Bachelor's in Law

The future is all in your head


Choosing NOVA School of Law is to venture into a NEW way of learning to think about Law.

We are a team who believes that the proximity between student and teacher is essential for effective learning.

We create, right from the start of the degree, the development of a critical and creative spirit, promoting dialogued classes and specialised monitoring of study, promoting an approach to law that anticipates problems, and where that is not possible, of solving them in innovative ways.

We strive for constant pedagogical innovation, and firmly believe that a jurist in the contemporary world  must be able to manage multidiscipliniarity arising from a global and digital world undergoing deep transformation.  We fundamentally question the type of Law we have and need to have.

International and technological training is imperative.

We build on sound knowledge, intensifying it with best practice, as we believe in the dialogue between these two realities. And we encourage the development of humanistic jurists, capable of personalised and individualised views, aware of their transformative role in the construction of a more humane, contemporary society, capable of responding positively to the challenges that arise.


Jorge Morais Carvalho

Rita Calçada Pires

Scientific Commission

President: Jorge Morais Carvalho | Board Members: Assunção Cristas (1st Year) | Miguel de Azevedo Moura (2nd Year) | Rita Calçada Pires (3rd Year) | Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto (4th Year)

What it means to be NOVA School of Law

I have the opportunity to embrace an innovating institution, which invests in internationalization. Thanks to this, I feel able to expand my horizons.
João Maria Botelho
1st year student
The bachelor's degree at NOVA School of Law is very complete, covering all aspects of Law and its complementary areas, from a very practical perspective.
Inês Freitas
2nd year student
The best thing about my college is the proximity involved. At NOVA School of Law, the work is for the students and with the students.
Diogo Sereno
3rd year student
I enrolled at NOVA School of Law full of expectations, and they were exceeded. Here I found an up-to-date and relevant Law curriculum for 21st century lawyers.
Teresa Bouza Serrano
4th year Student


Study Cycle

DegreeA3ES DecisionNumber of YearsPublication of the A3ES DecisionDGES Registration NumberRegulation/Study Plan
Documents relating to the accreditation process

R/A-Ef 3195/2011/AL04

Tuition Fees, Emoluments/Charges and Taxes

1st Cycle Degree in Law – National Students

School year 2020/2021

Annual Tuition Fee for 1st Cycle Degree in Law: 697.00€

InstalmentsAmount €Payment deadline
1st payment69,70€From 8 to 10 September 2021
2nd payment69,70€From 1 to 10 October 2021
3rd payment69,70€From 1 to 10 November 2021
4th payment69,70€From 1 to 10 January 2022
5th payment69,70€From 1 to 10 February 2022
6th payment69,70€From 1 to 10 March 2022
7th payment69,70€From 1 to 10 April 2022
8th payment69,70€From 1 to 10 May 2022
9th payment69,70€From 1 to 10 June 2022
10th payment69,70€From 1 to 10 July 2022

Students who choose to pay tuition fees upon registration/enrolment  receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid.

Students may also choose to pay the annual tuition fee in 6 installments, in which case they should select this option during registration.

Students enrolling in only one semester (regardless of the number of course units attended) pay the minimum tuition fee: €495.00

Payments must be made by ATM or Paypal* using the references available in the Restricted Area. Failure to make tuition fees payment within the indicated periods may incur an increased charge in the amount to be paid or the suspension of registration and enrolment, as well as the annulment of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.

*Paypal payments are validated automatically; Multibanco payments will be validated up to 48 hours after the payment

Emoluments/Charges and Taxes

DesignationAmount €Payment Deadline
Administrative costs per enrolment/registration (annual)35,00€Upon registration/enrolment
School Insurance35,00€
Upon registration/enrolment
Registration Certificate6,00€At time of the request

Conclusion Certificate

50,00€At time of the request

Improvement grade exam

15,00€At time of the request

Career paths and Employability

Given the solid training in the legal area, graduates will naturally find placement in areas directly related to Law, whether in the fields of magistracy, academia, arbitration and mediation, or consultancy in legal or tax areas.

The breadth of knowledge that the Law degree encompasses, and the multidisciplinary nature of training at NOVA, places college graduates at the forefront of professions, not only of those directly associated with Law, but of those for which Law training is an important complement, such as careers in international organisations and NGOs, diplomacy, business management, communication consultancy and journalism.

The law degree is highly relevant for those wishing to pursue a career in government or public administration, appealing particularly to students looking for careers in the field of Security and Defense.

In order to deepen students’  curricular experience, strategies have been  developed that include curricular internships, internships and international experiences, agreements with recruiting entities and employability fairs that facilitate the transition to and contact with the labour market in each of the areas of professional development mentioned above.

