The Universitat Pompeu Fabra School of Law was established in 1990, the year in which the university itself was founded. Since the year 2000 it has been located on the Ciutadella Campus, together with the university's other Social Science centres. The School has offered a Degree in Law since its foundation, and from academic year 2009-10 it will run courses leading to the awarding of three new degrees which are adapted to the European Higher Education Area: the new Degree in Law, which replaces the original degree, the Degree in Labour Relations and the Degree in Criminology and Public Prevention Policies.
The courses taught in the School aim to equip students with solid intellectual training and values orientated to the future practice of the various legal professions. The high quality of the teaching, recognised by the students themselves, is one of the School's distinguishing features. The design of teaching activities, with seminar sessions running parallel to full-group lectures, encourages sustained effort, a spirit of criticism, interpersonal contact, leadership and the aptitudes associated with group work. The organising of teaching into terms requires students to be motivated and to commit themselves to intensive and continuous study.
The School of Law attaches particular importance to the curriculum's international dimension and fosters the inclusion of interdisciplinary studies. Students can take English lessons and participate in an extensive exchange programme with prestigious European and American universities. The School of Law collaborates with other schools to offer joint degrees in Law and other Social Science areas. The degree course may be complemented with Masters and Doctorate programmes organised by the Law Department.
The existence of schemes for work placements in legal institutions and of labour market insertion agreements with professional environments facilitates entry into the job market and produces a very high graduate employment rate. The general and multi-purpose nature of the course enables graduates to orientate their professional lives towards private legal practice, corporate legal consultancy, government organisation legal departments, international organisations or any other legal field.