University of Barcelona

Advanced Legal Studies

Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Advanced Legal Studies offers legal training focused on research, providing students up-to-date knowledge of the main and most innovative areas of the discipline. It is therefore addressed to three main groups of learners: graduates in disciplines related to law and legal practice; experienced legal professionals (lawyers, magistrates, judges, advisors and consultants, civil servants and researchers); and those interested in developing a doctoral thesis or a legal research project, which would include those interested in pursuing an academic career at university level.

In this context, the master's in Advanced Legal Studies is primarily designed to provide solid cross-disciplinary training as well as specialized training in the different disciplines of law, and in-depth analysis of the most contemporary legal issues. The topics covered in each specialization largely coincide with the many recognized research projects undertaken by the staff who teach the programme.


Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • display an implicit capacity for original thinking in the development or application of ideas, in a research context;

  • apply acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts;

  • tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the associated social and ethical responsibilities;

  • communicate knowledge, theories and conclusions to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner;

  • display a capacity for on-going self-directed and independent learning;

  • develop an analytical and investigative mind-set in order to design and conduct a legal research project;

  • develop the capacity to propose criteria for the application of legal rules;

  • apply protection systems covering public and private situations of failure or dependency;

  • evaluate conflicts of territorial competence between the autonomous regions of Spain;

  • Conduct research into the limits of State intervention in private autonomy;

  • evaluate and apply the impact of European and international legislation on Spanish law.