Máster universitario en Abogacía + curso de especialización en Derecho Penal Económico y Compliance

Junto al Máster en Abogacía, el Curso de Especialización en Derecho Penal Económico y Compliance se adentra en esta especialidad dentro del derecho penal, cuya elaboración no se limita al desarrollo y al estudio de los delitos considerados económicos, sino que también se ha extendido a aspectos metodológicos: la extensión del derecho penal económico, su fundamento conceptual, el desarrollo técnico y teórico sobre aspectos de la parte general del derecho penal económico, la medida en la que la sanción penal se extiende a conductas que implican la infracción de normas esenciales en la vida económica, y especialmente en la responsabilidad de la empresa respecto al mercado y a la administración, y en la responsabilidad de quienes tienen deberes de fidelidad respecto a los intereses de la misma empresa

doble advocacia + derecho penal
Official Master's Degree in the Legal Profession + Specialisation Course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance
Course title

Official Master's Degree in the Legal Profession + Specialisation Course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance

Academic area

Law and Political Science

Duration / Credits

16 months
105 ECTS

Official Quality Certification - AQU




On-site / Blended

Student profile 

Those interested in pursuing a specialisation while practising law in the field of economic criminal law and compliance, as well as professionals with responsibilities in the business world.

Admissions and enrolment

Application via website, submission of documentation and formalisation of admission at the University.

Calendar and timetables

Official Master’s Degree in the Legal Profession: from October to December (of the following year). Afternoons from Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Specialisation Course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance: from October to June. Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Academic Calendar

Official Master’s Degree in the Legal Profession

The private university with the most experience in the field of law in Catalonia.

Why study at UAO CEU?

1. Professional focus

Law 34/2006, of 30 October, which regulates access to the professions of lawyer and court attorney, introduced the requirement of a professional qualification in addition to a degree prior to registration with Professional Associations.

This additional training consists of taking an entrance exam (qualifying exam), after passing 60 ECTS credits of training courses accredited by the Ministry of Justice and 30 ECTS credits of supervised placements.

In order to adapt to this new regulatory framework for the teaching of Law and preparation for the practice of the legal profession, Abat Oliba CEU University provides the additional training now required by the law, integrating subjects directly related to the practice of the profession and other cross-cutting subjects that are particularly important (such as deontology, negotiation and training in the values of equality and respect for human rights).

With the master's degree in the Legal Profession, the specialisation course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance delves into this specialised field within criminal law, which is not limited to the study of crimes considered financial, but also extends to aspects of methodology: the scope of economic criminal law; its conceptual foundation; the techniques and theory involved in economic criminal law; the extent to which criminal sanctions extend to acts that involve the infringement of essential rules in economic life; and in particular the responsibility of companies with respect to the market and the administrations, and the responsibility of those who have duties of loyalty with respect to the interests of a company.  

When our criminal law is configured as a law of last resort, the need for mechanisms in organisations to help adjust their procedures and activities to the applicable law (both internal and external) means compliance is a useful tool in avoiding sanctions, both administrative and criminal, and a necessary element in creating the ethical business culture that major international organisations demand from business entities.

As such, the programme offers a comprehensive approach to compliance, and the main objective is to provide students with the mechanisms they need to understand and implement regulatory compliance, in the broadest sense, but with a special emphasis on criminal and corporate compliance.

2. Experience

We have been training legal experts since 1973. The private university with the most experience in the field of law in Catalonia. 

3. Preparation to practise as a lawyer

All students of the master’s are given personalised access to the Legal Quiz by Editorial Lefebvre (a database with more than 1,500 multiple-choice questions from the bar exam) and two digital books: Memento acceso a la abogacía and Memento ejercicio profesional de la abogacía.

4. Methodology

The Master’s Degree in the Legal Profession is taught using a combined system that includes three simultaneous methodologies: 

  • lectures by renowned jurists
  • case study discussion seminars based on real-life scenarios
  • workshops to study practical and communicative skills and abilities

This is a comprehensive, practical course taught by legal experts in this field (judges, prosecutors, lawyers and university professors).

5. Professional development

The Master’s Degree in the Legal Profession, together with the specialisation course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance, offers a programme of work placements with major professional firms, including those specialising in regulatory compliance consultancy. The Talent&Work Area of UAO CEU offers a wide range of jobs and advice on entrepreneurship to interested students. 

UAO CEU also offers a national and international job’s board with more than 2,300 collaborating companies with work placements in over 20 countries.

