Master in Professional Legal Practice + Master's in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance

Train yourself to successfully pass the entrance exam to the legal profession with the master's that has the highest pass rate at the state level. Take it along with the Master in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance, two sectors of criminal law that have experienced a spectacular boom in recent years.

  • Legal Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Compliance
Next edition
Classes start
27 September, 2021 (To be confirmed)
Classes end
01 March, 2023 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
30 March, 2023 (To be confirmed)
Schedule
From September 2021 to June 2022: Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm. From October 2022 to March 2023: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Modality
On-campus
ECTS credits
150
Price
16000 €

The double Master in Professional Legal Practice + Master in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance offers you an unmatched professional comparative advantage. In addition to studying the Master's Degree in Professional Legal Practice, a reference program in the training of lawyers in Spain with the highest pass rate at the state level, it allows you to specialize in one of the areas of law which is most in-demand professionally, economic criminal law and compliance, by dedicating a few more months to your studies.

During the first academic year, the Master's in Professional Legal Practice trains you in the central areas of litigation, professional ethics, and business legal advice, and specializes in specific professional matters such as bankruptcy, damages, intellectual property and competition, the environment, real estate and urban planning, crimes against public finances and corporate crimes, among others.

The Master's in Professional Legal Practice is a unique project that brings together university, professional, public, and private institutions, with a common objective: to provide law graduates with excellent training that, in the current legal framework of the legal system, allows them not only to pass the official exam in the future, but, above all, face their professional career as lawyers in the field of economic criminal law and compliance with the maximum guarantees of success.

Subsequently, the Master in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance trains you both in the general issues common to economic crimes, such as corporate crimes or crimes against public finances, as well as in the study of specific types. Likewise, the compliance training is exhaustive and ranges from its basic theoretical notions to the most advanced practical developments in crime prevention models and corporate compliance culture.

The extraordinary presence and growing complexity of economic criminal law in criminal legislation and therefore in the practice of our courts, as well as the importance of the phenomenon of regulatory compliance in companies to avoid or minimize their possible criminal liability, justify the need for specialized training in professionals in the criminal field who wish to successfully face the challenges that are already arising in economic criminal law and compliance. 

Program jointly offered with:

Il·lustre Col·legi de l'Advocacia de Barcelona ICABUPF Unidad de Coordinación Académica de Derecho

Why choose this program

01

Receive a quality curriculum

Its contents have been prepared by the UPF Law Department and Faculty, by the Barcelona Bar Association and by six of the most prestigious law firms and lawyers offices in the city of Barcelona: Cuatrecasas, Garrigues, Roca Junyent, Uría Menéndez, Baker & McKenzie, KPMG, and RCD.

02

Gain a double degree

By dedicating a few more months of study, you will receive a double master's degree: the Official Master's in Professional Legal Practice, issued by Pompeu Fabra University (90 ECTS credits) and the Master's in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University (60 ECTS credits).

03

Put your knowledge into practice

The program deals with the legal profession in a practical way, with the realization of practical exercises, intervention in debates and judicial simulations of the specialization in criminal law and of compliance.

04

Access an excellent internship program

The master's provides access to an internship program not only in law firms but also in companies and in public and justice administration. In addition, by taking the double master's degree, we guarantee that you will be able to do the internships in the area of specialization you have chosen.

05

Highest pass rate at the state level

99% of the students of the Master's in Professional Legal Practice at the UPF Barcelona School of Management who took the official exam for access to the profession between 2016 and 2019, passed.

Who is it for?

The master's is aimed at recent graduates in Law, mainly from UPF, with the best academic profiles. It is also aimed at those graduates from other Spanish universities with very good academic records and/or who come from double degrees (Business Administration + Law, Law + Criminology, etc.). In the case of international students, for administrative reasons, students must submit validation of their previous studies, which can be long and complex.

Admission and enrolment

Curriculum

The double master's degree is structured in a block of compulsory contents necessary for obtaining the double degree with the specialization in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance and the completion of optional subjects, Master's Final Project, and mandatory internship period.

