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Subjects in the Bachelor in Law

An integrated, international education in law and business

Starting in the first year, you will combine the compulsory subjects of the Bachelor in Law with subjects from the world of business and economics, such as Economics I and II, Accounting, and Analysis of Financial Statements. This dual training in law and business will increase your effectiveness as an adviser in your future work.

You will also have the opportunity to take subjects in your area of specialisation in public or private law while studying abroad in the first semester of the fourth year. Taking these subjects in another country will enable you to acquire an international vision, which will be enhanced by the language training you will receive throughout the four-year programme.

First year

Constitutional Law I


This subject covers the fundamentals that will allow you to understand Spain’s constitutional system and the nature of the Spanish state. You will learn about the state created by the Spanish Constitution of 1978 and gain an understanding of the basic principles that define it, the constitutional institutions and organisations, their functions, and their relationships to one another.

 

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Introduction to Private Law


This subject provides an introduction to the origin of the main institutions and difficulties of private law. You will acquire a complete vision of the private legal system and learn the basics of the main problems that will be covered in greater detail in other subjects of the Bachelor in Law.

 

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Legal and Social Fundamentals of European Political Culture


In this subject, you will learn the terminology and the conceptual foundations for the study of various branches of law. You will also acquire theoretical and historical knowledge of law that will give you the right perspective to analyse various legal solutions to common problems.

 

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Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Theory of Crime I


What is the place and function of criminal law within public law? In this subject, you will learn the basics of criminal law, its functions, and the scope of its application. You will also study the relationships between criminal law and other branches of the legal system.

 

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Economics I


In this subject, you will study the basics of economic analysis of law, microeconomic analysis and the functioning of the markets. You will analyse the various market structures, the theory of incentives and the problems associated with information asymmetry.

On completion of this subject, you will be able to assess the economic aspects of laws and court decisions.

 

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Constitutional Law II


In this subject, you will develop the skills you need to participate in proceedings of the Constitutional Court of Spain and in the actions of public authorities in the application of the Spanish Constitution.

 

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Civil Law and the Law Concerning the Person (General Part)


In this subject, you will lay the groundwork for acquiring a solid education in private law and gain awareness of the importance of law as a system for regulating social relationships. You will study various fundamental concepts of law that link up with our entire legal system.

 

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Theory of Law


This subject is basic and methodological: you will analyse legal phenomena in a non-dogmatic way and acquire valid tools for analysing any specific legal system. You will acquire the conceptual instruments that you will need to continue your studies in the Bachelor in Law.

 

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Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Theory of Crime II


In this subject, we will focus on the application of the fundamentals of criminal law and take an in-depth look at the various elements of the theory of crime: unlawfulness, typicality, causes of justification, elements of guilt, responsibility and participation, etc.

 

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Economics II


In this subject, you will learn to analyse a country’s macroeconomic situation. You will analyse the pros and cons of the application of various economic policies and, by studying tax law, gain an understanding of the macroeconomic consequences of changes in these policies.

 

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English I


On completion of this subject, you will have the oral and written skills you need to operate flexibly and effectively in the academic and legal spheres and/or in the world of business. Your proficiency level will be approximately equivalent to a B (passing mark) on the First Certificate.

 

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Second year

Constitutional Law III


This subject, which builds on Constitutional Law I and II, will provide the knowledge you need to participate in proceedings and actions that require the direct application of the Spanish Constitution, as well as proceedings related to constitutional rights.

 

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Theory of Contracts


In this subject, you will study one of the oldest and most essential vehicles of law, the one that regulates and organises the exchange of goods and services: contracts and obligations. This is an essential starting point for the consolidation of other areas of civil law and for tackling other legal disciplines (commercial law, financial law, etc.).

 

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Introduction to Procedural Law


In this subject, you will learn the basics of the existing channels for the resolution of conflicts between individuals. You will gain an understanding of lawsuits as the final solution when all channels of mediation and negotiation have been exhausted. On completion of this subject, you will be familiar with all of the available instruments, tools and actions and will know how to draft allegations. You will also learn the basics of public speaking.

 

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Types of Crimes I


In this subject, you will gain an understanding of the relationship between criminal laws and the laws that make up the rest of the legal system. You will learn to relate the knowledge acquired in the general part with the special part of criminal law. On completion of this subject, you will be able to interpret any criminal statute and any judicial decision.

