Master's in Litigation and Arbitration

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Presentation

The Master in Litigation and Arbitration is the appropriate choice for lawyers who intend to pursue a career as dispute resolution counsels or as judges.

The course prepares future judges and lawyers for the national exams for the ‘Centro de Estudos Judiciários’, and the Portuguese Bar. Furthermore, master students will broaden their legal knowledge in essential fields of both national and international law.

The Degree includes a strong component of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, such as arbitration and mediation; essential skills for a modern dispute resolution practitioner. Relevance given to the training of Oral Advocacy and the English language (five courses are taught in English) is also a strong feature of this Master. Finally, the limited number of places fosters proximity between professors and students, with a specific focus on the individual path of each student.

Coordination

Mariana França Gouveia

Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto

Scientific Commission

President: Mariana França Gouveia | Board Members: Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto (judiciary) | Pedro Caetano Nunes (advocacy) | Joana Farrajota (non-taught component)


Goals

The Master in Litigation and Arbitration prepares students to be at the forefront of modern dispute resolution. Not only will Master’s students be able to deepen their knowledge in core areas of the traditional legal professions but also and equally relevant, they will be trained to deal with new knowledge, new realities and to create new solutions for emerging legal issues. The students qualified in this Master will have the skills to tackle the challenges the modern world presents to dispute resolution practitioners in secure but innovative ways.


Target Applicant

Students with a bachelor’s in law who intend to pursue a career as dispute resolution lawyers or judges or who intend to work as mediators or in arbitration, as in-house counsels of companies.


Timetable

This course is taught during working hours*.

*Some Optional Curricular Units may have schedules that do not match the timetable of the course


Certification

Study CycleDegreeA3ES DecisionNumber of YearsPublication of the A3ES decisionDGES registration numberPublication in Diário da República

Litigation and Arbitration

Master

accredited

6

R/A -Cr 258/2015/AL01

Order  n.o 8471/2020 of  2 September 2020

Testimonials

When I hear reference to the course, it is often with respect to the specific training offered in advocacy and judiciary. That was the main reason that led me to choose this course, a course to be noted. However, it is not the only reason why today I know it was the right choice (I say this from the perspective of the judiciary, but also with reference to advocacy). It was the right choice because of the Professors, who, with a wide range of professional backgrounds, took on the mission of leading us in the first steps of moving from academic to professional life, often posing challenges for which only later we would find ourselves prepared. It was similar for the course contents, whose selection was not always evident, but sooner or later proved appropriate. The course is imbued with Nova’s spirit of openness, proximity and practice. The Master in Litigation and Arbitration has a wide range of paths and objectives, and has proven to fulfill its purpose: to help us open doors to becoming professional and valuable.
Beatriz Albergaria Gonçalves
1st Place in the National Exam to CEJ of 2019
The Master’s in Litigation and Arbitration offers a flexible, international and future-driven program. With particular emphasis on the development of soft skills, it is the practical component of the Master’s that makes the difference: in particular, the possibility of replacing the traditional thesis with an internship or, in my case, project work. The opportunity to represent NOVA in one of the largest international competitions in the area of Litigation and Arbitration is an example of this innovative and refreshing approach, that taught me to look at law from a new perspective, for which I will always be grateful. Today I have no doubt that the Master’s degree at NOVA was a turning point in my career, offering me the guidance I needed in the transition from my academic to professional life.
Carolina Apolo Roque
Trainee Lawyer at CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut

Curricular Plan

The taught component consists of 60 ECTS, of which 30 ECTS are mandatory (1st semester/common core).

1st SemesterECTS
Mandatory
Insolvência4
Introdução à Mediação*8
Introduction to Arbitration4
Prática Processual Civil6
Providências Cautelares4
Recursos Civis4

In the 2nd semester (depending on the choice of specialization):

Advocacy/Law: 4 ECTS of mandatory courses; 8 ECTS of restrictive optional courses listed above; 8 ECTS of free option courses listed here or, alternatively, choose from any Master’s course taught at NOVA School of Law (subject to availability).

Magistracy: 22 ECTS of mandatory subjects in the Magistracy specialization; 4 ECTS of restrictive optional courses listed above; 4 ECTS of free option courses listed here or, as an alternative, choose from any master’s programme taught at NOVA School of Law (subject to availability).

