Bachelor in Law curriculum

Law + a specialisation in Public or Private Law + Economics/business background + Legal Skills

The ESADE Bachelor in Law curriculum combines a solid education in Law with complementary studies in economics and professional skills, enabling you to succeed in an increasingly globalised world: Some of your first courses will be in Economics and Accounting, and you’ll also study for the Diploma in Global Legal Skills simultaneously, a course taught in English and which includes subjects such as public speaking, leadership, legal text drafting, management, etc. In addition, the weight of foreign languages and transnational education will increase year after year. In the programme’s fourth and final year, you will focus on your specialisation: Public or Private Law.


FIRST YEAR


Introduction to Law and its context

Educationally: In the first year of the programme, you’ll learn about the foundations of Law and consolidate your use of the tools that will help you to present legal arguments and understand the Law. In addition, you’ll sit courses in Economics and Accounting while honing your legal skills. The latter programme begins with a workshop on Social Responsibility and the course, Writing Techniques.

Experientially: This is an intense year, one full of new challenges and one in which you’ll become familiar with exams, faculty, new study methods, etc. It’s also a year full of incredible experiences outside the classroom: You’ll be able to join any of the many student associations available and immerse yourself in ESADE’s intense university life.


SECOND YEAR


Immersion in different areas of Law

Educationally: During your second year you’ll discover and explore different areas of Law: Civil, Criminal, Fiscal, Mercantile, Procedural and Administrative. Some courses in the curriculum are already taught in English, while others will help you to develop a transnational Law perspective with subjects such as European Union Law. You’ll also begin studying a second foreign language (French or German) and will continue with programmes like the Diploma in Global Legal Skills, focusing on important competencies such as public speaking, and courses on Economics and Business Administration, with subjects such as Accounting.

Experientially: This is the year you settle in. You’ll already be familiar with the programme and the campus, and you’ll know how to make the most of your courses and student life.


THIRD YEAR


Initial contact with the professional world

Educationally: The third-year curriculum serves to consolidate your legal education. You’ll sit new subjects in English and consolidate your mastery of legal English. You’ll also carry out your Practicum this year, with visits to real law firms to see day-to-day legal reality first hand. In addition, in summer you can take part in professional internships or live your first experience abroad as part of the Diploma in Legal Skills: Study at a foreign university, carry out a solidarity-based internship through the SUD programme, participate in international trial simulations and work with an NGO.

Experientially: This tends to be the year in which students become more involved in student associations and in organising activities related to their professional interests. The latter gives you experience that you can use in the future and tends to be highly sought after by companies. This is also the year in which you’ll learn first-hand about the professional reality of lawyers, making it more tangible. Similarly, carrying out an internship or having your first international experience in summer implies a very enriching leap forward both educationally and personally.


FOURTH YEAR


Specialisation and exchange programme

Educationally: You will have to choose your area of specialisation during the fourth year: Public Law (Fiscal, Criminal and Administrative) or Private Law (Civil and Mercantile). You can carry out your specialisation during the exchange semester at one of the world’s 46 best law schools. You can also stay at ESADE, with classes offered completely in English and students from other countries who’ve chosen to do their exchange programme at our university. During the fourth year you’ll also take part in workshops organised by ESADE Careersto help you launch your professional career. Lastly, you’ll also complete and present your final degree project in which you’ll have to apply all the knowledge you’ve acquired from different areas of the Law to resolve a real problem within your specific area of specialisation.

Experientially: During the fourth year, you’ll take a giant leap forward both professionally and personally. Studying six months abroad implies making new friends, living on a new campus, learning about a different culture, etc. It’s a life and educational experience you’ll always remember. This is also the year you have to prepare to begin your professional career: You’ll learn to prepare your CV and candidature, comfortably sit interviews and selection processes, communicate your strong points, etc. You’ll also be able to contact some of the many law firms that visit ESADE during the recruiting events organised by ESADE Careers.

The Program Director explain the details of the curriculum


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.

CURRICULUM

  1st semester
2nd semester

 
1st year

Constitutional Law I

Introduction to Private Law

Legal and Social Fundamentals of European Political Culture

Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Theory of Crime I

Economics I

Constitutional Law II

General section of Civil Law and individual Rights

Theory of Law

Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Theory of Crime II

Economics II

English I

 
2nd year

Constitutional Law III

Contract Theory

Introduction to Procedural Law

Criminal methods I

International Society

Regional Economic Integration: the EU and beyond

Social Responsibility

Private Contracting

Business Law I

Tax Law I

Criminal Methods II

International Organization

European Union Law

Accounting

Fundamentals of Administrative Law

English II
French I
Deutsch I

 
3rd year

Activity of Public Administrations

Real-Estate Legal Relationships and Property Law

Business Law II

Tax Law II

Procedural Law II

Labour Law I

Financial Statements Analysis

Public Intervention in the Economy

Limited Property Rights

Business Law III

Tax Law III

Procedural Law III

Labour Law II

Practicum

  Legal English
French II
German II

 
4th year

Exchange

Electives*

Common:

French I

German I

Immigration and Nationality Law

International Economics

Judicial Practicum

Negotiation Skills

Specialistaion: Private Law in a European and Global Context

Law and Business in Asia

Canon Law and Marriage

Comparative Law

Real State

Tort Law

Towards a new world order

Public-Private Partnerships

Law & Economics

Public Law in a European and Global Context:

European Union Internal Market

International Environmental Law

Diplomatic&Consular Law

Towards a new world order

Public-Private Partnerships

Self-determination and Minority Rights

Law & Economics

Inheritance Law

Family Law

Indirect Taxation

Business and the Market IV: Commercial Contracts and Securities

Legal Ethics

International Private Law

Procedural Law III

Clinicum Public Law / Private Law (Final Degree Project)



* Students who do not participate in the exchange programme can study a series of subjects, which they can choose themselves, and that are taught in English. Thus, students not only have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the subject studied, but can also benefit from the important added value of the English language, which is essential for their future career.