 

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International Society


This subject provides an introduction to the main characteristics of the laws that govern the relationships between the main stakeholders in international society (public international law). We will cover topics such as the use of force, the law of the sea, aviation law, environmental law, etc.

 

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Regional Economic Integration: The EU and Beyond


In this subject, you will study the key points of law pertaining to the economic integration of the European Union. The key topics covered will include institutions, decision-making, constitutional principles, common regulations, treaties, and the interrelationships between the legal systems of the members states. We will also analyse the key points of law in the European Union’s relations with non-member states.

 

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Social Responsibility


The aim of this subject is to collectively cultivate social awareness in the practice of our profession. You will have the opportunity to apply your skills and competencies as a student of law by taking part in social work projects with special groups such as elderly people, at-risk youth and immigrants, as well as cases having to do with environmental problems.

 

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Private Contracting


Within the field of civil law, we will take an in-depth look at civil and commercial contracts of sale, special purchase agreements, exchanges, donations, leasing (urban and rural properties), construction contracts, service-provision contracts, etc., as well as essential concepts such as conflict-resolution, arbitration, security deposits, etc.

 

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Commercial Law I


In this subject, we will define the position occupied by commercial law within the legal system (concept and sources), the legal status of companies and their owners (business owners), the general market regime in which commercial transactions take place (competition, unfair competition and advertising, brands, patents, copyright, etc.).

 

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Tax Law I


In this subject, you will gain an understanding of, and learn to apply, the basic general principles of financial and tax law. We will lay the economic, doctrinal and legal groundwork that will enable you to later acquire deeper knowledge of the main taxes and procedures in the Spanish taxation system.

 

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Types of Crimes II


In this subject, you will acquire the necessary training to take action with regard to crimes against fundamental legal goods (life, abortion, genetic manipulation, injury, crimes against freedom, etc.); crimes against collective interests (workers, citizens, territory, historical heritage, public health, etc.); and crimes against the public administration, the constitution and the public order.

 

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International Organization


In this subject, you will gain a basic understanding of the main international organisations created since the birth of this new subject – public international law – in the 19th century: the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), etc.

 

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European Union Law


In this subject, you will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of EU law and learn to distinguish between the EU legal system and national and international legal systems. On completion of this subject, you will have a clear idea of the institutions, constitutional principles and policies of the EU.

 

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Accounting


This subject will provide an introduction to the economic and financial reality of the business world. You will learn the basic concepts involved in preparing a company’s financial statements on the basis of accounting events and simple situations.

 

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Fundamentals of Administrative Law


In this subject, you will learn the basics of administrative law from two perspectives: 1) the perspective of public administrations, as entities endowed with certain powers, and 2) the perspective of individuals, as holders of rights and obligations.

 

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English II


On completion of this subject, you will be capable of actively participating in work meetings, giving presentations on legal topics, understanding various speakers, carefully reading and analysing journalistic or academic texts, giving your opinion on legal matters, etc.

 

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French I


On completion of this subject, you will be capable of using common phrases and expressions and communicating about simple, everyday tasks that require only simple, direct exchanges of information.

 

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German I


On completion of this subject, you will be capable of understanding and using everyday expressions. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, request and provide basic personal information, and express your views on familiar topics in a simple manner. You will be able to interact on an elementary level, provided that your interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to cooperate.

 

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Third year

Activities of Public Administrations


In this subject, you will gain a deeper understanding of administrative law, with a focus on public administration. We will study the activities of public administrations and their main constituent entities, which are endowed with certain powers that give them a position of superiority with regard to citizens, so that they can effectively serve the general interest.

 

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Real-Estate Legal Relationships and Property Law


In this subject, you will study the legal regimen for property, including property rights, mechanisms of acquisition and transfer, modification and extinction of said rights, possession as a legally relevant phenomenon, and the Property Registry.

 

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Commercial Law II


On completion of this subject, you will know how companies work, understand the differences between the various types of company (corporations, private limited companies, etc.) and be capable of choosing the most appropriate alternative available under the law for a given situation.

