Master's degree in law


Programme Description

The Master's degree in Law is regulated by Law 34/2006, of October 30, developed by Royal Decree 775/2011, of June 3. In agreement with this, the Faculty of Law of the University of La Laguna - in collaboration with the Bar Association of Santa Cruz de Tenerife - starts, from the academic year 2014/15, the necessary training to facilitate the graduates in law the exercise of the profession of lawyer, once passed the corresponding state test of aptitude.

It responds to the society's demand to provide qualified training to those who will be fundamental collaborators in the delivery of justice, for the quality of the service they provide, which directly leads to the effective judicial protection that our Constitution guarantees to all the citizens.

This Master qualifies for the exercise of professional activities according to Royal Decree 775/2011, of June 3, which approves the Regulation of Law 34/2006, of October 30, on access to the professions of Lawyer and Prosecutor of the Courts.

Justification title

According to the provisions of Law 34/2006 of October 30, the regulation of the access to the profession of lawyer in Spain is a requirement derived from articles 17.3 and 24 of the Spanish Constitution. In the field of comparative law, the professional training to act before the courts of justice requires a previous accreditation of the graduates in legal sciences. Also, in Spain, the requirement for such training has been a constant requirement of professional colleges in the last three decades.

The White Paper on Justice presented by the General Council of the Judiciary in 1997, as well as the 10th Conference of Deans of the Faculties of Law of the Spanish universities held on 28 June 2004, Also, from the political perspective, the 2001 State Pact on Justice was in the same direction.

Hence the promulgation of the aforementioned law regulating access to the profession of lawyer, which, together with its implementing regulations through Royal Decree 775/2011, of June 11, require for access to the profession of lawyer a process of professional training based on three basic pillars: the implementation of training courses, a training period and a professional aptitude test.

According to art. 4.1 of the aforementioned law, training courses and external practices constitute the specialized training that allows the student to choose the national evaluation, and such training may be given in accordance with the regulations governing official postgraduate university education. For its part, the Regulation that develops the law, in its art. 4.1, a) establishes that public or private universities may provide training within the framework of the teaching leading to the obtaining of a university master's degree.

Consequently, studies of Law Degree - and Law Degree -, as of the entry into force of the aforementioned regulations - 31 October 2011 - do not enable, as has hitherto, to directly access the practice of the profession becoming the University Master of Law in the path that would provide the necessary training to university graduates who wanted to practice such profession before also passing a national training test, taking into account that the intervention of professionals of the Law is essential for the proper functioning of the Administration of Justice that undergoes continuous expansion and specialization. In short, the title is proposed to comply with the training requirements established by the regulation regulating access to the profession of lawyer.

Therefore, the Faculty of Law of the University of La Laguna promotes the organisation of studies leading to the title of Master's Degree in Law with the participation of the same Bar Association of Santa Cruz de Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the exercise of their social responsibilities as institutions linked to academic training and professional practice, for which the agreement required by art. 7 of the Regulation of access to the professions of Attorney and Attorney of the Courts.

Description of the internal and external consultation procedures used for the development of the curriculum

The Faculty of Law of the University of La Laguna is in the process of implementation (4th year) of the Degree in Law as well as in the extinction of the title of Law Degree, both of them qualifying titles for access to the Master's Degree in Advocacy.

Entry and exit profile

Admission Profile

As for the recommended admission profile, it should be taken into account that this Master's Degree is aimed at those who wish to gain access to the profession of Lawyer of the Courts, and its main objective is to improve the professional qualification of the lawyer as relevant collaborators of the administration of justice in order to ensure that citizens are guaranteed legal counseling and technical representation as essential elements for the exercise of the fundamental right to effective protection. Therefore, the law establishes a system of training in excellence whose basic pillars are the completion of this master, where the student will acquire a set of specific professional skills, the development of a period of external practice and the conduct of an evaluation of the professional aptitude that culminates the training process prior to enrollment in the corresponding professional college. Hence, we should not only resort to Royal Decree 1393/2007, as amended by Royal Decree 861/2010, in its art. 16 establishes that in order to access the official Master's teachings, but also to Royal Decree 775/2011, of June 3, which approves the Regulation of Law 34/2006, of October 30, on access to professions of Lawyer and Attorney of the Tribunals, that establishes that the student must have a title in which it has acquired the following legal competences:

a) To know and understand the elements, structure, resources, interpretation and application of the legal system and to interpret the sources and the fundamental legal concepts of each one of the different jurisdictional orders.