2nd Semester ECTS

Advocacy/Law

Mandatory
Moot Courts 4
Oralidade na Advocacia 4
Processo Civil Europeu 4
Trabalho Extra-curricular 2
Optional
Metodologia de Investigação Jurídica (Opção Livre) 8
Mediação – Técnicas e Processo* 8
Direito Penal Económico 6
Processo Penal Especial 6
International Commercial Law 6
Direito Civil Avançado 4
International Commercial Arbitration 4
Investment Arbitration 4
Direito da Família e da Criança 4
EU Criminal Law 4
Argumentação Jurídica 4
Direito Constitucional Europeu 2
2nd Semester ECTS

Magistracy

Mandatory
Processo Penal Especial 6
Direito Civil Avançado 4
Direito da Família e da Criança 4
Direito Penal Avançado 4
Simulação de Exames de Acesso ao CEJ 4
Optional
Metodologia de Investigação Jurídica (Opção Livre) 8
Mediação – Técnicas e Processo* 8
Direito Penal Económico 6
International Commercial Law 6
Processo Civil Europeu 4
Investment Arbitration 4
International Commercial Arbitration 4
Argumentação Jurídica 4
EU Criminal Law 4
Direito Constitucional Europeu 2

*The successful completion of both curricular units, fulfilling the minimum requirement of class attendance, represents certified training, giving access to the list of certified mediators of the Ministry of Justice.

3rd Semester – ResearchECTS
Mandatory
Dissertation, internship at national or international institution or project work.30

Tuition Fees

  • Total Tuition Fee – National and International Student: 6000.00€
  • Annual fee for the taught component – National and International Student: 4700.00€;
  • Total Semester Tuition Fee for Non-curricular phase: 1300.00€;
  • Tuition Fee for Additional Non-Curricular semester – National and International Student: 1000.00€;
  • Extension of the non-curricular phase (90 days): 390€

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

Tuition fees are annual and due in full upon enrolment in the course. Payment in instalments is allowed for students’ mere convenience.

In the case of withdrawal from the course, the amounts already paid are not refundable. The remaining tuition fee payments due for the academic year to which the application relates must also be paid.

Only in situations where the applicant does not complete the degree which they are applying for (in these cases, the applicant must submit a declaration from the institution of higher education by September), the amounts paid for the tuition fee will be reimbursed (application fee, School insurance and administrative costs are not reimbursed).

Payments must be made via ATM or through PayPal* using the references available in the reserved area. Failure to pay tuition fees within the time limits indicated results in an increase in the amount to be settled and/or the suspension of enrolment and registration, as well as the invalidity of all curricular acts practised in the academic year in which the non-compliance is not respected.

Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a one-off initial payment at the time of registration receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid.

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


Merit Awards

Merit Awards are awarded to:

  • Candidates whose final average admission to a 2nd study cycle at NOVA School of Law, according to assessment and ranking by the appropriate jury, is equal to or higher than 17 points (on a scale of 0/20) and who enrol and attend the same course, benefit from an award in cash corresponding to 50% of the tuition fee for the taught component of the Master’s degree.
  • Candidates whose final average admission to a 2nd study cycle at NOVA School of Law, according to assessment and ranking by the appropriate jury, is equal to or higher than 16 points (on a scale of 0/20) and who enrol and attend the same course, benefit from an award in cash corresponding to 30% of the tuition fee for the taught component of the Master’s degree.

In the non-taught phase, three prizes for academic merit are awarded (by master’s degree or area of specialization, in the case of the Master’s Degree in Law). These awards assume the completion of the taught component within the stipulated time.

  • The best student of the taught component of each study cycle or specialization area of a study cycle who continues and attends the non-taught phase benefits from an award in cash corresponding to 100% of the tuition fee for the non-taught phase of the Master’s degree;
  • The second-best student of the taught component of each study cycle or specialization area of a study cycle who continues and attends the non-taught phase, benefits from an award in cash corresponding to 60% of the tuition fee, corresponding to the non-taught phase of the Master’s degree;
  • The third-best student of the taught component of each study cycle or specialization area of a study cycle who continues and attends the non-taught phase of the Master’s degree.


Emoluments/Charges and Taxes Fees

  • Application fee: 51.00€
  • Administrative costs per registration/enrolment (each year): 35.00€
  • Institution insurance (each year): 3.00€
  • Registration Certificate: 6.00 €
  • Improvement grade exam: 15.00 €/enrolement
  • Conclusion Certificate: 50€

Applications

2022/2023
Length 3 Semesters


90 ECTS

Places: 45 places

Applications from students who prove they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree (licenciatura) by September will be accepted.


1st Phase of Applications:

  • Submission of applications: From 1 to 28 February 2022
  • Announcement of placements: 9 March 2022
  • Complaint about placements: From 9 to 16 March 2022
  • Enrolment: From 16 to 22 March 2022


Requirements

Holders of a bachelor’s degree (licenciatura) or legal equivalent.


Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected according to the following parameters:

  • Final grade of the degree which the applicant is applying with (50%)
  • Relevance and suitability of previous background to the master’s degree course with regard to the pluridisciplinary nature of the course (50%); the jury assigns each applicant a grade of 0 to 20, based on analysis of the letter of motivation and curriculum vitae. If necessary, the members of the jury may decide to conduct an interview with all or some of the applicants. Due consideration is given to: a degree in Law, for post-Bologna graduates, a degree corresponding to at least 240 ECTS; classifications obtained on subjects from the bachelor degree most relevant for the Master’s Course (areas of Civil Law and Criminal Law); Professional experience, giving relevance to internships in law firms, courts or similar institutions; Other relevant competency indicators for the Master’s Course, such as merit awards; participation in international competitions; Fluency in English;
  • Applicants with a rating lower than 9.5 will automatically be excluded.


Submission of Applications (Online):

  • Completion of the application form (online);
  • Payment of the application fee using the ATM or Paypal* reference provided (51.00€);
  • Online submission of the following documents: motivation letter, curriculum vitae (European model), copy of the course(s) certificate(s); copy of the tax number identification card; copy of the Identification Card;
  • Applicants conditioned upon the conclusion of the bachelor’s degree must submit an interim academic transcript showing the subjects already completed and their final grades discriminated and a declaration under oath stating the course, school, expected average and the the conclusion date. In addition, a statement from the institution of higher education where they are attending the degree should be submitted, proving their academic situation;
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications must send an academic transcript showing the coefficient of performance or a statement with the final average of the degree. Applicants are conditioned to the respective formal recognition or equivalence of the foreign qualification by a competent Portuguese authority, under the regime of the Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of August 16 (certificate or proof of submission of the request to be presented until September).
  • Applicants who do not report the final grade average, expected or completed will be graded with a minimum score of 10 on the 0-20 scale.
  • 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 only can be granted after the 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 

Applications omitting the documents requested or where the application fee has not been paid will be rejected. 

Applications available through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.

Any questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email: apoio.candidato@novalaw.unl.pt.

Readmissions

Readmission is the act by which a student, after interruption of studies in an institution/course of higher education, enrols in the same institution and enrols in the same course or in a course which has replaced it.

SCHOOL YEAR 2021/2022


Requirements:

Students who can apply for readmission to any cycle of studies:

  • Must have already been enrolled and enrolled at the NOVA School of Law, in the same course or in a course in which they are already registered, without having completed it
  • Must not have been enrolled in that course in the previous academic year to the one in which they intend to be readmitted to
  • Those students whose registration has lapsed due to the requirements in force may apply for readmission once two school semesters have elapsed since the date of the regulations

The Faculty reserves the right to refuse readmission to applications from students whose curricular record indicates serious difficulties in adapting to the study plan in force and to the type of teaching provided at the NOVA School of Law. Requests from students who are in debt to the Faculty for tuition fees or any other amounts will be rejected, subject to the provisions of Law Nº. 75/2019, of September 2.


Deadlines for submission of applications: –
2nd semester 2021/2022

Submission of the application

From 14 to 23 January 2022

Announcement of placements

28 January 2022

Complaint about placements

28 January to 04 February 2022

Enrolment

07 to 11 February 2022


Instructions for submitting the application (online):

The application is submitted online through the website of NOVA School of Law by filling in a form and uploading the necessary documents, namely:

  • Online submission of a simple photocopy of the citizen card or passport (international applicants)
  • Payment of the application fee through the Multibanco/PayPal* references that will appear during the application process 70.00€ (non-refundable)

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

The student must print proof of the online application, essential for any subsequent steps.


Fees and Emoluments

Fee

70,00€

Administrative cost per enrolment/registration (annual)

35,00€

School insurance

  3,00€

Registration certificate

  6,00€

Note: to these amounts must be added the annual fees applicable to the study cycle relevant to the academic year 2021/22 (see the relevant notice).

Tuition fees are fixed annually by the General Council of the NOVA University Lisbon.

The reading of this information does not exempt consultation of the relevant legislation and regulations, the public notice of fees, and the table of fees in force of the respective school year.

Applications that are not accompanied by all the documents or whose fee has not been paid will automatically be rejected.


Regulations Applicable:
Decree-Law Nº. 36/2014, of March 10th, altered by Decree-Law Nº. 62/2018, of August 6th, and Regulation Nº. 436/2020, of April 28th, of the NOVA School of Law.

Applications through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.