“Morais Leitão has always taken on a number of students from NOVA School of Law,  relying on the many alumni, including lawyer-interns, associates and partners. At NOVA, we especially value multidiscipliniarity and the combination of a solid theoretical background with a pragmatic approach focused on problem solving,” Morais Leitão.

“When we recruit students from NOVA School of Law, they have acquired technical skills in their basic training, and developed behavioural skills such as communication and relationship skills, initiative, autonomy and a sense of responsibility,” PWC | Human Capital.

What our alumni say

At NOVA School of Law, I have always found excellence in Law Education, but also, a fertile space to collaborate, share and develop skills beyond Law.
Luís Alves Dias
Co-Founder of Legaú and Ockham Legal
NOVA School of Law gave me the required preparation to deal with a number of professional challenges, combining good theoretical training with the ability to think in an autonomous and innovative way.
Patrícia Guia Pereira
Attorney at the Bank of Portugal
It was during my years at NOVA School of Law that I decided I wanted to be an Attorney. During these five years I’ve learned more than Law, I’ve learned to build my own ideas, my own opinions, to innovate, to challenge and enjoy having been challenged. If I had to choose again, I would choose NOVA.
Rute Alves
Coordinating Associate, PLMJ
Being a student at NOVA School of Law is, in a sense, a way of being: it's taking part in a project that wants to make a difference, taking a risk in humanized Law education. It is to choose a new Law, of universal vocation, attentive to the problems of its time and to the challenges of the future.
Pedro Espírito Santo
Chief of Staff of the Deputy Secretary of State of the Prime Minister

Curricular Plan

Students must complete all mandatory course units of the study plan; one course unit from each of the 4 restricted options groups; and as many free choice course units as necessary to complete a total of 240 ECTS. The demonstration of adequate competence in the English language is an essential requirement for the attendance of the 1st Cycle and it is a mandatory condition for the 5th semester enrolment.

1st year

1st SemesterECTS
Introdução ao Direito e ao Pensamento Jurídico8
Direito Constitucional8
História do Estado ou História das Ideias Políticas4
International Relations ou Political Science4
2nd SemesterECTS
Direito Constitucional Português8
História do Direito6
Teoria da Norma Jurídica6
Informação e Documentação Jurídica2
Macroeconomics ou Public Economics4
Sociologia do Direito ou Antropologia Jurídica4

2nd year

1st SemesterECTS
Direito Administrativo8
Teoria Geral do Direito Privado8
EU Constitutional Law6
Critical Legal Thinking6
Análise do Discurso Jurídico4
Comparative Legal Systems4
2nd SemesterECTS
Direito das Obrigações8
Direito das Pessoas e da Família6
Public International Law6
Direitos Fundamentais4
Direito Administrativo Especial4
Family Law (EU Family Law*)4
Laboratório de Direito Civil4
Direito da Igualdade Social4
Ciência da Legislação2

* EU Family Law is a Jean Monnet Module offered by NOVA School of Law and funded by the European Commission addressing the protection of non-traditional and religious families within the European Union, and the constitutional aspects thereof (nEUfam).

3rd year

1st Semester ECTS
Teoria da Lei Penal 8
Direito das Finanças Públicas 6
Direito dos Contratos 6
Responsabilidade Civil 6
Law & Technology 2
Programação para Juristas 6
Civil and Commercial Contracts 6
Direito da Economia 4
Casos Difíceis 4
Direito e Sustentabilidade 4
Trabalho Extracurricular (**) 4
Go Global (*) 2/6
2nd SemesterECTS
Teoria do Crime8
Direitos Reais8
Teoria do Processo6
Direito das Sucessões4
Direito do Consumo6
Direito Processual Administrativo6
Specialised EU Law Topics6
Crimes em Especial4
Law & Economics4
Laboratório de Direito Civil4
Go Global (*)2/6
Trabalho Extracurricular (**)4

(*) available in the 1st and 2nd semester of the 3rd and 4th curricular years.

(**) available in the 1st and 2nd semester of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th curricular years

4th year

1st SemesterECTS
Direito Processual Penal8
Direito do Trabalho6
Direito Processual Civil Declarativo6
Programação para Juristas6
Direito Internacional Privado6
Civil and Commercial Contracts6
Direito da Economia4
Direito e Sustentabilidadex4
Casos Difíceis4
2nd Semester ECTS
Direito das Sociedades 8
Direito Fiscal 6
Direito Processual Civil Executivo 6
Prática Jurídica Interdisciplinar 6
Direito do Consumo 6
Direito Processual Administrativo 6
Specialised EU Law Topics 6
Crimes em Especial 4
Law & Economics 4
Laboratório de Direito Civil 4


School Year 2022/2023


(i) For the 1st curricular year of the 1st study cycle: 7 (4 places for the 4th phase of applications)

(ii) For the 2nd curricular year and/or subsequent years of the 1st study cycle: 10

Who can apply for this special contest?

