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

Submission of applications:
Start: December 11, 2017

15 months
(Full-time study)

Information session
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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 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.

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.


Study methodology is based on "case method". The practical approach of this Master's Programme enables the student to consolidate knowledge acquired during the course of the official university degree and develop and foster the techniques, competencies and skills required to be developed as the future legal professionals.


  • 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.


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.

Academic Calendar

General University Academic Calendar


SUBJECT 1.1: Legal collegiate and organisational framework and professional code of practice for lawyers12
Ethics and Professional Conduct. Social role and engagement 4
The bar association Organisational, labour and financial aspects of professional practice 5
Rights, duties and professional liability of the lawyer and insurance 3
SUBJECT 1.2: Action instruments and techniques5
Legal methodology and arguments 2
Communication, speaking, writing and negotiation techniques 3
SUBJECT 1.3: Procedural strategy, litigation and alternative dispute-resolution systems27
Legal advice, alternative dispute-resolution methods and arbitration 4
Civil and trade litigation: preparation and development of the procedure, hearing and evidence, appeals and enforcement of court orders and arrangement with creditors 6
Criminal litigation: preparation and development of the procedure, hearing and evidence, appeals and enforcement of court orders Appeals to the Constitutional Court and legal rights and guarantees 5
Contentious-administrative litigation: preparation and development of the procedure, hearing and evidence, appeals and enforcement of court orders Appeals to the Constitutional Court and legal rights and guarantees 5
Labour litigation: preparation and development of the procedure, hearing and evidence, appeals and enforcement of court orders Appeals to the Constitutional Court and legal rights and guarantees 5
Litigation in special jurisdictions: Constitutional Court, European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU 2


Business Law Public Policy Law Legal Private Relationships Law Tax Law
Advice on Corporate Law I: Organisational and structural aspects

Advice on Corporate Law II: Financial aspects and liability regime

Legal-labour negotiation and advice
Advice on organisation, public service funding and community policies

Advice on financial responsibility and penalty system

Advice on public contracts and regulated sector
Advice on Law of tort

Advice on private real estate Law

Advice on civil contracts
Advice on direct taxation

Advice on indirect taxation and Community and international taxation

Advice and defence in tax application and tax penalty procedures

Internship opportunities are offered at renowned law firms and companies. Some of the entities that collaborate with us are: 

Uría Menéndez, Garrigues Abogados, Cuatrecasas, Gómez-Acebo y Pombo, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Watson, Farley and Williams, Clyde and Co, DAC, Ashurst, MAIO Legal, Rodríguez-Ramos Abogados, Estudio Rodríguez-Mourullo, Asjusa Letramed, SNR Abogados, Latham Watkins, Hogan Lovells, Allen and Overy, Baker Mckenzie, King & Wood Mallesons, Pérez-Llorca, EY, Deloitte, Ramón y Cajal Abogados, Ontier, Carles Cuesta Abogados, CMS Albiñana Suárez de Lezo, Abdon Pedrajas, Olswang, Eversheds NICEA, Herbert Smith, White and Case, Araoz y Rueda, Ceca Magán, Jones Day and Ramón Hermosilla Abogados.

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.

This programme comprises three excellence elements:

  1. - A clearly professional-oriented education, based on case method.
  2. - An oriented internship process, that allows students to access the entity that best meets their profile and interests.
  3. - A specific workshop for the preparation of the exam.

Also, the programme has an excellent team of professors, with a clearly professional profile.

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