The Total Law™ Approach

Law students tend to classify their seminars and courses as falling between two poles: Law Seminars or Seminars about the Law (Sociology of Law, Law and Politics etc.). The Total Law™ approach sets out to debunk this distinction.

We believe that law can only be fully understood and properly and effectively practiced in its context. Our aim is to make students better, much better, lawyers by explaining how the economic and or the political context shape the legal problem and impacts the thinking about the legal solution. We also want to equip the students to understand the economic and political consequences of different legal outcomes.

The discipline is Law. The focus is Law. But the premise is that law cannot be understood, nor practiced professionally and competently without understanding its broader contexts. Students are also expected to contribute to this total approach. Total Law™ requires Pro-active learning.

Most teaching will be interactive, “Socratic” and dialogical. This requires a lot from both Professors and students. This is why Professors were chosen taking into account the need to provide this type of teaching and the students’ engagement is indispensable.

Also, this Master requires full and regular attendance and scrupulous preparation ahead of the class of the reading assignments. We cannot accept spectators and free riders. Students cannot go to Theatre School and then, when asked to recite, claim they suffer from Stage Fright. Students cannot come to the study of law, an eminently communicative discipline, and then sit quietly in the back, passively taking notes. Not, at least, in this programme. As a consequence, this programme will be highly demanding but the rewards will be commensurate.

Upcoming Events

  • Welcome Day for the LL.M. students - classes of 2013/14

    09 Sep 2013 11:00 AM

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  • Colloquium: The Taxation of Corporate Groups

    27 Sep 2013 05:00 PM

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  • Francisco Lucas Pires Distinguished Lecture

    05 Oct 2013 04:00 PM

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  • LL.M. Opening Lecture with Professor Joseph Weiler

    10 Oct 2013 01:30 AM

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  • Job Shop 2013/14

    27 Nov 2013 10:00 AM

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  • Seminar: Negotiation for Lawyers

    19 Dec 2013 09:00 AM

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  • CONFERENCE Migrations: an opportunity to Portugal

    30 Jan 2014 10:00 AM

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  • Seminar: The Economics of the Legal System

    03 Feb 2014 09:30 AM

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  • Seminar: US Company and Capital Market Law

    20 Mar 2014 09:00 AM

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  • LL.M. Master Class

    04 Apr 2014 11:00 AM

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  • Seminar: Free Trade and Environmental Protection

    05 May 2014 02:30 PM

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  • New Trends in Global Legal Practice

    15 May 2014 06:00 PM

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  • Graduation Ceremony

    26 Jun 2014 07:00 PM

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  • The University will be closed for summer holidays

    15 Aug 2014 08:00 AM

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  • Welcome and Orientation Session

    09 Sep 2014 04:00 PM

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  • LL.M. Opening Lecture

    18 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

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  • Católica Graduate Legal Research Conference

    19 Sep 2014 09:00 AM

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  • Francisco Lucas Pires Distinguished Lecture 2014: Prof. Jeremy Waldron

    02 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

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  • Católica Talks with Seyla Benhabib (University of Yale)

    02 Oct 2014 04:00 PM

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  • Católica Talks with James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins

    23 Oct 2014 05:00 PM

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  • Conference and Book Launch “EU Law and Integration - Twenty years of judicial application of EU law”,

    28 Nov 2014 10:00 AM

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  • “Systemic Deficiency in the Rule of Law” by Armin von Bogdandy

    16 Feb 2015 01:00 PM

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  • José Manuel Barroso´s Inaugural Lecture

    26 Feb 2015 11:00 AM

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  • Conference The Future of Sovereign Debt in the Euro Zone

    12 Mar 2015 05:00 PM

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  • Towards a New Global Treaty on Crimes Against Humanity

    20 Apr 2015 05:00 PM

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  • "The europeanisation of class actions?" by Professor Deborah Hensler

    01 Dec 2015 06:00 PM

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  • The trial of Jesus

    14 Mar 2016 06:00 PM

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  • Public Lecture by Professor Joseph Weiler: “The Revolt of the Masses - The European (and American) Circumstance”

    14 Dec 2016 06:00 PM

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  • Book launching: Gonçalo Saraiva Matias

    15 Dec 2016 12:45 PM

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  • Católica Talk with Professor Michael Moore - "Responsible moral agency in the age of neuroscience"

    21 May 2018 12:45 PM

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  • The Georgetown Club Annual Meeting

    21 May 2018 06:00 PM

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  • Ceremony in Honor of Francisco Lucas Pires

    22 May 2018 02:30 PM

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  • Meeting with the Citizens - Brexit and the Future of EU

    25 May 2018 05:30 PM

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