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Degree programme: LLB Faculty: Law Department
Mode: Full-time Start in: September
Credits: 240 Duration: 4 years
Vacancies: 150  






Message from the coordinator

This degree aims to:

a) provide the graduated a consolidated legal training characterized by the coordination of the theoretical approach of the various curricular units belonging to the Legal Science with the practical demands arising from the reality.

b) train human resources to be able to develop and deepen, in a sustainable way, significant knowledge in law, resting upon on solid and thorough knowledge of the legal system, encouraging the ethical and legal consciousness of the students in the practical application of knowledge acquired, particularly in solving problems inherent to the practice of any of the professional activities provided by Law degree.

c) develop the capacity and the power of argument, stressing the critical thinking in particular with regard to legislation and jurisprudence, through a permanent and open intellectual dialogue with the doctrine, and to improve habits of research and selection of revenant information for the training, recommending the adoption by the students of independent learning methods throughout life.

d) raise the graduated awareness for permanent specialized training, alerting the student to the increasing development, within the Legal Science, of new areas that require specific skills and knowledge and in some cases the coordination with some other scientific fields.

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Objectives and Programme Content

According to the 1st Cycle of studies in Law learning purposes, the student by the end of the degree:

a) shall have acquired a comprehensive legal training allowing him to practice any of the existing legal professions;

b) must be able to skillfully handling the concepts and legal instruments acquired in degree, perform with competence and ethics, the chosen professional occupation;

c) must be able to analyze, from a legal point of view, the several situations that he will be faced in the practice to solve, brandishing coherently and firmly in his favor valid and strong arguments;

d) must be able to reach a competitive position in the labor market owing to the scientific and technical quality of the provided legal training;

e) must have attained the necessary skills for an advanced individual autonomy in interaction with knowledge;

f) must be able to successfully pursue further professional legal training, which can be developed through the 2nd cycle and acquire specific skills in specialized training as well.

Why choose this course

The Degree in Law provides a solid legal background, characterized by permanent interconnection between the theoretical and practical approach of the syllabus, thus providing Portucalense University graduated a wide and robust theoretical training that allows the graduated to identify and understand the main principles of the legal system, without neglecting the acquisition of the necessary skills for putting into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired .

The Portucalense University graduated will be able to practice any of the career opportunities to which legal training is relevant.

In order to provide an interaction with the legal world, seminars and conferences on several and contemporary topics will be regularly organized . Thus, it will be enabled the dialogue with recognized scientific value personalities in the national and foreign legal universe.

In order to promote student integration into the labor market, practicums in law firms and other organizations will be provided.

The internationalization, a constant concern of students and qualified people, will be achieved through the Erasmus Program and the Institute for Legal Research, the research center of the Department of Law.


Career prospects

The Law degree aims to prepare the student for the practice of different jobs related to the Law, including the Judicial Careers (Judge and Public Magistrates), Attorney, Registration and Notary, Public Administration, Diplomatic Career, Academic Career , Corporation Directive Board and Public and Private Corporations litigation.

Admission requirements

· High school or Bachelor level degree

· Minimum English Proficiency level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2 – Independent - Vantage or upper intermediate

· Evaluation of the CV

· An interview (live or Skype)

Diplomas and Certificates

Law Degree Certificate



Study Plan 

1st year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Portuguese Language Laboratory 3
Political Science 7
History of Law 6
Introduction to Law 8
Research Methodologies in Legal Science 6

1st year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


General Theory of Civil Law 8
Information and Knowledge Society 3
Constitutional Law 7
Public International Law 6
Economics 6

2nd year, 1st semester


Course Unit


General Theory of Civil Law II 8
Administrative Law I 6
European Union Law 5
Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law 6
Philosophy of Law 5

2nd year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Administrative Law II 6
Law of Obligations I 7
Criminal Law I 7
Property Law 7
Forensic Medicine 3

3rd year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Family Law 6
Entrepreneurship 5
Law of Obligations II 7
Criminal Law II 6
Theory of Civil Procedural Law 6

3rd year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Labour Law 6
Civil Procedural Law 7
Commercial Law 6
Sucession Law 6
Tax Law I 5

4th year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Civil and Commercial Contracts 5
Bank and Insurance Law 5
Private International Law 5
Criminal Procedural Law 5
Company Law 5
Tax Law II 5

4th year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Registers and Notorial 5
Administrative and Tax procedural law 5
International contracts 5
Environmental Law and Urban planning 5
Legal practice 5
Procedural Law Enforcement Proceedings 5





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