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Official Double Master's Degree in Legal Profession + Maritime Law
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Course title

Double Official Master’s Degree in Legal Profession + Maritime Law

Academic field

Law and Political Science / Business and Economics

Duration / Credits

16 months
150 ECTS

Official stamp of quality – AQU

Places / Format

60 / Face-to-face and blended

Organised with:
Student profile 

Those interested in studying a speciality at the same time as practising law in companies from the marine law industry.

Admission and enrolment

Admissions process open. Contact the Postgraduate Information Service to apply. Upcoming admissions test: TBA

Calendar and timetable

From October 2019 to December 2020. Monday to Friday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m..

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Official Master’s Degree in LEGAL PROFESSION

We are the most experienced private university for teaching law in Catalonia


1. Professionalisation

Law 34/2006, of 30th October, regulating access to the lawyer and solicitor professions, introduced the requirement for additional professional training beyond that of university level prior to admission to the bar.

This additional training must consist of an entry (bar) exam after earning 60 ECTS credits through courses accredited by the Ministry of Justice and 30 ECTS credits from a tutored internship.

In response to this new regulatory framework for teaching law and preparing to practise as a lawyer, Abat Oliba CEU University offers this legally required additional training in the form of a master's. It is a professional pathway that offers not only subjects directly related to legal practice, but also important subjects with transferable skills, such as ethics, negotiation and promotion of equality and human rights.

Alongside the Official Double Master's in Maritime Law, you will immerse yourself in the international maritime legal system and the world of shipping import and export. 90% of all trade on the planet takes place over the oceans, making it a powerful international industry.

The master's trains students in aspects of maritime law and business based on Spanish and English legislation, as the vast majority of contracts in the shipping industry are subject to Common Law. This acts as a de facto international legal framework for an industry which is key to worldwide economic development. 

2. Experience

We have been training lawyers since 1973. We are the most experienced private university for teaching law in Catalonia. Similarly, the Master's in Maritime Law is one of the longest-running master's at the University, and is now in its 8th year.

3. Preparation for entering the legal profession

All students on the Master's have personal access to Legal Quiz by the Lefebvre publishing house, a database with more than 1,500 questions similar to those asked on the bar exam, as well as two digital books: Memento Acceso a la Abogacía and Memento Ejercicio Profesional de la Abogacía.

4. Methodology

The Master's in Legal Profession is taught through a system combining three simultaneous methodologies: 

  • lectures by prestigious jurists
  • seminars based on real case studies
  • workshops on practical and communicative skills and abilities

Special emphasis is placed on soft skills as a key tool for future practising lawyers.

The Official Master's Degree in Maritime law is a bilingual programme with 60% of sessions in Spanish and 40% in English, in line with the demands of the sector. Students also acquire the linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary to work anywhere in the world.

5. Further education
  • The Leadership Essentials programme from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) programme is designed to help students understand and discover their leadership potential and apply it on a daily basis.
  • European Port Experience: advanced study programmes on port management and business. It includes a four-day study trip to the ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg, two of the biggest in the world, as well as the Port of Barcelona, the third biggest in the world for cruise ships. All costs for the trip (flights and accommodation) are included in the course.
  • IATA DGR Course Cat. 3: the course is taught alongside the master's programme and focuses on the regulations of transporting hazardous goods by air. Upon completion of the course, students may request the official IATA certificate.
  • The master's also includes group visits to businesses and institutions that give students a practical understanding of the different modules in the programme.
6. Professional development

This double master's offers internships with major firms and businesses within the logistics and trade sector, both nationally and internationally. The Talent&Work Area at UAO CEU offers a vast job market and entrepreneurship advice.

UAO CEU currently has links with more than 2,300 companies with internship placements in more than 20 countries.

7. Teaching staff

The teaching staff comprises academics, lawyers, magistrates and other experts from the legal world, chosen for their career achievements, prestige and teaching ability. There are also teachers with vast professional experience in the areas of logistics, transport and international business.

8. Employability and international outlook

CEU postgraduates have a 95% average employment rate. Students acquire the linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary to work anywhere in the world.

9. Information resources

The Library Service was created to support study and research with the aim of meeting all educational and scientific demands. It has extensive opening hours, including weekends, and is equipped with the latest technology.

UAO CEU also gives the university community a digital repository containing open-access publications including teaching materials, faculty and institutional research and work by students and alumni of the University.


Legal Profession

Maritime Law Course Structure

  • Module 1: Introduction to Maritime Law (3 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Introduction to Maritime Transport (3 ECTS)
  • Module 3: Public Maritime Law (6 ECTS)
  • Module 4: Private Maritime Law (9 ECTS)
  • Module 5: English Maritime Law (6 ECTS)
    • Maritime Law of England and Wales
    • Chartering under the British Flag
  • Module 6: Structure of Maritime Business (18 ECTS)
    • Short Sea Shipping
    • Economic Shipping Markets
    • Maritime Transport and Ports
    • Fleets and Ship Leasing
  • Module 7: Risk Management, Maritime Insurance and Ship and Fleet Financing (3 ECTS)
    • Marine Insurance and Cover of Merchant Shipping
  • External Internship (6 ECTS)
  • Master's Dissertation (6 ECTS)  


Teaching staff 


The classes of the Official Master's in Legal Profession are taught by recognised experts with far-reaching teaching and professional experience who were chosen for their reputation as well as their specialisation in the legal profession.


Course Director

María Jesús Pesqueira Zamora.

PhD in Procedural Law from UAO CEU and Substitute Judge with the Barcelona Provincial Court. Dean of the Faculty of Law and Business at UAO CEU.

Course Coordinator

Isabel Arias Díez. Degree in Law from UB. Master's in Company Law from UAO CEU. Lawyer at Tornos Abogados.

Cristina Torres Fajarnes. Degree in Law and Criminology from UB. Substitute Judge with the Courts of Barcelona.

ICAB Coordination

Jesús María Sánchez García. Member of the Governing Board of the ICAB, Regulations and Delegations Committee.

Advisory Board

  • José María Fuster Fabra. PhD in Law from the University of Barcelona. Of Counsel at Fuster.Fabra Abogados.
  • Juan Antonio Roger. Partner and Head of the Commercial Law Department at Foro Legal Abogados.
  • Esaú Alarcón. Lawyer at Gibernau Asesores.

Teaching staff

  • Jordi Agustí. Supreme Court Judge.
  • Juan Antonio Pérez Rivarés. Partner at Uría & Menéndez.
  • Christian Herrera Petrus. Partner at Herrera Abogados.
  • Enrique Rovira del Canto. Judge on the Barcelona Provincial Court.
  • Ignacio Ripol Carulla. Partner at Overseas Law Practice.
  • José María Fuster-Fabra. Managing Partner of Fuster-Fabra Abogados.
  • Juan Antonio Roger Gamir. Foro Legal.
  • Jacinto Gimeno Valentín-Gamazo. Lawyer.
  • Jorge Buxadé Villalba. State Judge.
  • Isabel Arias Díez. Tornos Abogados.
  • José María Rojí. Partner at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo.
  • Adolfo Lucas Esteve. Associate Professor of Civil Law at UAO CEU and Substitute Judge on the Barcelona Provincial Court.
  • Mª Jesús Pesqueira Zamora. Associate Professor of Procedural Law at UAO CEU and Substitute Judge on the Barcelona Provincial Court.
  • Enrique Bacigalupo. Bacigalupo. Emeritus Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Javier Vidal-Quadras. Partner at Amat & Vidal-Quadras.
  • Alfonso del Castillo. Lawyer at Cuatrecasas.
  • Jenifer Lahoz. Lawyer.
  • Álex Farreres. Partner at Uría & Menéndez.
  • Jordi Bertomeu García. Lawyer.
  • Enrique García Echegoyen. Lawyer.
  • Marcos Espuny Garrigues. Lawyer.
  • Ezequiel Miranda. Cortés Abogados.
  • Pablo Nuevo. Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at UAO CEU.
  • Carmen Parra. Associate Professor of International Law at UAO CEU.
  • Jesús Sánchez. Lawyer. Secretary of the Board at ICAB.
  • Carlos Pérez del Valle. Chair of Criminal Law and Dean at CEU San Pablo University. Former Lawyer to the Supreme Court.
  • Enrique García Echegoyen. Lawyer and President of the ICAB Education Commission.
  • Enrique Rovira del Canto. Judge on the Barcelona Provincial Court.
  • José Luis del Olmo. Associate Professor of Marketing and Commercial Management at UAO CEU.
  • Marc Molins. Partner at Molins & Parés Abogados.
  • Rosa M. Foix Miralles. Lawyer.
  • Lídia Pérez. Lawyer.
  • Cristina Rodríguez-Obiols. Lawyer at MDA & Lexartis.
  • Esaú Alarcón. Lawyer at Gibernau Asesores. 
  • Julio Naveira. Dean of the Lawyer's College of Mataró. Ex-President of the Catalan Legal Council.
  • José Mª Fernández Seijo. Judge on the Barcelona Provincial Court.
  • Juan José Guardia. Director de estudios del grado en Derecho de la UAO CEU.
  • Juan Manuel de Castro. Director of Studies of the Bachelor's in Law at UAO CEU.
  • Elena Tarragona. Lawyer at Ramón y Cajal Abogados.
  • Antonio Sánchez Gervilla. Partner at SANGER Abogados.
  • Ana Campuzano. Chair of Commercial Law at CEU San Pablo University.
  • Jerónimo Maíllo. Associate Professor of European Law at CEU San Pablo University.


Course Director

Joan Ripoll. Doctor of Economics and Dean at UAO CEU.

Course Coordinator

Rosa Romero. Maritime lawyer at FF Lawyers. Specialist in trade affairs, recruitment, negotiation and strategy.

Advisory Board

  • Dr Carmen Parra. Senior Professor of International Private Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Anthony Rogers. Senior Professor at The City Law School - City University London. Director of the LL. M. in Maritime Law.
  • Dr Alkis J. Corres. Greek Maritime Economist. Deputy Director of the Port of Piraeus. Professor at the Aegean University of Athens.


Claustro de profesores

  • Ángel Arnaudas. Director of Autochartering, a Spanish charter broker.
  • Alis Cantano. Former member of the UN Environment (UNIDO) and the Ministry for the Environment in the UK. Advisor to the Environmental Ministry of Spain.
  • Yamandú R. Caorsi. Member of Náutica Legal SL. Associate.
  • Dr. Alkis Corres. Greek Maritime Economist. Former President of the Greek College of Marine Economists and current Subdirector of the Port of Piraeus. Advisor in Piraeus for cruise ship issues.
  • Óscar Cuesta. Logistics Manager at Juguetes Famosa.
  • Dr. Oswald de Sybel. Solicitor and professor at London City University.
  • Mark Davies. Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Managing Partner of Davis & Co LLP and author of the Bareboat Charters manual, edited by Lloyd’s of London Press.
  • Robert Merkin. Professor of Insurance Law at City, University of London.
  • Dr. Carmen Parra. Senior Professor of International Private Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Beatriz Pérez del Molino. Legal Advisor at the Barcelona Port Companies Association.
  • Carlos Rico. President of the Association of Nautical Industries, Commerce and Services.
  • Miquel Roca. Lawyer and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Plenipotentiary from the Kingdom of Spain to the United Nations for the signing of the Rotterdam Rules.
  • Miguel Ángel Sánchez. Maritime Lawyer. Partner at Hogan Lowells. Specialist in transport and tax law.
  • Rosa Romero. Maritime lawyer at FF Lawyers. Specialist in trade affairs, recruitment, negotiation and strategy.
  • Eduard Duran. Bachelor's in Nautical and Shipping Transport from the UPC. Master's in Logistics from ICT-UPC. Managing Director of Portcemen S. A.
  • Belén Mora. Bachelor's in Law from UB. Doctor of Law from UPF. Member of Cortés Abogados law firm. Specialist in litigation, arbitrage and criminal economics.
  • Eva Payet. Bachelor's in Law from UdG. Master's Degree from UPC. Partner at Sea&Law Abogados.
  • Domingo González. Bachelor's in Law from UB. Maritime Lawyer.
  • Alfons Esteve. Bachelor's in Law from UdL. Master's in Maritime Law and Business from ICADE.
  • Juan Luis Pulido. Professor of Business Law from Cádiz University.
  • Concepción Hill. Lead professor of Commercial Law at UB. Member of Marine Claims and Recovery Forum (MCRF).
  • Rob Collins. Maritime Lawyer at the international firm Clyde & Co. Manager of P&I and FD&D in South America for four years.
  • Ivan Woods. Maritime Lawyer at the international firm Clyde & Co. Specialist in marine insurance and cargo recovery disputes.
  • Jesús Ezequiel Martínez. Doctor of Navigation Science and Techniques from UPC. Specialist in shipping business.
  • Pol Bonastre. Lawyer and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Complex claims specialist at British Marine (QBE Insurance).
  • Iván Roa. Doctor of Project and Systems Engineering from UPC. Manager of International Expansion at the ICIL Foundation. Director of the Master's and Postgraduate Department at UAO CEU. 


Career opportunities


Students who pass the Official Master's in the Legal Profession from Abat Oliba CEU University can go on to practise law in various areas, whether in a law firm of any speciality or as a corporate legal adviser.

