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Faculty of Law

The UAM Law Faculty was founded in 1970, two years after the UAM itself. It has not taken long for it to become one of the most prestigious Spanish Law Schools, placed in the top hundred in the world by an international ranking. It owes its reputation to its highly qualified teaching staff, including some of the most eminent legal scholars and political scientists in the country. The Law School currently has around 200 teaching staff and researchers, who make up three departments – Private Law, Social and Economic Law; Public Law and Philosophy of Law; and Political Science and International Relations – served by excellent professional support staff in its secretariats and Administration department. In addition, the Law Faculty boasts one of the best legal libraries in the country and an Institute specialising in Local Law. It also publishes two legal journals as well as a students’ journal.

Two modern buildings house the Law Faculty on the UAM Cantoblanco campus, one was opened in 1994 and the other in 2004. The campus is situated in a superb setting, not far from Madrid’s mountain range, yet offers excellent services and communications, including its own local train station, connecting the University with the centre of Madrid in a matter of minutes.

All Law Faculty programmes have already been fully adapted to the European Higher Education Area. Some 4,000 undergraduates are currently studying one of four bachelor’s degrees: the Law Degree; the Degree in Political Science and Public Administration; the Joint Degree in Law and Business Administration (jointly with the Economics and Business Studies Faculty); and the Joint Degree in Law and Political Science and Public Administration. There are also three international joint degrees, one in Political Science and Public Administration, shared with the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), and two in Law, with the Universities of Toulouse and Strasbourg respectively.

The Law Faculty also offers a postgraduate programme in Law and Political Science, which currently includes eight Master’s Degrees, three of which are official (the Master’s Degree for Admission to the Legal Profession; the Master’s Degree in Democracy and Government; and the Master’s Degree in International Relations and African Studies) and five unofficial Master’s Degrees (the Master’s Degree in Governance and Human Rights; the Master’s Degree in Intellectual and Industrial Property Law and New Technologies; the Master’s Degree in Law and Local Administration; the Master’s Degree in Local Public Procurement; and the Master’s Degree in Criminal Law), as well as, inter alia, many other diplomas. The postgraduate programmes also include an ambitious Doctoral programme in Law, Government and Public Policies, in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council’s (CSIC) Institute of Public Goods and Policies.

Classes are taught in small groups, focusing especially on the practical aspects of the subjects. To this end, the Law School has a vast network of agreements with leading law firms and public and private legal institutions, enabling our undergraduate and postgraduate students to take part in a comprehensive internship programme, often leading on to future professional opportunities. As a result, our graduates are very well placed when joining the job market, the Law Faculty’s annual Legal Employment Forum having become a reference in the Spanish legal calendar.

Internationalisation is one of the Law Faculty’s priorities. The International Relations Office organises a great many exchanges each year. Our Law Faculty is one of the favourite destinations for Law and Political Science students from other countries, while our students go to foreign universities in growing numbers each year, within the framework of Erasmus and other mobility programmes. To this end, the Law Faculty has signed some one hundred student exchange collaboration agreements with top class universities around the world, including most European countries. It is also noteworthy that the UAM Law Faculty, together with another fifteen leading European and Chinese Law Schools, forms part of the China-EU School of Law, the most important university legal education project promoted by the European Union in the Far East. The Law School is also a founder member of the Association of Ibero-American Law Faculties (SUI IURIS), uniting some of the best faculties in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

The Law Faculty is proud of its students and alumni, among whom we are honoured to include H.M. Felipe VI, King of Spain, and values continuing academic and personal contact with them. All our teaching and support staff are committed, day by day, to maintaining the Law Faculty’s high level of academic prestige, offering a public service of excellence in legal and political education.

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