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Dual Bachelor in Law and Political Science

Derecho Politica
5 years (360 ECTS credits)

Vice Dean for the Bachelor: Ana María Garrocho Salcedo


The goal of the Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science is to create professionals specialized in the exercise of the entitled legal professions. Graduates will also be prepared to understand and analyze the complexities of politics. By way of a solid foundation in essential knowledge, abilities and skills, students foster their critical analysis and interest in national and international politics.

Internships are very important, because they are carried out in prestigious companies within the sector. Students can also participate in the Legal Clinic, where they work in legal assessment free of charge for individuals in situations of special social vulnerability, and in international competitions between law students (MOOT).

These studies include all the content that is taught in both degree programs separately. At the end of the program, students will receive two degrees, one in Law and another in Political Science, with the professional advantages that this entails.

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).


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  • 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

Profile and career opportunities

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    Although it is not absolutely essential, it does seem more appropriate that during the immediately preceding stage of education the student should have focused his or her education on a preferably humanistic orientation, in which he or she has made contact in some depth with branches such as Language, History, Philosophy and Ethics, as well as possessing a certain level of familiarity with a foreign language. However, in order not to encounter difficulties in the study of certain legal subjects, it is also advisable to have at least a minimum knowledge of Mathematics.

    It is also advisable for new students to have some degree of the following skills and abilities at the start of their Bachelor's degree studies:

    • Ability to express themselves orally and in writing
    • Ability to abstract and understand conceptual categories.
    • Criteria of systematisation and logical ordering.
    • Capacity for critical reasoning
    • Capacity for analysis and synthesis
    • Concern or sensitivity to the political and social problems of our world and to know and understand in depth the political and social reality that surrounds us with critical thinking.
    • Appreciation for reading and for the communication and argued debate of ideas orally and in writing.
    • Interest in following current information through the media.


    Application for a place in the degree

  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    A graduate who completes the double degree in Law and Political Science acquires an extensive professional profile.

    The professions of lawyer or prosecutor are ones that will no longer be entered directly from an undergraduate degree due to a law going into effect in 2011. Nonetheless, the new degree proposed herein may access the Master’s degree program, which will be required. There are still other missions of great social relevance- among which the judicature represents a good example- which can be accessed by graduates with no other requisites than holding this degree and passing the corresponding selection process. Nevertheless, there are clearly a wide range of professional areas in which the job market itself will demonstrate that postgraduate studies are indispensable.

    Together with this profile, the education that graduates receive in the area of Political Science makes them good professionals, able to efficiently adapt to numerous work settings, activities and jobs, because the graduates will have learned:

    •         Analytical tools to participate in the search for practical and theoretical solutions for political and government problems in our societies
    •         Tools for the analysis and management of different public policies which are useful for carrying out management and technical positions in public administration
    •         Practical and theoretical knowledge about the functioning of public administration and government
    •         Basic capability to carry out work in the international area and within international organizations (the UN, European Union, World Bank, etc.)
    •         Capacity for reflection and critical analysis about relevant current events
    •         Use of different methodological procedures to analyze political reality (comparative, analytical, historical…)
    •         Knowledge of the principal political theories and ideologies, and capacity to recognize them in the discourse and performance of political, economic and social actors
    •         Capacity to perform quantitative or qualitative research on socio-political phenomena
    •         Means and ability to guide the private sector in its relations with the public administration and to establish links between the two
    •         Communication and technical skills for negotiation and conflict resolution
    •         Tools to interpret electoral processes and results, legislative processes, political conflicts, etc.
    •         Capacity to form and develop explanations about historical events from a political perspective
    •         Knowledge and skills that allow fundamental opinions to be formed regarding the governmental activity being carried out

    Therefore, in addition to the professional options available to Law graduates, a degree in Political Science opens an additional range of professional possibilities, among which the following are worthy of mention:

    - Political Analyst: Analyze and interpret data on citizens’ values and attitudes and about the different political actors. Analyze election results, define political settings, and design political strategies and election campaigns for political, social and institutional organizations. Supervise and test quality and reliability of socio-political indicators for the purpose of decision-making.

