Law + a specialisation in Public or Private Law + Economics/business background + Specialist Diploma
The ESADE Bachelor in Law curriculum combines a solid education in Law with complementary courses in Economics and Business Administration, allowing you to successfully navigate today’s globalised world. From the very outset of the programme, you’ll combine Law classes with others in subjects such as Economics and Accounting.
In addition, each academic year you have to sit two classes towards the Specialist Diploma in the legal area of your choice: Law 4.0, Pharma&Food Law and Sports Law. These two classes are intensive and take place in January in the first, second and third years of the programme. To earn the Specialist Diploma, you’ll have to put your knowledge into practice through a Law Case Simulation.
In addition, the weight of foreign languages and Transnational Law classes will increase year after year. In the fourth year of the programme, you’ll complete your specialisation in Public or Private Law and spend a semester abroad.
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Introduction to Law and its context
In the first year of the programme, you’ll lay the groundwork and consolidate your knowledge of the tools that will help you to present legal arguments and understand the Law. In addition, you’ll begin taking classes with an economic-business focus and you’ll complete two intensive classes for the Specialist Diploma in January. During the first summer, you’ll also have the option of carrying out the International Summer Law Programme at the foreign university of your choice.
This is an intense year, full of new challenges and one in which you’ll become familiar with exams, faculty and new study methods. It is also a year full of great experiences outside the classroom: Join one of many student associations and submerge yourself in ESADE's exciting student life. The Summer Law Programme is also a great opportunity to have your first international experience and learn about other ways of studying Law.
In the second year, you’ll discover and explore different areas of Law: Civil, Criminal, Tax, Mercantile, Procedural and Administrative Law. Some of the classes included in the curriculum are already taught in English, and you’ll begin to develop insights into International Law through classes such as European Union Law. You’ll also begin studying a second foreign language (French or German) and complete two new classes for the Specialist Diploma in the area of Law you’ve chosen. This year, you can also join the ESADE Mooters team and participate in the International Moot Court trial simulations.
This is the year you settle in to the programme. You’ll already be familiar with the programme and the university and you’ll know how to make the most of your studies and life on campus. Participating in the Moot Courts will enrich you at both the educational and personal levels: You’ll learn to work proactively and as a member of a team and you’ll compete against students from other universities and countries. You’ll also learn to interact comfortably in trials and simulations before panels of practicing attorneys and judges.
The third-year curriculum serves to consolidate your legal education. You’ll also take new classes in English and consolidate your knowledge of Legal English. In addition, the Practicum takes place this year. It implies visiting real law firms and seeing how lawyers work first-hand. You’ll also complete the Specialist Diploma, sitting the last two classes and presenting your Law Case Simulation. In summer, you’ll also be able to carry out a professional internship in a law firm or take part in a solidarity-based project, providing legal advice for a worthy cause through the University Development Service (SUD).
During this year, students tend to become more involved in student associations and in organising activities related to their professional interests: Organising activities that provide experience for the future and which companies tend to value highly. It’s also the year in which your approximation to the professional world becomes more tangible. Similarly, carrying out a summer internship or taking part in a solidarity-based project represents a very enriching step forward both educationally and personally.
You’ll have to choose your specialisation during the fourth year: Public Law (Tax, Criminal and Pubic Administration Law) or Private Law (Civil and Mercantile Law). You can complete your specialisation during a semester abroad at one of the best 44 law schools around the world or at ESADE if you prefer. If you choose the latter, your classes will be taught completely in English, and you’ll study alongside students from other countries who’ve chosen to do their study abroad programmes at our university. During this year, you’ll also participate in workshops organised by ESADE Careers to begin to define your future professional track. Lastly, you’ll have to present your final degree project in which you have to apply all your knowledge from the different areas of Law to resolve a real problem within your area of specialisation.
You’ll take a giant leap forward during your fourth year both personally and professionally. Studying six months abroad implies making new friends, studying at a different university and learning about a different culture. It represents a life and educational experience you will always remember. The fourth year is also the one in which you’ll prepare to join the professional world: You’ll learn how to prepare your candidature, how to interact comfortably during job interviews and recruitment processes and communicate your strong points. You’ll also establish contacts with the numerous law firms that visit ESADE in the job placement events organised by ESADE Careers.
With all the guarantees of the Professional Council
ESADE Law School is the only one in Spain with a Professional Council, a body consisting of representatives from distinguished national and international law firms as well as public prosecutors, registrars, notary publics, etc. These practicing professionals all help to design the ESADE Bachelor in Law curriculum to ensure that it meets the real demands of today’s professional reality.