6. Teaching staff

Teaching staff comprising academics, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals selected for their background, prestige and teaching skills. 

7. Employability and the international focus

The average employment rate for those who have completed postgraduate studies at CEU is 95.8% (AQU 2020 Survey). Our students acquire the linguistic and cultural knowledge they need to work anywhere in the world.

8. Information resources

The Library Service is designed to support study and research with the primary objective of meeting students’ educational and scientific needs. It has ample opening hours, even on weekends, with the best IT facilities.

UAO CEU also offers a large digital repository containing open-access publications derived from the teaching, research and institutional activities carried out by the university’s teaching staff, students and alumni.


Teaching staff


Classes in the Official Master’s Degree in the Legal Profession are taught by experts and professionals with proven teaching or professional experience, and have been chosen for their recognised prestige and specialisation in the field of the legal profession.


Academic Management

María Jesús Pesqueira Zamora
PhD in Procedural Law at UAO CEU and substitute judge at the Barcelona Provincial Court. Dean of the Faculty of Law and Business at UAO CEU.

Academic Coordination

Isabel Arias Díez
Degree in Law from the UB. Master’s Degree in Business Law from UAO CEU. Lawyer at Tornos Abogados.

Cristina Torres Fajarnes
Degree in Law and Criminology from UB. Substitute judge attached to the Courts of Barcelona


ICAB Coordination

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

Advisory board

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

Teaching staff

  • Jordi Agustí. Former Supreme Court Judge.
  • Esaú Alarcón. Lawyer at Gibernau Asesores.
  • Isabel Arias Díez. Tornos Abogados.
  • Enrique Bacigalupo. Judge emeritus of the Supreme Court.
  • Jordi Bertomeu García. Lawyer.
  • Ana Campuzano. Full professor of Commercial Law at San Pablo CEU University.
  • Alfonso del Castillo. Lawyer at Cuatrecasas.
  • Juan Manuel de Castro. Lawyer at RCD Abogados. Commercial Magistrate on leave.
  • Marcos Espuny Garrigues. Lawyer.
  • Álex Farreres. Partner at Uría & Menéndez.
  • José M.ª Fernández Seijo. Judge at the Provincial Court of Barcelona
  • Rosa M. Foix Miralles. Lawyer.
  • José María Fuster-Fabra. Managing partner at Fuster-Fabra Abogados.
  • Enrique García Echegoyen. Lawyer and president of the ICAB Training Committee
  • Jacinto Gimeno Valentín-Gamazo. Lawyer.
  • Juan José Guardia. Director of studies of the Degree in Law at UAO CEU.
  • Christian Herrera Petrus. Partner at Herrera Abogados.
  • Adolfo Lucas Esteve. Associate Professor of Civil Law at UAO CEU and substitute judge at the Barcelona Provincial Court.
  • Jerónimo Maíllo. Professor of Community Law at San Pablo CEU University.
  • Ezequiel Miranda. Cortés Abogados.
  • Marc Molins. Partner at Molins & Parés Abogados.
  • Julio Naveira. Dean of the Mataró Bar Association. Former president of Consell de l'Advocacia Catalana.
  • Pablo Nuevo. Professor of Constitutional Law at UAO CEU.
  • José Luis del Olmo. Associate professor of Marketing and Sales Management at UAO CEU.
  • Carmen Parra. Professor of International Law at UAO CEU.
  • Lídia Pérez. Lawyer.
  • Carlos Pérez del Valle. Professor of Criminal Law and Dean of the San Pablo CEU University. Former Supreme Court Lawyer.
  • Juan Antonio Pérez Rivarés. Partner at Uría & Menéndez.
  • Ignacio Ripol Carulla. Partner at Overseas Law Practice.
  • Cristina Rodríguez-Obiols. Lawyer at MDA & Lexartis.
  • Juan Antonio Roger Gamir. Foro Legal.
  • José María Rojí. Partner at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo.
  • Enrique Rovira del Canto. Judge at the Provincial Court of Barcelona
  • Jesús Sánchez. Lawyer. Member of ICAB’s Governing Board.
  • Antonio Sánchez Gervilla. Partner at SANGER Abogados.
  • Elena Tarragona. Lawyer at Ramón y Cajal Abogados.
  • Javier Vidal-Quadras. Partner at Amat & Vidal-Quadras.


