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This program allows for the education and training of excellent professionals in the practice of Law, who have a command of the characteristics and challenges of the profession.
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.
External intership with major law firms, institutions and companies
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.Download brochure
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The program is everything I expected: practical classes, great professionals as professors and a well-rounded education for my professional future.
It has allowed me to mature along with classmates with a wide variety of concerns, sharing challenges, achievements and experiences together, in what has been the perfect prelude to an increasingly globalized professional environment.
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Visit the Faculty in which these studies are offered on University Open Day. Attendance is not mandatory, but potential candidates are encouraged to learn about the Faculty, see the facilities, and obtain additional information.
Apply for admission. The process starts via the web, once the candidate has decided on the master degree which will be studied. If you wish, you may apply for scholarships and grants from the University at the same time as applying for admission.
The deadline for submitting applications is from november 11, 2019 to September 25, 2020.
Personal interview. The admission tests (interview and, where appropriate, English test) will take place on Thursdays in the morning or afternoon, for which the candidates will be opportunely and individually summoned from the Faculty of Law (CID-ICADE) by telephone call or email, using, for this purpose, the contact information provided in the application for admission to the program.
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 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.
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.
Complete the registration process. Once admitted, the student must complete the registration process. The procedure is initiated via the web, but it is necessary to submit the registration form and the additional documentation to the General Registrar´s Office
Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
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.
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.
For students currently studying the Bachelor's Degree in Law (E-1, E-3 and E-5): Information notice on the documents to be summited // Reserving a place for Comillas ICADE students
For students not studying the Bachelor's Degree in Law at Comillas Pontifical University:
Information notice on the documents to be submitted by students from other universities.
|MODULE 1: COMMON TRAINING|
|SUBJECT 1.1 : Legal collegiate and organisational framework and professional code of practice for lawyers|
|Professional Rights, Duties and Responsibilities of Lawyers, and Insurance Cover||3.0 ECTS|
|The Bar Association. Organizational, Labor and Economic Aspects of Professional Practice||5.0 ECTS|
|Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Social Role and Commitment||4.0 ECTS|
|SUBJECT 1.2 : Action instruments and techniques|
|Legal Argumentation and Methods||2.0 ECTS|
|Communication, Public Speaking, Writing and Negotiation Techniques, and New Technologies||3.0 ECTS|
|SUBJECT 1.3 : Procedural strategy, litigation and alternative dispute-resolution systems|
|Advice, Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution, and Arbitration||4.0 ECTS|
|Civil and Commercial Litigation: Preliminary stages and trial, evidence and hearing, appeals and execution of sentence, and application of the administration regime||6.0 ECTS|
|Administrative Litigation: Preliminary stages and trial, evidence and hearing, appeals and execution of sentence, working at the Constitutional Court, and jurisdictional rights and guarantees||5.0 ECTS|
|Litigation in Special Jurisdictions: Constitutional Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice of the European Union||2.0 ECTS|
|Criminal Litigation: Preliminary stages and trial, evidence and hearing, appeals and execution of sentence, working at the Constitutional Court, and jurisdictional rights and guarantees||5.0 ECTS|
|Litigation on social matters: Preliminary stages and trial, evidence and hearing, appeals and execution of sentence, working at the Constitutional Court, and jurisdictional rights and guarantees||5.0 ECTS|
|MODULE 2: SPECIALIZATION SUBJECTS - 10 ECTS|
|Advice on Corporate Law I: Organizational and structural aspects||4.0 ECTS|
|Advice on Corporate Law II: Financial aspects and liability rules||3.0 ECTS|
|Negotiation and Legal-Labor Advice||3.0 ECTS|
|Public Policy Law|
|Advice on Public Contracting and Regulated Sectors||3.0 ECTS|
|Advice on Organization, Financing of Public Services and EU Policies||4.0 ECTS|
|Advice on Financial Liability and the Penalty System||3.0 ECTS|
|Legal Private Relationships Law|
|Advice on Civil Contracting||3.0 ECTS|
|Advice on Law of Torts||4.0 ECTS|
|Advice on Private Real Estate Law||3.0 ECTS|
|Advice on Direct Taxation||4.0 ECTS|
|Advice on Indirect Taxation, and International and EU Taxation||3.0 ECTS|
|Advice and Defense in Tax Application, and Taxation-related Sanctioning Proceedings||3.0 ECTS|
|MODULE 3. INTERNSHIP|
|MODULE 4. FINAL PROJECT|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||6.0 ECTS|
Academic Regulations of the Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar
Academic Regulations for Official Master's Degrees
Regulations for Credit Recognition
Academic Regulations for Students who Started the Master prior to academic year 2015-2016
Act 34/2006, of 30 October, on the Admission to the Bar and access to the profession of Court Representative
Royal Decree 775/2011, of 3 June, on the approval of the Regulations of Act 34/2006, of 30 October, on the Admission to the Bar and access to the profession of Court Representative
CG1 - Analysis and synthesis capacity.