    - Public Administration Manager or Technician: Perform tasks of leadership, coordination, management, inspection, control and study, as well as design and make improvement proposals for public administrations, constitutional bodies, and, in general, public organizations operating in the areas of European, national, regional and local government.

    - Public Policy Analyst: Analyze public policies in the respective phases of problem identification and definition, as well as the formulation and launch of programs and actions. Evaluate public policy and pose alternatives to improve subsequent political performance.

    - Advisor and Consultant (national and international): Perform advisory and technical assistance functions for public administrations and political institutions; for political organizations which represent different interests (parties, unions…) and NGOs; for private companies in their relations with the public sector; for those public workers and politicians in charge of international and national institutions and companies with international projection. Plan, develop and evaluate cooperation and development projects in other countries. Carry out international observer functions in peace and democratization processes. Mediate in crisis management and conflict resolution.

    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.

    General skills of the Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science

    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 include      

    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       To know the main elements and factors, both structural and dynamic, that shape and influence political reality           

    CG2       To be able to recognize the social, political, cultural and religious diversity of contemporary societies and the relevance and transversality that democratic values and human rights have in these societies                          

    CG3       To be able to study the social and political reality using the scientific method, from a critical perspective and recognizing the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches of the different subdisciplines and specialities in Political Science.                                                                        

    CG4       Saber trasladar los conocimientos y habilidades adquiridos para afrontar problemas de orden práctico en los diferentes ámbitos en los que se concretan las salidas profesionales/To know how to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills into practical professional problems.                              

    CG5       To be able to communicate effectively and produce and defend, both orally and written, well-built arguments within the field of Political Science.                 


    Transversal Skills

    CT1        To be able to work in multidisciplinary and international teams         

    CT2        To demonstrate the ability of planning and organizing your work, the ability of reaching the right decisions by taking into consdieration the available information and the abilty of gathering and interpreting relevant data to make good judgments in your area of study                   

    CT3        To have the basic humanistic knowledge to complete the student's transversal training profile                                                            

    CT4        To know and be able to handle interpersonal skills on initiative, responsibility, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc., as well as calculation tools that allow consolidating the basic technical skills that are required in every professional field                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

    Specific Skills                                                                                                                                  

    CE1        To identify, understand and know how to use the main theoretical and conceptual approaches and frameworks of the different areas of specialty and the subdisciplines of Political Science        

    CE2        To analyse the political systems structure and functioning and their interaction with the environment                 

    CE3        To know the structure and functioning of political institutions and their interrelation with the remaining components of the political system         

    CE4        To analyse political actors¿ behaviour, political participation¿s processes and the role of citizens in contemporary democracies                    

    CE5        To know the different components of the electoral systems and to be able to recognize how they interact with the electoral process.                  

    CE6        To know the main Political Philosophy trends, the main contemporary political theories and ideologies and those linked to contemporary political movements; and to be able to analyze, taking all these thoeries into account, political phenomena and problems.                     

    CE7        To understand and use the concepts of social structure and social change, their interdependence and their relationship with the political and economic system, especially with regard to the Spanish case        

    CE8        To be aware of the relevance of the Constitution and its role in democratic states; and to know the Spanish Constitution¿s principles and rights and its normative value                                                                       

    CE9        To recognize the historical dimension of political and social processes and to explain them by taking such dimension into account.          

    CE10      To describe the structure of public administrations at their different levels, the relationships between them, the legal framework that drives their activity, and the principles and methods of public planning and management.  

    CE11      To know the key issues and the different phases of the public budget cycle and the legal framework that regulates it.         

    CE12      To understand the economic dimension of the public sector and the domestic and international economic environment               

    CE13      To know how to analyze public policies as well as how to design, plan, implement and evaluate public programs and projects      

    CE14      To identify the key theories of international relations and to connect them with the domestic political processes.                   

    CE15      To know the European political systems, how European Union policies are created and how they influence member Satate' policies.           

