Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) - Study Plan

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A Unique Bachelor of Laws

The study plan for the Bachelor of Laws at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.

The Bachelor of Laws aims to teach young ambitious individuals to build the proper skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.

Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students from the Bachelor of Laws will find the perfect ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and the projects that are applied based on real-world scenarios.

This will aid them to develop profiles that are able to adapt to new trends happening now in the 21st century.
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Bachelor of Laws Study Plan

Year 1

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
EUROPEAN LEGAL HISTORY
Type Core
ECTS 6
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Type Core
ECTS 6
INTRODUCTION TO PRIVATE LAW - CIVIL LAW
Type Core
ECTS 6
ECONOMICS
Type Core
ECTS 3
Unplugged I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Accounting and Finance
Type Core
ECTS 3

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Criminal Law I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
CIVIL LAW. CONTRACTS
Type Core
ECTS 6
Unplugged II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Legal Thought
Type Core
ECTS 6
Administrative Law I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Humanities - IE Module
Type Core
ECTS 6

Year 2

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
CRIMINAL LAW II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
CIVIL LAW. PROPERTY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Administrative Law and Economic Regulation
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Public International Law
Type Core
ECTS 6
Unplugged III
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Technology- IE Module
Type Core
ECTS 3

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Labor Law I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
European Union Law
Type Core
ECTS 6
Torts
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Unplugged IV
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Litigation I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Civil Law. Family, Estate and Trust
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Human Rights
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Entrepreneurship - IE Module
Type Core
ECTS 3

Year 3

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Taxation I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Commercial Law and Corporations I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Litigation II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
IE Challenge
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Conflicts and Business Law
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Taxation II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Unplugged V
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Commercial Law and Corporations II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Labour Law II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
ELECTIVES
Type Elective
ECTS 12

Year 4

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Exchange/Internships/Electives
Type Elective
ECTS 30

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Final Project
Type Final Project
ECTS 12
Internships/Electives
Type Electives
ECTS 18
Components
Credits
Basic Courses
60
Mandatory Courses
108
Elective Courses
60
Final Project
12
Credits needed to graduate
240

Note: This study plan may be subject to change.

Contact the Admissions Department for details and updates.

FIRST YEAR

Get ready to discover law without borders! Your first year is focused on getting familiar with the type of law that transcends the limits of one judicial system. From day one, you’ll start to get an inside look into the day to day of a global legal professional. You’ll develop an awareness of the legal market, build your knowledge of various legal systems, and gain hands-on, real-world experience. The program’s Comparative Law methodology, designed to prepare you for legal work in settings where multiple legal systems are at play, will give you an excellent foundation in the principles of Private, Civil and Criminal Law. Finally, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the legislation that governs states, international organizations and other global institutions.

SECOND YEAR

Build on those foundations in year two, developing the skills needed to understand and apply the main principles of Civil Procedure. You will also acquire the analytical, interpersonal and leadership skills required of all legal professionals in today’s world. Throughout this academic year, you will tap into your entrepreneurial side while also exploring the importance and impact of technology in the field of law. Finally, you’ll be introduced to Administrative, Employment and Property Law, with special emphasis placed on Private International Law. By the end of the year, you will also have an in-depth appreciation of the most pressing legal issues facing global corporations through an understanding of Commercial Law.

THIRD YEAR

As you progress to year three, you will begin to refine your critical-thinking skills and gain an even deeper knowledge of law through advanced courses and renowned international competitions. You will work with the most significant aspects of litigation procedures in Civil, Labor and Criminal Law disputes while touching on fundamental legal concerns such as civil disobedience and the concept of justice. Increased focus will be given to management skills that are required to successfully run a law firm, as well as Taxation, Accounting and Finance. You will also have the chance to do an internship or mentorship this year at a leading law firm such as PwC, Latham & Watkins, and Pérez-Llorca.

