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This past November, we celebrated the opening of the Third Edition of the Advanced Program for Legal Practice in Business.

This program is focused not only on legal aspects but also on business management issues.

Taking into consideration the current economic climate in which we find ourselves businesses have ceased to outsource and opted for managing more and more issues internally.  Therefore, having a more generalized education in all areas of legal practice is becoming a necessity.

Our faculty is top-notch and composed primarily of General Counsels and CEOs of companies in the IBEX 35, such as Adolfo Díaz-Ambrona, Head of the Legal Department at Banesto, Enrique Medina, Head of the Legal Department at Telefónica and Santiago Martinez, Head of the Legal Department at Iberdrola.

During the closing of the Program, we had the privilege of welcoming Juan Manuel Cendoya, Director of Communication, Corporate Marketing and Research for Santander Bank, one of the most influential members of the company.  Mr. Cendoya has been working for over ten years at Santander and has managed, through a series of top communication strategies, to consolidate a single worldwide brand for Emilio Botín’s company.


This past 15th of November Manuel Pizarro, partner with Baker & McKenzie, lead a conference on the global economic crisis and its repercussions in the legal world, during the IE Law School José María Cervelló Chair.  Mr. Pizarro discussed the key issues of the economic crisis and those principles which should govern the activities of all politicians: “Think, speak and execute thought and speech”. Additionally, Mr. Pizarro opined that a lawyer should be a point of reference for ethics, and given the current climate receive adequate training, and be able to manage languages and technology. 

Also speaking during the conference were María del Pilar Galeote, Director of the José María Cervelló Chair, and Juan José Torres and Adolfo Menéndez, co-chairs for the José María Cervelló Chair.

During the conference, the opening of the Sixth José María Cervelló Prize was also announced, whose theme this year is “The regulation of sponsorship: reasons and legal opportunity under a new Law”. 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the possibility for financial donations from students, alumni or anyone interested in the Chair or for professors to donate their time by teaching sessions. (



Escrito el 12 diciembre 2011 por Law School en IE Law School News

This past Monday, 21 November, IE Law School celebrated its annual faculty meeting, led by Jose M. de Areilza (Dean IE Law School), Carlos de la Pedraja (LL.M. and Executive Education Director) and Soledad Atienza (Director LL.B.).

Over 100 professors, collaborators and friends from the LL.M. programs, Executive Education and LL.B. were in attendance.

During the ceremony a multitude of professors received certificates for teaching excellence and professor Juan Carlos Olarra received the prize for top academic performance at IE Law School. The annual meeting is held to provide those who truly make these programs work with up to date information on current programs, new innovations, and plans for the future.


Inauguration Speech LL.M. Programs October 2011

Escrito el 11 noviembre 2011 por Law School en IE Law School News

D. Cruz y José M. de Areilza

On October 4th IE Law School inaugurated the 2011 – 2012 LL.M. intake with a keynote speech from former LL.M. in International Legal Practice student Domingos Cruz.  Mr. Cruz is currently partner at CCA Advogados in Lisbon, Portugal where he specializes in corporate, M&A, banking and finance and real estate practices.

Mr. Cruz focused his speech on the ten principles of the legal profession and what it takes to succeed both professionally and personally.  The speech was attended by students beginning their studies in the three LL.M. specialties (LL.M. en Asesoría Juridica, LL.M. en Asesoría Fiscal and LL.M. in International Legal Practice) as well as professors, professionals and collaborators.

On September 3rd 2011 at the Headquarters of the Spanish Office for Patents and Trademarks took place the First National Meeting of Professors and Experts in Intellectual and Industrial Property. Attending the meeting were professors from numerous Spanish universities, tackling relevant issues regarding material seen at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, representing IE Law School, gave an account of our experiences in various postgraduate and executive education programs.


The Center for European Studies-IE and the Irish Embassy in Madrid hosted  a high level forum  on Friday, October 14th , in which Ruairi Quinn, Irish Minister for Education and Skills delivered a keynote address on  “Challenges Facing Higher Education in Europe: Innovative Responses “. The event also counted with the kind participation of Cesar Alierta, President of Telefónica and Francisco Michavila, Director of the UNESCO Chair of University Management and Policy.

Minister  Quinn ‘s address reflected on  the need for innovative responses required  in times of crisis to improve the quality and relevance of higher education in Europe. The Minister particularly stressed the need to develop entrepreneurial, creative and innovative skills in all disciplines.



Escrito el 11 octubre 2011 por Law School en IE Law School News

The new IE University LL.B. program has began on September 2011. The group of 30 students (LLB and Dual Degree BBA+LLB) is a diverse and multicultural group of students that come from over 15 different countries.   The program is taught 100% in English and will prepare students for a career in global legal practice. The curriculum combines law with business administration and humanities topics. A four year clinical seminar called “Law unplugged” will allow students to simulate the practice of law as they learn. Students also benefit from the exchange agreements with top law schools all over the world.

