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Official Master’s Degree in Legal Profession + Specialisation Course in Compliance and Regulatory Bodies
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Course title

Official Master's Degree in Legal Profession + Specialisation Course in Compliance and Regulatory Bodies

Academic field

Law and Political Science

Duration / Credits

16 months
105 ECTS

Official stamp of quality – AQU

Places / Format

60 / Face-to-face and blended

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Student profile

Law graduates interested in studying a specialty at the same time as practising law in the field of legal corporate compliance as well as professionals with legal responsibilities in the corporate world.

Admission and enrolment

Admissions applications via the website; documentation and formalisation of admission at the University.

Calendar and timetable

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

Academic Calendar

Official Master’s Degree in LEGAL PROFESSION

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

Why study at UAO CEU?

1. Qualify to practise

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 practising 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 Master's in Legal Profession, the Specialisation Course in Compliance gives students the necessary tools to understand regulatory compliance in the widest sense of the term and put it into practice. Here we focus specifically on criminal compliance, or corporate compliance. Compliance is a useful tool in avoiding fines both in the administrative and penal courts. It is necessary for the creation of an ethical corporate culture that leading international organisations demand from businesses.

2. Experience

We have been training lawyers since 1973. We are the most experienced private university for teaching law in Catalonia.

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.

5. Professional development

The Master's in Legal Profession and the Specialisation Course in Compliance and Regulatory Bodies offers an internship programme with reputable firms specialising in regulatory compliance consulting. The Talent&Work Area at UAO CEU offers a vast jobs market and advice for entrepreneurs.

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

6. Teaching staff

Our teaching staff is made up of academics, lawyers, magistrates and other figures from the legal world selected based on their career, prestige and educational skills.

7. 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.

8. Information resources

The Library Service was created to support study and research, with the aim of meeting all educational and scientific needs. 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

Specialisation Course in Compliance and Regulatory Bodies course structure.

