In light of the new requirements to practice law at the bar, the Faculty of Law (ICADE) offers the opportunity to simultaneously study two complementary Master's programs, the Official Master's for Admission to the Bar and the Official Master's in Intellectual Property, thus meeting the existing demand.
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.
Both the Official Master's for Admission to the Bar and the Official Master's in Intellectual Property offer a professionalizing methodology that puts the focus on the case method, active student participation, simulation of trial and the real problem resolution.
This program, delivered by an excellent teaching staff with extensive experience in their teaching areas, features an external regulated and tutored internship module that allows students to access major law firms, companies, institutions, public bodies in the copyright and related rights sectors, such as intellectual property and new technologies. Moreover, our Master's offers specific preparation for the official bar entry examination.
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. Moreover, the training received by the students is supplemented with a second program, the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property, offered by the Faculty of Law at ICADE.
Therefore, this program is especially suited not only to Bachelor's Degree graduates, but also to holders of a Licentiate Degree in Law who wish to receive more comprehensive and advanced training in the practice of law in the context of a Intellectual Property.
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 Joint Directors and/or Coordinator.
Graduates from the combined degree consisting of the Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar and the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property can enter the labor market in a variety of positions and roles in law firms, companies, institutions, organizations and government agencies in the field of copyright and related rights, including industrial property and new technologies.
The admission process opens on December 11, 2017
The dates of publication of the lists of admitted would be the following:
The admission process to the Master's program is as follows:
The academic year begins in October 2018 and ends in January 2020. Within this period, the students will conduct their internships in firms, institutions and companies for a period of over four months.
Mondays and Tuesdays, morning and afternoon schedule
Wednesday to Friday, afternoon schedule
Amount, € 26.390 divided into:
First academic year: € 16.889,60
Second academic year: € 9.500,40
*Fees for Comillas and DEUSTO students (10% discount)
Pre-registration - reserving a place: €725 (to be deducted from the registration fee).
C/Alberto Aguilera, 23
Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar and Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property.
Prof. Antonio Alonso Timón, PhD
Prof. Isabel Fernández-Gil Viega
Tutor MUAA and Coordinator MUPI:
Center for Legal Innovation Law (CID-ICADE)
Calle Alberto Aguilera, 23
Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar
Tel.: 91 542 28 00 Ext. 2117/ 2260
Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property
Tel.: 91 542 28 00 Ext. 4660
Our goal is to enable our students to acquire the professional skills in accordance with the regulations governing admission to the bar (Law 34/2006 and its Royal Decree 775/2011), and pass the national entrance test to be convened annually, which is the final requirement, once the Master's Degree has been awarded, to be admitted to the bar.
Alongside such objective, the aim is to train top professionals in the field of intellectual property in the 21st century, enhancing the legal, economic and technical training of students, so that they may adapt to the real needs of companies, firms and organizations working in the field of intellectual property, specifically in the new market environment.
Therefore, the students will be encouraged to delve, in an integrated manner, into the legal, economic and technological areas of knowledge required for the specialized management that these rights demand in their various fields, and learn from the top professionals in the field of intellectual property.
The Double degree program enables our students to gain professional experience through academic internships in a company or institution directly related to the scope of protection of intellectual property rights, while implementing and consolidating their acquired knowledge, always under the guidance of an experienced professional from the firm, company or institution where they conduct their internship.
The teaching methodology is based on the case method, understood as the use of teaching tools that are very close or virtually identical to those employed in the professional practice of law in the field of Corporate Law. Thus, the students engage in trial simulations, preparation of legal documents, negotiations, etc. Our aim is to train future professionals on what it means to be a lawyer and its social implications, as well as to master the tools that they will use as lawyers and gain a deeper understanding of the field of Intellectual Property, with particular emphasis on litigation as a tool to develop not only their procedural capabilities as future lawyers, but also other essential profession-specific skills.
The programme known by the Title of Official Master's in Intellectual Property, is made up of a comprehensive and rigorous training of legal and economic content regarding the protection of Intellectual Property, also considering new technical resources. The modular structure of the programme allows for the progressive gaining of knowledge; from an initial general focus on the national and international protection systems, to the specific blocks in each field, be that professional, editorial, musical, theatrical, audiovisual, IT, multimedia or the internet, with a specific biotechnology section, and with the study of the economical analysis of these Intellectual Property rights. A complete and professional training is achieved thanks to the Programme incorporating an internship within it. This is undertaken in specialised, professional Offices, and Companies and Entities that Manage Intellectual Property.
For this reason, the clarity and coherence that this Programme offers is guaranteed.
