PREFACE: THE PROGRAMME AT A GLACE

MSc. Law

Programme Information

The Law programme at UNYT provides students an opportunity to take part in an innovative degree that combines both theory and practice of domestic and international law. UNYT has been linked with several prestigious Law Offices in Tirana that enable students to “experience” law and reflect on developments conditioned by globalization and Albania’s inclusion in inter-state structures.

Why Study This Programme?

Studying Law at UNYT shall engage students to build such qualities as are deemed necessary in the modern legal setting in Albania and beyond, that is producing conscious and mindful legal professionals with critical, analytical and synthesizing skills coupled with significant practical, hands-on experience.

Programme Aims:

  • Generating conscious and mindful legal professionals, who understand the ways in which the law operates, fails to operate or miss-operates.
  • “Demystifying” Law and legal processes by encouraging critical reflection to the law and its study.
  • Preparing students for the increasingly changing legal needs that spring from Albania’s integration in N.A.T.O., the E.U. and the attraction of foreign direct investment capitals.
  • Providing students with significant practical, hands-on experience of the applicative aspects of their theoretical legal education.

1. Preliminary Information

  1. Programme Title and Award: MSc. in Law
  2. Award: Master of Science in Law
  3. Mode: F/T & P/T
  4. Duration of Study: F/T: 5 years (10 semesters); P/T: variable.
  5. Name of Partner: University of New York in Tirana (UNYT)
  6. Institution Contact Details: University of New York, Tirana, Rruga Kodra e Diellit, Tirana, Albania. Tel.: +35544512345. Web: http://www.unyt.edu.al.
  7. Professional Standing of Award: The programme’s graduates, after completion of a year’s legal practice ( and/or according to Albanian legislation on the field) can sit the local BAR Council or Notary Council’s exam, while the level of the degree in the Albanian structure of HE degrees is sufficient for graduates with a cumulative Grade Average of no less than 8.0/10, after the Albanian grading system in HE, to apply for admission to the Magistrates’ School [http://www.magjistratura.edu.al/skedaret/KriteretPranimit_Formulari_Admission_Standards.doc].
  8. Medium of Instruction: Classroom teaching in English.

 

 

  1. Structure Diagram of Programme

The programme is structured on a General Education cycle of courses (148 BCTS), a concentration (188 BCTS), a foreign language and/or elective (60 BCTS) and a Specialization (204 BCTS) cycle of courses. To graduate from the programme students must earn a minimum of 600 BCTS in all of these four components in accordance to their components’ distribution.

This programme uses the British Credit Transfer System (BCTS). One credit is awarded for 3.75 hours of academic lecture and another 7.5 hours of independent student work. Academic credits may be converted to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the American Credit Transfer System (ACTS) as follows:

ACTS ECST BCTS
1 2 4

To obtain the Bachelor’s degree a student has to meet the following graduation requirements:

  • To have successfully completed a minimum of 600 credits (BCTS), spread in line with the approved curricular General Education, Concentration and Specialization cycles of courses.
  • To maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher with no more than two “D” grades in non-concentration courses and in line with the Note of Section 4.4.
  • To produce evidence of at least one foreign language’s command minimally at an intermediate level. Students, whose mother tongue is other than English can waive this requirement.
  • To get clearance from UNYT’s Records Office, Finance Office, Library and Academic Advisor.
  • To get the approval of UNYT’s Academic Council that the aims, objectives and curricular requirements of a degree programme have been thoroughly assessed and found to be accomplished.


MSc. in Law ( Course Distribution Schedule)

Level 1 (120 BCTS)
SEMESTER 1 (60 BCTS) SEMESTER 2 (60 BCTS)
English Composition I (12 BCTS) Composition II (12 BCTS)
College Algebra (12 BCTS) Statistics I (12 BCTS)
Computer Applications (12 BCTS) Social Ps. or Sociology (12 BCTS)
Art Course (12 BCTS) History of legal Institutions  (12 BCTS)
World History I or II (12 BCTS) Elective (12 BCTS)
Level II (120 BCTS)
SEMESTER 3 (60 BCTS) SEMESTER 4 (60 BCTS)
Advanced Legal Writing & Reasoning (12 BCTS) Constitutional Law (12 BCTS)
History of the Albanian State (12 BCTS) Elective (12 BCTS)
Anthropology & Justice (12 BCTS) Introduction to Macroeconomics (12 BCTS)
Intro to Microeconomics (12 BCTS) Speech Communication (12 BCTS)
Foundations of Public Law (12 BCTS) Ethics of Law (12 BCTS)
Level III (120 BCTS)
SEMESTER 5 (60 BCTS) SEMESTER 6 (60 BCTS)
Civil Law I (12 BCTS) Civil Law II (12 BCTS)
Criminal Law I (12 BCTS) Criminal Law II (12 BCTS)
Foundations of Administrative Law (12 BCTS) Law of Obligations (12 BCTS)
Comparative Public & Constitutional Law (12 BCTS) Legal Environment of Business (12 BCTS)
Contemporary Health Problems & Legal Frame (12 BCTS) Albanian Business and Labour Law (12 BCTS)
Level IV (120 BCTS)
SEMESTER 7 (60 BCTS) SEMESTER 8 (60 BCTS)
Administrative Procedures (12 BCTS) Industrial and Intellectual Property Law (12 BCTS)
Elective (12 BCTS) Civil Procedures (12 BCTS)
Elective (12 BCTS) Penal Procedures (12 BCTS)
Elective (12 BCTS) Law & Politics of the E.U. (12 BCTS)
Family Law (12 BCTS) Banking & Financial Law (12 BCTS)
Level V (120 BCTS)
SEMESTER 9 (60 BCTS) SEMESTER 10 (60 BCTS)
Private International Law (12 BCTS) Public International Law (12 BCTS)
Domestic & Int’l Bankruptcy Law (12 BCTS) Fiscal Law (12 BCTS)
Theory of Dispute Resolution and Mediation & Arbitrage Law (12 BCTS) Internship & Dissertation (36 BCTS)
Domestic & Int’l Commercial Law (12 BCTS)
Domestic and Int’l Human Rights Law (12 BCTS)
No. Elective COURSE TITLE BCTS
Roman Law 12
Legislative Processes and Techniques (pre: Advanced Legal Writing & Reasoning) 12
Agrarian and Environmental Law (pre: Civil Law II) 12
Principles of Evidence (pre: Criminal Law II) 12
Critical Jurisprudence (pre: Foundations of Public Law) 12
Law, Politics and Religion (pre: ALWR, Logic & Philosophy of Law) 12
Prisons and Penality (pre: Criminal Law II) 12
Tort Law (pre: Civil Law II, Law of Obligations) 12
Equity and Trusts (pre: Macro, Civil Law II, Legal Environment of Business) 12
Principles of Management (pre: Composition II) 12
Principles of Marketing  (pre: Composition II) 12