Mandatory Contents

Litigation
Civil and Commercial Litigation (5 ECTS credits)
Criminal Litigation (4 ECTS credits)
Administrative Litigation (3 ECTS credits)
Labour Litigation (3 ECTS credits)
Fundamental Rights, Economic Freedoms, and European Integration (4 ECTS credits)
Proof (4 ECTS credits)
Advanced Civil Litigation (4 ECTS credits)
Professional Subjects
Judicial and Extrajudicial Conflict Resolution (4 ECTS credits)
Deontology and Professional Regulatory Framework (3 ECTS credits)
Professional Exercise: Organization and Skills (4 ECTS credits)
Compliance
Compliance I: fundamentals of crime prevention in the company (4 ECTS credits)
Compliance II: practical questions (4 ECTS credits)
Compliance III: specific areas (4 ECTS credits)
Economic Criminal Law
Corporate Criminal Responsibility (4 ECTS credits)
Fundamentals of individual criminal responsibility in the company (4 ECTS credits)
Company and individual property interests (4 ECTS credits)
Business and public interests (4 ECTS credits)
Criminal protection of the interests of the company (4 ECTS credits)

Optional Contents

Legal practice of Capital Mercantile Companies (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
Contracts: special questions (4 ECTS credits)
Accounting and Finance for Lawyers (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
Bankruptcy Law (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
Intellectual Property and Competition Law (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
Legal Protection of Natural Resources and Environmental Responsibility (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
Financial Markets Law (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
Tax Law (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
Fundamentals for Tort Liability (4 ECTS credits)
Global Business Law (4 ECTS credits)
Delving into Urban Law (4 ECTS credits)
Business and Labour Relations (4 ECTS credits)
Advanced Civil Litigation (4 ECTS credits)
Litigation in Family and Personal Law (4 ECTS credits)
Tax Litigation (4 ECTS credits)
Advanced Labour Litigation (4 ECTS credits)
Regulated Sectors (4 ECTS credits) - Recommended option
International Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration (4 ECTS credits)

Master's Final Project

Final Project of Master's Degree in Legal Practice
Final Master's Project in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance

Professional internships

Note on elective courses
Elective courses will be carried out in case of reaching a minimum number of enrolled students. The final offer for each academic year may be adapted depending on the academic planning. 

Complementary activities

El máster organizará durante el periodo lectivo una serie de actividades extracurriculares voluntarias: asistencia a juicios y a guardias de detenidos, simulaciones de juicios, workshops organizados por empresas y despachos colaboradores, formaciones específicas (como, por ejemplo, oratoria e inglés jurídico), etc.

Idioma:

Se crearán tres grupos: dos cuyas lenguas vehiculares serán catalán, castellano e inglés y uno en castellano e inglés.

Qualification obtained

Once students have completed both programs they will obtain the Máster Universitario en Abogacía official Master's Degree (90 ECTS), issued by the Pompeu Fabra University and the Máster en Derecho Penal Económico y Compliance (60 ECTS) issued by Pompeu Fabra University.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia) must be paid for the rights to issue the degree. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied.

Faculty

The Master in Professional Legal Practice + Master in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance has a teaching staff made up of academics and professionals who are experts in each of the subjects that make up the program's study plan.

