A complete, multidisciplinary curriculum

WEEK-BY-WEEK SYLLABUS

Week of 2 to 6 July

Week of 9 to 13 July

Week of 16 to 20 July


Learn more about the subjects you’ll be taking:

Undergraduate subjects

Global Governance & Geopolitics
This subject will introduce you to key concepts of politics and global geopolitics and enable you to link these concepts to the news and current events. You will learn about the main institutions (governments, international institutions, etc.) that take part in international affairs and discover how these issues impact citizens’ lives. With the knowledge and reflections that arise through a combination of reading assignments and debates in class, this subject will equip students to analyse significant international events and form their own opinions about them.
Model United Nations
Experience the United Nations through role-playing. You’ll improve your personal and professional skills – both oral and written – and experience the fun side of diplomacy. You’ll gain an understanding of the basic functioning of the United Nations, acquire a perspective on the international political landscape, and internalise its vocabulary and basic rules. Working on a team, you will discuss important issues for the country assigned to you and engaged in an international debate in a simulated UN scenario.
Intellectual Property
What is intellectual property law? How is intellectual property protected? In this subject, you will discover exactly what intellectual property is and what institutions and principles regulate it. You will learn to perform a critical analysis of specific legal issues related to intellectual property: patent law, trademark law, industrial design and copyright. We’ll also analyse future trends in the intellectual property field, which has been shaped by the emergence of the Internet and new technologies. The classes will be based on various reading assignments, group work, case studies and debates in class.
Criminal Law
You will learn the basics of criminal law by reading about and discussing in class the crimes that occur most frequently in Spain and at the international level. In this subject, you’ll discover and play the roles of the lawyers, prosecutors and judges involved in criminal proceedings.
Law Firm Workshop & Visit to International Firm (Clifford Chance)
To complement the legal knowledge acquired in class, the programme will include a workshop where you will experience what it’s like to work in a law firm as well as a visit to a prestigious international law firm.
Introduction to the Legal System
What is law and what role does it play in our lives today? What do we really know about legal institutions and the services they provide? How do legal norms work? In order to really understand the world of law and its many facets, we must first answer these fundamental questions and gain an understanding of the structure of legal norms and how they act from the inside out, through a dynamic and participatory class environment.
Law Case Simulation
In this subject, you will expand on everything you have learned in other subjects and come to understand that theory is necessary, but not sufficient! This practical subject will enable you to understand the role played by each party in a trial, to understand how legal institutions work through real-life cases, and to speak publicly in a courtroom setting. The subject consists of three sessions. In the first session, after discussing the parties to a trial and their roles, we will look at a case study. In the second session, we will look at how witnesses and medical experts are prepared. And in the third session, we will hold a simulated legal hearing. Students will be divided into three groups – judges, prosecutors and the defence – and each group will prepare the case proposed by the instructor and defend their stance in court.
Legal English
English is one of the most important languages in the field of law and in the business world. A solid vocabulary and knowledge of legal terminology will give you the confidence you need to communicate and understand, while also opening doors to other fields of practical study. You’ll learn to write legal documents and correspondence, to deliver more competent presentations and to negotiate persuasively.
Cybersecurity
Marketing
What is marketing? How does it contribute to the success of brands and organisations? In this subject, you’ll learn the basics of marketing, the functions and responsibilities of marketing directors, and the various strategies and tactics used to launch products and services on the market. We’ll also analyse the transversal effect of marketing on all areas of a company, discover how it addresses consumers’ needs and learn how brands form part of people’s lives. Students will read professional articles, watch videos, discuss real-life cases and solve challenges as a group.
Economics
To understand political and economic changes, Brexit, the impact of Trump’s election and the emergence of China as a global power, it is essential to have some knowledge of economics. In this subject, you’ll discover the most common macroeconomic indicators and how they are used to measure the main imbalances that the world’s economies usually face (GDP, inflation, public debt, exchange rates, etc.). After covering the basic concepts, we will analyse and discuss historical cases from various economies around the world (financial crises in Iceland, Ireland, etc.). As a student, your role will be 100% participatory: you’ll prepare for class by reading financial news items provided by the instructor and then share your ideas and reflections during debates in class.

Skill subjects

Intercultural Communication Skills
In today’s globalised world, intercultural communication skills are essential. In this subject, we will reflect on our own identity (culture and values), on the way we communicate (with family, friends, acquaintances, etc.), and on our cultural prejudices and their consequences. In addition, we will discuss the concept of culture and cultural identity, the role of language and verbal communication, and how to go beyond stereotypes. Classes will combine theory, case studies and practical exercises. During dynamic group exercises, the multiculturalism of the class will provide added value, enriching the learning experience and encouraging reflection.
Legal Deliberative Skills
In this subject, you will learn to argue effectively in legal debates and strengthen your skills as a speaker: you’ll learn to analyse and investigate technical issues in the political arena, to choose your sources, to build, evaluate and refute arguments, and more. Students will be assigned discussion topics to research and debate in class. Particular focus will be placed on formal written and oral argumentation and on the practical application of rhetorical tools during debate exercises. As you can see, active participation in group exercises and debates is fundamental in this subject.
Public Speaking
Public speaking in English is a very valuable skill for international lawyers or executives who want to pursue a career in today’s globalised world. We’ll teach you how to speak clearly and persuasively, how to avoid nervousness, and how to structure and organise your speech in a public presentation. This subject will be highly participatory. You will make various presentations before your group or before the whole class, allowing you to gain confidence and improve your communication skills.
Leadership & Social Skills
Leadership skills are a highly sought-after added value in all professional fields today. In this subject, you’ll learn tips on leading teams, establishing first contact, gaining people’s trust in a natural way, and involving and motivating people to achieve a common goal through teamwork. During classes, you will also learn how to behave in public situations, showing tranquillity and confidence, as well as the keys to connecting with people and resolving conflicts or friction points that arise in teams.
Negotiation
Negotiation skills are vitally important to anyone working in the legal profession or the management world. Lawyers spend much more time negotiating on their clients’ behalf than you might think. In a broader context, however, the general concepts behind the theory of negotiation can also be applied to management in general and to our personal lives.

English course: Debating in English (optional)

If you wish, you can supplement the programme subjects with English classes focused on practising the language through debates and role play. For both types of exercise, the instructor will propose various topics to discuss or situations to resolve and the students will choose the one that they find most interesting. Examples include: “Should the legal drinking age be increased to 21 years?” “Six prisoners are going to be pardoned. How should they be chosen?”

By participating in these debates and role-plays, you’ll improve your fluency, strengthen your formal use of English and reduce the frequency of common mistakes involving grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation, thanks to corrections made by the instructor during class.
 


 

When: Monday to Thursday, 4.30-8.00 pm

Student profile: Intermediate (or B2.2) level of English

Fee: €300 (early-bird rate for those who pay before 15th April: €250)

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