Academic management of the course

Enrique Rovira del Canto. Judge, PhD in Law and degree in Criminology. Lecturer in Economic Criminal Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.
Ariadna Torrijos. PhD candidate in Legal Liability. Head of the Compliance Department at Alter Domus Spain. Lawyer and graduate in International Business. Collaborating lecturer at Abat Oliba CEU University. CESCOM® IFCA Compliance Officer. Coordinator of the Compliance Technical Committee at the WCA.

Economic Criminal Law teaching staff

  • Pedro Ariche. Prosecutor of the Economic Crime section of the Prosecutor's Office of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia.
  • Francisco Bañeres Santos. Deputy Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia.
  • Jesús Barrientos Pacho. Judge, President of Sect. 8 of the Provincial Court of Barcelona.
  • Miguel Capuz Soler. Lawyer, partner of the Criminal Department of Piqué Abogados Asociados SL.
  • Sergi Cardenal Montraveta. PhD in Law and professor of Criminal Law at the UB, substitute judge of the Provincial Court of Barcelona.
  • Raquel Carrillo Carmona. Prosecutor of the Environmental Crime Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia.
  • David Felip. Professor of Commercial Law at UPF. PhD in Law.
  • Rosa Fernández Palma. Judge. PhD in Law.
  • Ramón García Albero. Full Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Lleida.
  • Juan Carlos Hortal. Professor of Commercial Law at UB. Alternate Judge at the Provincial Court of Barcelona. PhD in Law.
  • Javier Marca Matute. Judge on the Provincial Court of Girona.
  • Cristóbal Martell Pérez-Alcalde. Lawyer, founding partner of Martell Law Firm.
  • Luis Fernando Martínez Zapater. Judge of Sect. 7 of the Provincial Court of Barcelona.
  • Óscar Morales García. Lawyer at Uría Law Firm. PhD in Law.
  • Fermín Morales Prats. Full professor of Criminal Law at UAB, lawyer, founding partner of the law firm Morales Prats Abogados.
  • Carlos Pérez del Valle. Lecturer at Abat Oliba CEU University. PhD in Law.
  • Enrique Rovira del Canto. Judge of Sect. 5 of the Provincial Court of Barcelona. Course coordinator. PhD in Law.
  • Ricardo Sanz-Gadea Góncer. Prosecutor of the Anti-Fraud Office at the High Court of Justice of Catalonia.
  • Jesús Silva Sánchez. Full professor of Criminal Law at UPF, lawyer, founding partner of the Molins-Silva law firm.
  • Blanca Torrubia Chalmenta. PhD in Law specialising in civil law. Practicum lecturer at UOC.
  • Olga Tubau. Lawyer. Founding partner of the law firm Tubau-Lujara.

Compliance teaching staff

  • Xavier Abel Lluc. Judge, Court of First Instance No. 14, Barcelona.
  • Sergio Aranda. Director of Forensic Services at PWC.
  • Pilar Baltar Fillol. Senior Associate Lawyer in the Labour Area at Roca Junyent.
  • Daniel Benítez Rodríguez. Associate lawyer at Tornos Abogados. Lecturer in Civil Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Pablo Bueno Gavín. Partner at Governance Risk & Compliance with PWC.
  • Elvira Cardenal Le Monnier. Corporate compliance officer at Ferrer.
  • Anabel Casahuga Montserrat. Legal compliance at Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A.
  • Jaime Cladellas. Corporate Compliance Officer at Cirsa Gaming Corporation.
  • Juan Cuenca Márquez. Senior Associate Lawyer with the Commercial Area of Roca Junyent.
  • Rocío Cuenca Márquez. Professor of Civil Law at ESADE.
  • Aleksandra Czajka. Associate lawyer at Tornos Abogados.
  • Clara Farreny Seró. Lawyer at Tornos Abogados.
  • Miquel Fortuny. Managing partner of Fortuny Legal. Member of the Cumplen delegation in Catalonia.
  • Patricia García Pérez. Control compliance at Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A.
  • M.ª Antonia García Solanas. Partner at Amber Legal & Business Advisors.
  • Ferran Gasas i Hernández. Managing partner at Jufresa&Grasas Abogados.
  • Lieutenant L. Gómez. Civil Guard, UOPJ Barcelona Command.
  • Patrick O'Malley. PhD in Law. Lecturer at Università Bocconi and the United Nations System Staff College.
  • Marc Molins Raich. PhD in Law. Partner of Molins&Parés, Penal Compliance. Associate professor at the University of Barcelona.
  • Laura Parés i Ravetllat. Managing Partner at Molins&Parés, Penal Compliance.
  • Lourdes Parramon. Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia.
  • Marta Pérez García. Tax Inspector, Head of the Tax Crimes Team of the AEAT delegation in Catalonia.
  • Gisela Reverter Domínguez. Lawyer, Corporate Legal Counsel at Caixabank, S.A.
  • Enrique Rovira Canto. Judge, fifth section of the Provincial Court of Barcelona. Lecturer in Criminal Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. PhD in Law.
  • José Andrés Rozas Valdés. Professor of Financial and Tax Law at the University of Barcelona. PhD in Law.
  • Manuel Ruíz de Lara. Judge, Commercial Court No. 11 of Madrid.
  • Tomàs Salàs Darrocha. Judge, Criminal Court No. 22 of Barcelona.
  • Oscar Serrano Zaragoza. Prosecutor for economic crimes at the Barcelona Provincial Prosecutor's Office.
  • Maria Tornos Gispert. Partner of Tornos, Criminal Defense & Compliance, Compliance Officer at Palau de la Música Catalana.
  • Roberto Valverde Megías. Digital crime prosecutor with the Barcelona Provincial Prosecutor's Office.


