this program, graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies. It is an US bachelor’s degree but does not make you eligible to become an attorney or sit for the American Bar exam. In order to become an attorney in the US, you should contact an American law school and check what are the requirements for becoming a lawyer.
  • 20 May I contact someone who graduated at Ambra?
    Unfortunately, our graduates and professors aren’t able to reply to everyone that try to reach out to them. On each quarter, we have over 6 thousand people that get to know Ambra. Among them, approximately 30 will become students. As we have just a few over 20 graduates at this moment, it is impossible for them to speak to thousands of people over the phone or to offer any sort of individualized contact.
  • 21 Is there any difference in the diploma depending on the teaching method?
    All graduates earn the same Bachelor of Science in Foreign Legal Studies degree. Content and academic standards are the same regardless of the chosen teaching method.
  • 22 Does Ambra help with student visas (form I-20)?
    No. We are preparing our school to provide Form I-20 and we expect that to happen in 2019.
  • 23 When opting to study online, do I have to go to Orlando?
    No. You can study 100% online.
  • 24 How are the examinations in the online course?
    Each term has 10 weeks and the student is constantly evaluated by the professor by a combination of oral test, group debate, assignments, questionnaires. All can be done through the Internet. Learn more.
  • 25 But will I be able to learn online?
    Yes and in a very efficient way! It is very unlikely that you have access to courses offered in Portuguese that are of better quality than what is offered by Ambra, should it be either online or on campus in Brazilian schools. Because we are sure about the quality of our institution we offer a 1 month risk free trial.
  • 26 But will I have to study by myself?
    No! All faculty holds at least master’s or PhD and they act very closely to each student, as if they were a personal tutor. Because we are sure about the quality of our institution we offer a 1 month risk free trial.
  • 27 At what time online classes are held?
    Live classes are previously scheduled. All live classes are recorded and made available to students during the academic term and the recorded version can be watched at any time.
  • 28 How is the work experience done?
    All work experience is offered by Ambra through the Internet and divided in 2 types of courses: simulated work and real work.
  • 29 Who licenses and inspects Ambra?
    Ambra’s only location is in Orlando (USA) and Ambra is licensed by the Florida Department of Education (FL-DOE), license CIE-4001. Learn more about licensure of colleges in Florida.
  • 30 What is the full name of Ambra College?
    American College of Brazilian Studies.
  • 31 What is the “portaria” or license number of Ambra with the FL-DOE?
    The term in English equivalent to the term in Portuguese “portaria” is license. Licensure of private higher education institutions located in Florida is done by the Commission for Independent Education – Florida Department of Education. Ambra’s license number with the FL-DOE is CIE-4001. Learn more about licensure of colleges in Florida.
  • 32 On what website of the FL-DOE can I see Ambra listed a licensed school?
    The FL-DOE publishes list of private higher education institutions on the following link: https://app2.fldoe.org/cie/CieOpen/SchoolSearch.aspx. There you can find the American College of Brazilian Studies listed as licensed. Learn more about licensure of colleges in Florida.
  • 33 On what website of the FL-DOE can I see the list of programs Ambra can offer?
    The FL-DOE publishes on the following link the list of all programs approved for Ambra: https://app2.fldoe.org/cie/CieOpen/SchoolSearchDetail.aspx?schoolID=4001.
  • 34 Are Ambra degrees American?
    Yes.
    Ambra is a higher education institution regulated in the USA. Each degree offered was individually evaluated and approved by the Florida Department of Education (License CIE-4001) in order to guarantee their quality. Learn more about licensure of colleges in Florida.
  • 35 How often is Ambra inspected?
    Higher education institutions located in the USA and, specially, in the state of Florida are constantly and proactively inspected by the Florida Department of Education (FL-DOE) in order to guarantee the quality of the programs offered. The FL-DOE inspects institutions within its jurisdiction annualy.
  • 36 What criteria are inspected by the FL-DOE (Florida Department of Education)?
    Annually, the American College of Brazilian Studies and other Florida institutions are inspected by the FL-DOE in order to attest compliance with the following criteria: Name, Purpose, Administrative Organization, Educational Programs and Curricula, Recruitment and Admissions, Finances, Faculty, Library, Learning Resources, Information Services, Physical Facilities, Students Services, Publications and Advertising, and Disclosures.
  • 37 How does Ambra choose its professors?
    To be hired as a professor at Ambra, candidates must go through the following application process.
  • 38 What is the difference between an institution with “College” or “University” in its name?
    In the USA, there is no practical nor licensure difference between institutions that utilize the name “College” or “University” and the choice of either name is up to the institution. Both, “College” and “University”, can obtain governmental authorization to offer programs up to the doctorate (PhD) level. Understand the difference between “College” and “University” in the USA.
  • 39 Where is Ambra headquartered? Can I visit Ambra?
    Yes, you can visit Ambra headquarter on any business day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ambra is located at 37 N. Orange Ave., suite 500, Orlando, FL 32801 (USA) in Downtown Orlando. Our institution is from the information era and we utilize the internet to work. We keep enough physical space only for activities that need to be done on-site and, by standard, our employees work with location flexibility through the Internet. Most of our professors and professionals work remotely.
  • 40 Is Ambra accredited?
    No. Ambra has not sought accreditation yet.
  • 41 Is accreditation required to award American diplomas?
    No.
    Accreditation is optional in the USA and licensure is the only legal requirement to award American degrees and diplomas.
  • 42 What is the importance of accreditation?
    Accreditation is an important optional step that attests the quality of the institution by a non-governmental third party agency and, mainly, enables the institution to have access to the student Federal Financial Aid (Title IV). You can obtain further information on the difference between accreditation and licensing by contacting the Florida Department of Education.