Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar (ICADE)

Submission of applications:
Start: December 11, 2017

15 months
(Full-time study)

Credits: 90 ECTS

Why study with us

For more than fifty years Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE has trained legal professionals of the highest level. Excellence and ethical values guide Degree and Postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, selected by the Financial Times in November 2016 as one of the best 91 Postgraduate Law Schools in the world.

The Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar, organized through the Center for Legal Innovation in Law (CID-ICADE) of the Faculty of Law, has all the value and the guarantees associated with our University such as the clearly professionalizing methodology and the excellence and experience of our teaching staff who deliver it.

If you wish study the Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar at Comillas ICADE you will have a regulated and tutored external internship which allows students to access major law firms, institutions and companies based on their profile and interests. Moreover, our Master's offers specific preparation for the official bar entry examination.

Applicant profile:

This program covers the necessary contents that are required by the rules governing admission to the bar so that holders of a Bachelor's Degree in Law may engage in the legal profession as lawyers.

However, this program is also suited to holders of a Licentiate Degree in Law who wish to receive more comprehensive and advanced training in the practice of law.

The admission process will consist in assessing the academic background of applicants by looking at their academic transcript and, where appropriate, requesting them to take an English test and attend an interview with the program's Director and/or Coordinator.

Admission requirements:

  • Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Law or equivalent that enables the students to acquire the knowledge, skills and legal competencies that are required to be able to engage in the legal profession (art. 3 Royal Decree 775/2011).
  • having an academic record with an overall grade of remarkable (a score of 7.0) or higher in the Bachelor's Degree or equivalent program; unless the candidate's motivation and background are deemed sufficient for admission;
  • providing proof of sufficient knowledge of English corresponding to level C1 ("Effective Operational Proficiency or upper intermediate" level) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, with particular focus on its application to legal matters. Such proof may consist of supporting documents showing that the student has attained the level required; alternatively, the student may be required to take an ad hoc language level test or attend a personal interview.

Admission process:

The admission process is made up of the following phases:

  • Submission of the request: admission requests will be submitted via the admission portal within the established deadline, using the official form.
  • Delivery of documentation: the candidate must submit at the Academic Management Service (General Secretary Office) all documents that certify entry requisites have been met, as they appear detailed in the information note on the documentation to be submitted.
  • Study phase: once all required documentation has been analysed, the Head or Coordinator of the master's programme will assess the candidate, on the basis of the global assessment comprising the requested profile, which includes the academic transcript (50%), knowledge of English (20%) and the personal interview (30%) with the Head or Coordinator of the master's programme, in which their legal skills, argument capacity, defence of the personal profile, motivation, interrelation capacity and ethical commitment will be assessed.
  • Resolution and notification of admission: The Dean, on the basis of the proposal of the Head or Coordinator of the Master's, shall decide on the admission; this decision will be notified through the established channels on the admission website.


Support program for students with disabilities

Admission application filing period:

The admission process opens on December 11, 2017

The dates of publication of the lists of admitted would be the following:

  • 1st list of admitted: January 29, 2018
  • 2nd list of admitted: February 23, 2018
  • 3rd list of admitted: March 23, 2018
  • 4th list of admitted: April 27, 2018
  • 5th list of admitted: May 25, 2018
  • 6th list of admitted: June 22, 2018
  • 7th list of admitted: July 20, 2018
  • 8th list of admitted: September 28, 2018 (if there are places available)


From October, 2018 to January, 2020. Within this period, the students will conduct their internships in firms, institutions and companies for a period of over four months.


Tuesday - Friday, 16:00 - 21:00  


Amount, €17,340.00 divided into:

First academic year: € 11.401,02

  • Registration: € 1.708,02
  • Installments (10): € 969,30

Second academic year: € 5.939,28

  • Registration: €1.138,68
  • Installments (5): € 960,12

Comillas students have 10% discount.

Pre-registration - reserving a place to be deducted from the registration fee.  


C/Alberto Aguilera, 23


Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar  

Attendance mode:

Full time


Spanish - English.

Classes begin on:

October, 2018.

Team in charge of the Master:

Director: Prof. Antonio Alonso Timón, PhD
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Coordinator: Prof. Mª Ángeles Bengoechea Gil, PhD
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Tutor: Mª Angeles Martínez Fernández
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Information point:

Center for Legal Innovation Law (CID) 
C/Alberto Aguilera, 23
Tel.: 915422800-Ext. 2260 
Fax: 915596569 
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Our goal is to enable our students to acquire the professional skills in accordance with Law 34/2006 and its Royal Decree 775/2011, and pass the national entrance test to be convened annually by the Ministries of Justice and Education, which is the final requirement, once the Master's Degree has been awarded, to be admitted to the bar.

Furthermore, we also seek to train professionals with high levels of excellence in the practice of law that have a clear understanding of the characteristics and challenges of the profession in the 21st century in addition to specialization in some sector in the field.


Module 1 (core classes): 44 credits (face to face)

Module 2 (specialization classes): 10 credits (face to face)

Module 3 (internship): 30 credits

Module 4 (Final Master's Project or Dissertation): 6 credits


The Master's program is structured into two theoretical-practical training modules: one of them consists of core classes providing training on the legal profession, professional ethics and professional responsibility, the tools and skills necessary to work, as well as the professional organizational structure, with special emphasis on law firms. This core module aims to supplement the training in Procedural Law, but from the point of view of litigation. The second specialization module seeks to equip the students with advanced Law concepts, and is divided into a series of study plans that may enable the students to gear their professional careers toward a more specific field within the legal profession. Four study plans for advanced or specialized training are available to the students, which consider the nature of the courses taught at the Faculty of Law, the evolution of the legal profession and the demand for specialized professionals from law firms, companies and institutions:

  • Corporate Law
  • Public Policy and Law
  • Private Legal Relations and Law
  • Tax Law

Both modules are supplemented with two more modules: one consisting of an internship in a law firm, institution or company; and the other composed of the Final Master's Project or Dissertation.

Academic Calendar

General University Academic Calendar


SUBJECT 1.1: The legal framework for professional associations and societies, organizational aspects, and the code of conduct for lawyers6

Code of ethics and standards of professional conduct. Social role and commitment


The Bar Association. Organizational, labor and economic aspects of professional practice


Professional rights, duties and responsibilities of lawyers, and insurance cover

SUBJECT 1.2: Legal practice tools and techniques6

Legal argumentation and methods


Communication, public speaking, writing and negotiation techniques


New technologies applied to the legal profession

SUBJECT 1.3: Procedural strategy, litigation and alternative systems for dispute resolution15

Advice, alternative methods of dispute resolution, and arbitration


General litigation: preliminary stages and trial, evidence and hearing, appeals and execution of sentence


Working at the Constitutional Court, and jurisdictional rights and guarantees


Working at the European Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice of the European Union



Corporate Law Public Policy and Law Private Legal Relations and Law Tax Law

Advice on Corporate Law I: Organizational and structural aspects

Advice on Corporate Law II: Financial aspects and liability rules

Negotiation and legal-labor advice

Advice on organization, financing of public services and EU policies

Advice on financial liability and the penalty system

Advice on public procurement and regulated sectors

Advice on Law of Torts

Advice on Private Real Estate Law

Advice on civil contracts

Advice on direct taxation

Advice on indirect taxation, and international and EU taxation

Advice and defense in tax application, and taxation-related sanctioning proceedings

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