Master in Law: Litigation and Arbitration

Education objectives

This course intends to prepare students for the legal profession. Of these, advocay and the judiciary are the classical outputs of a law degree and the master intends to promote their specific learning, both theoretical and practical. Besides the traditional offering, it is added to this 2nd cycle the teaching of alternative means of dispute resolution, most notably arbitration but also mediation. The teaching of this course is clearly professional, seeking to develop specific skills such as oral communication, teamwork (group) and practice in the workplace (through internships). Attention is also given to an international dimension with courses taught in English.

General characterization

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Master (2nd Cycle)


Master Degree in Law: Litigation and Arbitration

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Mariana França Gouveia, Frederico Lacerda da Costa Pinto

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Degree pre-requisites

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Conditions of admittance

Students who have completed a degree in legal studies and graduates who have completed courses of study of 240 ECTS in other scientific areas, depending on the respective curriculum and professional experience.

Evaluation rules

The Master course in Litigation and Arbitration have a common trunk and two fronts: law and judiciary. The first semester is common to the two strands and the second is separate. Students should choose at the end of the 1st half, the specialization ares they want to attend the 2nd half.

The course lasts for three semesters and 90 ECTS: two scholar semesters (60 ECTS) and one semester to prepare the dissertation stage of frequency or conducting project work (30 ECTS).

In the second semester, each component has a number of compulsory subjects and a set of optional subjects.

The common core (1st semester) are taught subjects essential to forensics and undeveloped in the 1st cycle, as Insolvency, Provisional Measures, Arbitration and Mediation.

In terms law (2nd semester) favor is sought by the current contents of the law practice, students can choose to matters of especialiação in arbitration or in criminal and civil law.

The judiciary strand (2nd semester) is part of a strong component of the frequent practice of our courts and content that are required in the tests of access to the CEJ: Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law, Civil Liability, Lease Contract, Promise, Family and Children, Constitutional and European Law. There will also be a specific discipline for practice tests access to the CEJ, whether written or oral.

The dissertation on the specialization judiciary should be based on recent case law analysis on usual subjects in the tests of access. On the specialization advocay students may alternatively the dissertation, to obtain a master's degree, by taking and discussion of a project work or by attending an internship in national or international institution for conflict resolution, development and public discussion of the respective report.

In any of the aspects, students can get the public and private accredited as mediators by attending the mediation of disciplines.