b) To know and understand the mechanisms and procedures for resolving legal disputes, as well as the legal position of persons in their relations with the Administration and in general with the public authorities.

c) To know and know how to apply the criteria of priority of the sources to determine the applicable rules in each case, and especially the one of the conformity with the rules, the principles and the constitutional values.

d) Interpret legal texts from an interdisciplinary perspective using legal principles and social, ethical and deontological values ​​and principles as tools of analysis.

e) Deliver a convincing legal argument on a theoretical question concerning the various legal matters.

f) To resolve practical cases in accordance with current positive law, which entails the prior preparation of material, identification of problematic issues, selection and interpretation of the applicable positive law data and the argued exposure of the subsumption.

g) Handle with skill and precision the legal language and terminology proper to the different branches of law: to write in an orderly and understandable legal documents. Communicate oral and written ideas, arguments and legal reasoning using the appropriate records in each context.

h) Use information and communication technologies to search and obtain legal information (databases of jurisprudence legislation, bibliography, etc.), as well as work and communication tools.

Graduation profile

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  • Information management skills (ability to search and analyse information from diverse sources)
  • Basic knowledge of the profession
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis
  • Ability to organise and plan
  • Oral and written communication in their own language
  • Problem resolution
  • Critical and self-critical capacity
  • Teamwork
  • Ethical Commitment
  • Ability to apply knowledge in practice
  • Research skills
  • Ability to adapt to new circumstances
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Know and identify the classes, value and effects of documents
  • Know how to write different writs before different judicial bodies


  • To know the techniques directed to the investigation and establishment of the facts in the different types of procedure, especially the production of documents, the interrogations and the expert tests.
  • Possessing, understanding and developing skills that make it possible to apply specialized academic knowledge acquired in the degree to the changing reality that lawyers face in order to avoid situations of injury, risk or conflict in relation to the interests entrusted or their professional practice before courts or public authorities and in the advisory functions.
  • Know and be able to integrate the defence of the rights of clients within the framework of national and international jurisdictional systems of protection.
  • To know the different techniques of composition of interests and to know to find solutions to problems through alternative methods to the jurisdictional route.
  • To know and know how to apply the professional deontological rights and duties in the relations of the lawyer with the client, the other parties, the court or public authority and between lawyers.
  • To know and evaluate the different responsibilities related to the exercise of professional activity, including the basic operation of free legal assistance and the promotion of social responsibility of the lawyer.
  • Know how to identify conflicts of interest and know the techniques for their resolution, establish the scope of professional secrecy and confidentiality, and preserve independence of judgment.
  • Know how to identify the requirements for the provision and organisation that are decisive for legal advice.
  • Know and know how to apply in practice the organizational, management and commercial environment of the legal profession, as well as its legal framework for association, tax, labour and personal data protection.
  • Develop skills and abilities to choose the right strategy for the defence of clients' rights taking into account the requirements of the different areas of professional practice.
  • Know how to develop skills that allow the lawyer to improve the efficiency of their work and enhance the overall functioning of the team or institution in which it develops through access to information sources, knowledge of languages, knowledge management and management techniques and tools applied.
  • Know, know how to organise and plan the individual and collective resources available for the exercise in their different organizational modalities of the legal profession.
  • To know how to present oral and written facts, and to extract juridical consequences, in accordance with the context and the target audience, according to the specific procedures of each procedural area.
  • Know how to develop professional jobs in specific and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Know how to develop interpersonal skills and skills, which facilitate the practice of the lawyer profession in its relations with citizens, other professionals and institutions.

Orientation and tutoring

From the point of view of the information about the Curriculum, the Faculty of Law has a web page where the student will be able to find all the information related to the Master of Access to the Law.

