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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. It is aimed at students with previous education in law that would like to obtain more in-depth knowledge of this area, and to exercise the legal profession, both in public and private spheres, with a national and international focus.

The study programme enables students to take two specialisations: Minor in Legal Practice, which gives access to the profession of lawyer in Andorra, and Minor in Judicial Studies, to work as magistrate, judge, public prosecutor or court clerk. Students also can follow a generalist pathway or one aimed at obtaining the double specialisation.

The Master of Laws is offered in partnership with the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), the Superior Council of Justice of Andorra, and the Bar Association of Andorra. The teaching can be carried out both through the UOC’s virtual learning environment and the University of Andorra, depending on the subjects.

It is taught in online modality, with the exception of the subjects in the Minor in Judicial Studies and the mandatory practical work, which are conducted in on-site modality in Andorra.

The study programme was published in the Butlletí Oficial del Principat d’Andorra (Official Gazette of the Principality of Andorra) on 20 July 2022.

   European level:

EHEA’s second cycle

   Modality:

online, in partnership with the UOC (on-campus subjects in the Minor in Judicial Studies and 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)

The master’s degree enables students to take two specialisations (Minor in Legal Practice and Minor in Judicial Studies), as well as continuing to follow a generalist pathway or one aimed at obtaining the double specialisation.

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 Minor in Judicial Studies was designed in collaboration with the Superior Council of Justice of Andorra (CSJA) with the aim of encouraging new vocations for careers in the judiciary and as court clerks.

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

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 study programme 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 competences, among others:

Specific competences

  • The ability to defend the rights of natural or legal persons in the main branches of law, applying the correct strategy within the framework of national and international jurisdictional systems.
  • The ability to resolve conflicts of interest while maintaining professional secrecy and confidentiality, and applying criteria of independence.
  • The ability to prevent situations of injury, risk or conflict arising from the interests involved in professional practice.
  • The ability to apply the different types of procedures in the production of documents, examinations and expert evidence.
  • The ability to become integrated into the organisational and management environment of legal professionals within the context of Andorra.
  • The ability to promote the resolution of conflicts by extrajudicial means.
  • The ability to identify the different jurisdictional processes.
  • The ability to identify the role of the lawyer, the judge and the public prosecutor and the functioning of national and international jurisdictional institutions.
  • Interpretation of legal texts from an interdisciplinary perspective, using legal principles as a tool for analysis
  • Critical analysis of the legal system

Specific competences for the Minor in Legal Practice

  • The ability to apply knowledge, strategies and procedures in the social and management environment of the profession in Andorra.
  • The ability to manage work and learning process efficiently with attention to the requirements of the professional activity.
  • The ability to manage relationships with citizens, other professionals and different institutions based on the values of trust, integrity, honesty, truthfulness and diligence.

Specific competences for the Minor in Judicial Studies

  • The ability to apply appropriate knowledge of the law to the actual circumstances encountered by professionals in the sphere of law.
  • The ability to pass down duly reasoned decisions after evaluating the elements of evidence.
  • The ability to manage the mechanisms of international judicial cooperation and, in particular, those of the European Courts of Justice.

The study programme of the Master of Laws contains 120 European credits. The course includes compulsory subjects, compulsory subjects in each specialisation (which are also optional for the other pathways), optional subjects and credits for internships, which vary according to the itinerary chosen:

This study programme is offered in partnership with the UOC (Open University of Catalonia). Some subjects are taught using the other university’s virtual learning platform and their teaching plans can be viewed on the website of the Open University of Catalonia.

CORE SUBJECTS (57 OB)

SemesterSubjectType (1)Campus (2)CE (3)Total CE
1Andorran Civil Procedural LawOBUdA526
Andorran Private International LawOBUdA5
Andorran Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural LawOBUdA6
Technical Skills of the LawyerOBUOC6
Technical skills for the Practice of JurisdictionOBCSJ4
2Labour Law and Social Security Law
OBUdA422
Andorran Tax LawOBUdA6
Andorran Civil Law IIOBUdA4
Andorran Civil Administrative LawOBUdA4
Legal MethodologyOBUOC4
3Town Planning in AndorraOBUdA39
Master’s Degree DissertationOBUdA6
TOTAL57

SPECIFIC PART WITHOUT SPECIALISATION (10 OP/OB + 53 OP)