 

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Tax Law II


This subject covers the reality of taxation in the business world. You will gain a deeper understanding of tax-related concepts and learn why it is important for a company to follow a suitable fiscal policy. You will also gain an understanding of the mechanism of the business tax.

 

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Procedural Law II


This subject will cover the main characteristics of the various declaratory proceedings, drawing a distinction between general and special proceedings. On completion of this subject, you will be capable of choosing the most appropriate procedure for a given conflict, be familiar with the guidelines for arbitration, understand the enforcement function in the context of civil proceedings, and more.

 

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Labour Law I


This subject will provide an introduction to collective labour law from an international and European Union-oriented perspective as well as a national perspective. We will cover topics such as worker representation, the right to strike, negotiation, trade union elections, collective agreements, etc

 

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Analysis of Financial Statements


A familiarity with accounting instruments and the ability to analyse them will be fundamental in your work with companies. On completion of this subject, you will be able to organise, read and interpret a balance sheet and profit and loss account, analyse a company’s assets and economic-financial position, define the ideal financial strategy, etc.

 

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Public Intervention in the Economy


What are the main interventions carried out by public administrations? In this subject, you will learn about the various types of activities that public administrations carry out in the service of the general public: planning and control, penalties, provision of benefits and public services, development, expropriations, etc.

 

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Limited Property Rights


In this subject, you will study all aspects of the field traditionally known as the “law of things” – the legal regime that applies to property in the static sense. The subject is divided into two thematic blocks: Real Rights and Property Registration Law.

 

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Commercial Law III


In this subject, you will learn about the laws regulating limited liability companies. You will gain an understanding of the operations used to modify the structure of these companies and how they are applied in practice. You will learn to distinguish between the problems of publicly traded companies and those of privately held companies. You will also learn about scenarios of business insolvency, the legal treatment of bankruptcy and the corresponding proceedings.

 

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Tax Law III


In this subject, you will gain a deeper understanding of tax concepts that will enable you to understand and judge tax policies that apply to individuals. Among other activities, you will prepare a personal income tax return using the official programme available on the website of the Spanish tax authority.

 

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Labour Law II


In this subject, you will delve deeper into the regulatory framework for labour relations, this time from an individual perspective: access to the job market, hiring, working conditions, vicissitudes of employment contracts, restructuring of companies and termination of employment.

 

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Practicum


The Practicum will give you your first taste of the professional world. You will have the chance to visualise all the knowledge and skills that you have developed over the course of the programme. The Practicum will also help you enter the job market by implementing a good professional strategy and job-search approach.

 

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Legal English


In this subject, you will acquire the vocabulary and expressions used most frequently by practising lawyers. You will also acquire the academic skills you will need to study abroad in the fourth year of the programme.

 

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French II


On completion of this subject, you will be able to understand the key points of a conversation in standard French in a business setting. You will learn to get along in most common workplace situations, develop a simple and coherent speech, and confidently make presentations involving arguments and explanations.

 

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German II


On completion of this subject, you will be able to get along in important everyday situations such as attending a party, using public transport, interacting with other people, and sitting for an interview in which you must discuss your academic background. The subject also includes a module on the German university system.

 

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Fourth year: First Semester

Study abroad

* If you do not study abroad, you can choose to take various subjects in English. This will provide an opportunity for you to acquire in-depth knowledge of the subject matter with the added value of the language of instruction, which will be fundamental in your professional career.

Track: Private Law in a European and Global Context

Comparative Law


This subject will contribute to the internationalisation of your CV in two ways: 1) you will be taking the subject in English, and 2) it is a subject that transcends the borders of legal systems. On completion of this subject, your vision of the law will be less local – an especially important factor in today’s increasingly globalised society.

 

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Real State


This subject will provide a complete, practical overview of Spanish real-estate law: documentation, rental and purchase agreements, taxes (practicum included), etc.

 

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Tort Law


In this subject, you will acquire knowledge about the main issues pertaining to civil liability law. You will learn to identify the main problems associated with defending a civil liability case: accidents, damage claims, negligence, defective products, etc.

 

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Towards a new world order


The world is moving quickly. We are surrounded by dizzying changes. This subject will help you develop an up-to-date map of the new times, including the relevant stakeholders and the political, economic and social trends that are shaping today’s world. We will explore the constant changes of power and the configuration of a new world order.

