Syllabus for the Degree in Law & Bachelor in Global Governance

Law + Geo-politics + International Economy + Specialisation in a geographic area

The syllabus for the Degree in Law & Bachelor in Global Governance provides sound training in Law, covering key points to turn you into an expert in international matters. From the outset, your studies will combine courses on: Law, the Foundations of Penal Law, Theory of Tort. These are accompanied by courses on Global Governance, Globalisation, and International Organisation, which are wholly taught in English. The weight of languages and international training will grow as you continue your studies and in the Fifth Year, you will take your specialisation in a given zone/grouping (Asia; North Africa; The Middle East; Latin America or the following group of countries: The United Kingdom; The United States; Canada; Australia).


Laying the foundations of Law and Globalisation

At the training level: The first year will lay the foundations of legal knowledge and you will begin your training in the international economy and geo-politics. Some of the courses will be taught in English and you will also begin learning French or German. In the summer, you may take a summer programme at a leading Law School in Boston or New York: you can choose between Boston College Law School or New York’s Cardozo Law School.

At the experiential level: This is an activity-packed year, full of new challenges, in which you will familiarise yourself with the exams, faculty, new ways of studying. It will also be a year that brings lots of new free-time activities: you can join student clubs and dive into ESADE’s intense university life. The summer programme will also give you the chance to spend 2-3 three weeks living in two of the world’s most exciting cities and discover for yourself what it is like to study at a top American university.


Immersion in fields of Law and the bases of international relations

At the training level: In the Second Year, you will delve deeper into the various fields of Law: civil, penal, fiscal, mercantile, procedural and administrative. You will begin studying all the Law courses in the syllabus in English. If you wish, you can take them at the London-based Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), an innovative centre specialising in International Law, led by Georgetown University. You will also begin your training in international relations, acquiring the basic knowledge needed to understand how big institutions such as the G20, World Trade Organisation and the IMF (among others) work. You will continue studying English and French or German and you may begin studying Mandarin. In the summer, you can take part in the second summer programme, this time at Penn Law University, Philadelphia, The United States.

At the experiential level: This is a year for settling in, given that you will be familiar with the programme and know how to get the most out of your studies and campus life. During the year, if you so wish, you can travel to London to study part of your subjects. In the summer, you may study at a top US university, enjoying campus life in Philadelphia (a city which happens to be one of America’s leading cultural and artistic centres).


Consolidation of legal training and start on international politics

At the training level: The third-year syllabus will consolidate your legal and economic training, preparing you for the resolution of international legal and economic disputes. Furthermore, you will begin your training in geo-politics, allowing you to understand the political decisions currently being taken by international organisations. You will continue your language training and, in the summer, can take a third summer programme at Singapore Management University or at New York’s Columbia University.

At the experiential level: This tends to be a year in which students take a bigger part in associations and in holding activities linked to their study interests. Here one should note that legal firms and organisations value candidates who take the lead and seek personal enrichment. The summer programme will let you travel to New York or one of Asia’s most influential countries to experience cultural differences and the pace of life in one of the hubs of world trade.


First contact with the professional world and familiarisation with global transactions

At the training level: You will undertake in-depth study of legal, political and economic rules to understand global economic transactions. You will have the chance to take international internships in law firms or in bodies such as the UN, EU, WTO. Finally, you will have to write a degree capstone project, in which you apply your knowledge of different fields of Law to solve a real-life problem. During this course, you must choose where you wish to take your fifth exchange programme and the geographical area in which you will specialise.

At the experiential level: You will take internships in Law Firms or in an international organisation to advance in your chosen profession. This will pose exciting new challenges and the kind of experience and knowledge that can only be found outside the classroom. This will put you in an excellent position to find that dream job.


Exchange programme and specialisation in a world geographic area

At the training level: The fifth year marks the most wide-ranging international exchange of the degree programme. You will have consolidated your training in Law, International Economy and Geo-politics, as well as your training in languages. Now is the moment for an exchange semester at one of the world’s 46 best universities. In addition, you will take your specialisation in a geographic area, which you can take at the best university in the region, or at ESADE. The teaching will be wholly in English. You will also begin to prepare yourself for entry into the professional world by taking part in seminars held by ESADE Careers. Finally, you must present your Bachelor’s Degree Capstone Project: a project for resolving disputes and which must be publicly defended before a jury and published in a journal.

At the experiential level: The fifth year is an action-packed one from both training and experiential standpoints. On the one hand, you will study abroad for one or two semesters, conferring unforgettable life experience and academic enrichment. You will make new friends, live on campus in new countries, learn of other cultures, discover other ways of studying. On the other hand, the Bachelor’s Degree Capstone Project is highly motivating and will allow you to put the knowledge and skills you have acquired into practice.

The Program Director will explain the details of the curriculum