University of Barcelona


Objectives and competences


  • To provide knowledge of the general structure and basic principles of various legal disciplines.
  • To develop the capacity to analyse legal problems and address them correctly.
  • To develop the capacity to interpret the reality, assess information, identify important facts, distinguish different cases, locate relevant material, legally qualify the facts, take decisions, negotiate, persuade, make oneself understood by anybody, define strategies and advise; all without affecting the subsequent specialization required to work in various legal professions, such as legal practice, as well as public services or corporate or institutional organizations.
  • To ensure good professional training to work in the various legal professions.


Generic Competences

  • Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project/capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams).
  • Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects/capacity to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).
  • Concern for sustainability (capacity to assess the social and environmental impact of actions taken in a particular setting/capacity to adopt integrated and systemic approaches).
  • Respect for fundamental rights, in particular with regard to gender equality, functional diversity and the culture of peace, built on democratic values.
  • Capacity for significant learning, respect for the knowledge acquired, and a responsible approach to lifelong learning.

Specific competences

  • Understanding of the legal dimension of human and social relationships and their implications in the different areas of legal organization.
  • Understanding of the human, economic, social and political contexts of law and the effects of legal norms and legal decisions in these areas.
  • Understanding of the historical origins of law and the sources and evolution of different legal systems.
  • Critical understanding of the values inherent in law, particularly justice and the application of justice.
  • Understanding of and ability to apply the basic and specialized concepts of different branches of the legal system.
  • Understanding of the institutional system and the complex forms of law production at the local, regional, national, European and international levels.
  • Understanding of legislative structures and capacity to apply criteria for prioritising sources of law to determine the norms applicable to different cases.
  • Understanding of the diversity of legal systems in the work, the evolution of an international society and accompanying institutions, their impact on the creation of international and transnational legal norms, and the mechanisms by which these norms are observed in the Spanish legal system.
  • Understanding of the legal status of individuals in their dealings with the government and with public authorities in general.
  • Understanding of the mechanisms and procedures for resolving legal conflicts.
  • Capacity to interpret legal norms according to the specific rules of each area of law and apply them to social conflicts.
  • Capacity to consider a range of alternatives for solving a legal problem, determine a suitable hierarchy and decide upon the most appropriate solution.
  • Understanding of the new legal phenomena created by the evolution of society and capacity to plan and carry out the research needed to tackle the problems arising from this process.
  • Capacity to apply the different sources of legal knowledge: law, doctrine and jurisprudence.
  • Capacity to read, understand and analyse different types of legal texts and identify the key information they contain.
  • Capacity to use legal language and the terminology of different branches of law confidently and accurately in Catalan and Spanish, and ability to work with documents written in English and communicate fluently in English.
  • Capacity to transmit legal ideas and arguments orally and in writing to a diverse range of recipients, adopting the appropriate register in each case.