International students may apply for this contest, meaning all those who do not have Portuguese nationality and who, cumulatively, do not fit into any of the following categories:

  • Nationals from a Member State of the European Union;
  • Students who are not nationals of a European Union Member State, but who have been legally residing in Portugal, uninterruptedly, for more than two years (the time they have held a residence permit for studies is not relevant for this purpose), January 1st of the year in which they intend to enrol at NOVA School of Law, as well as their children who legally reside with them;
  • Students who apply for admission at NOVA School of Law through the special regimes for access and admission regulated by Decree-Law No. 393 -A/99, of October 2, as amended by Decree-Law No. 272/2009, of October 1;
  • Students who are attending NOVA School of Law in the context of an international mobility programme for the completion of part of a study cycle in a foreign higher education institution with whom NOVA School of Law has established an exchange agreement for that purpose;
  • Family members of Portuguese nationals or of nationals of a Member State of the European Union, regardless of their nationality, under the terms defined by point e) from the Article 2 of Law No. 37/2006, dated 9 August;
  • Students granted equal status of rights and duties under an international treaty between the Portuguese State and the State of which they are nationals on January 1st of the year in which they intend to enrol at NOVA School of Law;
  • International students who are in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons can also apply for international student status (cf. article 8-A of Decree-Law No. 36/2014, as amended by article 3 of Decree-Law No. 62/2018 of 8 June).

Notice: Students who enter higher education under this special contest will maintain their international student status until the end of the study cycle in which they initially enrolled or to which they transfer, unless, during the frequency of the study cycle, they comply with any of the dispositions established in article 2, No. 2 of Regulation No. 687/2020, of 20th August, being exclusively applicable from the academic year following the one in which the student’s situation changes.

In situations where the candidate provides false statements or presents counterfeit documents, the seriation will be cancelled or the enrolment and registration already made will be cancelled, and there will be no refund of the amounts paid to NOVA School of Law, without prejudice to other legal procedures that may be adopted.

Students in emergency situations for humanitarian reasons

Under the provisions of article 8-A of Decree-Law no. 36/2014, as amended by article 3 of Decree-Law no. 62/2018, of 8 June, international students who are in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons may apply for international student status.

By law, students in emergency situations for humanitarian reasons enrolled and registered in public higher education institutions are subject to the same regime of fees, charges and emoluments established by the institution for national students. International students who are granted the status of students in situation of emergency for humanitarian reasons also benefit, by law, from all the support foreseen in the scope of direct and indirect social benefits.

Students coming from Ukraine

The armed conflict in Ukraine puts millions of Ukrainian citizens at serious risk, leading to a large-scale humanitarian crisis. This situation has justified an urgent humanitarian appeal by the United Nations for assistance and protection needs in Ukraine and the Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine.

Council of Ministers Resolution No. 29-A/2022 of 1 March set out the specific criteria for granting temporary protection to persons displaced from Ukraine as a result of the recent armed conflicts in that country. Subsequently, the Council of the European Union adopted Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022, by which it declared, pursuant to Article 5(1) of Council Directive 2001/55/EC of 20 July 2001, the existence of a mass influx into the European Union of persons who had had to flee Ukraine as a result of the armed conflict. In its wake, article 3 of Decree-Law 24-B/2022 of 11 March, consecrated, in the field of higher education, the possibility for beneficiaries of temporary protection under Council of Ministers Resolution 29-A/2022 of 1 March to apply for student status in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons.

Regarding students coming from Ukraine in the present context of humanitarian crisis, it is important to define the terms of verification of the conditions for admission to the various study cycles of NOVA School of Law, as provided in paragraph c) of paragraph 1 of art. 14 of Decree-Law No. 36/2014 of 10 March.

