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Master of Laws

The main aim of the Master of Laws at the University of Andorra is to broaden the knowledge and complement the skills and abilities acquired from a Bachelor of Laws in order to achieve a double objective: to specialise in the practise of different professions related to the law and to pursue doctoral studies.

The master’s degree is aimed at students with prior education in law who wish to further their knowledge of this area.

It is taught in online modality in partnership with the UOC (Open University of Catalonia), with the exception of the mandatory practical work, which is conducted in on-campus modality in Andorra.

   European level:

EHEA’s second cycle

   Modality:

online, in partnership with the UOC (compulsory on-site internships)

   Credit load:

120 European credits

   Duration:

4 semesters

   Languages:

Catalan

   Calendar:

Start in September or February

   Contact:

Celia Guitián Miranda (cguitian@uda.ad)

A qualification jointly designed by the University of Andorra, the Andorran Government and the Andorran Law Society, bearing in mind that it provides access to a regulated profession.

The online modality of this qualification can be suited to each student’s lifestyle and allows them to combine studies and professional activity.

A wide range of optional and free-elective subjects to enable the students to define their own teaching pathways.

A high practical component, with 30 credits for internships to obtain first-hand knowledge of the different areas of law.

Qualifications that provide direct access to the Master of Laws at the University of Andorra:

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Former master’s degree of Laws

Or equivalent qualifications recognised by the Andorran Government.

In all cases, a process for the evaluation of previous studies must be requested in order to analyse potential equivalences between the pre-sessional syllabus and the master’s degree and establish, as appropriate, the educational supplements to be completed. The other qualifications do not provide access to the master’s degree.

Students who obtain the Master of Laws at the University of Andorra will be able to achieve the following competencies, among others:

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY COMPETENCIES

  • The ability to communicate effectively with regard to complex issues, both orally and in writing, with specialised audiences or otherwise.
  • The ability to identify, critically analyse, summarise and resolve problems to adapt to new or complex situations.
  • The ability to use, innovate and apply information technology.
  • The ability to work both independently and in multi-disciplinary teams and in international contexts.
  • The ability to search, discriminate, organise and use complex information in a specialised professional environment.
  • The ability to make decisions and apply the knowledge in accordance with ethical values and socially responsible practices, within the legal framework.
  • The ability to plan and organise their learning needs and update their knowledge in a self-managed and independent manner, throughout their professional lives.
  • The ability to identify and exploit an opportunity, allocating the necessary resources and assuming the risk it entails with the aim of carrying out a project.

SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:

  • The ability to apply their knowledge of the main specialised branches of law to the changing reality faced by legal professionals so as to prevent situations of injury, risk or conflict in relation to the interests entrusted to them in their professional practice.
  • The ability to identify and establish facts in the different types of proceedings, particularly in the production of documents, interrogations and expert tests.
  • The ability to integrate the defence of the rights of natural or legal persons within the framework of domestic and international jurisdictional systems.
  • The ability to apply different conciliation techniques for interests and to know how to resolve problems using methods other than those of the legal channel.
  • The ability to apply ethical rights and duties in professional practice.
  • The ability to assess the different responsibilities related to the practise of the professional activity, including social responsibility.
  • The ability to identify conflicts of interest and identify the scope of professional secrecy and confidentiality while preserving independence of judgement.
  • The ability to become integrated into the organisational and managerial environment of legal professionals within the context of Andorra.
  • The ability to choose the right strategy for the defence of the rights of natural or legal persons in the main branches of law, taking into account the demands of the different fields of professional practice.
  • The ability to establish grounds in law and to formalise oral and written legal documents that are enforceable and appropriate to their context.
  • The ability to learn basic concepts of legal language in English, Spanish and French.

The syllabus of the Master of Laws contains 120 European credits. This master’s degree includes compulsory subjects (90 European credits), optional subjects (18 European credits) and free-elective credits (12 European credits).

This syllabus is offered in partnership with the UOC (Open University of Catalonia). Some subjects are taught using the other university’s virtual learning platform.

The teaching plan for the subjects taught at the University of Andorra can be viewed in the following table. The teaching plan for the other subjects is on the website of the Open University of Catalonia.

 

The students on the Master of Laws must complete 30 credits on internships in different branches of the law (civil, mercantile, criminal, administrative and social) which are completed in person at officially recognised law firms in Andorra.

Management of the College of eLearning and Lifelong Learning: Montserrat Casalprim

Master’s degree tutor: Celia Guitián Miranda (cguitian@uda.ad)

The educational profile that is given to graduates of the Master of Laws provides access to the legal profession in Andorra, under the conditions determined by the Regulation governing the requirements to obtain the certificate of aptitude to practise law.

The Master of Laws also provides graduates with the competencies to practise the legal profession in both the public and private spheres with a domestic or international focus.

The Master of Laws provides access to third cycle studies (doctorates) in the countries in the European Higher Education Area.

  • View the UdA Doctoral Programme

This bachelor, with 60 additional credits, allows students to obtain the qualification of the corresponding Spanish degree of the Open University of Catalonia, provided that the requirements for access to the qualifications of the Spanish State are met.

Pre-enrolment from November to January and from March to August.