Academic directors

Ricardo Robles Planas

Full professor UPF

  • Albert Azagra
    Lawyer. Uría Menéndez.
  • Albert Estrada i Cuadras (Coord.)
    Lawyer.
  • Albert Lamarca (Coord.)
    Tenured lecturer of Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Ana Belén Macho (Coord.)
    Associate Professor of Financial and Tax Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Antonia Agulló
    Tenured lecturer of Financial and tax Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Aurea Suñol (Coord.)
    Junior Lecturer of Trade Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Avelina Rucosa
    Lawyer. Avelina Rucosa Abogados Matrimonialistas.
  • Beatriz Goena Vives
    Lecturer of Criminal Law at Molins & Silva.
  • Carlos Gómez (Coord.)
    Tenured lecturer of Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Christian Herrera (Coord.)
    Lawyer. Herrera Abogados.
  • Cristina González
    Tenured lecturer of International Private Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • David Carpio Briz
    Lecturer of Criminal Law at University of Barcelona.
  • David Felip (Coord.)
    Tenured lecturer of Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Enric Carulla
    Lawyer. Partner at Garrigues.
  • Enrique Grande
    Lawyer. Partner at Garrigues.
  • Esther Farnós
    Lecturer of Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Fernando Cerdá
    Lawyer. Professor of Trade Law at Pompeu Fabra University. Partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira.
  • Guillermo Bayas
    Lawyer. Inley.
  • Héctor Sebert
    Lawyer. Associate lecturer of procedural law at Pompeu Fabra University. Partner at Lawants - Lawyers & Accountants SLP.
  • Ignacio Farrando (Coord.)
    Professor of Trade Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Ignasi Ciutad
    State Tax Inspector.
  • Íñigo Ortiz de Urbina Gimeno
    Associate lecturer, PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Ivó Coca Vila (Coord.)
    University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • Javier Béjar
    Lawyer. Socio de Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Magistrate on leave.
  • Javier Grávalos
    Lawyer. Partner at Uría Menéndez.
  • Javier Hernández (Coord.)
    Presiding Judge at the Provincial High Court of Tarragona.
  • Javier Zuloaga
    Lawyer. Pricewaterhouse Coopers Tax & Legal.
  • Jesús María Silva Sánchez
    Tenured lecturer of Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Joan Cano
    State Tax Inspector.
  • Joan Hortalà
    Lawyer. Partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira.
  • Joaquim Castañer
    Lawyer. Visiting Lecturer of Trade Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Joaquín Bayo
    Judge.
  • Jorge Navarro (Coord.)
    Lawyer. Partner at Molins & Silva.
  • José María Fuster
    Lawyer. Partner at Fuster-Fabra Abogados.
  • José Miguel Company
    Prosecutor.
  • José Ramón Salelles
    Tenured lecturer of Trade Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Josep Ferrer
    Tenured lecturer of Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Josep Lluis Boned
    Visiting lecturer in Financial Economics and Accounting at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Josep Maria Paret
    Lawyer. Partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira.
  • Juan Antonio Fernández-Velilla
    Lawyer. Partner at Uría Menéndez.
  • Juan Antonio Loste
    Lawyer.Partner at Uría Menéndez.
  • Juan Antonio Ruiz (Coord.)
    Lawyer. Associate lecturer of Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University. Partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira.
  • Judit Gené
    Lawyer. Partner at Melero & Gené.
  • Luis Garrido
    Magistrate at the Provincial High Court of Barcelona.
  • Luis Rodríguez Vega
    Magistrate in Magistrate Court No. 4 in Barcelona.
  • Mª Rosa Font
    Magistrate in Court of Instruction No. 5 in Terrassa.
  • Mariona Llobet Anglí
    Visiting lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University
  • Màrius Miró
    Lawyer. Partner at Roca Junyent.
  • Marta Forcada
    Magistrate in Court of Instruction No. 5 in Badalona.
  • Mercè Caso
    Magistrate.
  • Miró Ayats
    Lawyer. Partner at Cuatrecasas.
  • Montserrat Ballarín
    Tenured lecturer of Financial and Tax Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Nuria Mallandrich
    Lecturer of Administrative and Procedural Law at the University of Barcelona.
  • Nuria Pastor Muñoz (Coord.)
    Senior Lecturer of Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Olga de la Cruz
    Lawyer. Partner at Martínez Ramos & de la Cruz. Associate lecturer in Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Olga Forner
    Lawyer. Head of Procedural-Bankruptcy Law department at KPMG.
  • Óscar Figueras
    Lawyer. Legal Area in Catalonia for Ernest & Young. Former Lawyer of the Estat-Cap a Tarragona.
  • Óscar Serrano Zaragoza 
    Prosecutor
  • Rafael Audivert
    Lawyer. Partner at Roca Junyent. Associate lecturer of Administrative Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Raquel Alastruey
    Professor of Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Raquel Xalabarder
    Lecturer of Law and Political Science Studies of the Oberta de Catalunya University
  • Remei Soriano
    Chief Prosecutor of the Prosecutor's Office of Terrassa.
  • Ricardo Robles Planas (Coord.)
    Tenured lecturer and accredited Professor of Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Rosa Artigas
    Lawyer at Artigas Abogados.
  • Rosa Milà
    Associate Lecturer of Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Sergio Baches
    Lawyer. Associate lecturer of Commercial Law at Pompeu Fabra University. Partner at Baches-Galíndez Abogados.
  • Sonia Ramos
    "Ramón y Cajal" researcher at Pompeu Fabra University.