    CE16      To know the most important theoretical contributions and the principles that guide scientific research in the field of Social Sciences; and to know how to apply statistical methods and research techniques to produce, collect, analyze and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data.   

    CE17      To know and exploit the basic political communication and consulting techniques and instruments.      

    CE18      To use information and communication technologies (ICT) for political analysis and public management, and to examine their impact on the political system                           

    CE19      To understand and use the concepts of social psychology when analyzing individuals' political attitudes, cognition and behavior                      

    CE20      To know the National and European policies and legal framework on integration, migration and cultural diversity, as well as the main theories and comparative evidence on integration processes and attitudes towards immigration, discrimination, xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia                

    CE21      To be able to plan, develop and write research projects using the theoretical knowledge and the methodological tools of political science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

    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).

    Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

    RA1. Possess advanced knowledge and skills in Political Science, both related to theoretical issues and of a practical or methodological nature.

    RA2. Will be able to collect data, produce information and use it to base their reflections and judgements on social and political reality.

    RA3. Will be able to apply the skills and knowledge acquired to solve problems in complex situations and in academic or professional work environments that require creative or innovative ideas.

    RA4. Will be able to present and communicate to all types of audiences - specialised or not - problems and solutions that can be approached from Political Science as well as the knowledge and methodologies that are linked to them

    RA5. You will be able to identify your training needs in your field of study and work or professional environment and will be able to organise your learning autonomously and independently of the type of context

  • External internships

    External Internships

    External Internships for the Degree in Law:

    Public Organizations:

    • Secretaría General Técnica del Ministerio de Justicia
    • Gabinete Técnico del Tribunal Supremo
    • Audiencia Nacional 
    • Juzgados de primera instancia
    • Consejería de Economía, Empleo y Competitividad de la CAM
    • Abogacía General de la CAM
    • Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid. Servicios de Orientación Jurídica. Extranjería

    Law firms and private entities:

    • Cuatrecasas
    • Sánchez Blanco y Ruiz-Giménez
    • International Lawyers and Legal Advisors
    • Schiller Abogados y Rechtsanwaelte
    • Boston Consulting Group
    • Garrido Asesores Fiscales
    • Ramón y Cajal Abogados

    Legal departments of NGOs:

    • CEAR
    • CERMI
    • Fundación Secretariado Gitano

    External Internships for the Degree in Political Science:

    • Pricewaterhousecoopers Auditores S.L.
    • Organización para la Cooperación y el Dearrollo Económicos (OCEDE)
    • Everis
    • MAEC
    • Fundación Mujeres por Africa
    • Grupo Telecopy Cartera Empresarial
    • Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias
    • Instituto Elcano de Estudios Estratégicos
    • CSIC
    • Grupo Acciona
    • Auren Consultores SP SPL
    • Schottel GmbH
    • CSIC-Instituto de Políticas y bienes Públicos 
    • ONG Acción Contra el Hambre
    • ONG Movimiento ATD Cuarto Mundo
  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    Career Opportunities for the Degree in Law:

    Graduates of the degree can carry out their professional activities in the following areas:

    • Laeyer
    • Industrial property agent
    • Legal advisor
    • Labor advisor
    • Labor auditor
    • Family mediator
    • Solicitor
    • Human resources technician
    • Compliance manager
    • Senior technician in occupational risk prevention 
    • Property, mercantile and movable property register
    • Administrative manager
    • State lawyer
    • Public prosecutor
    • Judge or magistrate
    • Notary public
    • Court clek
    • Civil administrator of the State
    • Diplomat
    • Inpector of the National Police Corps
    • Military legal corps 
    • Treasury inspector or technician

    Career Opportunities for the Degree in Political Science:

    Graduates of the degree can carry out professional activities in the pollowing areas:

    • Equal opportunity agent
    • Civil administrator of the State
    • Citizen participation agent
    • Political advisor
    • Diplomat
    • Teacher
    • Political scientist
    • International projects and programs manager
    • Demographer
    • Public opinion expert
    • Cooperation and development project manager 
    • Political analyst
    • Political advisor
    • Corporate social responsibility technician
    • Media and communication

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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