The bachelor's degree in Law provides training that includes both theoretical knowledge of legislation and the necessary methodological tools to interpret and apply it. In addition, students can opt to undertake external placements in professional offices, companies and public institutions.

The bachelor's degree in Law at the University of Barcelona provides knowledge of the basic concepts of law and the fundamentals of legal argumentation, with the aim of enabling students to master the structure and functioning of all facets – local, regional, national, European and international – of the the legal system. The course provides knowledge of the various branches of private and public law, including administrative law, civil law, constitutional law, labour and social security law, financial and tax law, public international law, private international law, commercial law, criminal law, procedural law, comparative law and philosophy of law, with the aim of ensuring that students acquire the skills and abilities needed to practice the different legal professions. The bachelor's degree offers students the possibility of earning specializations on the diploma supplement through a coherent grouping of optional subjects. The following specializations are currently offered: Public Law, Private Law, Business Law, and International, Comparative and European Community Law.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Law
Branch of knowledge
  • Social Sciences
Mode of delivery


Number of places available

430 (excluding double degrees)

Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 38.7%, Spanish 57.9%, English 3.5%
Admission grade

9.720 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


  • To provide knowledge of the general structure and basic principles of various legal disciplines.
  • To develop the capacity to analyse legal problems and address them correctly.
  • To develop the capacity to interpret the reality, assess information, identify important facts, distinguish different cases, locate relevant material, legally qualify the facts, take decisions, negotiate, persuade, make oneself understood by anybody, define strategies and advise; all without affecting the subsequent specialization required to work in various legal professions, such as legal practice, as well as public services or corporate or institutional organizations.
  • To ensure good professional training to work in the various legal professions.


Generic Competences

  • Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project/capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams).
  • Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects/capacity to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).
  • Concern for sustainability (capacity to assess the social and environmental impact of actions taken in a particular setting/capacity to adopt integrated and systemic approaches).
  • Respect for fundamental rights, in particular with regard to gender equality, functional diversity and the culture of peace, built on democratic values.
  • Capacity for significant learning, respect for the knowledge acquired, and a responsible approach to lifelong learning.

Specific competences

  • Understanding of the legal dimension of human and social relationships and their implications in the different areas of legal organization.
  • Understanding of the human, economic, social and political contexts of law and the effects of legal norms and legal decisions in these areas.
  • Understanding of the historical origins of law and the sources and evolution of different legal systems.
  • Critical understanding of the values inherent in law, particularly justice and the application of justice.
  • Understanding of and ability to apply the basic and specialized concepts of different branches of the legal system.
  • Understanding of the institutional system and the complex forms of law production at the local, regional, national, European and international levels.
  • Understanding of legislative structures and capacity to apply criteria for prioritising sources of law to determine the norms applicable to different cases.
  • Understanding of the diversity of legal systems in the work, the evolution of an international society and accompanying institutions, their impact on the creation of international and transnational legal norms, and the mechanisms by which these norms are observed in the Spanish legal system.
  • Understanding of the legal status of individuals in their dealings with the government and with public authorities in general.
  • Understanding of the mechanisms and procedures for resolving legal conflicts.
  • Capacity to interpret legal norms according to the specific rules of each area of law and apply them to social conflicts.
  • Capacity to consider a range of alternatives for solving a legal problem, determine a suitable hierarchy and decide upon the most appropriate solution.
  • Understanding of the new legal phenomena created by the evolution of society and capacity to plan and carry out the research needed to tackle the problems arising from this process.
  • Capacity to apply the different sources of legal knowledge: law, doctrine and jurisprudence.
  • Capacity to read, understand and analyse different types of legal texts and identify the key information they contain.
  • Capacity to use legal language and the terminology of different branches of law confidently and accurately in Catalan and Spanish, and ability to work with documents written in English and communicate fluently in English.
  • Capacity to transmit legal ideas and arguments orally and in writing to a diverse range of recipients, adopting the appropriate register in each case.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Jurists can be defined as people who are familiar with law and are trained to interpret and apply it to resolve the problems that arise in our life in society. Therefore, law students must be sensitive to human and social problems and have a certain degree of common sense.

An academic background in the humanities is not necessarily a requirement. Applicants may also be accepted if they have a background in science or technology, history, philosophy or economics. A good level of cultural knowledge is likely to prove useful. However, what is really essential to be a good jurist is a critical approach, curiosity, a well-organized mind, capacity to identify and differentiate some situations from others and, finally, a certain amount of imagination. A good memory is important, but it would be a great error to consider that legal studies are based exclusively on memorising information.

Law students are people who are in touch with reality, and engaged with analysing social reality and problems, listening to others, putting themselves in others' place, considering underlying interests, and making feasible, sensible, responsible decisions and agreements in line with democratic values.

There is not a specific applicant profile, but anyone who wants to graduate in law must be a good reader (including of the press) and clearly interested in national and international current affairs (politics, economy and social issues among others). Furthermore, students who are good communicators (the capacity for oral and written expression and argument skills are essential) and have a reasonable command of a foreign language (preferably English) are at an advantage.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information


Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 144
Optional 30
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Alternative Means of Conflict Resolution 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Bioethics and Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Business Taxation 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Canon Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Community Law of Free Circulation 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Comparative Private Law 2nd semester Optional 3
Comparitive Constitutional Law and Law of the European Union 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Competition Law and Industrial Property Rights 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Current Legal Issues in Public Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Current Legal Issues in Business Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Current Legal Issues in International Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Current Legal Issues in Private Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Dret i Política de Gènere 2nd semester Optional 3
Dret i Polítiques Mediambientals i de Sostenibilitat 2nd semester Optional 3
Economic Criminal Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Electoral Law and Parliamentary Law 2nd semester Optional 3
Environmental Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
European Contract and Consumer Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Financial Market Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Fundamental Rights and Guarantees 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Governance and Digital Transformation 2nd semester Optional 3
History of Catalan Law and Roman Law Tradition 2nd semester Optional 6
Immigration, Nationality and Foreign Status 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Institutional or Company Placement 1st semester
2nd semester
Practices 6
Intellectual Property Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
International Economic Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
International Organizations 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
International Protection of Human Rights 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Interregional Law 2nd semester Optional 3
Labour Law and Collective Bargaining 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Local Government Law and Taxation 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Minorities and Equality 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Pau, Justícia i Seguretat en les Societats Globalitzades 1st semester Optional 3
Procedural Strategies 1st semester Optional 6
Public Function 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Registration Law 1st semester Optional 3
Social Security Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Sociology of Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
State and Confession 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Tort Law and Damages 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3

Pathways and specializations

Specialization in Public Law
Specialization in Private Law
Specialization in Company Law
Specialization in International Law, Comparative Law and Community Law
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Double degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

The main career opportunities of a Law graduate are the following, although some students may have planned other specific career paths that are also viable:

  • Lawyer
  • Procurator
  • Public notary
  • Registrar
  • Civil servants employed in the Administration of Justice: judges and magistrates, public prosecutors, legal secretaries
  • High-level civil servants in the Administration of Justice: state attorney, expert in civil administration of the state, and other civil servants who work for central, regional and local government.
  • Spanish civil servants working outside of the country (diplomatic corps)
  • Mid-level civil servants employed in central, regional and local government
  • Employees of international organizations: United Nations, Council of Europe
  • Lawyer for Spanish national or regional parliaments
  • Corporate lawyer
  • Lawyer for private associations/organizations
  • Legal advisor or counsel

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

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Faculty of Law

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Secretary: 934 020 127

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