This year also has an interdisciplinary component, as you will have the opportunity to learn more about areas outside of the realm of law through elective offerings. Additionally, you can take the specialized track ‘Derecho de los negocios en España’ to gain a deeper understanding of Spanish Law.

FOURTH YEAR

This is undoubtedly your most exciting year yet! If you decide to practice law in Spain, you will choose between interning at a prestigious law firm or undertaking an exchange program at one of our respected partner institutions around the world. You’ll also be able to personalize your studies by taking electives from a range of options including Competition Law, Legal Tech and Environmental Law. This year, there’s no shortage of opportunities to develop your legal skills and enhance your profile, with global competitions and challenges such as Moot Court competitions, the Comparative Law in Action Challenge or LawWithoutWalls. And after your fourth year, if you so wish, you can complete an LL.M. and a specialization at IE Law School.

If you have chosen the Dual LL.B. Bachelor of Laws + LL.M at King’s College London, you will spend your first three years at IE University and your fourth year at the world-renowned King’s College London in the UK. By the end of this program, you will have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to practice law in different jurisdictions in both the private and public law sectors.

If you choose to take your Bachelor of Laws to the next level with an LL.M (four years) or a JD (five years) from Northwestern University, you will study in the United States starting your fourth year. You will graduate with an exceptional understanding of Civil and Common Law, as well as the intricacies of the US legal system.

Finally, if you have decided to embark on the five-year IE University–ITAM Dual LL.B program, you will spend your first three years at IE University and the remaining two at ITAM in Mexico. Graduates from this program will be trained to practice law at an international level, thanks to the Comparative Law Methodology and comprehensive study of the Mexican legal system.

COMPETENCES

GENERAL COMPETENCES

  • Know and understand the elements, structure, resources, interpretation and application of the legal system and be able to interpret the sources and fundamental legal concepts of each of the different systems.
  • Know and understand the mechanisms and procedures for resolving legal disputes, as well as the legal position of individuals in their relations with administrative bodies and with the public authorities in general.
  • Know and understand how to apply the sources’ priority criteria so as to determine the applicable rules in each case, especially criteria related to compliance with constitutional rules, principles and values.
  • Interpret legal texts from an interdisciplinary perspective using legal principles and social, ethical and deontological values and principles as analytical tools.
  • Deliver convincing legal arguments on theoretical questions concerning various legal matters.
  • Solve case studies in accordance with current statutory law, which implies the prior preparation of material, the identification of problematic issues, the selection and interpretation of the applicable law and a reasoned explanation for those choices.
  • Manage the legal language and terminology of the different branches of the law with skill and precision: Draft legal documents in an orderly and understandable manner. Communicate ideas, arguments and legal reasoning both orally and in writing using the appropriate records in each context.
  • Use information and communication technologies to search for and obtain legal information (legislation and jurisprudence databases, bibliographies, etc.), and as tools for work and communication.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC COMPETENCES

  • Acquire a critical understanding of the historical foundations and principles of private and public statutory law.
  • Analyze the different branches of law from the perspective of their economic, political or social functions.
  • Understand the basic principles of certain non-legal matters concerning the regulation of the different branches of law, and which are important for the attainment of a multidisciplinary education.
  • Apply abstract reasoning and analytical competences so as to understand economic, political and social contexts and formulate solutions to complex problems in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Promote constitutional and democratic values, the principles of the rule of law and the protection of fundamental rights as a representative of the legal profession.
  • Analyze the institutions of public and private law.
  • Achieve a comparative perspective of law and understand the evolution of civil and common law systems on a global level.
  • Identify and determine the scope of legislative changes in each area.
  • Understand the main public and private institutions, their genesis and interconnection, as well as the procedures of their activities and the guarantees they provide.
  • Identify, formulate and solve substantive and procedural issues related to the different branches of public law.
  • Understand legal phenomena on a supranational level.
  • Develop analytical and practical competences in the resolution of cases of international and European law.
  • Acquire negotiation and reconciliation competences in the legal sphere.
  • Think creatively and develop new ideas and concepts in the field of law.

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