University of Barcelona

Legal Practice

Objectives and competences

Objectives

This master's degree aims to meet the requirements of Act 34/2006 on admission to the professions of lawyer and solicitor. According to this Act, law graduates who wish to become qualified lawyers and practise the profession must first pass a specific training course and then sit a state examination. Consequently, the learning objectives, the teaching approach and the contents of the master's degree are determined by the characteristics of the aforementioned examination.
Another objective of this course is to provide solid, comprehensive, academic and essentially practical training for current professionals who wish to update their knowledge and develop their professional capacities: in other words, for those who wish to renew their professional skills.
In short, the aim is to provide advanced, specific training for professional practice and above all, to prepare students for the professional aptitude examination required to become a lawyer. For this reason, the master's degree is organized jointly by the UB Faculty of Law and the Barcelona Bar Association's School for Legal Practice (EPJ-ICAB).

Competences

General competences:
Upon completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:
  • Acquire and integrate knowledge so that judgements can be made using available information, apply this knowledge and resolve problems in new or unfamiliar environments, communicate conclusions and the grounds on which they are based.
  • Develop interpersonal skills that facilitate the practice of law and professional work in a team.


Specific competences:
Successful students will also be able to:
  • Develop the skills required to apply their knowledge to national and international legal defence or to methods other than judicial procedures.
  • Select a strategy for defending clients' interests in consultancy work.
  • Implement techniques for establishing the facts in legal proceedings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical rights and duties of lawyers.
  • Understand the responsibilities associated with professional practice and how free legal aid works.
  • Identify conflicts of interest and techniques for resolving them, and understand the scope of confidentiality and professional discretion.
  • Understand the legal, organizational, resource planning, management and commercial framework within which lawyers operate and develop efficient work skills.
  • Follow procedures for determining fees, invoicing and settling bills and understand the costs associated with professional practice.
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