Methodology

 

The course combines theory and practice with a very participatory method. The teaching objective, regarding the specialization of economic criminal law and compliance, is to study in depth both the conceptual and methodological frameworks, in order to understand and analyse the new Economic Criminal Law and particularly the phenomenon of criminal Compliance, which currently has extraordinary relevance in the world of law.

01.

Appropriate content for the official exam

The compulsory subjects are intended to guarantee adequate preparation for the official exam and, on the other hand, complete the compulsory content to obtain the specialization degree in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance, thus placing the student in the best conditions to start their professional career as a lawyer.

02.

Litigation Subjects

These make up the main content block of the program. From problems posed by real cases, the students will be able to apply procedural and substantive law, internal and community law to their resolution. The writing of legal documents (demands, complaints, appeals) and their oral defence (simulations of trials and oral hearings) play an essential role in these subjects.

03.

Other essential content

Essential content for the exercise of the legal profession are studied, such as deontology, negotiation, and the organization of the office, which will play a fundamental role in the subsequent official examination.

04.

Tutoring and monitoring

Throughout the program, the academic management team will monitor the student to offer support and ensure their proper progress.

05.

Complementary activities

The master will organize during the school period a series of voluntary extracurricular activities: attendance at trials and custody of detainees, trial simulations, workshops organized by collaborating companies and firms, specific training (such as public speaking and legal English), etc.

Evaluation

To obtain the corresponding qualification, it is essential to pass all the subjects, the evaluation of which will depend on the corresponding teacher and which may consist of a continuous evaluation, completion of a task/exercise or a final exam. The Master's Final Project must also be passed, there must be regular attendance in class (a minimum of 80%), and practical exercises and compulsory work must be carried out and delivered to the professionals who commission them and who will mark them in each case.

Tools

Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The Double Master in Professional Legal Practice + Economic Criminal Law and Compliance is aimed at Law graduates with a good academic record who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the professional practice of law and who, in addition, want to pursue a specialization in the area of Economic Criminal Law and Compliance. For students of the double master's, the internships (whether in law firms/companies or public institutions) are intended to be related to the area of specialization.

Student profile

Every year, the program brings together recent law graduates, mainly from the city of Barcelona. There is therefore a junior profile, with previous experience acquired in the professional internships carried out during the Degree in Law.

23

Average age

Career opportunities

To pass the program, each student must complete a curricular internship with a value of 30 ECTS credits. The internships will be full-time and will take place between June and November in the law firms, companies and institutions that collaborate with the program. The stay will be tutored by an experienced lawyer with the supervision of a team of tutors and will have the aim of enabling the student to:

  1. Face professional deontological problems.
  2. Become familiar with the functioning and problems of institutions related to the practice of the legal profession.
  3. Know the activity of other legal operators, as well as professionals related to the exercise of the profession.
  4. Receive updated information on the development of professional careers and the possible lines of activity, as well as on the instruments to manage them.
  5. In general, develop the skills and abilities necessary to practice the legal profession.

The Master in Professional Legal Practice + Economic Criminal Law and Compliance aims to provide law graduates with excellent training that, in the current legal framework, allows them not only to pass the future official exam, but, above all, to start their professional career as lawyers and experts in the field of Economic Criminal Law and Compliance with the maximum chances of success.

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

In addition to meeting the general access requirements established in current regulations, in order to be admitted to the official Master's Program, the following specific admission requirements are required by Article 2 of Law 34/2006 and Articles 2 and 3 of the Regulation that develops it (Royal Decree 775/2011, of 3 June), for all the programs that enable access to said profession. Said requirements are as follows:

