Degree in Law + LL.M. IN global corporate Law and International Relations + Master of Laws

Degree + Master
Spanish and English
390 ECTS
Admission process open for 2020/2021 academic year

Legal practice dates back to the origins of civilised society, but for that very reason is one of the professions with the greatest future, given its role in all aspects of human life. Our birth, marriage, buying a home, setting up a business, and in general any personal or social activity has legal implications. The Law is an inherent feature of humanity and is present in every activity, which means that lawyers are needed throughout society.

Studying a Master at the same time as a degree is an excellent option and you will benefit greatly at both a professional and personal level: it will be an investment in your future. Studying the degree and the master at the same time is a distinguishing element on your CV when applying for a position. It shows motivation and interest for expanding your knowledge and exploring certain areas of the sector in more detail while studying your degree course. Ultimately, it is a sign of an active attitude towards planning your professional career.

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The Degree in Law + LL.M. IN global corporate Law and International Relations + Master of Laws is aimed at those students who in addition to wanting a highly specialised comprehensive legal training, wish to start their careers in national and international legal firms. The programme is for those students not only seeking a highly specialised comprehensive legal training, but who also wish to begin their professional careers in the banking and finance sector, and, in particular, in some of the following areas:

  • Banking legal advice
  • Tax advice
  • Strategic consultancy and corporate development
  • Auditing and legal-corporate firms
  • Investment banking or commercial banking

As a distinguishing feature, CUNEF has added the Master in Global Corporate Law & Master of Laws to this qualification.

Firstly, the Master in Global Corporate Law & International Relations provides the student with a global perspective of law and the international legal system, a characteristic that must define jurists and lawyers in an increasingly globalised world. In this manner, the future lawyer will obtain a solid base in legal training, combining knowledge of multiple legal systems and developing skills that will allow them to become a key figure within an international organisation, both public or private.

Secondly, the Master in Global Corporate Law & International Relations offers an extensive study programme on the international social conditions and international policies and their impact on a global scale in a world that it becoming more globalised. This programme also trains students so that they can develop their professional career in international policy, international business, international diplomacy and international Law.

This Degree is complemented with the University Master of Laws, an official programme for Law Graduates wishing to obtain the training and certification required to practice as a member of the bar before the Spanish courts. The master provides students with the specialised knowledge in each of the different branches of law (public and private), as well as the specific competences and skills in professional advocacy.

The Master of Laws is the first step towards acquiring the profession title of Lawyer, with it necessary to complete the second step with consists in demonstrating the professional training which is performed through an entrance exam called annually by the Ministries of Justice and of Education and Science, pursuant to Law 34/2006 of 30 October, concerning access to the professions of Lawyer and Court Officer.

The Degree in Law + LL.M. IN global corporate Law and International Relations + Master of Laws have the following hallmarks:

  • Programme intensity: this is an intensive programme that requires a full-time commitment by the students.
  • Three degrees in 6 years (414 ECTS).
  • Two professional placements abroad.
  • All students complete the course with a high level of English, equivalent to C1 (they must demonstrate this level through an internal or external exam).
  • Mentors from the very first year who will accompany them during their time at the centre and whose mission it is to provide them with the resources to successfully develop their career within the institution and then during their professional placement.
  • Incorporating distinguishing elements, the Degree in Law + LL.M. IN global corporate Law and International Relations + Master of Laws has all the ingredients so that the road to success is clear and reinforced for students having studied at CUNEF.

The CUNEF Degree in Law + LL.M. IN global corporate Law and International Relations + Master of Laws provides students with professional training, knowledge, competences and skills that are highly sought after by judicial operators. The fundamental goals of the qualification are as follows:

  • Firstly, the students acquire an in-depth knowledge of the legal system so that they can practice law in public administration and in the business world, in a legal advisory capacity. The aim in this regard is to train professionals who combine an in-depth knowledge of the legal and corporate area with the ability to lead project development and efficiently adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Secondly, they acquire the necessary legal training to hold positions of responsibility at the legal departments of national and international companies in industry, trade, banking, insurance, development cooperation, etc.
  • Furthermore, the participants also gain familiarity with the processes of decision-making, analysis and summary skills, communication and teamwork. Likewise, they also develop the abilities needed to analyse and resolve legal problems, to apply knowledge in practice, receive and convey information in other languages, and use information and telecommunications technologies.
  • Students have the chance to supplement their academic training with practical placements at law firms and legal departments of companies through the educational cooperation programmes, and international training periods through exchange programmes established with a range of international institutions and universities.
  • Lastly, the aim is to raise students’ awareness of ethical principles and values in the course of their work.


The skills acquisition process takes place through the modules and subjects that make up the Degree course. How aptitudes are acquired will of course depend on the student’s stage on the Degree course, with skills being learned at initial, intermediate and advanced levels, as is standard practice within the European university system.

The horizontal and specific skills acquired by students focus on preparing them to engage in professional pursuits corresponding to the qualification offered.

The way the skills are designed likewise complies with the provisions of the ‘MECES’ framework for higher education qualifications in Spain.

First term

012803381 Civil Law I Spanish 6 Basic PDF
012803382 Theory of Law Spanish 6 Basic PDF
012803380 Constitutional Law I Spanish 6 Basic PDF
012803384 History of Law Spanish 6 Basic PDF
012803383 Roman Law: History and Institutions Spanish 8 Basic PDF
Global culture and society Bilingual 3 Mandatory PDF
Total 35

Second term

012803387 Ecclesiastical State Law Spanish 6 Basic PDF
012803388 Introduction to Economics Spanish 6 Basic PDF
012803385 Civil Law II Spanish 8 Basic PDF
012803386 Constitutional Law II Spanish 8 Basic PDF
International economy Bilingual 6 Mandatory PDF
Total 34
Total first year 69

First term

012803397 Civil Law III Español 6 Mandatory PDF
012803389 Criminal Law I Spanish 7 Mandatory PDF
012803394 International Public Law Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
012803392 Administrative Law I Spanish 8 Mandatory PDF
012803391 EU Law Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
Global Governance and International Organisations Bilingual 3 Mandatory PDF
Total 36

Second term

012803390 Criminal Law II Spanish 7 Mandatory PDF
012803396 Financial and Tax Law I Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
012803393 Administrative Law II Spanish 8 Mandatory PDF
012803395 Civil Procedural Law I Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
Global and Common Law Bilingual 6 Mandatory PDF
Total 33
Total second year 69

First term

012803402 Commercial Law I Spanish 8 Mandatory PDF
012803405 Employment Law Spanish 8 Mandatory PDF
012803404 Civil Law IV Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
012803398 Civil Procedural Law II Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
International Business Law Bilingual 6 Mandatory PDF
Total 34

Second term

012803403 Commercial Law II Spanish 8 Mandatory PDF
012803401 Philosophy of Law Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
012803406 International Private Law Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
012803400 Financial and Tax Law II Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
012803399 Criminal Procedural Law Spanish 6 Mandatorya PDF
Regulating the EU´s single market Bilingual 3 Mandatory PDF
Total 35
Total third year 69

First term

012803432 Financial Market Law Spanish 6 Elective PDF
012803427 Protection of Credit and Special Processes Spanish 6 Elective PDF
012803424 Civil Liability Spanish 6 Elective PDF
012803435 Business Taxation Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
012803430 Corporate Bylaws for SMEs: Private Limited Companies and Special Purpose Entities Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
Accounting and finance for lawyers Bilingual 6 Mandatory PDF
Total 36

Second Term

012803407 Legal placement (*) Spanish 6 Elective
012803437 International Business Law (*) Spanish 6 Elective PDF
012803426 Economic Analysis of the Law and Competition (*) Spanish 6 Elective PDF
012803425 Real Estate Law (*) Spanish 6 Elective PDF
012803431 Insolvency Law (*) Spanish 6 Elective PDF
012803438 Final Degree Project Spanish 12 Mandatory PDF
International tax planning Bilingual 3 Mandatory PDF
Total 33
Total fourth year 69

First term

Cross-border transactions Bilingual 3 Mandatory PDF
International corporations and contracts Bilingual 3 Mandatory PDF
Practising law: functions, duties, competences and managing a law firm Spanish 10 Mandatory PDF
Advice in Administrative Law and governmental litigation proceedings Spanish 5,5 Mandatory PDF
Criminal Advice and Criminal Proceedings Spanish 7 Mandatory PDF
Practical application of fundamental rights and proceedings to uphold rights Spanish 3 Mandatory PDF
Institutional visits Spanish 4 Mandatory PDF
Total 35,5