SemesterSubjectType (1)Campus (2)CE (3)Total CE
1Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC/CSJ44
2Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC/CSJ88
3Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC/CSJ2121
4Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC/CSJ2030
IntershipOP/OBP10
TOTAL63

SPECIFIC PART. MINOR IN LEGAL PRACTICE (33 OP/OB + 30 OP)

SemesterSubjectType (1)Campus (2)CE (3)Total CE
1Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC/CSJ44
2Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC/CSJ88
3Ethical Code of the Lawyer in AndorraOP/OBUdA321
Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC/CSJ18
4Administrative and Social Law InternshipOP/OBP1030
Civil and Commercial Law InternshipOP/OBP10
Criminal Law InternshipOP/OBP10

SPECIFIC PART. MINOR IN JUDICIAL STUDIES ( 24 OP/OB + 39 OP)

SemesterSubjectType (1)Campus (2)CE (3)Total CE
1Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC44
2Jurisdiction in Present-day Society. Structure of the Judiciary (4)OP/OBCSJ38
International Judicial Cooperation. International Justice (5)OP/OBCSJ5
3Ethical Code of the Judiciary (6)OP/OBCSJ321
Evidence and Motivation Assessment (7)OP/OBCSJ3
Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC15
4Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC2030
IntershipOP/OBP10
TOTAL63

SPECIFIC PART. MINOR IN LEGAL PRACTICE AND MINOR IN JUDICIAL STUDIES (47 OP/OB + 16 OP)

SemesterSubjectType (1)Campus (2)CE (3)Total CE
1Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC44
2Jurisdiction in Present-day Society. Structure of the Judiciary (4)OP/OBCSJ38
International Judicial Cooperation. International Justice (5)OP/OBCSJ5
3Ethical Code of the Lawyer in AndorraOP/OBUdA321
Ethical Code of the Judiciary (6)OP/OBCSJ3
Evidence and Motivation Assessment (7)OP/OBCSJ3
Elective CreditsOPUdA/UOC12
4Administrative and Social Law InternshipOP/OBP1030
Civil and Commercial Law InternshipOP/OBP10
Criminal Law InternshipOP/OBP10
TOTAL63

(1)

  • OB = compulsory credits
  • OP/OB = credits that are optional in the MA and compulsory in specialisations
  • OP = optional credits

(2)

  • UdA = University of Andorra virtual campus
  • UOC = Open University of Catalonia virtual campus
  • CSJ = attendance at the building of the Superior Council of Justice of Andorra
  • P = place of internship

(3) CE = European credits

(4) Starting in February every even year

(5) Starting in February every odd year

(6) Starting in September every odd year

(7) Starting in September every even year

The load of internships to be completed depends on the pathway each student chooses:

  • Students who choose the Minor in Legal Practice or the double specialisation (in legal practice and judicial practice), must complete 30 European credits for internships at law firms established in Andorra. This attendance represents 25% of the total number of credits required for the master’s degree.
  • Students who choose the Minor in Judicial Studies and students who do not choose a specialisation must complete 10 European credits for internships, which can be completed at the Public Prosecutor’s Office, with legal bodies that make up the Superior Council of Justice of Andorra, at law firms, and at public, semi-public or private companies (whether for-profit or not-for-profit) in the field of law in Andorra. The aim of these internships is to enable students to put into practice some of the subjects covered in the study programme. This face-to-face component accounts for 8.3% of the total number of credits in the master’s degree, and may increase if subjects from the judicial field are taken, as these are given face-to-face at the Higher Council of Justice.

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

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

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

The Minor in Legal Practice and the double minor in Legal Practice and Judicial Studies give access to the profession of lawyer in Andorra. The qualification exempts the holder from the requirement to pass the entrance exams to the leg profession of lawyer under the conditions determined by the Decret 517/2022, del 7-12-2022, d’aprovació del Reglament de modificació del Reglament regulador dels requisits per obtenir el certificat d’aptitud per a l’exercici de la professió d’advocat, del 13 de febrer del 2019The requirements to obtain the certificate of aptitude to practise law can be found in this Regulation.

The objective of the Minor in Judicial Studies is to create new vocations for the legal profession (magistrates, judges and public prosecutors) and for the career of court clerk, as well as to develop the competences required to exercise these professions.

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