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Soledad Atienza


Soledad Atienza


Law and Humanities

Soledad Atienza is the Dean of IE Law School and has an extensive academic experience and a global vision of legal education. Prior to that, she practiced law at the leading Spanish law firm Pérez-Llorca for five years.

She earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from IE University and is currently a law professor. Her expertise includes the areas of comparative law and legal teaching methods. Soledad has an Executive MBA degree from IE Business School and a Certificate in European Studies from the European Institute of the University of Saarland in Germany. She was a visiting student at Cornell University in New York and holds a law degree from the CEU San Pablo University in Spain.

Soledad Atienza is Co-Chair of the Commission for the Future of Legal Services of the IBA (International Bar Association), and has co-directed the “Blueprint on global legal education”. She is also co-director of the Pérez-Llorca / IE Chair of Business Law and author of the book “Enseñar Derecho. ¿Puede servirnos la experiencia de Estados Unidos?” (“Teaching Law: Can the U.S. experience help us?”), published by Editorial Aranzadi.

Academic Background

• PhD in Social Sciences, IE University

• Ex MBA, IE Business School

• ZertifiKat über Europäische Studien, Europa Institut, Universität des Saarlandes (Germany)

• Law Degree, CEU San Pablo

Professsional Experience

• 2020, Dean IE Law School

• 2015 – 2020, Vice Dean for International Relations, IE Law School

• 2010 – 2020,  Director Undergraduate Studies in Law,  IE University

• 1998 – 2003, Lawyer, Pérez-Llorca Law firm

• 2005 – 2010, Associate Director Master programs IE Law School

Selected Publications

• Marsden, G. and Atienza, S. (2022). ”Doing Law School Wrong: Case Teaching and an Integrated Legal Practice Method”. Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 66 (3)

Atienza, S. (2021). “The Use of Comparative Law in Legal Education: a Bridge from Medieval Bologna to 21st Century”. In Nuzhat Parveen Khan and Garima Tiwari (Eds). Globalisation of Professional Legal Education. Bloomsbury

Atienza, S. (2016). “Moving Towards an International Legal Education in Spain”. In Christophe Jamin and William van Caenegem (Eds). The Internationalisation of Legal Education. Springer International

Atienza, S. (2012). “The Evolution of Legal Education in Spain”. Journal Of Legal Education, Vol. 61 (3): 468-478