  • If the documents proving the candidate’s previous qualifications are not available, their absence does not mean that they will be excluded, in which case the qualifications invoked shall be preliminarily checked by means of an interview intended to confirm their plausibility.
  • Since this cycle of studies is taught partly in Portuguese and partly in English, also taking into account that it is the duty of the host institution “to take initiatives to promote the academic and social integration of admitted students, organizing the actions that they consider appropriate for an active participation, namely in the areas of language”, it is understood that initially only proof of knowledge of the English language is required from these students, this being documented or, if no document is available, the candidate will be subject to an English exam on the date of the interview referred to in no. 1. Given that the teaching offer allows for a semester of courses exclusively taught in English, only in cases of students in emergency situations for humanitarian reasons, the verification of sufficient competence in Portuguese is postponed to a later moment, under a solemn undertaking from the candidates that they will attend the preparatory courses necessary for the minimum command of the Portuguese language required to obtain a degree in Law at NOVA School of Law.

Consult Order No. 09/2022

Conditions for entry

Cumulative conditions for admission to the first cycle at NOVA School of Law are:

  • The specific academic qualification for the purpose;
  • Knowledge of Portuguese and English.

Submission of Applications (Online):

  • Copy of the identification document or passport, which expressly states the applicant’s nationality;
  • Declaration, under oath, that the candidate does not have Portuguese nationality, nor is covered by any of the exceptions of No. 2 of Article 2 of Regulation No. 687/2020, of 20th August, which under the terms of Decree-Law No. 36/2014, of 10th March, excludes them from International Student status;
  • Document (certificate or diploma) attesting the level of knowledge of the Portuguese and/or English language, depending on the case;
  • In the case of foreign qualifications that grant access to higher education, the applicant must also submit a diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority attesting the approval of an education programme and entitling its holder to apply and enter higher education in the country where it was obtained, or a document attesting the conclusion of the Portuguese secondary education or equivalent;
  • In the case of a Portuguese secondary education diploma or legally equivalent qualification, the applicant should also submit a simple copy of a document proving the conclusion of the Portuguese secondary education or a certificate of equivalence of such qualification and a document proving the classification obtained in the Portuguese secondary final exams corresponding to the entry examinations for holders of the Portuguese secondary education diploma or equivalent;
  • Certificate of residence issued by the country where the candidate is domiciled;
  • Payment of the application fee using the ATM or Paypal* reference provided (70€);
  • During the application, candidates must submit a request for accreditation of academic qualifications and professional experience obtained before entering the study cycle. For this purpose, the applicant must complete the appropriate form and attach all relevant documentation.

When the request for accreditation occurs at the time of the application, the accreditation is not a sufficient condition to be accepted into the study cycle and can only be granted after admission into the study cycle, in the same study cycle only.

All documents must be presented in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish, and endorsed by the competent authority of the State where the document originates.

*Paypal payments are validated automatically; Multibanco payments will be validated up to 48 hours after the payment

Selection Criteria/ application grade

The formula for calculating the application grade is the result of the sum of 40% of the final grade of secondary education and 60% of the best grade of the entry exams. The minimum classification in the entry exams to the Bachelor’s Degree in Law is 100 points on a scale of 0 to 200.

For students who have successfully completed the Pre-University Semester at NOVA University, Lisbon, with a minimum classification of 12 in the Curricular Unit(s) offered by NOVA School of Law, the result of the application of the above formula is increased by 50 points.


Application deadlines


1st Phase

Submission of applications:

From the 1st to the 28th of February 2022

Announcement of placements:

9th March 2022

Complaint about placements:

From the 9th to the 16th March 2022


From the 16th to the 22nd of March 2022

2nd Phase

Submission of applications:

From the 1st to the 26th of April 2022

Announcement of placements:

9th May 2022

Complaint about placements:

From the 9th to the 16th of May 2022


From the 16th to the 23rd May  2022

rd Phase*

*Applications for the 2nd and subsequent years

Submission of applications:

From the 14th to the 30th of June to 30 2022

Announcement of placements:

8th July 2022

Complaint about placements:

From the 8th to the 14th of July 2022


From the 15th to the 19th of July 2022

4th Phase*

*4 places for the 1st year and 10 places for the 2nd and subsequent years

Submission of applications:

From the 26th July to the 5th August 2022

Announcement of placements:

Until 19th August 2022

Complaint about placements:

From the 19th to the 26th of August 2022

Enrolment and registration for Curricular Units:

From the 30th of August to the 2nd of September 2022

Tuitions Fees, Taxes and Emoluments

Application fee:


Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year):


Institution insurance:


Annual tuition fee (with the possibility of payment in instalments, see the tuition fees notice)


Registration certificate


Accreditation of academic, professional or acquired knowledge and skills.

Consult the table of fees in force

The fees are determined each year by the General Council of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Reading of this information does not exempt consultation of the full documentation regarding fees, emoluments and taxes for the academic year in question.

Regulations Applicable