With the opening of this program, IE Law School becomes a truly full service Law School offering undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs. 

* Ana Martin Photography (Student Office IE University) 

IE Law School is happy to announce a new student exchange agreement with Sciences Po (Institut D’Études Politiques de Paris) of Paris, France.  The exchange means that students from both institutions will have the opportunity to study for a semester or more at the other institution.

 Sciences Po is one of the leading institutions of higher education and legal studies not only in France but in Europe.  IE Law School is very excited about collaborating with such a forward thinking and well respected institution.

 Along with this new agreement IE Law School also has student and faculty exchange programs with Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago, IL), William & Mary College of Law (Williamsburg, Virginia), University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, Virginia), University of California Hastings School of the Law (San Francisco, CA), National University of Singapore, The University of Hong Kong, Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Tilburg Law School (Holland), and Catolica Global School of Law (Lisbon, Portugal).



Escrito el 11 octubre 2011 por Law School en IE Law School News

IE Law School Executive Education arranged on October the 4th a session about the new pricing models in legal services as a result of the “revolution” that the economic crisis is causing in this sector.

They analyzed a case about “LEGAL SERVICES PRICING IN A DOWNTURN“, specially designed for the Lawyers’ Management Program (LMP), examining the advantages and disadvantages of different pricing models and their interplay with the traditional in-house lawyer and law firm approach.The session was led by Kevin Doolan, Partner at Eversheds, and one of the professors of the LMP.

Among the many attendees who went to the event, we had the presence of Joan Roca, Managing Partner at Roca Junyent, Covadonga del Pozo, Partner at Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira and Sandra Martin Moran, Legal Director at Indra, among others.


José María de Areilza, Dean of IE Law School, is also a member of the Board of the Madrid Bar Association.  He has been involved over the past few years in debates over the development of the law for admission to the practice of law and has contributed to both its focus and implementation.

The new law for admission to the practice of law will introduce dramatic reforms to the educational model.  Could you explain for us what the law consists of and what is your personal opinion?

The new law establishes three requirements before one may practice law, a master in legal practice, an internship period supervised by the institution which offered the master, and a national exam.  On one side, with this reform our country will cease to be the only within the European Union in which one can practice law immediately following the completion of undergraduate studies by simply registering with the Bar Association. The intention is to guarantee that all future lawyers have a specific education with a professional focus. On the other side, this will establish a barrier to open competition which must be justified with results from the new system so that we can count on better lawyers.

 Are there similar laws in other jurisdictions?

Yes, in every country in similar situations to us.  In fact the Spanish regulation is quite similar to that of France.

 The new law intends to combine theoretical knowledge with a much more practical educational model.  What value do you see with the law in this respect?

The law, and above all else the regulation on development, intends for theoretical knowledge learned at the undergraduate level to be complemented with a Master oriented toward preparation for the practice of law. Without a doubt, under the Bologna reforms, an undergraduate degree in law must have a practical focus. My fear is that in many cases the new master in legal practice could be a pretext for not offering innovative undergraduate legal education.  At IE Law School, fortunately, both our undergraduate program in law (LLB) and our Master of Laws (LLM) have a very international character and have been designed with an eye towards preparing the best global lawyers.

How will young attorneys be affected by these educational reforms?

The first consequence is that it will take much longer to begin to practice law, up to two years, thus making this option much less attractive.  Those lawyers which study in the best postgraduate schools will have a competitive advantage.

The panorama of the labor market is going to change dramatically. How will this affect the recruitment process for lawyers? And what knowledge are they going to demand of current attorneys?

The recruitment of future lawyers by top law firms will start earlier, in some cases at the conclusion of the third year of the undergraduate degree in law.  The profession will continue to demand young lawyers who have a capacity for abstract thought, are hard working, ethical, with international vision and the ability to work in teams.

To what extent will this reform affect the law programs (LL.M.) at IE Law School?

Our school is perceived in Spain, and every day more so internationally, as one of the best educational centers for lawyers prepared to practice in a global economy. We have been pioneers in offering and developing Masters which prepare the leaders of the profession and our programs are already well adapted to the requirements of the law and regulation. Our model for a Master is already imitated but it will be even more so in the future. For us, the key will be to continue innovating and maintaining a close relationship with law firms. 

 Do you believe the introduction of this measure will generate more professional opportunities at an international level for Spanish lawyers?

International opportunities will not come via the law for admission to the practice of law, which simply responds to a very bureaucratic mentality.  The law of the European Union has already opened the door to the free exchange and establishment of legal services and our ever more prepared lawyers are practicing in more jurisdictions, because they are following their clients.


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