Objectives and competences
Legal professionals carry out a fundamental task in the rule of law, providing advice to citizens regarding the enforcement of the law, promoting extra-judicial resolution of conflicts, and, if necessary, defending and representing the rights and interests of their clients in court. In this way, they ensure the proper functioning of society and act in the service of public entities, companies and individuals.
In this context, access to the legal profession as a lawyer or solicitor requires a process of professional training based on three fundamental pillars: specialized learning, a mandatory internship period, and a professional aptitude test. Therefore, the new university master’s degree in Legal Practice and Representation is conceived as the professional training course that allows students to take the respective access examination for the professions of lawyer and solicitor.
Similarly, considering the high demand for studies in law, the university master’s degree in Legal Practice and Representation offered by the Faculty of Law at the University of Barcelona allows graduates in law to continue their specialized training. The master’s degree is not only linked to our social responsibility as a public university but also to the need for a comprehensive and coherent postgraduate offering in the field of legal studies, aimed at specialization and the provision of specific professional training.
Objectives and competences
The general goal of this master's degree is to provide preparatory, advanced and specific training for legal practice and representation, as well as to provide the knowledge students will need to pass the mandatory professional aptitude evaluation. In this framework, the learning objectives of the master's degree are as follows:
- To acquire advanced theoretical and practical training to determine the appropriate administrative or jurisdictional framework and the most suitable course of action to defend the rights of clients in different jurisdictions.
- To obtain specific training to make correct use of the alternative methods to judicial procedures for the resolution of legal conflicts.
- To interpret and apply judicial texts from an interdisciplinary perspective, using legal principles and the social and ethical principles and values as analytical tools.
- To obtain comprehensive theoretical and practical training to carry out the corresponding procedural acts within the role of court solicitor.
- To acquire a more detailed understanding of the regulatory and ethical framework of professional legal practice and representation.
- To make precise use of legal language and terminology in any area of law to communicate legal ideas, arguments and reasoning, using the appropriate register in each oral and written context.
Applicant profile and access requirements
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Access requirements and conditions
11 April - 31 May 2023.
- Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
- Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.
For the publication of the resolution, only applications by students who have submitted all the required documentation in the pre-enrolment process and have paid the corresponding fee by 16 June 2023 will be considered.
Admitted candidates must pay a fee of '300 to reserve their place.
As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned
Subjects and course plans
Distribution of credits
List of subjects
Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.
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 750 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.
What can you work on ?
In accordance with Law 34/2006, of October 30, on access to legal practice and representation, as well as its implementing regulation approved by Royal Decree 64/2023, of February 8, individuals who wish to practise as lawyers or court solicitors must obtain the corresponding professional qualification. This is obtained by successfully completing the specialized training course in the necessary competencies for legal practice and representation, as well as passing the final evaluation test that certifies the attainment of the respective professional competence.
In this context, the master's degree in Legal Practice and Representation constitutes specialized training as required by the current legislation. Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to sit the Spanish Ministry of Justice examination to qualify for the professions of lawyer and solicitor. The attainment of this qualification, following completion of the specialized training and the professional aptitude examination, entitles legal practitioners to register with the pertinent college of lawyers or solicitors, according to their choice of activity.
Qualified individuals who pass the professional access examination are entitled to practise as lawyers or solicitors, either individually, collectively, or by joining multidisciplinary teams. They should approach their work with a reflective and proactive attitude towards the defence of their clients' interests, demonstrating commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, the gender perspective and social justice.
The dual theoretical and practical nature of the training offered in the field of legal practice and representation ensures that students obtain the necessary skills to work in various areas. Specifically, it enables qualified graduates to engage in the planning and implementation of appropriate procedural strategies before the courts or to carry out the functions related to client representation in court. It also prepares them for providing legal advice in the public and private sectors, as well as for resolving conflicts through ADR methods.
Access to the labour market
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