The content of this programme is divided into the key thematic areas of Intellectual Property, with the educational distribution of 60 ECTS.
|I. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF LITERARY, ART AND THEATRICAL WORKS
|II. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF MUSICAL AND PHONOGRAPHIC WORKS
|III. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF AUDIOVISUAL WORKS
|IV. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF MULTIMEDIA WORKS, VIDEOGAMES, COMPUTER PROGRAMS AND DATA BASES
|V. NEW TECHNOLOGY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
|VI. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
|VII. ECONOMICAL ANALYSIS OF THE REGULATIONS THAT SAFEGUARD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN EUROPE.
|VIII. ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP REGARDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
|IX. END-OF-MASTER'S DEGREE PROJECT
This dual programme of Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar and Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property takes place over two academic years and has the following content:
|MODULE 1: COMMON TRAINING||44|
|SUBJECT 1.1: Legal collegiate and organisational framework and professional code of practice for lawyers||12|
|Ethics and Professional Conduct. Social role and engagement||COMP||4|
|The Bar Association Organisational, labour and financial aspects of professional practice||COMP||5|
|Rights, duties and professional liability of the lawyer and insurance||COMP||3|
|SUBJECT 1.2: Action instruments and techniques||5|
|Legal methodology and arguments||COMP||2|
|Communication, speaking, writing and negotiation techniques and new technology||COMP||3|
|SUBJECT 1.3: Procedural strategy, litigation and alternative dispute-resolution systems||27|
|Legal advice, alternative dispute-resolution methods and arbitration||COMP||4|
|Civil and trade litigation: preparation and development of the procedure, hearing and evidence, appeals and enforcement of court orders and arrangement with creditors||COMP||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||COMP||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||COMP||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||COMP||5|
|Litigation in special jurisdictions: Constitutional Court, European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU||COMP||2|
|SUBJECT 2.3: SPECIALITY IN LEGAL PRIVATE RELATIONS LAW||10|
|Advice on Damages Laws||OP||4|
|Advice on Private Property Laws||OP||3|
|Advice on civil contracting||OP||3|
|MODULE 3: INTERNSHIPS||COMP||30|
|MODULE 4: FINAL MASTER'S PROJECT||COMP||6|
|I. General protection system of property rights over intangible assets||COMP||5.5|
|II. Civil and criminal proceedings to protect rights in rem over intangible assets||COMP||5|
|III. Public and institutional protection of rights in rem over intangible assets||COMP||2.5|
|IV. Labor, tax, legal and registry-specific protection of property rights over intangible assets||COMP||2|
|V.Intellectual property rights of literary, dramatic or artistic works.||COMP||2.5|
|VI.Intellectual property rights of musical works or recordings.||COMP||5|
|VII.Intellectual property rights of audiovisual works.||COMP||5.5|
|VIII.Intellectual property rights of multimedia works, video games, computer programs and databases.||COMP||2.5|
|IX.New technologies and intellectual property.||COMP||3|
|X.Intellectual property and biotechnology.||COMP||4|
|XI.Economic analysis of the regulations that protect intellectual property in Europe.||COMP||3.5|
|XIII. FINAL MASTER'S PROJECT OR DISSERTATION||9|
The essential aim of this section of a compulsory internship is for the student to integrate, deepen and consolidate the knowledge gained from the taught classes in previous months. The idea is that students can put their knowledge into practice, meaning that the training that the student undergoes includes a complete, rigorous and effective learning. It has been clearly evident in the previous editions of the Master and Advanced Course in Intellectual Property that the University has taught, that the essence of the internship, an appropriate development process and an evaluation of such leads to excellent results obtained by the students that have put their knowledge into practice in an internship.
The students on this Official Master's Degree carry out internships in Offices specialised in Intellectual Property, in Companies in the sector and Entities that deal with the Management of Rights. These have all signed an educational cooperation agreement with the university and the following stand out because of their level of specialisation and the excellent results obtained in previous years:
Each student that undertakes an internship in an law firm, company or entity will be assigned a tutor at the centre and an academic tutor at the University.
The academic tutor at the university will, by means of periodic interviews with the law firm, company or entity, check and monitor the student's academic performance, guaranteeing the academic quality of the internship and the way the student adapts to the working conditions of the centre (timetable, undertaking of assigned tasks, resources and supervision of the student's work by the person responsible at the centre).
The professional opportunities from the Official Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar 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.
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.
The professional opportunities from the Official Master's Degree in Intellectual Property:
Furthermore, the Master's Degree for Admission to the Bar gives access to an official doctorate programme, pursuant to current regulations.
The graduate profile of the Master is defined by the generic and specific skills acquired by the student when taking this course; the student gets to know the rules that govern intellectual property at national, community and international level, as well as the different existing contracts and case-law. Graduates are, in this sense, specialists in Intellectual Property counselling, and they can also work in court and arbitration instances, both at national and international level.
Employment rates of our Graduates of the Master's Programme in Intellectual Property have been high over the past few years. Professional opportunities are numerous, with a fast growth rate.
In the last three decades, technological development has diversified the factors that enable the creation, production and use of Intellectual Property works, which has in turn given rise to further complexity in the systems that protect these rights. In this sense, sectors (musical, audiovisual, IT, multimedia, internet, publishing, biotechnology, etc.) on the front line of this great revolution, are increasingly demanding professionals specialising in Intellectual Property. These circumstances are giving rise to a high and important social, economic and legal impact, evidencing the growing demand of legal professionals, who are able to provide qualified services for the understanding and application of this regulatory content.
Considering said professional demand, the University has for more than sixteen years stated its academic training offering for postgraduate courses, by means of the Master's Degree in Intellectual Property, from the development of contents, and practical skills which help the students integrate their knowledge, and adjust it to this complex professional field. On the basis of the premises of a rigorous academic training, the consolidation of the Intellectual Property Programme has been supported by the collaboration of the main Managing Entities, Law Firm and Companies of the industry, with scholarships and internships which are recognised by the Agreements signed.
The Master's Programme in Intellectual Property has the following training objectives for students enrolled: