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Bachelor in Law

Grado en Derecho
4 years (240 ECTS credits)

Vice Dean (Getafe): Mº Cruz Llamazares Calzadilla

Vice Dean (Colmenarejo): Gema Rosado Iglesias

Bachelor's Degree in Law prepares, together with the Master and the aptitude test, to practise the Lawyer profession in Spain.  (Law 34/2006)


The goal of the Bachelor’s Degree in Law is to create professionals specialized in the exercise of the legal professions (lawyers, judges, attorneys, notaries public, registrars, etc.). Graduates will be able to undertake their work in sectors of great social importance such as civil service, business, consultancy and politics, among others.

To achieve this, the program offers students a complete and state-of- the-art education through methodology that guarantees the perfect balance between theory and practice. Accordingly, UC3M has a courtroom for the hands-on courses requiring its use. In addition, its internships are of great importance since they are carried out in renowned companies in the sector. Students can participate in the Legal Clinic, working on legal assessment free of charge for individuals in situations of special social vulnerability, and in international competitions between law students (MOOT).

This degree allows access to the Master’s Degree in Access to the Exercise of the Legal Profession, which authorizes graduates to practice law in Spain.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

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The Global University Employability Ranking and Survey
Erasmus Plus


  • Language requirement: a B2 level of English language must be accredited before finishing the studies. More information.

Any of elective courses could not be offered in a specific year. You can check it in schedules page.

Intensification of Law's Degree

Elective itineraries that would be reflected in SET in case to be completed:

(1) Public Law

(2) Private Law

(3) International Law

For an itinerary to be recognized you have to choose 12 ECTS assigned to that itinerary, out of the 30 credits that need to be coursed.







BC: Basic Core
C: Compulsory
E: Electives
BT: Bachelor Thesis








  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    European mobility

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Student profile

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    Recommended profile

    While it may not be absolutely essential, it seems appropriate that during their Bachiller studies, students will have tended towards the Humanities and have had some in-depth contact with Language, History, Philosophy and Ethics, as well as a certain level of proficiency in a foreign language. In addition, to avoid their having difficulties with certain legal subjects, a minimum level of Maths is also advisable.

    It is also desirable that, on commencing their degree studies, students possess the following skills and abilities to some extent:

    • Oral and written expression
    • Abstraction and understanding of conceptual categories
    • Systematization and logical ordering criteria
    • Critical reasoning
    • Analysis and synthesis
    • Integration of different kinds of knowledge

    Application for a place in the degree


  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    When setting the objectives of this Law degree, the authors have taken into account the professional responsibilities which, as long as there are no changes in the law, our future graduates are likely to assume.

    Under the law 34/2006, lawyers and barristers will no longer legally have direct access to the profession with this degree but will need to obtain a Master.  However, there are other important missions of social relevance – among which the judiciary, the district attorney, the Attorney General or diplomatic career are good examples- which graduates can choose without requiring any other qualifications apart from their degree and passing the corresponding selection procedures. For this reason, given the general nature of the state examination system, independently of its undoubted rigour, special preparation for these exams could open up doors to highly desirable positions in the judiciary system. Also, the design and requirements imposed by this degree will enable our graduates to successfully meet advisory roles in the private sphere: corporate lawyer, advisor or legal counsel, consulting, lawyer associations and public organizations, etc.

    This is one problem which cannot be solved, at least for now, through the transfer of a substantial part of this essential training to Postgraduate studies, since at present it is neither required as a condition for carrying out such important functions nor is this anticipated in the short term. Hence, when designing this Law degree, we wished to preserve a certain level of exigency and density, in order to ensure that our graduates are able to face adequately the demanding challenges posed by some of the professions they may wish to pursue immediately upon graduating. However, it is clear that there is another wide spectrum of professional areas for which the demands of the labour market will make students realise the necessity of completing their education with postgraduate studies.

    General skills of the Bachelor’s Degree in Law

    Basic Skills: 

    CB1        Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study

    CB2        Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study.

    CB3        Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

    CB4        Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

    CB5        Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.


    General Skills:          

    CG1    Know how to develop personal criteria in the selection and application of knowledge.

    CG2     Know the necessary skills to search for information in different sources and media.

    CG3     Know the dynamics of participation in seminars, tutorials and other academic activities.

    CG4       Know the skills of organisation, analysis and synthesis.