Second term

Global Corporate Law & IIRR internship program (summer) Bilingual 12 Mandatory PDF
Legal advice in competition, corporate and insolvency law Spanish 5 Mandatory PDF
Taxation of acts, dealings and contracts Spanish 4,5 Mandatory PDF
Asset Law Spanish 6,5 Mandatory PDF
International legal advice Spanish 3 Mandatory PDF
Civil and commercial procedural practice Spanish 5 Mandatory PDF
Employment and Social Security advice Spanish 4,5 Mandatory PDF
Institutional visits Spanish 2 Mandatory PDF
Total 42,5
Total fifth year 78

First Term

Global Corporate Law & IIRR master thesis and dissertation Bilingual 6 Mandatory PDF
External practical placements (practising the legal profession) Spanish 24 Mandatory PDF
Final Degree Project (MUAPA) Spanish 6 Mandatory PDF
Total 36
Total sixth year 36


Degree Summary Master GCL & IR summary
First Year 60 First Year 9
Second Year 60 Second Year 9
Third Year 60 Third Year 9
Fourth Year 60 Fourth Year 9
Fifth Year Fifth Year 18
Sixth Year Sixth Year 6
Total ECTS: 240 Total ECTS: 60
MUAPA Summary
Fifth Year 60
Sixth Year 30
Total ECTS: 90

CUNEF sets out below the information of the faculty who teach this degree (academic and professional CVs for all of them), demonstrating that CUNEF has the necessary faculty required in order to deliver the teaching scheduled for the Degree in Law + LL.M. IN global corporate Law and International Relations + Master of Laws.

The academic, research and professional qualifications of the lecturers teaching this qualification at CUNEF are therefore appropriate.

Areas of knowledge

No. of Professors



Law 42 28 12
Economics 1 1 1
Overall Total 43 29 13

The practical activities that are carried out in law firms and company legal departments by the beneficiaries of the practical placement programmes will in all cases be compatible with the academic activities deriving from their studies at CUNEF. The participants on the placements will comply with the hours agreed, the internal rules of the firm or company, and carry out their duties diligently and professionally.

The Goals of the external placements are as follows:

  • Contribute to the comprehensive training of the students by complementing their theoretical and practical learning.
  • Facilitate the knowledge of the appropriate work methodology to the professional reality in which the students must work, contrasting and applying the knowledge acquired.
  • Favour the development of technical, methodological, personal and participative skills.
  • Receive a practical experience that facilitates the incorporation into the job market and improves future employability.
  • Favour the values of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
  • The training project must establish the educational objectives and activities to be developed. The objectives will establish the basic, generic and/or specific skills that the student must acquire. The contents of the placement will ensure the direct relationship with the skills to be acquired during the studies.

In order to participate in the placements, the following REQUIREMENTS must be met:

  • Pass all subjects from year 1, 2 and 3 (183 ECTS).
  • Be enrolled on the subject “External Placements-Law” (6 ECTS).
  • These placements will be carried out under the Cooperation Agreements between the collaborating entities and CUNEF, with the tutor at the firm or company (appointed by the entity) and the academic tutor (appointed by CUNEF) detailed in the Appendix.
  • The placements can be carried out during the summer of the year prior to enrolling on the external placement subject or during the corresponding academic year.

Article 31 of the Spanish Universities Act reform (Act 4/2007) addresses Quality Assurance, laying down the need to establish quality assurance criteria to facilitate evaluation, certification and accreditation, viewing quality assurance as an essential purpose of university policy. The new organisational structure for universal education established by Royal Decree 1393/2007, and the subsequent amendment in Royal Decree 861/2010, includes quality assurance as one of the basic elements that a course curriculum must include.

Spanish Universities Act 6/2001, of 21 December 2001, and the reform applied to this by Act 4/2007, of 12 April 2007, Article 31 of which addresses Quality Assurance, lays down the need to establish quality assurance criteria to facilitate evaluation, certification and accreditation, viewing quality assurance as an essential purpose of university policy. Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October 2007, amended by Royal Decree 861/2010, of 2 July 2010, establishing the regulations governing official university education, clearly indicates that “Quality Assurance Systems, which form a part of the new course curricula, likewise provide the basis for the new educational structure to function efficiently and to generate the trust on which the process of qualification accreditation relies”. The establishment of a Quality Assurance System is thus included in the new official university education regulations as a condition of the process of qualification verification and accreditation.

