Bachelors 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 NumberPublication in Diário da República

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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 May 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 in a single initial payment 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.

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

1st year

1st SemesterECTS
Direito Constitucional8
Introdução ao Direito e ao Pensamento Jurídico8
História do Estado ou História das Ideias Políticas4
International Relations ou Political Science4
2nd SemesterECTS
História do Direito6
Direito Constitucional Português8
Teoria da Norma Jurídica6
Informação e Documentação Jurídica2
Macroeconomics ou Public Economics8
Sociology of Law ou Legal Anthropology8

2nd year

1st SemesterECTS
Direito Administrativo8
Direito da União Europeia6
Teoria Geral do Direito Privado8
Análise do Discurso Jurídico4
Comparative Legal Systems4
Direito da Economia4
2nd SemesterECTS
Direito das Obrigações8
Direito das Pessoas e da Família6
Direito Internacional Público/Public International Law6
Direitos Fundamentais4
Ciência da Legislação (Legal Drafting)2
Direito Administrativo Especial4

3rd year

1st SemesterECTS
Direitos Reais8
Direito das Finanças Públicas6
Direito dos Contratos6
Teoria da Lei Penal8
Go Global 22
Go Global 66
Trabalho Extracurricular4
Programação para Juristas6
Civil and Commercial Contracts6
2nd SemesterECTS
Direito das Sucessões4
Responsabilidade Civil6
Teoria do Crime8
Teoria do Processo6
Direito e Tecnologia2
Go Global 22
Go Global 66
Trabalho Extracurricular4
Direito do Consumo6
Criminal law: Specific Offenses4
Análise Económica do Direito4
Direito Processual Administrativo6

4th year

1st SemesterECTS
Direito do Trabalho6
Direito Processual Civil Declarativo6
Direito Processual Penal8
International Criminal Law ou Direito da Igualdade Social4
Programação para Juristas6
Direito Internacional Privado6
Civil and Commercial Contracts6
Go Global 22
Go Global 66
Trabalho Extra-curricular4
2nd SemesterECTS
Direito das Sociedades8
Direito Fiscal6
Direito Processual Civil Executivo6
Prática Jurídica Interdisciplinar6
Direito do Consumo6
Criminal law: Specific Offenses4
Análise Económica do Direito4
Direito Processual Administrativo6
Go Global 22
Go Global 66
Trabalho Extra-curricular4