For more than fifty years Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE has trained legal professionals of the highest level. The 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 in International and European Business Law offers the opportunity to complete an internship at a prestigious Spanish or international law firm located in Madrid. The internship work is complemented with visits to Brussels and Luxembourg to meet with political leaders of the European Union and attend a hearing of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The program is delivered by a teaching staff made of the best teachers and practising lawyers from different parts of the European Union and offers seminars, tutorials and networking with eminent professional in Spanish and European law as well as visits to law firms and important Spanish and European legal institutions.
The master's offers a truly global and practical focus, as the study plan is entirely design on the basis of International and EU law, and is specifically adapted for the needs of companies and of international transactions. There is also the possibility of attending free Spanish classes.
Students who enter the Masters program generally have a degree in Law and are seeking to develop an in-depth knowledge of international and European business Law. Some students entering the program have studied some areas of European business law before, while for others this is their first contact with the subject matter.
Most students who enter the program have little or no prior professional legal experience but are seeking to develop an expertise in the area of European business law in order to be able to advise clients and companies working in or having business dealings with Europe.
Given that the program is taught fully in English, it attracts students from all over the world, not only Spain. Our students come from countries such as the United States of America, Venezuela, China, Panama, Italy, Mexico, and France. In order to be admitted to the program, students must enter the program with a high level of English.
The program is also designed for JD candidates at United States' Law Schools (those which have agreements with Comillas) willing to spend one year abroad and to gain a European degree as a complement to their American education.
Spanish and European Law Graduates:
In order to access the Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law, the applicants will be required to hold a law degree issued by an official Spanish University or by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area that grants access to postgraduate studies in the country of issue.
Non-European Law Graduates:
Those applicants whose degrees are not from the European Higher Education Area can access the Master course with no need for official confirmation, once the Universidad Pontificia Comillas has verified that these accredit an educational level equivalent to those corresponding to official Spanish University degrees and grant access to postgraduate studies authorized by the issuing country. In no case does such access imply official confirmation of the previous degree held by the person concerned, nor its recognition other than for the purpose of studying the Master.
Admission to the Master is open to those candidates who comply with the following profile:
The applications process starts on January 9, 2017 and it will be open until July 10, 2017 (if there are places available).
One academic year although there is the possibility to take it over two consecutive years for students with special educational needs.
60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Full time, afternoon and evening sessions. Classes start at the beginning of September and finish the first week of May.
Semester timetable: Available here. Exam schedules are announced by each teacher.
Taught completely in English. The Master's program includes a mandatory intensive pre-campus, which will take place in Madrid in the second half of August.
For all those Mexican students accepted into this master's degree whose studies are financed by FIDERH, Comillas will give them a 10% discount of the total price of their studies.
Dr. Adam Dubin, MIEBL Director
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 23 (28015 Madrid)
Tel.: +34 91 542 28 00 (dial 2822)
Fax: +34 91 559 65 69
The Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law is intended to train legal advisors to work in companies and law firms which operate internationally within the European Union so that they gain an in-depth knowledge of the applicable EU legislative framework, understand its implications for clients and businesses and add value to their work by providing specialized advise on EU legal matters.
The teaching of the main modules is based on the case method, encouraging students to come to class prepared and ready to engage with classmates and the professor through active discussion and debate. This methodology is complemented with practical seminars and lectures on current topics of interest, as well as the drafting of a Master's thesis, a supervised research paper of a theoretical nature.
|Initiation Course||2 ects|
|INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR EU BUSINESS AFFAIRS||EU MARKET REGULATION|
|International Affair and Geo-Strategy from EU Perspective||2 ects||EU Competition, IP and Trademark Law||3 ects|
|International and EU Economic Institutions||3 ects||EU Capital Markets and Securities Law||3 ects|
|International and EU Trade Law||3 ects||EU Industry Regulation (Energy, Telecoms, Media, Transport) & EU Public Procurement Law||3 ects|
|EU Consumer Protection Law||1 ects|
|INTERNANIONAL & EU BUSINESS REGULATION||INTERNATIONAL & EU LEGAL PRACTICE AND ENFORCEMENT|
|EU Corporate Law and Corporate Engineering||4 ects||Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution||3 ects|
|EU Tax Law and International Tax Planning||4 ects||Procedures before the European Commission and ECJ||2 ects|
|International Contracts in the EU||3 ects||Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Legal Documents in EU||2 ects|
|EU Insolvency Law, Credit Protection and Recovery in the EU||2 ects||Accounting and Finance for Lawyers||2 ects|
|Tort, Liability and EU Insurance Law||2 ects||Advanced Legal Writing: Drafting Business Transactions||2 ects|
|EU Labor Law||2 ects||Legal Ethics and Legal Privilege in an International Context||1 ects|
|EU Cross-Border Corporate and Financial Crime||1 ects|
LEGAL CLINICS AND SEMINARS:
Seminar: Due Diligence Clinic (1 ECTS)
Hot Topics: EU Risk Regulation (1 ECTS)
Hot Topics: Corporate Social Responsibility Clinic (1 ECTS)
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There is no specific weight alloted to any one requirement for admission; rather, the Admissions Committee looks at the entire picture of the candidate in order to accept students who fit the profile of the Masters and who will be able to succcessfuly complete the coursework.
In order to be considered for admission, students must fill out an online application and submit all the required paperwork, including original copies of their grades and degrees.
The following criteria will be taken into account:
The final decision of admission will be made by evaluating the overall application of the applicant in relation to other applicants of the same year.
The admission process will protect the confidentiality of all applicants in accordance with Organic Law 15/1999 on the Protection of Data.
Internships are not part of the Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law and are not mandatory. However, students interested in undertaking an internship can do so during the Master's program in order to attain real world experience working in law firms and companies.
Career opportunities: The Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law is tailored to the needs of in-house and external advisors to companies operating internationally in the area of the European Union. Holders of this degree will be in a good position to seek jobs as legal counsel of multinational companies with international activities in all industries. Moreover, students will benefit from access to the services and to the pool of job offers of the employment service of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.
Our students have gone on to work in leading international law firms such as Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Seward & Kissel, and Gomez-Acebo & Pombo.
Academia: Since this is an offical Master's program, students are able to access into doctoral programs in Spain and throughout the European Educational Space following the completion of this Master's program.
Students who graduate from the Masters will have a strong knowledge of European business law and will be in a good position to work for law firms and companies that do business in Europe. In addition, due to the mulit-ethnic composition of the Masters, students wil also develop strong inter-cultural commnication skills and be able to work in teams and individually to carry out substantive legal work. Students will also develop a number important skills from this Masters, including the abiltiy to conduct extensive research on European law, carry out due diligence investigations and partiicpate in international negotiations.