Master in Legal Practice + Master in Labour and Social Security Law

Train yourself to successfully pass the entrance exam for the legal profession with the master's degree that has the highest pass rate at the state level. Together with the Master in Labour and Social Security Law, in which you will acquire the necessary knowledge to analyse and solve the main interpretive problems of current Labour and Social Security legislation.

  • Legal Practice
  • Labour Law
  • Social Security
Next edition
Classes start
27 September, 2021 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
27 June, 2023 (To be confirmed)
Schedule
From September 2021 to June 2022: Monday to Friday, from 4 pm to 8 pm. From January to June 2023: Thursday and Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm.
Modality
On-campus
ECTS credits
150
Price
13000 €

The double Master's in Legal Practice + Master's in Labour and Social Security Law offers you an unmatched professional comparative advantage. In addition to taking the Master's in Legal Practice, a benchmark 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 with the most professional demand, by dedicating just a few more months .

During the first academic year, the Master's in 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, competition, environmental law, real estate and urban development, among others.

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

Subsequently, the Master in Labour and Social Security Law trains you in a specific way, from advising companies and public institutions to the legal defence of the different subjects of labour relations, whether individual or collective.

Program jointly offered with:

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

Why choose this program

01

Receive the complete program on Labour and Social Security Law

This master's has been training specialists in the social branch of law for more than 23 years. It is a program to train specialized jurists and, therefore, different from other courses in Human Resources, social promotion or business consulting in general.

02

Gain a double degree

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

03

Learn from industry professionals

The composition of the last two courses consisted of 19 university professors belonging to 13 different universities, 9 magistrates, 7 lawyers from the Public Administration, 4 practising lawyers and 2 Labour and Social Security inspectors.

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.

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Highest pass rate at the state level

99% of the students of the Master's in 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 law graduates, mainly from UPF, with the best academic profiles. It is also aimed at those graduates from other Spanish universities with very good academic records or who come from double degrees (Business Administration + Law, Law + Economics/Social Work, etc.). In the case of international students, for administrative reasons, students must submit a ratified accreditation, the process of 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 Labour and Social Security Law 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)
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)
Social Security Law
Social Security Law Module (20 ECTS credits)
Labour Law
Labour Law Module (20 ECTS credits)

Optional Contents

Litigation
Proof (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 (Simulation of trials and labour process) (4 ECTS credits)
Advanced Criminal Litigation (4 ECTS credits)
International Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration (4 ECTS credits)
Legal practice of Capital Mercantile Companies (4 ECTS credits)
Contracts: special questions (4 ECTS credits)
Business Legal Advice: basic contents (8 ECTS credits)

Legal practice of Capital Mercantile Companies (4 ECTS credits)

Contracts: special questions (4 ECTS credits)

Other Electives
Accounting and Finance for Lawyers (4 ECTS credits)
Bankruptcy Law (4 ECTS credits)
Fundamentals for Tort Liability (4 ECTS credits)
Intellectual Property and Competition Law (4 ECTS credits)
Legal protection of natural resources and environmental responsibility (4 ECTS credits)
Financial Markets Law (4 ECTS credits)
Tax Law: Advanced direct taxation (4 ECTS credits)
Tax Law: Advanced indirect taxation (4 ECTS credits)
Global Business Law (4 ECTS credits)
Delving into Urban Law (4 ECTS credits)
Criminal Compliance: Fundamentals (4 ECTS credits)
Business and Labour Relations (4 ECTS credits)
Regulated Sectors (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

The master's will organize, during the learning 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 in public speaking and legal English, etc.

Language

3 groups will be created: two whose teaching languages will be Catalan, Spanish and English, and one in Spanish and English.

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 Laboral y de la Seguridad Social (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 Legal Practice + Master in Labour and Social Security Law 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

Josep Fargas Fernandez

Associate Professor UPF

Julia Lopez Lopez

Full Professor UPF

  • Alexandre de le Court
    Assistant Professor of Labour Law and Social Security at Pompeu Fabra University. Mentor.
  • Ana Huertos Torné
    Lawyer specialist in employment law.
  • Ana Salas
    Social Magistrate
  • Antonio Baylos
    Director of the Central European and Latin American Institute of University Research for Social Dialogue. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
  • Borja Moreno Pantrigo
    Legal Advice for the Department of Social Welfare and Family for the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government)
  • Eduardo Rojo
    Member of the Editorial Board of sociology magazine Papers. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Faustino Rodríguez
    Social Magistrate in Barcelona.
  • Félix Salaverria
    Head of Legal Advice for the Department of Social Welfare and Family for the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Félix V. Azón
    Master from the London School of Academics (United Kingdom). Social Magistrate.
  • Fernando Salinas
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court. PhD in Law from the University of Seville.
  • Ferran Camas
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Girona.
  • Francisco González
    Head of Legal Consultancy at the National Institute of the Social Security in Barcelona.
  • Francisco J. Prados
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Granada.
  • Ignacio García-Perrote
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Director of Employment Department at Uría-Menéndez Abogados.
  • Jaime Cabeza
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Vigo.
  • Jesús Cruz Vilalón
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville.
  • Jesús R. Mercader
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid.
  • Jordi Agustí
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • José Antonio Garcia Ballesteros
    Social Security information service in Barcelona.
  • José Luis Goñi
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the public university of Navarra.
  • José Manuel Gómez
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville. Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law.
  • Juan López Gandía
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
  • Juan Manuel Sánchez-Bustamante
    Lawyer of the Social Security Administration.
  • Juan Reyes
    Lawyer from Employment Department at Uría-Menéndez Abogados. Barcelona
  • Maria José Feijóo
    Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • María Luisa Segoviano Astaburuaga
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • Mercè Saura Súcar
    Social Magistrate.
  • Miguel Arenas
    Lawyer and partner at Col.lectiu Ronda.
  • Nuria Pumar
    President of the Equality Commission at the Law Faculty of the University of Barcelona. Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Barcelona.
  • Paco Pérez
    Lawyer specialist in employment law.
  • Patrocinio Rodríguez
    Tenured lecturer of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Seville.
  • Pedro J. López Clarós
    Social Security Retirement Dept. in Barcelona
  • Rafael Laraña
    Deputy Director of Retirement, Survival and International Conventions at the National Institute of the Social Security in Barcelona.
  • Rosa Maria Viroles Piñol
    Magistrate at the Supreme Court.
  • Santiago González Ortega
    PhD in Law from the University of Bologna. Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University Pablo de Olavide
  • Sebastián de Soto
    Professor of Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Huelva.
  • Sergio Canalda
     Assistant Professor of Labour Law and Social Security at the Pompeu Fabra University. Mentor.
  • Telma Vega Felgueroso
    Employment Inspector.

Methodology

The course is conceived with the purpose of combining two aims that could seem antagonistic: generality and depth. The first is manifested in an all-encompassing program design in which all aspects of labour law are considered, with special emphasis on those aspects that have undergone more recent modifications.

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 Labour and Social Security Law, 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

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.

Student profile

El programa reúne cada año a recién graduados en derecho principalmente de la ciudad de Barcelona. Se trata por tanto de un perfil junior, con la experiencia previa adquirida en las prácticas profesionales realizadas durante el Grado en Derecho.

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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:

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

The Master's in Legal Practice + Labour and Social Security Law 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 Labour and Social Security Law 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

1267.

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 Legal Practice + Master in Labour and Social Security Law