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


Submission of applications:
Start: January 9, 2017
 

Duration:
15 months
(Full-time study)


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Credits: 90 ECTS
Spanish
 

WHY CHOOSE US?

A track-record of over fifty years training legal professionals with the highest level of excellence and ethical values, both in terms of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, sufficiently endorses the students' choice of this Master's program at Comillas Pontifical University. It is also worth noting some of the other advantages of the degree program, such as the fact that it provides a practical perspective of the legal practice, the level of excellence and vast experience of the lecturers that constitute the faculty staff and the official in-company internship module that will allow our students to gain work experience in the most renowned firms, institutions and companies.


Who is it intended for?

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 application filing period

The admission application period opens in January 9, 2017 until all places are filled.

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 to the Master's program is as follows:

  • Submission of applications: the admission application must be submitted before the deadline indicated to such effect, using the standard form and supplying all the supporting documents in compliance with the admission requirements: academic record or proof of the modules studied and completed at the time, the grades awarded, and proof of the level of English.
  • Personal interview with the Master's Course Director: having examined the required documents, the candidate will be required to attend a personal interview with the Course Director/Coordinator during which the candidate's legal competencies, argumentative skills, personal profile, motivation, interpersonal skills and ethical commitment will be assessed.
  • Admission decision and notification of acceptance: having examined the documents required, and once the personal interview has taken place, the decision on admission will be communicated to the candidate. The candidate may also check the status of their application through the Admissions Portal

The final admission decision results from the assessment of the different elements that make up the required profile in accordance with the following weighting:

  • Up to 50% - academic record
  • Up to 20% - knowledge of English
  • Up to 30% - personal interview

Length:

From October, 2017 to January, 2019. Within this period, the students will conduct their internships in firms, institutions and companies for a period of over four months.

Timetable

Tuesday - Friday, 16:00 - 21:00

  

Fees

Amount, €17,000.00 divided into:

First academic year: € 11,178.00

  • Registration: € 1,674.00
  • Installments (10): € 950.40.

Second academic year: € 5,821.92.

  • Registration: €1,116.72.
  • Installments (5): € 941.04.

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

Comillas students have 10% discount.

  

Campus

C/Alberto Aguilera, 23
Madrid

  

Degree

Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar

  

Director and Coordinator:

Prof. Federico de Montalvo Jääskeläinen, PhD 
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Coordinator: Antonio Jesús Alonso Timón

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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.

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.

CREDITS

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

MASTER'S COURSE STRUCTURE

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.

CURRICULUM

MODULE 1: CORE CLASSESECTS
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

2

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

2

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

2
SUBJECT 1.2: Legal practice tools and techniques6

Legal argumentation and methods

2

Communication, public speaking, writing and negotiation techniques

3

New technologies applied to the legal profession

1
SUBJECT 1.3: Procedural strategy, litigation and alternative systems for dispute resolution15

Advice, alternative methods of dispute resolution, and arbitration

4

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

5

Working at the Constitutional Court, and jurisdictional rights and guarantees

3

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

3

 

MODULE 2: SPECIALIZATION SUBJECTS - 10 ECTS
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

INTERNSHIP - 30 ECTS
FINAL MASTER'S PROJECT OR DISSERTATION - 6 ECTS
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