Students who earn the Official Master's in Maritime Law from Abat Oliba CEU University can pursue careers in the following areas:

- Management of human teams in all kinds of specialist firms and businesses

- Businesses in the shipping sector

- Businesses in the civil service and brokers

- Specialist insurance companies

- Businesses specialising in international import and export

- Freight forwarding offices

- General legal firms



  • AAMC Abogados
  • AGM Abogados
  • Albácar – Clusa & Asociados Abogados
  • Amat & Vidal-Quadras
  • Arraut & Asociados
  • Bassas  Advocats
  • B. Alemany Punyet
  • Baker & Mckenzie Barcelona
  • Blas de Lezo Abogados
  • Bufet Garcia Coca – Abogados
  • Bufet Miralbell Guerin
  • Bufet Sorroca Serrano
  • Bufete Carreras Llansana
  • Bufete de Abogados Fuentes Lojo
  • Bufete Díaz Arias
  • Bufete de Mier Abogados
  • Bufete Escura
  • Cabades – Valls. Notarios Asociados
  • Clifford Chance
  • CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
  • Barcelona Bar Association - ICAB
  • Legal Assessment Commission - Government of Catalonia
  • Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young S.L
  • Foro Legal
  • Frübeck Abogados-Economistas
  • Fuster-Fabra Abogados
  • Garrigues
  • Gay Vendrell Advocats
  • Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
  • Harboury Legal & Business Services
  • Herrera Advocats
  • Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB)
  • Tornos Abogados Asociados
  • Landwell, Abogados Asesores Fiscales
  • KPMG
  • Manubens Advocats
  • Martell Abogados
  • Miralbell Guerin
  • Monereo Meyer Marinel-lo Abogados
  • Molins & Silva
  • Mullerat Advocats
  • Munné Muñoz-Sabaté Advocats Dret Privat
  • Mutualidad de la Abogacía
  • Notaria Belloch & De Dueñas
  • Perez Llorca
  • Roca Junyent
  • Ros Procuradores
  • RCD Abogados
  • Trias De Bes y Vidal-Quadras Abogados y Asesores Tributarios
  • Uría Menéndez


Fees and funding



Tuition fees correspond, solely and exclusively, to the provision of teaching as part of the programme enrolled on, and this is the only service offered in exchange for the payment of those fees. By enrolling, the student accepts that decisions made by the competent authorities may, directly or indirectly, render it necessary to carry out teaching, tutoring, work placements and assessment tests in person or via distance learning.

The student accepts that they remain obliged to pay any such fees in full even if, for reasons beyond the control of the University, some of the educational activities included in the degree cannot be carried out as initially provided for in the course guides at the beginning of the academic year. If this were to happen, the University will provide the student with a guarantee that the activity will be rescheduled when possible, taking into consideration the interests of the student and any other applicable academic criteria.


Once the place has been reserved, the remaining amount can be paid in the following ways:

Single payment

The single payment method entitles students to a 5% discount in tuition fees.

Payment in instalments

Payment in four instalments throughout the academic year.

Monthly payment

In 10 instalments with special, interest-free financing with no admin fee. Also entitles students to a 5% discount on tuition fees.

Other financing plans

With Banco Santander, CaixaBank, BBVA and Banc Sabadell. These also include a 5% enrolment discount.

Cancel your place if you change your mind

If you book a place and change your mind, you will have until 31 July to change your mind, meaning you can book now and be sure you won't regret it.


Master's and Postgraduate Qualifications
Bellesguard, 30. 08022 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 253 72 03

Quality and regulation


Candidates for the Official Double Master's Degree in Legal Profession + Maritime Law must have completed a Spanish or international university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the British system.

The student body includes:

  • Law graduates


The Official Double Master's in Legal Profession + Maritime Law is aimed at training people to deliver excellent service in legal practice in their various pre-litigious and litigious specialities, as well as corporate legal consultancy for a diverse range of organisations.

Advanced training is also on offer for maritime transport experts, international businesses and lawyers specialising in international shipping litigation. This prepares participants to manage businesses that specialise in the shipping sector (in Spain or abroad) and companies that offer maritime law consultancy to their clients.

The double master's has the following specific objectives:

Legal Profession:

- To acquire the knowledge and skills to apply European law in the framework of legal practice, both in Spain and on the international scale.

- To be able to use the Spanish legal system and execute legal advice, defence, accusation, mediation and more as a lawyer.

- To develop analytical and negotiation skills in conflict resolution.

- To have a good understanding of techniques to use in trial to get the best results.

- To understand the procedural laws and evaluate, critique, discuss, create and present judicial proposals related to real cases.

- To learn the basic skills needed to manage a professional lawyer's office.

- To understand the ethics of the legal profession.

Maritime Law:

- To understand international law and its maritime shipping version on a global, continental and regional scale.

- To prepare students to control and manage maritime contracting, as well as the associated transport operations.

- To become skilled at negotiation, contracting and insurance in shipping, complying with the latest international legislation.

- To analyse legal risks and security in the various shipping markets.

- To learn about all the key players in international trade, importation and exportation and documentation that goes with and certifies every process.