  1.  To be in possession of a qualification of Law Degree, Law Graduate or other equivalent university degree that meets the requirements established in the following section.
  2. University degrees that certify the acquisition of the following legal skills:
  • Know and understand the elements, structure, resources, interpretation, and application of the legal system and interpret the sources and fundamental legal concepts of each of the different legal orders.
  •  Know and understand the mechanisms and procedures for the resolution of legal conflicts, as well as the legal position of people in their relations with the Administration and in general with public powers.
  • Know and know how to apply the criteria of priority of the sources to determine the applicable norms in each case, and especially that of conformity 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 analysis tools.
  • Pronounce with a convincing legal argument on a theoretical question related to various legal matters.
  • Resolve practical cases in accordance with current positive law, which implies the prior preparation of material, the identification of problematic issues, the selection and interpretation of the applicable positive law data, and the argumentative statement of the subsumption.
  • Handle with skill and precision the legal language and the terminology of the different branches of law: Draft legal documents in an orderly and understandable way. Communicate legal ideas, arguments, and reasoning orally and in writing, using the appropriate records in each context.
  • Use information and communication technologies to search for and obtain legal information (databases of legislation, jurisprudence, bibliography, etc.), as well as work and communication tools.

 

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

Students with degrees obtained abroad:

Participants with degrees obtained abroad (either in the European Economic Area or outside of it) who want to attend the professional aptitude evaluation test for the exercise of the profession of Lawyer once the master has successfully been passed, must be in possession of the credential of ratification of their foreign degree in Law on the date of admission to the master (see in this regard the Informative Note regarding the regime applicable to degrees obtained abroad to obtain the professional title of lawyer or attorney of Courts issued by the Ministry of Justice on 27 July 2016).

There are also procedures for validation of the degree or admission to the University of students with university studies initiated to comply with this requirement demanded by the regulations that regulate the evaluation test to obtain the professional title of lawyer or attorney of the Courts.

Mandatory documentation* to submit with the application for admission (digital format):

  • Presentation letter or video;
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae;
  • Simple copy in digital format of the updated academic record with all the grades of the subjects taken for the degree. Files will only be accepted that show, as a minimum, the grades obtained up to the first quarter or semester included, the number of pending ECTS credits and the average mark (scale 1-10); Final year students who can prove that they are on Erasmus must submit a file that includes at least the marks of the first three years of the Degree.
  • Simple copy in digital format of the title associated with the academic record submitted. If you do not yet have it, you must send it to us before the start date of the program. Otherwise, admission will be cancelled and you will not be able to start the program.
  • If you are a student with a degree obtained abroad (either in the European Economic Area or outside it) and you want to be able to attend the evaluation test to obtain the professional title of lawyer or court attorney, you must also provide the ratification credential of your degree.
  • Scanned copy of the ID or passport;
  • Passport size photograph (jpg format);

* If necessary, additional information may be requested.

Documentation to be assessed:

  • Certificate of level B2 in English or other languages (only certificates issued by recognized bodies will be recognized).
  • Certification of other undergraduate studies obtained or in progress (registration form or academic record).

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through its form.

Application for admission

The 2nd round admission application form will open on 3rd of May. The dates of the admission periods (application deadline, final decision, etc.) are detailed below:

Rounds1st round2nd round
Application deadline02/03/202128/05/2021
Application fee deadline (120€)05/03/202102/06/2021
Application documents deadline12/03/202111/06/2021
Apply resolution23/04/202122/06/2021
Reservation fee payment (25%)05/05/202107/07/2021

Admission process

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Make a €120 advance registration fee payment. This sum will be refunded if the applicant is not accepted but will not be refunded if the admission process is abandoned.
  • In order to complete your application we would ask you to send us the aforementioned documents in order to evaluate your profile and suitability of the programme. This documentation will be presented via a specific platform to which you will be given access.

Final decision

Applications for admission will be assessed following the admission period schedule, the final decision for the application for admission will be sent by email.

Registration

Once the programme acceptance letter has been received, and before beginning your academic activity, you will be required to present the following original documentation:

  • Certified copy of university degree
  • Certified copy of official academic transcript

If you have a foreign qualification, consult the documentation to be presented here.
In order to guarantee your place you must make payment of the reservation fee on the given date and complete formal registration.

If you choose the option to pay by bank transfer we will ask you to enter the program code. For this program, the code is

1266.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts

Funding

Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

Go to the simulator

Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

Master in Professional Legal Practice + Master's in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance