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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following your own path and personalizing your program is an essential part of the Bachelor of Laws learning journey. Delve deeper into areas such as International Business Law, Law, Human Rights and Social Justice, Tech & Digital Law and Spanish Business Law.
In these specializations, you will learn from industry experts, top academics and real-world professionals, each who will help prepare you to tackle the most complex challenges in each of these areas.
From your third year, you can choose from a range of courses that comprise one of the four optional specialization diplomas offered:
By studying this track, you will specialize in the intersection between law and business. You will discover the legal implications of globalization and business internationalization by studying topics such as advanced corporate law, contract drafting, cross-border mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and international tax planning, to name a few. These courses will prepare you to pursue a career as a commercial lawyer, in-house lawyer or arbitrator, among others. Real-life examples and case studies will give you practical, technologically focused experience into agreements of this kind, paving the way for your future career.
You will also be encouraged to participate in international competitions on international business law to develop your public speaking, persuasion, negotiation and advocacy skills. Additionally, we host many specific career related workshops and activities, ensuring you’re well-equipped for a range of career paths.
By specializing in Law, Human Rights and Social Justice, you will develop the strong analytical skills necessary to understand the challenges and stakes in human rights and social justice, such as minority rights law, access to justice, criminal prosecution of human rights violations, gender & child rights, refugees and asylum, among others.
The track in Law, Human Rights and Social Justice prepares you to pursue a career in international organizations, international courts, public servant roles, non-government agencies, or any other position where a deep knowledge of international human rights law and public international law is required.
Through a practical approach, you will also develop the necessary skills to become an advocate for human rights such as leadership, negotiation, persuasion, empathy and public speaking. You will be encouraged to participate in the prestigious European Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organized annually by the European Law Student Association (ELSA) in cooperation with the Council of Europe, with the final rounds in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
While technology presents enormous opportunities for social change and business disruption, it also poses many legal and ethical challenges. The tech and digital regulatory landscape is changing rapidly. To this end, it’s essential to equip future legal professionals with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a vibrant and transforming legal landscape.
Delve deeper into tech and digital regulation such as data protection, patent and trademark law, cybersecurity, competition law, and law & policy. You will also have the opportunity to learn key technological developments and how they impact the legal field.
This track will introduce you to professional pathways such as compliance, cybersecurity and cybercrime, media and telecommunications, tech companies and more.
Building upon your understanding of comparative private law from the first three years of the program, this diploma delves deeper into the Spanish jurisdiction and provides a sound knowledge of Spanish business law.
These advanced courses are taught in Spanish by top professors and practitioners and take a practical approach.
The Spanish Business Law path is designed for those wanting to access the legal profession in Spain or gain a deeper understanding of Spanish private law.
This track is composed of four main courses: Cuestiones avanzadas de Derecho Patrimonial, Cuestiones avanzadas de Derecho Administrativo, Cuestiones Avanzadas de Derecho Mercantil and Cuestiones Avanzadas de Derecho Procesal. By following this diploma, you can also graduate with an official specialization by completing your final project on the subject.
As today’s economies and societies become increasingly globalized, so do legal services and education. This is why we teach comparative law—to provide an entirely global approach to legal training. We apply comparative law as a methodology, followed in all our undergraduate programs across all legal disciplines, training our students to acquire a global legal mindset.
Through this methodology, we compare similarities and differences across various legal systems, and offer comprehensive training by comparing civil law and common law jurisdictions.
From beginning to end, our comparative law programs prepare our students to think and act as international legal professionals, giving them a thorough understanding of legal concepts, systems, and institutions.
In addition to this emphasis on comparative law, our programs feature a practice-oriented approach, helping students to deepen their understanding of legal institutions and solve problems by focusing on international legal practice.
We aim to produce graduates who truly understand legal institutions from a conceptual perspective, allowing them to master the practice of international law.
Comparative Law in Action brings together like-minded students from top law schools around the world. In this challenge, you will work on a multimedia case in a largely virtual environment. Mirroring the methods of tomorrow’s legal teams, you will apply a comparative legal mindset to reach an innovative, all-encompassing solution.
Through a practical and immersive real-world multimedia experience, you will learn how a comparative law approach can create innovative solutions to today’s pressing global issues. In particular, you will discover the challenges and opportunities created by the technology offered today.
Success in global business depends on our ability to communicate. With this in mind, our programs seek to immerse students in the real-world conditions of the international business markets. This bachelor's degree is taught entirely in English in order to prepare students for future careers in top organizations. For students looking to improve their English skills, we offer a special Language Proficiency Track (LPT) in year one to help students progressively adapt to studying in English.
Studying at IE University means that once you graduate you will get immersed in an international environment and you will have to face challenges at a global scale. In order to prepare you for the real world and avoid language constraints, our Bachelors are fully delivered in English. For those who need to improve their language skills in order to study in their natural and international language and graduate with a proficiency level of the language, we offer a special track during the first year.
The Language Proficiency Track (LPT) has been designed for those students who wish to progressively adapt to studying fully in English at IE University.
Develop a multidisciplinary profile and specialize in two distinct, yet connected fields, by combining another bachelor degree with your studies in Bachelor of Laws.
This program prepares students for a range of careers in law and business, and to work in a dynamic corporate environment. This program is marked by the fundamental elements of IE University: academic excellence, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an international environment.
This program offers a practical degree, focused on the fundamentals of international affairs and global law. You will acquire critical thinking skills along with the credentials required for legal practice, allowing you to provide solutions that address issues on a global scale.
Yes, a Bachelor of Law degree can be challenging. It requires extensive reading, critical thinking, and analytical skills. The degree involves studying complex legal concepts, case law, statutes, and legal theories. Additionally, law coursework often involves rigorous research, writing, and problem-solving tasks. However, the level of difficulty may vary depending on individual aptitude, study habits, and the specific program.
The hardest part of law school can vary for each individual, but some common challenges include the heavy workload, intense reading requirements, the need to master complex legal concepts, competitive environment, and the pressure to perform well in exams and assignments.
The difficulty of each year in law school can vary for different individuals. However, many law students find the first year to be particularly challenging due to the steep learning curve, adjustment to a new academic environment, and the introduction to foundational legal concepts and methods of analysis.
Good law students possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills, effective communication abilities, attention to detail, excellent time management, a strong work ethic, critical reading skills, and resilience.
Law schools look for students with strong academic performance, analytical skills, effective communication, leadership potential, diversity, passion for law, and positive recommendations.