For personalized information and support, the student has other elements:

The Faculty of Law has a POAT (Guidance and Tutorial Action Plan) where students of the Faculty are assigned a personal or curricular tutor who accompanies them throughout their stay in the Faculty and who guides and supports them in his academic career.

The Secretariat of the Center is the window of the management team of the centre responsible for the title. The student can go to the secretariat of his centre to solve problems related to the teaching of degrees, complaints about teaching matters, transfers of files, etc.

Graduate Studies Bureau: they can obtain all the information and advice related to the postgraduate degree in question, as well as matters related to the central academic management services.

In addition, the University of La Laguna has the Information and Orientation Service (SIO) which is the office to inform, advise and guide the university community in general, referring students to the corresponding offices, depending on their interests. The SIO has an information area that responds to the demands of academic and administrative information of the ULL: information on scholarships and aids, procedures, rights and duties, deadlines and procedures, transcripts of academic records, simultaneity of studies, regulations of permanence, etc.

The professional colleges also have their own web pages where students can consult information of interest and where, in their day, will incorporate the information of the Master of Access to the Law.

External practices

Practical application of all the contents of the masters in a real situation of the professional exercise. Particularly in the knowledge of the organisation and operation of the professional office, deontological and responsibility issues. The type of professional actions in which the student will intervene will depend on the subjects managed in the entity, requiring the insertion in the dynamics of work of the destination post, assumption of the work environment of the entity and assigned role.

In accordance with the provisions of art. 16 of RD 775/2011, of June 3, students will be supervised by a team of professionals in charge of which will appoint a lawyer who has practiced for at least 5 years. The students, in the development of their practices, will have the right to interview with the members of the tutoring team that they have assigned. Each tutorial team, consisting of at least 3 members, will have a maximum of 6 students. In the event that the designated tutor is unable to perform his / her work with the student, the tutor in charge of the tutoring team shall designate a new one, in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations for the Management of External Practices of the University of La Estudiante Lagoon.

The tutoring team must prepare a report or report every six months to account for the activities performed during the exercise of their duties.

to. What's New?

In the external Practices, the student should, with the help of the internal tutor, put into practice the knowledge acquired throughout the program. The student will be able to attend trials, write legal documents, participate in the knowledge and resolution of cases as well as in everything that is required by the entity that accepts it according to a plan agreed in advance by both tutors and known by the student at the time

of its incorporation.

b. Places of development

The practices may be developed, in accordance with what is stated in article 15 of RD 775/2011, in courts or tribunals, prosecutor's offices, companies or professional offices of lawyers, penitentiary institutions, legal departments or human resources of Public Administrations, institutions

officers or companies.

c. Duration of the internship

The practices, as established in article 14 of RD 775/2011, will represent 30 ECTS additional to those indicated in article 12 of the same legal text.

The internships will cover a total of 740 hours that will take place during the three semesters of the Master.

d. Expected results

With the external internship module students will learn to:

  • Integrate their theoretical and practical training through active participation and the relationship with professionals who work in different places of development.
  • Develop human qualities and technical skills to respond appropriately to the demands of professional practice.
  • Exercise the counseling function of the lawyer, forming legal relationships that avoid legal conflicts.
  • To act before the organs of the respective jurisdictional orders that allow him in the future to carry out the procedural proceedings proper to the lawyer.
  • Intervene as a mediator in legal disputes, to seek out extrajudicial solutions.

Master's thesis

This work is oriented to the evaluation of the competences associated with it and its function is to encourage the student to face specific legal problems that can be found in his professional practice and that can also be associated with legal research on a topic of present. For each academic year the Academic Committee of the Master will publish before the beginning of the enrollment period a list of possible topics of the Master's Degree Work. At the beginning of the corresponding term, each student enrolled must choose one of these subjects and communicate it to his tutor, who must be a teacher of the Master, to guide him in the preparation of the Work and to whom the student will present the project. Before his defence, the student will deliver the Final Master's Work in triplicate, in PDF format and without exceeding 60 pages, in the Secretariat of the Faculty of Law along with a mandatory report of the tutor, a requirement without which not will admit the deposit. Each tutor will have a maximum of 4 students in each academic year.

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