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.

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.

Curricular Plan

Mandatory OB
Optional OP

1st Year - Taught Components

1st Semester ECTs
Insolvency 4
Introduction to Mediation 8
Introduction to Arbitration 4
Civil Procedural Practice 6
Precautionary Provisions 4
Civil Resources 4
O
B
2nd semester - Advocacy ECTs
Moot Courts 4
Orality in Law 4
European Civil Procedure 4
Extra-curricular work 2
O
B
International Commercial Law 6
International Commercial Arbitration 4
Economic Criminal Law 6
Investment Arbitration 4
Mediation - Techniques and Process 8
Criminal Law: Specific Offenses 4
Advanced Civil Law 4
Constitutional and European Law 2
Family and Children's Law 4
Special Criminal Procedure 4
Methodology of Legal Research 8
O
P
2º semestre - Judiciary ECTs
Simulation of CEJ Access Examinations 4
Constitutional and European Law 2
Special Criminal Procedure 4
Family and Children's Law 4
Advanced Civil Law 4
O
B
International Commercial Law 6
Investment Arbitration 4
Economic Criminal Law 6
International Commercial Arbitration 4
Mediation - Techniques and Process 8
Financial System Administrative Offenses Law 6
Methodology of Legal Research 8
O
P

2nd Year - Research Component

3rd semester ECTs
Thesis, internship at a national or international conflict resolution institution or project work 60
O
B

Coordenadores

Mariana França Gouveia

Mariana França Gouveia
Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto

Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto

LENGHT 3 SEMESTERS

90 ECTS

ENTRIES

45 places

Applications from students who prove they will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree

(licenciatura) by September 2020 will be accepted.

APPLICATIONS

DEADLINES

  • Submission of applications …………………………………………. from 16 March to 30 April;
  • Placement results ………………………………………………………………………………… 22 April;
  • Submission of complaints over results …………………………………… from 22 to 30 April;
  • Enrollment …………………………………………………………………………… from 5 to 12 June;

 

REQUIREMENTS

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

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants will be selected on 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 through the

submission procedure (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 with their final grades, and the degree, the institution, expected average and 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 or a declaration with the final average of the degree;
  • Candidates 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.

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

 

Applications available from March 16th to April 30th in NOVA School of Law applications portal

 FEES*

  • Application fee …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 51,00€
  • Administrative costs per registraton/enrollment (each year) …………………………………….. 35,00€
  • School insurance (each year) …………………………………………………………………………………. 3,00€
  • Annual fee of the curricular phase ………………………………………………………………………. 4600,00€
  • (annual amount paid in 8 instalments (1 x 1450€ + 7 x 450€)
  • Non-curricular phase (dissertation), one semester …………………………………………………. 1300,00€
  • Extension of the non-curricular phase (90 days) ……………………………………………………. 600,00€

*Tuition fees are subject to approval of the General Council of NOVA University, Lisbon.

*Consult the full documentation regarding fees, emoluments and taxes for the academic year in question.

The application fee is to be paid by ATM or Paypal. The reference will be given online upon submission of the application form.

Tuition fees are annual and due in full upon enrolment in the course. The payment in instalments is allowed for the 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.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

  • Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 17 points ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 50% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.
  • Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 16 points ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 30% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.
  • Three merit scholarships will be granted in the non-curricular semester (in either the master’s or specialization area): one corresponding to the total of the tuition fee, which will be awarded to the best grade in the curricular phase, and the other two merit scholarships will be granted to the second and third best classifications, which will receive a reduction of 50% of the tuition fee. To assess the best classifications in the curricular phase, only the classifications obtained in the FDUNL will be taken into account. This scholarship assumes the conclusion of the curricular phase in due/regular time.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT:
Students or ex-students (undergraduate, graduate, master’s and doctoral) with a degree already completed at FDUNL benefit from a 10% discount on the tuition fee, in addition to the financial discount.

 

FINANCIAL DISCOUNT:

  • Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a single initial payment (for the entire study cycle) receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid;
  • Students who choose to pay tuition fees in two annual payments receive a 2.5% discount on the amount to be paid.

 

CURRENT PROTOCOL DISCOUNTS:
Discount of 25%, which cannot be combined with other discounts, for members of:

  • Association of Portuguese Judges and the Trade Union
  • Association of Public Prosecution Service Magistrates.

* Discount on the annual fee is only provided if the degree is completed within the stipulated time limit.

* Discounts are applied on the final payment of the tuition fee.

TUITION FEES, EMOLUMENTS/CHARGES AND TAXES

National and International Students

Annual Fee of the curricular phase: 4600,00 €     

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline
1.st paymnet 1450,00€ Upon registration/enrolment
2.nd paymnet 450,00€ From 1 to 10 September 2020
3.rd paymnet 450,00€ From 1 to 10 October 2020
4.th paymnet 450,00€ From 1 to 10 January 2021
5.th paymnet 450,00€ From 1 to 10 February 2021
6.th paymnet 450,00€ From 1 to 10 March 2021
7.th paymnet 450,00€ From 1 to 10 April 2021
8.th paymnet 450,00€ From 1 to 10 May 2021

Tuition fees are annual and are due in full upon enrollment in the course.

 

Fee of the non-curricular phase: 1300,00 €                            

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline
1.st paymnet 325,00€ Upon registration/enrolment
2.nd paymnet 325,00€ From 1 to 10 January 2021
3.rd paymnet 325,00€ From 1 to 10 March 2021
4.th paymnet  

325,00€

From 1 to 10 May 2021

Tuition fee of the extension of the non-curricular phase: 600,00 € 

Request for extension of the dissertation, internship report or work project delivery deadline, (90 days).

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline
Single parcel 600,00€ Before the delivery of the dissertation, internship report or work project.

 

Students who have been admitted in previous editions of the Master’s Degree continue to pay the amounts announced at the time of their application. If the students do not conclude the course in due time, the amounts published in this current notice will be applied.

If the student does not deliver the dissertation within the regular time, he/ she can register for another semester, paying the corresponding amount of 1300.00€

 

Emoluments/Charges and Taxes

The presented table is the one currently in use. The publication of the national table of fees and charges of academic acts and services of public university education and polytechnic higher education is still awaited, so it may change at any time.

Designation Amount € Payment Deadline
Administrative costs per enrollment/registration 35,00€ Upon registration/enrollment
School Insurance 3,00€ Upon registration/enrollment
Registration Certificate 6,00€ At time of the request
Conclusion Certificate 50.00€ At time of the request
Improvement grade exam 15.00€ At time of the request

Payments must be made at ATM or Paypal using the references available at Netpa (student area). Failure on tuition fees payment within the indicated periods may imply an increase charge in the amount to be paid or the suspension of registration and enrollment, as well as the nullity of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.

Testemunhos

Beatriz Albergaria Gonçalves

Beatriz Albergaria Gonçalves

1st Place in the National Exam to CEJ of 2019

“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.”

Carolina Apolo Roque

Carolina Apolo Roque

Trainee Lawyer at CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut

“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.“