    CG5       Know how to express oneself orally and in writing on specific subjects.

    CG6       Have collective discussion skills.

    CG7       Develop social, economic and environmental awareness.

    CG8      Acquire a civic, ethical and deontological commitment.

    CG9      Know and integrate the principles and values of the culture of peace and of democratic political systems.

    CG10    To become aware of the importance of the recognition and defence of fundamental rights.

    CG11    Acquire a personal and collective commitment to the respect and protection of the principles of equality between men and women, equal opportunities and universal accessibility for people with disabilities.


    Tranversal Skill:

    CT1        Be able to work in multidisciplinary and/or international teams and to organise and plan the work, making the right decisions based on the information available, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make judgements and critical thinking within the area of study.

    CT2        Be able to present and write correctly a topic or compose a discourse following a logical order, providing accurate information and in accordance with established grammatical and lexical rules.

    CT3        Be able to assess the reliability and quality of information and its sources, using such information in an ethical manner, avoiding plagiarism, and in accordance with the academic and professional conventions of the area of study.

    CT4        Acquire basic humanistic knowledge that will enable the student to complete their cross-disciplinary training profile.

    CT5       Knowing and being able to handle interpersonal skills on initiative and responsibility, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc. as well as calculation tools that allow the consolidation of the basic technical skills required in any professional field.


    Specific Skills:           

    CE1      Knowing the techniques of public speaking and legal argumentation.

    CE2      Possess data evaluation and processing skills.

    CE3      Apply organisational and critical knowledge management skills.

    CE4     To develop critical thinking skills

    CE5     Solving complex legal problems.

    CE6     Knowing research techniques.

    CE7     Mastering the fundamental concepts and principles of the different sectors of the legal system.

    CE8     Knowing and coming into contact with professional legal practice.

    CE9     Develop skills related to the handling of legal sources (legal, jurisprudential and doctrinal).

    CE10    Knowing how to write legal documents and reports.

    CE11    Knowing how to deal with and resolve legal issues in one or more foreign languages.

    CE12   Mastering the legal techniques required for holding positions of responsibility in the different public administrations.

    CE13    To develop legal knowledge adapted to the areas of business and commercial relations.

    CE14    To develop the necessary knowledge and skills in the fields of management, auditing and consultancy.

    CE15    Knowing the phases, formalities and procedural principles specific to the different jurisdictional orders.

    CE16    Acquire the knowledge and skills required for the development of a professional activity in international and community spheres, organisations and institutions.

    CE17    Know how to analyse, develop and defend individually a problem in the disciplinary field of the degree, applying the knowledge, skills, tools and strategies acquired or developed in it.

    Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor's Degree in Law

    1. Haber adquirido conocimientos avanzados y demostrado una comprensión de los  aspectos teóricos y prácticos, así como de la  metodología de trabajo en el campo del Derecho, con  una profundidad que llegue hasta la vanguardia del  conocimiento

    2. Poder, mediante argumentos o procedimientos elaborados y sustentados por  ellos mismos, aplicar sus conocimientos, la comprensión de estos y sus capacidades de  resolución de problemas en ámbitos laborales complejos o profesionales y especializados  que requieren el uso de ideas creativas e innovadoras

    3.Tener la capacidad de recopilar e interpretar datos e informaciones sobre las que fundamentar sus conclusiones, empleando el sistema de fuentes del Derecho y su metodología de interpretación e incluyendo, cuando sea preciso y pertinente, la reflexión sobre asuntos de índole social, científica o ética en el ámbito de su campo de estudio;

    4.Ser capaces de desenvolverse en situaciones complejas o que requieran el  desarrollo de nuevas soluciones tanto en el ámbito académico como laboral o profesional dentro de su campo de estudio;

    5.Saber comunicar a todo tipo de audiencias (especializadas o no) de manera clara y precisa, conocimientos, metodologías, ideas, problemas y soluciones en el ámbito de su  campo de estudio;

    6.Ser capaces de identificar sus propias necesidades formativas en su campo de estudio y entorno laboral o profesional y de organizar su propio aprendizaje con un alto grado de autonomía en todo tipo de contextos (estructurados o no).

Study in english

Studies with some courses in English

This bachelor's degree is offered in spanish, but you can study some courses in english if you want.

You can check the courses offered in english in the study program.

You don't need a previous level test. If you want to study a course in english, you have to select the english group in the enrollment.

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