Our Own Pedagogical Style

Our Own Pedagogical Style

At IE Law School, all our undergraduate, graduate and advanced legal programs for professionals are delivered using methodologies designed to broaden the intellectual and professional horizons of our students.

Our emphasis on the study of comparative law; our inductive and immersive approach to teaching; and our focus on the deep conceptual development of practical and technical skills—from tech-based skills (AI, automation) to deep professional abilities (negotiation, decision making, argumentation)—prepare our students for real, lasting success in today’s globally focused, tech-forward legal ecosystem.

Comparative Law Methodology

All our programs and research efforts at IE Law School are based on the study of comparative law. The diversity of our students is what makes us a unique institution: they come from different countries, studied in international schools and speak different languages. Comparative law reflects the reality of international law and corresponds to their experience of a borderless world where different cultures and backgrounds meet and interact.

Comparative Law is a holistic approach that allows our students to examine the similarities and differences between distinct legal systems and interact with current trends, insights and challenges to develop a truly global perspective of today’s legal landscape. As a result, our students become more aware of the dynamics within different European, civil and common law jurisdictions.

Our hands-on approach is a perfect complement to Comparative Law methodology.

Students prepare for success on the world stage by bringing experiences from their home legal systems into the classroom, enriching the comparative law analysis with their personal input, working to solve cases and exploring the inner workings of international legal institutions.

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The Comparative Law methodology instills global and universal concepts by comparing different legal systems. This methodology is crucial at IE University, given that many of our students come from other countries and practice the profession in different regions.

SOLEDAD ATIENZA

Dean of IE Law School

FACULTY PERSPECTIVES ON IE LAW SCHOOL

Discover how IE Law School faculty members incorporate Comparative Law methodology across disciplines.

WHAT EXPERTS SAY

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"The Comparative Law methodology has helped me to acquire a global vision of the main legal structures used around the world. This focus has helped me to obtain a wider perspective on law, something that has proved particularly useful during the early years of my career in a global law firm like PwC."

NIEVES BAYÓN

Double Degree in Business Administration and Law

"The Comparative Law methodology and IE University’s practical case studies have helped me to develop a decisive and creative approach to problem solving from day one. In addition, highly qualified teachers who taught both my business and law classes have enabled me to acquire extensive knowledge and an international vision, both of which are essential for meeting the daily challenges of my industry."

CELIA VEGA PENICHET

Double Degree in Business Administration and Law

COMPARATIVE LAW IN ACTION

IE University’s Comparative Law in Action is a competition in which students have to overcome the challenges of regulating fast-paced technological innovation. Designed to reflect the reality of today’s legal sector, participants have to put classroom knowledge about comparative law, technology and policy into practice. The teams will analyze legal challenges created by technology through a cutting-edge multimedia case, before building a solution together

global perspective

Students

IE Law School students are guided on their journey by our outstanding faculty and program management team, which boasts a diverse mix of nationalities, international academic achievements and professional experience, each with a unique style and background. They draw on the best legal teaching practices—especially the legal case method—while incorporating their own innovative techniques.

forward-thinking approach

Today’s social, economic and political boundaries are more fluid than ever, requiring a new, forward-thinking approach to the study of law. Lawyers, as the architects of society, are called upon to help solve global social problems. At IE Law School, we train professionals with a legal education that is rooted in the social sciences, equipping them to face global challenges head-on. That is why our undergraduate, graduate and advanced legal programs for professionals focus on a wide range of sectors and practices, many of which go beyond the boundaries of traditional legal education.

broaden our students

Designed to broaden our students’ global perspective, these methodologies complement in-class legal case study via Socratic Dialogue with immersive, experiential and hands-on learning opportunities—including our IE Legal Clinic, a mechanism that enables students to practice law in a non-simulated manner.

Inductive and Immersive Teaching

legal professionals

At IE Law School, we prepare legal professionals for the future and create lasting impact by contributing to today’s transformation—and digitalization—of the body politic, the judicial authority and the legal services. Science and technology play a key role in the transformation of the legal sector and in our research and teaching efforts.

legaltech

Our legaltech module—an integral component of all programs—exposes our students to the most cutting-edge and disruptive concepts related to the use of technology in legal processes. What’s more, with renowned experts in new and emerging legal disciplines driving program development and participating in IE Law School initiatives, our students enjoy access to a wealth of real-world insights.

Felipe Morandé - Faculty story | IE Global and Public Affairs

Faculty

Our expert faculty, enthusiastic students and ambitious alumni are driving change across the legal sector. They’re our best asset, enabling us to create an ecosystem of innovation and creativity. Complemented by international exchange opportunities and the development of our students’ deep professional skills, our curriculum gives them what they need to rise to the top.