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Prospects

Professional Profiles:

1. Legal expert in business

Functions performed in a working environment:

Due to its characteristics, this course is designed to provide a set of knowledge and skills that can be applied in a predominantly international context. In fact, the course represents a training opportunity in the field of law, which is eminently oriented to address international, transnational and comparative legal phenomena. In this perspective, it fills a training gap in the Italian university system, as it appears to be mainly focused on the study of domestic law. Furthermore, the course provides the same opportunities to students who have already experienced academic legal training (oriented, however, as it normally happens with Italian legal qualifications, to a strictly domestic view of legal phenomena) and students who have a non-legal degree but who have gained 30 ECTS in legal subjects (since they are supposed to be equipped with a solid educational base relating to legal phenomena even if – again – from a predominantly domestic point of view). Indeed, in the first year the approach to the legal phenomena is developed in the perspective outlined above; instead, the second year is dedicated to students’ specialization and it mainly serves to further strengthen the approach inspiring the course.

The profession of legal expert in business implies the management and coordination of the legal office of companies which operate in a highly internationalized area, as well as dealing with all typical legal issues of business, especially by ensuring that relevant activities, procedures and acts comply with applicable norms, having particular regard of the international dimension in which the institution operates; drafting contracts and other legal acts of both national and, above all, international nature; providing legal advice and legal analysis in an international, supranational and comparative perspective; drawing up administrative acts, practices and measures; taking care of the relations with external bodies and subjects (external legal experts), be they private or public (intergovernmental, governmental, non-governmental entities); managing and monitoring all legal aspects of the institution concerned; ensuring support to the administrative activity of other offices; being part of institutional bodies (commissions, advisory bodies etc.).

Skills associated with the function performed:

Knowledge of the legal sources, relevant case-law and practices, with an emphasis on the comparative, transnational and international dimension of legal phenomena, ability to set and analyze specific situations in the appropriate global legal framework, supported by constant updating and by:

- ability to draft opinions and acts;

- ability to carry out activities related to business administration and management;

- knowledge of administrative and office procedures;

- knowledge of the principles and practices of economics and accounting;

- ability to manage personnel and human resources;

- computer skills.

Graduates in Legal Studies are supposed to be peculiar professional figures due to of their ability to understand and critically analyze the relationship between national legal system and other legal systems, to assess national norms in light of  the supra-national European legal order, and to handle those softer forms of transnational law that are however relevant when the legal problem under examination has to be properly addressed. Therefore, in general, graduates in Legal Studies will be able to act within the international context as a whole. Furthermore, by virtue of the interdisciplinary nature of the course, we stress the importance of the graduates’ ability to interact with non-specialists or with specialists from other disciplines (in particular, with managers and business management experts); at the same time, consideration is given to critical thinking and problem solving, as nowadays these characteristics are necessary for flexible and independent legal experts.

 

Employment opportunities:

The legal experts trained under this course are expected to primarily operate as employees or consultant within industrial and manufacturing companies, banking or insurance institutions, professional firms with a strong international vocation.

These activities can also be performed in other types of private bodies (foundations, research institutes, associations and bodies, including those of the third sector, non-governmental organizations, etc.), operating both at national, European and international level.

The same goes for international environments characterized by interactions between multiple legal orders. 

Of course, graduates in Legal Studies can complete their training by attending specialization schools, II level Master's and specialization courses.

 

2. Legal expert in Public Administration

Functions performed in a working environment:

Due to its characteristics, this course is designed to provide a set of knowledge and skills that can be applied in a predominantly international context. In fact, the course represents a training opportunity in the field of law, which is eminently oriented to address international, transnational and comparative legal phenomena. In this perspective, it fills a training gap in the Italian university system, as it appears to be mainly focused on the study of domestic law. Furthermore, the course provides the same opportunities to students who have already experienced academic legal training (oriented, however, as it normally happens with Italian legal qualifications, to a strictly domestic view of legal phenomena) and students who have a non-legal degree but who have gained 30 ECTS in legal subjects (since they are supposed to be equipped with a solid educational base relating to legal phenomena even if – again – from a predominantly domestic point of view). Indeed, in the first year the approach to the legal phenomena is developed in the perspective outlined above; instead, the second year is dedicated to students’ specialization and it mainly serves to further strengthen the approach inspiring the course.

The profession of legal expert in public administration implies the management and coordination of the legal office, as well as dealing with all typical legal issues, of organizations and bodies of the national Public Administration or international, universal and regional organizations, especially by ensuring that relevant activities, procedures and acts comply with applicable norms, having particular regard of the international dimension of legal phenomena; drafting contracts and other legal acts, of both national and, above all, international nature; providing legal advice and legal analysis in an international, supranational and comparative perspective; drawing up administrative acts, practices and measures; taking care of the relations with external bodies or subjects (external legal experts), be they private entities or public bodies (other branches of the Public Administration or State bodies, other international organizations, non-governmental organizations, research centers/institutes, private companies); managing and monitoring all legal aspects of the institution concerned; ensuring support to the administrative activity of other offices; being part of institutional bodies (commissions, advisory bodies etc.).

Skills associated with the function performed:

In this case, we aim at shaping experts in legal subjects who are able to analyze the problem in question, also in the light of comparative considerations and having regard to the interaction between the national and supra-national systems; likewise, these professionals are expected to know the main aspects of the guarantee function that national and international institutions play with a view to safeguarding and promoting certain rights (also from an ethical perspective).

It is therefore required a good knowledge of the legal sources, relevant case-law and practices with an emphasis on the comparative, transnational and international dimension of legal phenomena, ability to set and analyze specific situations in the appropriate global legal framework, supported by constant updating and by:

- ability to draft opinions and acts;

- ability to carry out activities related to business administration and management;

- knowledge of administrative and office procedures;

- archive management techniques;

- management skills

- knowledge of the principles and practices of economics and accounting;

- ability to manage personnel and human resources;

- ability to interact with different professional figures to comprehend the dynamics impacting over the organization of the internal work;

- computer skills.

With specific reference to the Italian legal system, the course of study in Legal Studies responds to an endemic problem of the Italian Public Administration, namely the lack of administrative staff bearing legal skills necessary to interact with colleagues from other countries or working in international organizations.

 

Employment opportunities:

The legal expert in public administration can operate at national, European and international level.

  1. Graduates from this course are expected to gain the knowledge and skills to successfully participate to calls for accessing positions in local government bodies and organizations (Municipalities, Regions, Provinces); they can also work in Functional Bodies (ASL, Chambers of Commerce, Universities, Public Companies), national institutions (Government, Parliament), national agencies and Labor Inspectorates.
  2. As for the European level, they can also participate to calls to access top positions in institutions and other European bodies.
  3. The same applies with regard to international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Of course, graduates in Legal Studies can complete their training by attending specialization schools, II level Master's and specialization courses.

 

 

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