CUNEF has defined the structure of its Internal Quality Assurance System, (IQAS) and the procedures governing this function, in accordance with the demands of Royal Decree 1393/2007, amended by Royal Decree 861/2010.

The IQAS allows CUNEF to ascertain the development of its official qualifications, in support of transparency, the inclusion of continuous improvement strategies and the systematic organisation of actions effectively contributing to qualifications quality assurance and efficiency in processes to appraise verification, monitoring and renewal of mandatory official qualifications accreditation.

The CUNEF IQAS has the following structure: Degree Quality Committee, Master’s Programme Quality Committee and Doctorate Quality Committee, Technical Quality Unit, Academic and Management Unit.

The Quality Committees are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the degree, master’s and doctorate programmes taught at CUNEF. These Committees analyse and appraise the development of the qualifications, making proposals for review and improvement that will be submitted to the Academic Committee and CUNEF Management to be taken into account where applicable.

These committees have the following responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate the Internal Quality Assurance System and monitor this process.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality targets, external practical placements and mobility programmes.
  • Draw up the regulations governing the functioning of the Quality Committees, and make the corresponding proposals to the Academic Committee and the Director of CUNEF for approval.
  • Gather information and evidence as to the development and application of the training programme for the qualification (objectives, development of teaching and learning, methodology, etc.).
  • Manage the Information System for the qualification (information, support and guidance for students, coordination of teaching staff, qualification course resources, mobility programmes, external practical placements, etc.).
  • Supervise fulfilment of the quality policy for the qualification in accordance with the CUNEF quality policy and the UCM quality policy.
  • Promote specific actions to encourage the use of new teaching methodologies and to disseminate and raise awareness of good practice in the field of quality.
  • Draw up guidelines for the development of information systems as to objectives, available resources, management and results of the qualifications course intended for lecturers, students and admin and support staff.

The Academic Committee (see composition in Table 1) is responsible for coordinating improvement proposals connected with qualifications and for decision-making in this regard. The Director of CUNEF is ultimately responsible for validating the decisions reached by the Academic Committee. Each Quality Committee comprises:

  • The coordinators/directors of the applicable official qualifications in each case (degree, master’s and doctorate programme),
  • The representatives (at least one per qualification) of the lecturers teaching each qualification,
  • The representatives (one per qualification) of students sitting for the qualification as candidates,
  • Up to a maximum of three representatives from the professional sphere of university qualifications delivered by CUNEF (where there are alumni among these representatives, they will be selected from this group), and a representative of admin and support staff.

The Degree Quality Committee is currently in operation (see composition in Table 2). It oversees the proper development of official CUNEF qualifications, and can be sent any comments connected with the quality of qualifications via the suggestions box.

The Quality Committees meet at least twice per year and are governed by the Quality Committee Functional Regulation approved on 24 November 2014.

Degree Quality Committee

Name and Surname(s) Category and/or group
Mercedes Gracia Díez Degree Director (President)
José Javier Galán Ruiz Degree in Law Director
Guillermo Velasco Fabra Academic Staff Representative
Francisco Javier Sosa Álvarez Academic Staff Representative
Javier Sánchez Hernández Admin and Support Staff Representative (Secretary)
Begoña Menéndez Rodríguez Admin and Support Staff Representative
Pablo Romanillos Pardo de Santayana Student Representative
Felipe Julián Vázquez Sánchez Student Representative
Cecilia de la Rosa González Alumni Representative

Law Degree Indicators:














Pre-registered 71 60 69 95
Admitted 37 30 35 29
Demand rate (pre-registered/places) 236.67% 200% 230% 327,58%
ICM-1 – New enrolment places offered (authorised by the UCM) 30 30 30 30 30 40
ICM-2 – New enrolment 23 31 33 30 28 29
ICM-3 – Percentage cover 76,67% 103,33% 110,00% 100,00% 93,33% 72,50%
ICM-4 – Qualification performance rate 89,90% 73,80% 82,70% 84,68% 88,70% 88,65%
ICM-5 – Degree dropout rate 12,50% 0,00% 26,08% 25,00%
ICM-6 – Teaching Evaluation Programme participation rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
ICM-7 – Alumni Efficiency rate Not applicable Not applicable ND 95,81% 94,91% 88,38%
ICM-8 – Graduation Rate Not applicable Not applicable ND 100,00% 66,67% 71,43%
IUCM-1 – Success rate 85,90% 89,15% 89,23%
IUCM-2 – First choice degree demand rate 85,00% 106,67% 75,00%
IUCM-3 – Second and subsequent choice degree demand rate 105,00% 143,33% 92,50%
IUCM-4 – Degree suitability rate 90,00% 80,77% 79,31%
IUCM-8 – Positive lecturer evaluation rate 86,67% 86,67% 93,75% 97,67%
IUCM-13 – Student satisfaction with the qualification 7,67 8,06 7,9 7,31 7,68 7,11
IUCM-14 – Lecturer satisfaction with the qualification 9,2 9,11 8,04 8,68
IUCM-15 – Centre Admin and Support Staff satisfaction 5,03 7,9 6,82 6,76 7,43 7,83
IUCM-16 – Qualification Appraisal Rate 95.59% 99.51% 99,35%

*ICM – Madrid Regional Government Indicators
*IUCM – Universidad Complutense de Madrid Indicators

CUNEF is a highly specialised university education institution focused on the world of business management, finance and financial markets and instruments, and law. Our Degree and Postgraduate programmes set the standard in their respective fields.

To maintain this prestigious standing, CUNEF is committed to the continuous improvement of the teaching, research and services it provides as part of its quality commitment.

In accordance with its equality policy, CUNEF aims to fulfil the reasonable needs and expectations of its students, lecturers, admin and support staff, governing bodies and society at large. To this end the Centre defines the following quality objectives:

  • Pursue excellence in the education given to its students, combining cutting-edge knowledge with an eminently professional focus.
  • Offer its students the very best lecturers for their specialist qualifications in each operational sphere, combining knowledge and educational vocation with lengthy professional management experience in their respective fields.
  • Consolidate its image as a University Centre of acknowledged standing.
  • Underpin its professional network of lecturers, students, graduates/alumni and partner companies to generate benefits in the professional and managerial performance of its graduates/alumni.
  • Achieve an employability rate among graduates/alumni of close to 100%.
  • Commit to the internationalisation of its students, lecturers and programmes.
  • Ensure that the quality policy is understood and accepted by all CUNEF staff and is publicly available.
  • Ensure that the CUNEF Internal Quality Assurance System remains effective and is periodically revised. As the figure responsible for this institution, I undertake to develop and implement this quality policy in order to achieve the highest possible level of performance among our students.

Ana Isabel Fernández Álvarez

CUNEF Director

The Degree Quality Committee meets periodically over the course of the academic year, and at least twice per year. These meetings analyse information regarding the implementation of degree studies and the data revealed by the functioning of the quality assurance system. This review and study of information serves to identify areas for improvement that the Quality Committee conveys to CUNEF Management for approval and execution together with the tasks to be undertaken to eliminate any shortcomings.

The Degree Quality Committee maintains a register of quality improvements and strengths which it reviews and updates at least once per term, in accordance with the tasks being performed and the assessment of their impact.

Numerous improvement actions have been conducted since 2013 covering a wide range of aspects, resulting in managerial improvements and enhanced satisfaction among students and other stakeholders, alongside the public information made available about CUNEF itself and its academic offering, etc. Particular mention should be made by way of example of efforts to increase teaching coordination, to incorporate diploma supplements within the degree courses, to review and enhance the website and the information published there, etc.

For more specific and detailed information about how the Degree Quality Committee functions and the improvement proposals made, you may contact the email address

The employability of CUNEF alumni represents a variable which is analysed by the Quality Committees, serving to assess professional interest in the qualification while likewise ascertaining whether alumni have acquired the skills initially defined for the course.

This analysis will allow proposals to be made to improve the qualification, or to eliminate it if the figures are below 20% for 5 consecutive years. To this end CUNEF conducts yearly surveys of alumni, asking them directly, as set out in the IQAS, whether the training they received has or has not proved useful in the pursuit of their profession, and their professional position before (if any) and after completing the qualification.

CUNEF uses this information to conduct a study of whether the study curricula are appropriate or not, as well as the employability or professional prospects of alumni.

If you have any words of suggestion, complaint or acknowledgement that you would like to pass on to us about the Degree in Business Administration and Management, you may use this platform

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