 

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Public-Private Partnerships


This subject will provide an overview of the synergies that can be achieved between the public and private sectors in order to meet social needs. You will study the impact of governments on the development of markets and learn to identify models for collaboration between the public and private sectors that can create value for companies and for society.

 

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Law & Economics

Private Law Clinicum (Final Project)


In this subject, you will review and enhance your knowledge of core content covered in the programme in relation to private law. You will follow a practical work methodology: you will work independently to prepare and solve a series of cases, while also taking part in group sessions where you will be expected to present your arguments.

 

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Track: Public Law in a European and Global Context

European Union Internal Market


In this subject, you will learn how the domestic market of the European Union was developed by studying the general concepts of economic integration and the free movement of goods, as well as the most relevant measures of their effect.

 

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International Environmental Law


In this subject, you will acquire the necessary knowledge about international and European environmental law. Through practical application, you will learn about the most important international agreements, regulations and environmental guidelines and the future challenges they entail, among other topics.

 

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Diplomatic & Consular Law


From a theoretical and practical perspective, this subject will provide an introduction to the reality of diplomatic and consular relations, ad hoc diplomacy, relations with other subjects of international law, and agents and officials of international organisations.

 

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Towards a New World Order


The world is moving quickly. We are surrounded by dizzying changes. This subject will help you develop an up-to-date map of the new times, including the relevant stakeholders and the political, economic and social trends that are shaping today’s world. We will explore the constant changes of power and the configuration of a new world order.

 

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Public-Private Partnerships


This subject will provide an overview of the synergies that can be achieved between the public and private sectors in order to meet social needs. You will study the impact of governments on the development of markets and learn to identify models for collaboration between the public and private sectors that can create value for companies and for society.

 

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Self-determination and Minority Rights


This subject will explore the evolution of the concepts of self-determination and minority rights from the 19th century to the present. We will study changes in legal norms, including the interpretation of the principle of self-determination by the League of Nations and the United Nations and the protection of the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.

 

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Law & Economics

Public Law Clinicum (Final Project)


In this subject, you will acquire specialist knowledge in an area of public law. The subject combines theoretical and practical knowledge of three disciplines – administrative law, financial and tax law, and criminal law – with a focus on compulsory purchase, pecuniary liability and public-sector contracting.

On completion of this subject, you will have practical knowledge of these three institutions of administrative law, as well as their respective tax and criminal implications.

 

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Fourth year: Second semester

Common subjects

Inheritance Law


In this subject, you will study various concepts pertaining to the legal consequences of the death of a natural person: inheritance law, distribution of estates, testate succession, donation, etc.

 

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Family Law


In this subject, we will explore various issues of family law, including marriage and its effects, marital property regimes, non-marital families, parental and quasi-family relationships (custody, kinship, guardianship, etc.).

 

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Indirect Taxation


On completion of this subject, you will be able to apply tax regulations pertaining to forms of indirect taxation, specifically the value-added tax and the transfer tax and stamp duty.

 

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Business Law and the Market: Commercial Contracts and Securities IV


This subject will provide you with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to address any moderately complex situation having to do with securities, commercial contracting within the framework of collaboration contracts with business owners, basic banking contracts, and insurance and transport contracts.

 

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Legal Ethics


In this subject, we will analyse various ethical dilemmas at the intersection of law, business and economics. On completion of this subject, you will understand your social responsibility as a professional and be familiar with the main ethical problems of today’s globalised world. You will acquire basic ethical knowledge that will allow you to take a critical approach to applying the legal knowledge acquired during the programme as well as any further knowledge that you will acquire in the course of your career.

 

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Private International Law


This subject will cover marriages between people of different nationalities, international adoptions, international commercial contracts, court decisions reached in one country that have effects in another country, etc. You will learn to identify, distinguish and describe the various areas of legal reality affected by private international law.

 

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Procedural Law III


Building on the content of Procedural Law II, we will delve deeper into criminal procedure, with a particular emphasis on writing lawsuits and complaints, the fundamentals of evidentiary practice, and the appeals system. We will cover topics such as investigations, injunctions, evidence, oral arguments, trials for minor offences, etc.

 

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