  1. General considerations: regulatory compliance, criminal liability of legal entities and compliance models.
    • Criminal liability of legal entities (corporate compliance). Comparative study. Analysis of the reform and paradigm shift that came about through the Spanish law 5/2010.
    • Introduction to compliance: historical origins, comparative analysis and evolution.
    • Regulatory sources:
      • Hard and soft law. Practical efficacy of soft law obligations. D. Daniel Benítez, Associate Lawyer at Molins&Parés, Criminal – Compliance.
      • ISO 19600 and the Management Model for the Prevention of Crimes in Organizations of the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR) and UNE 19601.
      • ISO 37001- Anti-bribery management systems.
    • International regulatory sources:
      • US and UK Sentencing Guidelines.
      • US and UK Sentencing Guidelines.
      • Bribery Act (UKBA).
      • The OECD agreement in the fight against the corruption of foreign public agents in international commercial transactions.
    • Essential aspects of corporate ethics.
    • Organisational aspects. Legal risk management. The link between compliance, ethics and good corporate governance.
    • Good corporate governance in practice.
    • Corporate social responsibility – ISO 26001.
    • Compliance management systems (CMS). Generic and specific standards. Compliance structures. Profile and functions of the compliance officer.
    • Analysis of the legal rates that apply to legal persons.
  2. Conception and evaluation of the risk management system: map of criminal risks: the identification of crimes that must be foreseen. Development of a compliance model. Theoretical and practical aspects.
    • Evaluation and analysis of processes in organisations
    • Risk identification and inspections in organisations.
    • Compliance risk management: operational and reputational risks.
    • Risk management.
    • Risk assessment models. The objectification of risk value.
    • Designing maps of procedures and criminal risks.
    • The report of criminal risks taken from the risk map.
    • The design and implementation of a compliance programme. From the small company to the family business and the multinational company.
    • Reference to experience and practice in the USA and the UK (English-Spanish).
    • Case studies.
  3. Controlling and implementing compliance in a company: establishing protocol and procedures, adopting and executing decisions. Suitable financial and informational resource management models. Establishment of disciplinary systems and model verification.
    • Policies, procedures and checks. Financial management models to manage the compliance system.
    • Periodic checks of the compliance model and the annual compliance plan.
    • Complaints and internal investigation procedures. Privacy guarantees. Spanish Data Protection Agency Conflict.
    • Forensic investigation and processing digital evidence.
    • Business intelligence and fraud prevention.
    • Establishing disciplinary systems in the company. Compatibility with labour regulations. Status of workers and collective agreements.
    • Reference to experience and practice in the USA and the UK (English-Spanish). Proposal for a speaker: (English-Spanish).
    • Introduction to the theory of evidence. Evidence in compliance management systems.
    • Case studies.
  4. Criminal or civil responsibility and procedural considerations.
    • Accusing a legal person of criminal responsibility. Procedural considerations. The role of the prosecution service.
    • Investigation into corporate crime.
    • Responsibility of the Compliance Officer and members of organisational structures (administrative bodies, top management, management and staff) and D&O insurance policies.
    • Investigation of crime and legal persons.
    • Punishments liable to the responsibility of the legal person. Interpretation of article 33.7 of the penal code relating to article 66 bis.
    • Representation in the criminal procedure of legal persons. Characteristics of the defence. Possible incompatibilities.
    • Analysis of jurisprudence with regard to criminal responsibility of legal persons. Perspectives on the future.
    • Responsibility of administrators for failing to fulfill their risk management duties in a company.
    • Responsibility of administrators and bankruptcy trustees due to failure in risk control duties in the company.
    • Reference to experience and practice in the USA and the UK (English-Spanish).
    • Case studies.
  5. Analysis of the specific environments of compliance and questions.
    • Model for prevention of money laundering. Taxonomy, current context and historical evolution. Position and value of those who are subject to their operations. Identification of early signs. Detection and analysis. Practice vs. legality Operational traceability and cash funds.
    • Tax Control Framework.
    • Specifics of compliance regarding competition.
    • Specifics of compliance regarding consumer defence.
    • Specifics of compliance in the finance and insurance sectors.
    • Specifics of compliance in the pharmaceutical and hospital sectors.
    • Specifics of compliance in the energy sector.
    • Compliance and recruitment.
    • Specifics of compliance in environmental work.
    • Specifics of compliance in privacy management.
    • The new European Regulation on Data Protection. Its effect on data protection officers and the compliance framework of businesses.
    • Specialities regarding practices through the use of confidential information. Special reference to the USA. Behaviour regarding the stock market.
    • Commercial sanctions.
    • Financial sanctions.
    • Compliance and public administration.
    • Case studies.


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. Subsititute 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

Marc Molins Raich. PhD in Law. Managing Partner at Molins&Parés, Criminal · Compliance. Adjunct Professor at the University of Barcelona.

Programme Coordinator

Daniel Benítez Rodríguez. Associate Lawyer at Tornos Abogados, specialising in compliance. Member of the Cumplen delegation in Catalonia.

Teaching staff

  • Carlos Pérez del Valle. Rector of Abat Oliba CEU University. Doctor of Law.
  • Marc Molins Raich. Doctor of Law. Partner at Molins&Parés, Criminal · Compliance. Adjunct Professor at the University of Barcelona.
  • José Carlos Hermida Congosto. Advisory and Study Manager at Fundació Pere Tarrés.
  • Irene de Castro Samada. Compliance Course Coordinator at Beoringer Ingelheim.
  • Yolanda Ríos López. Judge on Commercial Court no. 1 in Barcelona.
  • Manuel Ruiz de Lara. Judge on Commercial Court no. 10 in Barcelona.
  • Pablo Llarena Conde. Judge in the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court.
  • Carlos Alberto Saiz Peña. President of Cumplen, the Association of Regulatory Compliance Professionals, and Member of Ecix.
  • Eduardo Navarro Villaverde. Compliance Officer at Calidad Pascual. Member of the Cumplen Board of Directors.
  • Francisco J. Ramírez Arbues. Partner Regulatory and Compliance at Deloitte Legal. Member of Cumplen.
  • Carlota Balet Gusils. Compliance Officer at Allianz Seguros. Member of the Cumplen delegation in Catalonia.
  • Miquel Fortuny. Managing Partner at Fortuny Legal. Member of the Cumplen delegation in Catalonia.
  • David Mestre Jané. Compliance Officer at Gas Natural Fenosa.
  • Marta Casas Caba. Chief Compliance Officer at Grupo Abertis.
  • Anabel Casahuga Montserrat. Legal Compliance at Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A.
  • Patricia García Pérez. Control Compliance at Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A.
  • Óscar Serrano Zaragoza. Economic Crime Prosecutor at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office, Barcelona.
  • Antonio Sala Cantarell. Partner at Tornos Abogados.
  • Roberto Valverde Megías. Cyber Crime Prosecutor at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office.
  • Antonio Sala Cantarell. Partner at Tornos Abogados.
  • Patrick O'Malley. Doctor of Law. Profesor at the Bocconi University and United Nations System Staff College.
  • Luis Rodríguez Soler. Managing Partner at Complianzen.
  • José Andrés Rozas Valdés. Associate Professor of Financial and Tax Law at the University de Barcelona. Doctor of Law.
  • Nacho Alamillo Domingo. Chief Information Security Officer at Logalty.
  • Juan Cuenca Márquez. Associate Lawyer in the commercial area of Roca Junyent.
  • Paula Yebra Gago. Associate Lawyer at Molins&Parés, Criminal · Compliance.
  • Salvador Román García. Governance and Corporate Compliance Manager.
  • Ignacio Marull Guasch. Managing Partner of PWC Catalonia.
  • Sergio Aranda. Director of the Forensic Services area at PWC.
  • Albert Rodríguez Arnaiz. Associate in the labour area of Roca Junyent.
  • Caridad Gómez Mourelo. Head of the Central Coordinating Unit for crimes against public finances.
  • Xavier Abel Lluc. Judge on County Court no. 14 in Barcelona.
  • Enrique Rovira Canto. Judge on the Fifth Section of the Barcelona Provincial Court. Professor of Criminal Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. Doctor of Law.
  • Laura Parés i Ravetllat. Managing Partner at Molins&Parés, Criminal · Compliance.
  • Daniel Benítez Rodríguez. Associate Lawyer at Molins&Parés, Criminal · Compliance, Head of the Compliance Department.
  • Teniente L. Gómez. Guardia Civil, UOPJ Command in Barcelona.
  • Yazomary García. Senior Manager in the Advisory Division at Crowe Horwath.


Career opportunities


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

Students who pass the Specialisation Course in Compliance and Regulatory Bodies from Abat Oliba CEU University can pursue careers in the following areas:

- legal advice specialising in regulatory compliance

- general, fiscal and criminal compliance consulting



  • 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
  • Legal Assessment Commission - Government of Catalonia
  • Barcelona Bar Association
  • 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
  • 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

    Offered via a personal loan from banks with agreements with UAO CEU. Check conditions.

  • other financing arrangements

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


    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.


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Tel. +34 93 253 72 03

Quality and regulation


Candidates for the Official Master's in Legal Profession and Specialisation Course in Compliance and Regulatory Bodies 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 Master's in Legal Profession + Specialisation Course in Compliance and Regulatory Bodies 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. Graduates will gain the knowledge necessary to specialise as a compliance officer and a specialist lawyer.

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.


Compliance and Regulatory Bodies:

- To fully understand regulatory compliance.

- To identify the sources of organisation obligations.

- To analyse organisation processes and activity to provide them with the relevant checks.

- To understand the ways of accusing a legal person of criminal responsibility.

- To clearly understand the practical elements necessary to carry out compliance correctly.