CG4 - Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing.
CG3 - Information management skills.
CG4 - Problem-solving capacity.
CG5 - Decision-making capacity.
CGP2 - Team working capacity.
CG7- Ability to work in an international environment.
CG8 - Critical reasoning capacity.
CG9 - Awareness of the relevance of critical commitment.
CG10 - Autonomous learning development capacity.
CG11 - Motivation for quality.
CG12 - Capacity to put theoretical knowledge into practice.
CG13 - Ability to negotiate.
CE1 - Have, understand and develop skills that allow the student to apply specialised academic knowledge gained during the University official degree to a changing real life the lawyers have to deal with, in order to avoid injury, risk or conflict situations regarding the interests they are defending or their professional work before tribunals, courts or public authorities and for their counselling duties.
CE2 - Know the techniques aimed at finding out and determining the facts at the different stages of the proceeding, especially the production of documents, questioning and expert evidence.
CE3 - Know and be able to integrate the defence of customers' rights within the framework of national and international legal protection systems.
CE4 - Know the different techniques for the reconciliation of interests, and be able to find solutions to problems by using methods alternative to legal proceedings.
CE5 - Know and be able to apply professional ethical rights and duties to lawyer-customer relationships, the other parties, the court or public authority and between lawyers.
CE6 - Know and assess the different responsibilities related to the exercise of that professional activity, including the basic operating principles of legal aid and the promotion of social responsibility of the lawyer.
CE7 - Be able to identify conflicts of interest and know the techniques for resolution thereof, define the scope of professional secrecy and confidentiality and preserve the independence of mind.
CE8 - Be able to identify the main provision and organisation requirements for legal advice.
CE9 - Know and be able to put into practice the organisational, management and commercial environment of the lawyer's profession, as well as its legal, tax, labour and personal data protection framework.
CE10 - Develop skills and capacities for the election of the correct strategy for the defence of customers' rights, taking into account the requests of the different areas of professional practice.
CE11 - Be able to develop skills that allow the lawyers to improve their work effectiveness and promote the global operation of the team or institution in which they carry it out, by accessing sources of information, knowledge of languages, management of knowledge and management of the techniques and tools applied.
CE12 - Know, be able to organise and plan individual and collective resources available for the exercise of the different organisation modalities of the legal profession.
CE13 - Be able to explain orally and in writing facts, and draw legal consequences in a reasoned way, depending on the context and the recipient they are intended for, pursuant, where appropriate, to the modalities of each procedural area.
CE14 - Be able to develop professional works in specific, multi-disciplinary environments.
CE15 - Be able to develop interpersonal capacities and skills that facilitate the lawyer profession in its relationships with citizens, other professionals and institutions.
Professional Opportunities and Graduate Profile
Professional opportunities are all those allowing the student to develop a professional career as lawyers, either in law offices or legal boutiques, in litigation or procedural activities, but also those that comprise the whole spectrum of the provision of legal assistance, and therefore, internal and external advice to companies, whether in civil, bankruptcy, criminal, contentious-administrative and labour legal areas.
The Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar gives access to the bar, pursuant to provisions of Act 34/2006 and Royal Decree 775/2011.
Regarding the Graduate profile of this Master's Programme, said profile is defined by the competencies the students are expected to reach by means of this Master's Programme. With this programme, graduates obtain the knowledge, skills and tools required for the profession of lawyer which allow them to know how to operate in a very specific area of legal professions, such as the area of law practice, with special focus on the instruments and techniques, such as reasoning, communication, oratory, writing and negotiation and the use of new technologies in that area of studies, as well as on the procedural strategy, litigation and alternative dispute-resolution systems.
Academic Career Paths
Furthermore, the Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar gives access to an official doctorate programme, pursuant to current regulations.