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Master's Degree in Law

Academic year 2018-19 | 90 credits | 80 places

New student profile and admission criteria

In order to participate in this Master's degree programme, applicants must have an official degree in law.

The Master's degree programme in law is directed at graduates with a bachelor's degree in law. It is also appropriate for those with licentiate degrees in law.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats (80 in total):

  1. Those with bachelor's degrees in law will have preference over those with licentiate degrees in law.
  2. Within each group, bachelor's degree holders and licentiate degree holders will be awarded seats based on their academic transcripts. In order to assess transcripts, average marks (out of 10) will be considered, and to this, the following will be added:
    1. 1 point for bachelor's degree holders and licentiates in law from the University of the Balearic Islands.
    2. 0.5 points to those who, in addition to having a bachelor's degree in law or being licentiates in law, have a licentiate or bachelor's degree in business administration and management or in labour relations.
    3. 0.3 points to those who, in addition to having a bachelor's degree in law or being licentiates in law, have an associate degree in business sciences or labour relations (points b & c are incompatible in the same field: you cannot add 0.5 points for studies in business administration and management and another 0.3 points for other studies in business administration and management, but you can add together 0.5 for studies in labour relations and 0.3 for the associate degree in business administration and management).
    4. 0.2 points for those who have a bachelor's or licentiate degree (in addition to the degree in law) in a subject not mentioned in point b.
    5. 0.1 points for those who have an associate degree in (in addition to the degree in law) in a subject not mentioned in point c.

These criteria will be applied in July if the number of applications exceeds the number of seats, and in September if any seats are left open from July and the number of applications in September exceeds the number of seats not filled in July.

Important notice regarding external work placements and the assignment of tutors: see the following section on the structure of the programme.

Academic and professional goals

While the main objective of this Master's degree programme is to provide students with the minimum level practical knowledge they need to begin working in the world of law, the curriculum also includes contents and tests similar to those that graduates in law must pass in order to become certified lawyers, i.e., the programme will prepare students for the bar exam.

So, the Master's programme is designed to turn students into professionals, it is not designed for professionals, though it might be of some interest to them.

Access to other study programmes and career opportunities

As long as the student has an undergraduate degree in law issued by a Spanish university, this master’s degree programme will allow him/her to take the mandatory exams for becoming a lawyer.

Foreign graduates and lawyers should consult the Spanish Law (Abogacía Española) web page for more information. Here, the conditions for practicing law in Spain are outlined:
http://www.abogacia.es/conozcanos/la-institucion/ejercicio-de-la-abogacia/#extranjeros

Structure of the study programme

 

Each subject's syllabus can be found in the Subject section of this Master's programme.

Professors' CVs can be found at

The study programme is made up of two modules, a Master's thesis, and an obligatory external internship:

  • General module, 16 credits, includes 3 blocks of content: (Programme)

    • Professional ethics: Lawyers' relationships with the client, other parties, the court and public authorities, and other lawyers.
    • Core: Obligations associated with professional practice, operation of free legal aid, the organizational environment of the bar association, and the legal framework behind the practice of legal professions. Organization and management of law firms; techniques for working in a team and developing interpersonal relationships; tools for managing, finding, and handling data.
    • Interdisciplinary: strategy for defence of the client, legal competence and organization, criminal defence, and fundamental legal concepts. Tax law. Submitting, taking, and handling evidence. National and international jurisdiction, especially with respect to the writ of amparo and the European Court of Human Rights. Alternative conflict resolution methods.
  • Special module, 29 credits, includes 4 blocks of content: (Programme)

    • Civil and commercial law (12 credits). Civil and commercial contracts. Rights in rem. Family law. Inheritance law. Tort law. Insolvency law. Corporate law. Updating sessions (these sessions will cover materials and topics that, due to the relatively recent creation of new legislation or legal precedents, or for some other reason, are not part of the material covered in the bachelor's degree programme in law).
    • Administrative law (6 credits). Administrative procedure. Contested administrative proceedings. Spanish economic administrative courts. Construction law. Duties of public administrations. Updating sessions (these sessions will cover materials and topics that, due to the relatively recent creation of new legislation or legal precedents, or for some other reason, are not part of the material covered in the bachelor's degree programme in law).
    • Criminal law (6 credits). Special criminal law. Gender-based violence. Minors. The penal process. Jury. Penitentiary law. Updating sessions (these sessions will cover materials and topics that, due to the relatively recent creation of new legislation or legal precedents, or for some other reason, are not part of the material covered in the bachelor's degree programme in law).
    • Labour law and social security law (5 credits). Labour contracts. Social security. Labour procedures. Updating sessions (these sessions will cover materials and topics that, due to the relatively recent creation of new legislation or legal precedents, or for some other reason, are not part of the material covered in the bachelor's degree programme in law).
  • Master's thesis, 15 credits (Responsibility of the ICAIB [Balearic bar association]). The thesis involves the preparation of two dossiers on two case studies and an oral defence in front of a committee. It will be a three-member committee, and it must contain at least one tenured UIB professor and an ICAIB lawyer. The committee will be chosen by the Master's degree programme quality control team and endorsed by a joint ICAIB/UIB team.

  • External internships are mandatory (30 credits), in accordance with chapter III of Royal Decree 775/2011 of 3 June, which ratifies the Regulation of Law 34/2006 of 30 October on access to legal professions (including that of lawyers).

    During the internships, students will be under the tutelage of a lawyer. The main goal of the internships is to ensure that students have effective contact with legal entities, lawyers, and public institutions relevant to their professions.

    The internships will take place during the third quarter.
     

In order to be awarded the Master's degree in law, students must pass the two modules, the Master's thesis, and the external internship on their own. Passing only a part of the 90 credits does not give students the right to any degree.

Final Exam

This Master's programme does not require students to pass a comprehensive graduation exam.

Evaluation criteria and exams

Evaluation and examination criteria are detailed in each subject's syllabus (see the Subjects section).

 

Study programme leadership

Programme directors

Dr. Joana Maria Socias Camacho
Departament
Telephone
(34) 971 17 2936
Sr. Bernardo Garcías Vidal
Departament
ICAIB (Balearic bar association).
Telephone
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E-mail
bernardogarciasarrobabalearabogados.com

Programme coordinator

Dr. Bartolomé Trias Prats
Departament
Telephone
(34) 971 17 3111

 

 

 

List of professors and subjects they teach: Subjects.