Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Civil Law Consultancy

Civil Law Consultancy
First semester
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff

Reyes Alcón: ralcon@uic.es

Office hours: Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. In all cases an email should be sent in advance to arrange an appointment.

Any queries regarding the progress of the module, its content or its assessment should be addressed to the course coordinator, Prof Salvador Durany at sdurany@uic.es.


This subject is aimed at addressing the main topics relating to Civil Law Consultancy using case methodology. The most relevant civil matters will be analysed using standard practices applied by law firms based on practical cases designed and developed by professional lawyers.

Pre-course requirements

None required.


The key objective is for students to be able to assimilate the knowledge acquired during the degree course and apply it to the real and specific problems of practicing in the field of civil law. This subject has a clear professional orientation, aimed at the practice of law.

It will also provide the methodological basis applying good judgement and a comprehensive approach to giving legal advice to citizens as well as knowledge of the basic components of legal consulting along with the tools necessary to analyse areas of professional intervention in different areas, including applying alternative systems to conflict resolution other than jurisdictional ones.


  • CA01 - Possess, understand and develop skills that make it possible to apply the specialist academic knowledge acquired during the degree course to the changing situations faced by lawyers, in order to avoid situations of damage, risk or conflict in respect of the interests represented or in the exercise of professional duties in the courts or before the public authorities, or when performing in a consultancy role.
  • CA04 - Know the different techniques for reconciling conflicting interests and how to find solutions to problems through methods other than the jurisdictional route.
  • CA08 - Know how to identify the key requirements for the provision and organisation of legal consultancy.
  • CA10 - Develop skills and abilities to choose the correct strategy for defending the rights of clients, taking into account the demands of the different areas of professional practice.
  • CA14 - Know how to carry out professional work in specific and interdisciplinary teams.
  • CB06 - Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas in a professional context.
  • CB07 - Know how to apply acquired knowledge and problem-solving abilities in new or little-known surroundings within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study.
  • CB08 - Know how to incorporate acquired knowledge and deal with making complex judgements based on information which, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to how they apply their knowledge and judgements.
  • CB09 - Know how to communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike in a clear and unambiguous way along with the rationale and knowledge that supports them.
  • CG01 - Acquire the ability to work individually and as part of a team as well as the communication and leadership skills required to progress in the legal profession.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn how to:

- Recognize the main topics covered by civil law consultancy.

- Apply the basic principles of civil law consultancy and identify the main examples of precedent-setting cases relating to this discipline.

- Master the production of the main extrajudicial legal documents (contractual and others) relating to the field of civil law.

- Writes reports and give expert opinions in the interest of clients or the Public Administration on strictly substantive aspects of the field of civil law.


• Civil law, obligations and contracts.

• Civil law, royalties and mortgage-registry rights.

• Civil law, person and civil status.

• Civil law, family and inheritance.

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The University Master's Degree in Advocacy bases its methodology on the “case method” which consists in studying real-life scenarios and problems that law firms deal with. Students prepare and analyse cases, identify issues and, once in class together with the teacher, either individually or in groups, look for solutions and share the possible alternatives available.

Our intention with the case method is to help students acquire the main skills of a good legal professional such as logical reasoning, ease of oral expression and mastery of language, among others.

The subject Civil and Commercial Law Consultancy consists of 6 ECTS, of which 60 hours are face-to-face classes and then a minimum of 60 hours work by each student on which they will be assessed.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The evaluation consists of two parameters:

• Participation in class: Accounts for 60% of the final mark.

• Written examination (test and case study): Accounts for 40% of the final mark.

Bibliography and resources

Basic Bibliography:

Updated manuals of the subjects that involve Commercial Law.

The use of the main legal databases is recommended.

Further Reading:

In most of the cases that are worked in the classroom, specific bibliographic sources have been incorporated for their preparation. They are attached with the material that is provided to students.