The Master of Laws (official qualification) is designed to allow students to acquire the following skills:
BS6 – Possess and understand the knowledge providing the basis or opportunity for the original development and/or application of ideas, often in a research context.
BS7 – Students must be able to apply the knowledge acquired and their problem-solving ability in new or unfamiliar environments within broad (or multidisciplinary) contexts connected with their area of study.
BS8 – Students must be able to integrate knowledge and deal with the complexity of formulating judgements based on information which, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities tied to the application of their knowledge and judgements.
BS9 – Students must be capable of communicating their conclusions (and the knowledge and reasoning on which they are ultimately based) to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear, unambiguous manner.
BS10 – Students must possess the learning skills allowing them to continue studying in a manner which must to a great extent be self-directed or autonomous.
GS1 – Develop a detailed and reasoned understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the most common legal areas in professional practice, and the working methodology within the organisational systems most often found in the sphere of advocacy.
GS2 – Apply the knowledge acquired and a capacity for problem-solving in new or unfamiliar contexts in the legal environment inherent to professional advocacy.
GS3 – Combine legal knowledge with social and ethical responsibilities tied to the practical application of the Law through professional advocacy.
GS4 – Communicate conclusions (and the knowledge and reasoning on which they are ultimately based) to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear, unambiguous manner.
SS1 – Possess, comprehend and develop abilities allowing the application of the specialist academic knowledge acquired during the degree course to the changing reality faced by lawyers in order to avoid situations of harm, risk or conflict in connection with the interests entrusted to them or their professional practice before courts or public authorities, and in an advisory capacity.
SS2 – Be familiar with techniques focused on ascertaining and establishing the facts in different types of proceedings, in particular the production of documents, witness questioning and expert witness evidence.
SS3 – Incorporate the protection of customer rights within the context of national and international jurisdictional protection systems.
SS4 – Be familiar with the various techniques to reconcile interests and be capable of finding solutions to problems through out-of-court alternatives.
SS5 – Be familiar with and able to apply professional ethical duties and rights in a lawyer’s relationship with a client, other parties, the courts or public authorities, and among lawyers themselves.
SS6 – Evaluate the different liabilities connected with professional practice, including the basic functions of the legal aid system and the promotion of social responsibility on the part of lawyers.
SS7 – Identify conflicts of interest and understand techniques for their resolution; establish the scope of professional secrecy and confidentiality, and maintain independent judgement.
SS8 – Uncover the decisive demands for performance and organisation in offering legal advice.
SS9 – Apply in practice the organisational, management and commercial context of the legal profession, in addition to the legal framework for partnerships, taxation, employment and personal data protection.
SS10 – Develop skills and abilities to make the right strategic decision in support of clients’ rights, taking into account the demands of the different spheres of professional practice.
SS11 – Work more efficiently and promote the overall functioning of their team or institution through access to sources of information, knowledge of languages, knowledge management and mastery of applied tools and techniques.
SS12 – Understand, successfully organise and plan the available individual and collective resources in pursuing the various organisational formats employed in the legal profession.
SS13 – Present verbal and written factual accounts and draw legal consequences by argument depending on the context and the intended audience, and where applicable, in accordance with the inherent formats of each procedural sphere.
SS14 – Undertake professional tasks in specific and multidisciplinary teams.
SS15 – Develop interpersonal abilities and skills to facilitate legal practice in relations with the general public, with other professionals and with institutions.