Law with NOVA School of Law is more than a Bachelor’s Degree, it's learning how to shape the world.
Estudar Direito na NOVA School of Law é aprender a mudar o mundo. É aceitar o desafio de ter um papel ativo que faz a diferença na sociedade e em quem nos rodeia. Para nós, ensinar é formar agentes de mudança, juristas ativos e globais, conscientes e humanistas. Porque no mundo de hoje já não é suficiente ser competente, não é apenas necessário prever, compreender e mediar interesses e disputas, antes é decisivo ter a capacidade de pensar no melhor, num futuro ideal para os seus parceiros, para os seus clientes, para os cidadãos.
Na NOVA School of Law formamos quem queira mais do que ser competente, quem queira ser diferente, quem espera poder fazer a diferença, em Portugal e no mundo. Quem acredita que em cada um de nós está o potencial de promover uma sociedade mais justa. E não se demite da sua responsabilidade nessa tarefa.
Não formatamos alunos, nem enchemos cabeças, antes potenciamos as qualidades individuais de cada um, antes abrimos cabeças e horizontes. Num trabalho constante, incansável e particular, todos – professores, funcionários, alunos – questionamos o que existe, dentro e fora de portas, procuramos novas realidades, ultrapassamos muros e fronteiras.
Este é o compromisso da NOVA, que assume a sua constante evolução e adaptação, observando em permanência a mudança e as novas exigências da sociedade, do mercado e dos alunos.
Escolher a NOVA School of Law é ousar uma NOVA forma de aprender a pensar o Direito.
Somos uma equipa que acredita ser a proximidade entre o estudante e o professor essencial para o bom processo de aprendizagem.
Defendemos, desde o início da licenciatura, o desenvolvimento do espírito crítico e criativo, promovendo aulas dialogadas e acompanhamento especializado no estudo, capaz de originar um olhar jurídico que antecipe os problemas e, se não possível, que seja capaz de os solucionar também inovadoramente.
Apostamos na constante inovação pedagógica e somos adeptos de que um jurista contemporâneo tem de ser capaz de conhecer e gerir a multidisciplinariedade fruto de um mundo global e digital, em profunda transformação, que questiona o tipo de Direito que temos e precisamos ter.
Insistimos na formação internacional e tecnológica.
Não abdicamos do conhecimento sólido, mas intensificamo-lo com a melhor prática, por acreditarmos no diálogo entre essas duas realidades.
E estimulamos o desenvolvimento de juristas humanistas, capazes de olhares personalizados e individualizados, conscientes do seu papel transformador na construção de uma sociedade contemporânea mais humana e capaz de responder positivamente aos desafios que se lhe colocam.
President: Jorge Morais Carvalho | Board Members: Assunção Cristas (1st year) | Vítor Neves (2nd year) | Rita Calçada Pires (3rd year) | Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto (4th year)
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.
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“My five years of bachelors have shaped my personality and made me who I am today. In the early days at NOVA School of Law, the enthusiasm for the new school was something that imbued us all, teachers and students alike: the proximity to the most reputable teachers, the pragmatism and multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum, etc. In academic terms, I have no doubt that although I am doing something apparently unrelated to my university education, that the course at NOVA School of Law was the best choice I could have made, because it structured my thinking in an exemplary way and had numerous practical applications. The best I got from NOVA School of Law, – the importance of teamwork, resilience, etc. – has accompanied me and, I am sure, will continue to accompany me, in my personal and professional life.”
“The knowledge and experiences we acquired during college years stays with us for the rest of our lives. I am aware of this fact daily. NOVA School of Law was the institute I chose, which shaped me and influenced the way I still see law in my professional life: with a practical, critical sense and always with an awareness of its interdiscipliniarity. As a lawyer, I know only too well the importance that clients attach to a lawyer who is not only a lawyer, but who is also knowledgeable in the industry, and who is a partner in the search for innovative solutions. At NOVA, these characteristics are instilled in us from early on. The proximity between teachers and students allows for the creation of synergies that make NOVA an open, innovative community, with attentive, interested students, aware of the role of lawyers as partners in business, social and scientific projects. If today I had to choose again, I would not hesitate”
“NOVA School of Law didn’t just give me a quality degree; it gave me an attitude towards life. An attitude towards building solutions, innovating and confronting the world with courage. Having interned with the United Nations after completing my degree was the beginning of a path where – I believe – the “NOVA School of Law attitude” has enabled me to make a difference, to add value and perhaps, to change the world a little more for the better.”
“At NOVA School of Law I found the teaching of human law innovative and linked to reality. Along with the rigor and mastery of knowledge, I learned to truly think about the Law in a creative and integrated way at international level, something that helped me a lot in the chapter following my degree, in the area of European Union Law – an internship at the Court of Justice of the European Union.”
“The importance of the practical component of the Bachelor’s degree helped me to select from among the many potentialities of the area. It is true that in this new stage of my professional life I encounter challenges every day, but the background I have gained from NOVA School of Law gives me the confidence to embrace all projects in my professional life.”
“After graduating from NOVA School of Law, which opened the doors to internationalism for myself and for many of my colleagues, I chose the master’s degree in Sociology of Law at Lund University in Sweden, where the methods and theories of social sciences are used to analyse and criticise the Law in the light of current issues. This master’s degree has enabled me to pursue an academic path and a more practical career.”
“NOVA School of Law was my home for four years and I was lucky to have the support and availability of teachers. At NOVA, I grew as a person and graduated as a lawyer. After this stage, I embarked on a new adventure, this time in London, where I started an LL.M in Competition Law at Queen Mary University of London. Today I know that the solid training that NOVA gave me prepared me for this challenge that I am now facing and I am fully aware of the doors that NOVA opens.”
“My degree experience at NOVA School of Law proved to be fundamental for my growth, not only as a lawyer, but as a citizen. Putting our intellectual and practical capacities in constant challenge, this institute prepares jurists to face the future. Choosing the Master’s degree at NOVA was easy, as I knew I would be challenged and would continue to persevere in improving and deepening my skills and competences as a law student. Guided by professors who are aware of reality and who believe in integrated training in an environment of proximity quite evident in the academic community, this Faculty easily became a space where I felt at home.”