LAW Degree Program Profile
Master Degree in LAW
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
5 years; 300 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. ALDO PETRUCCI
Department of GIURISPRUDENZA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Tommaso Greco
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The training program aims at developing the skills needed to enter the legal professions, such as judge, lawyer and notary, and the competencies needed to take on high responsibility positions in socio-economic and legal information technology fields, in Public Administrations, in private bodies, in trade unions and in International and European Organizations.
Key Learning Outcomes
The course aims to provide:
- an in-depth fundamental legal culture;
- the capability to develop legislative texts;
- the capability to develop contractual texts;
- the capability to develop procedural texts;
- the capability of using information technology tools;
- the capability to interpret the law;
- the capability of analyzing case studies;
- the capability to connect rules to legal facts or legal acts;
- the capability to use the tools needed for updating the acquired skills.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
A lawyer is an expert independent professional trained in legal matters.
A lawyer plays a crucial role in civil and criminal trials where he makes pleadings on behalf of his client and defend orally or in writing his reasons. Moreover, a lawyer carries out tasks of legal aid and advice out of court.
Legal expert in business and corporate law
A legal expert in business and corporate law carries out a high responsibility role in the expanding legal issues related business, insurance and credit services. He is able to carry out tasks of management and leadership as well as to provide legal aid in the interpretation and implementation of the rules governing the economic system.
Legal expert in public authorities
A legal expert in public authorities carries out high responsibility tasks in all legal aspects concerning the Public Administration. He is able to fulfill various roles such as manager of Public Administration, career diplomat and International Organization officer.
A notary carries out tasks of public official, authorized to receive and draw up inter vivos and mortis causa acts, to certify them, to take care of their safekeeping and to release copies, certificates and extracts. A notary is also an independent professional able to offer legal advice. His tasks are strictly detailed and defined by the law.
A magistrate is an officer of the State. He carries out tasks of very high responsibility in the administration of criminal, civil, administrative and ecclesiastical justice, in the various different degrees of the trial, and in the emission of verdicts and orders. As concerning criminal law, he verifies the conditions for prosecution.
Access to further study
The Laurea Magistrale degree in LAW allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final exam, to which 21 ECTS credits are allocated, foresees the elaboration, under a supervisor guidance, of an original written dissertation on a monographic subject, and its public discussion in front of a Commission made up by 7 members, at least