Career opportunities


Students who obtain the Official Master’s Degree in the Legal Profession from Abat Oliba CEU University will be able to pursue a career in the practice of law in various fields, either in law firms or providing legal consulting to businesses.

Students who complete the specialisation course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance at Abat Oliba CEU University will be able to accredit their knowledge in the criminal specialty with specialist law 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
  • Col·legi Oficial d'Advocats de Barcelona
  • Comissió Jurídica Assessora - Generalitat de Catalunya
  • 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
  • Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Barcelona (ICAB)
  • Joaquín Tornos Abogados Asociados
  • Landwell, Abogados Asesores Fiscales
  • KPMG
  • Manubens Advocats
  • Martell Abogados
  • 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
  • Rousaud Costas Duran
  • Trias de Bes y Vidal-Quadras Abogados y Asesores Tributarios
  • Uría Menéndez


Fees and scholarships



*Price for the 2021-22 academic year

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 or assessment tests either 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 restrictions are part in place, 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 you have formalised reservation of your place, the remaining amount can be paid in the following ways:

  • One-time payment

    A one-off payment entitles you to a discount of 5 % of the tuition fees.

  • Payment by instalments

    In three instalments in the first year and two instalments in the second year.

  • Monthly payments

    10 instalments with special 0% interest financing. This also entitles students to a discount of 5% on tuition fees.

  • Other financing agreements

    With Banco Santander, CaixaBank and Banc Sabadell. This also entitles students to a discount of 5% on tuition fees.


    Students have until 30 June to cancel their reserved place. This means you can book now and cancel if your circumstances change later on.*
    *Deadline subject to changes in the official registration calendar


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

Quality and regulation


Those applying to take this Official Master’s in the Legal Profession + Specialisation Course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance must hold either a higher university degree title from Spain, or a foreign degree (equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the Anglo-Saxon system).

This profile includes:

  • Law graduates


The Double Master’s Degree in the Legal Profession + specialisation course in Economic Criminal Law and Compliance is aimed at training professionals who can provide service at the highest levels in the practice of law in its various pre-litigation and litigation specialties, as well as in legal advice to companies and various types of organisations. 

The master’s degree and the course have the following specific objectives:


Legal profession:

  • To acquire the knowledge and skills required for the application of European law in the legal profession, both in Spain and internationally.

  • To learn how to apply the Spanish legal system and be able to provide legal advice, defence, prosecution, mediation or other roles inherent to being a lawyer.

  • To develop analytical and negotiating skills in dispute resolution.

  • To master strategies in the process for optimising results.

  • To learn the order of legal procedures and to evaluate, critique, discuss, elaborate and present legal proposals in relation to real assumptions.

  • To learn the skill set necessary for heading up professional firms.

  • To learn about the code of ethics of the legal profession.

  • To identify the sources of obligations for organisations.

  • To analyse the processes and activities of organisations to provide them with the relevant controls.

  • To learn about criminal liability and legal persons.

  • To master the practical elements necessary for the proper development in the practice of compliance.


Economic Criminal Law and Compliance:

  • To identify specific and general problems in economic criminal law.

  • To analyse the relationship between criminal law and procedural law in the prosecution of economic crimes.

  • To master the burden of proof requirements and strategies used for defence and prosecution in economic crimes

  • To adapt the knowledge of criminal law to the organisational structure of a company with the ability to analyse criminal risks in pursuing their business activity.



Agenda and News

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