 

  1. The Programme

 

3.1. Rationale & Target Market:

 

3.1.1. Rationale:

The Law programme at UNYT provides students an opportunity to take part in an innovative degree that combines both theory and practice of domestic and international law. UNYT has been linked with several prestigious Law Offices in Tirana that enable students to “experience” law and reflect on developments conditioned by globalization and Albania’s inclusion in inter-state structures.

Studying Law at UNYT shall engage students to build such qualities as are deemed necessary in the modern legal setting in Albanian and beyond, that is producing conscious and mindful legal professionals with critical, analytical and synthesizing skills coupled with significant practical / hands-on experience.

 

  • AIM 1: To generate conscious and mindful legal professionals, who understand the ways in which the law operates, fails to operate or mis-operates. To accomplish this a student needs to be trained in the following objectives:

° Objective 1: To comprehend the process of legal argumentation and reasoning.

° Objective 2: To develop competency in interpretation and use of constitutional, legal and statutory provisions.

° Objective 3: To build the ability to contextualize legal decisions in doctrinal discourse.

 

  • AIM 2: “Demystifying” Law and legal processes by encouraging critical reflection to the law and its study. To this end the following objectives are set:

° Objective 1: The study of law not only in its domestic dimension, but also at its international level.

° Objective 2: The integration of the study of the social, political and economic factors that influence the shaping of laws and legal relationships in the programme’s curriculum.

° Objective 3: The development of critical, analytical and synthesizing reasoning skills.

° Objective 4: The cultivation of students’ communication skills in a variety of media.

  • AIM 3: Preparing students for the increasingly changing legal needs that spring from Albania’s integration in N.A.T.O., the E.U. and the attraction of foreign direct investment capitals. To this end the programme and its students are to achieve the following objectives:

° Objective 1: To supplement and associate their studies with international legal dimensions integrated in their curriculum [e.g. International Law, Law and Politics of the E.U., International Business Law (see: Legal Environment of Business), International Human Rights Law, etc.].

° Objective 2: To develop fluency aptitude in one standard western European language (English) and encourage students to build competency to effectively use in at least one more foreign language [where foreign is defined as a non-native (if other than English) and non-English language].

° Objective 3: To familiarize students with the legal aspects of policy making and organizational change.

° Objective 4: To promote students’ reflection on current international legal debates, both theoretical and practical.

  • AIM 4: Providing students with significant practical, hands-on experience of the applicative aspects of their theoretical legal education. The implementation of this aim undergoes through the accomplishment of the following objectives:

° Objective 1: Linking the programme with Law Offices, so that students do not only “learn” law but also “practise” law.

° Objective 2: Exposing students to various legal aspects of community service.

° Objective 3: Familiarizing students in the use of law and alternative dispute resolution and mediation through involvement in real-legal-world cases.

Knowledge Outcome: Upon successful completion of this programme students are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the subject maters related to legal sciences.
  • Have a foundation in science and liberal studies through the General Education Program.
  • Be able to apply the subject matter critically and analytically in real legal cases.
  • Integrate the knowledge acquired in the program to analyze a legal case, identify its strengths and weaknesses and determine what changes can be made to plead its causes.
  • To be able to design and develop a legal case.
  • To be sufficiently to pursue post-graduate studies in the area of legal sciences.

Skills Outcome: As result of completing this programme students will have acquired the following skills and values:

  • Excellent written and oral communication ability demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to make sound legal and personal decisions
  • Demonstrate communication skills; an ability for team building and group work; ability to handle change.
  • Numeric and quantitative skills including data analysis interpretation and extrapolation.
  • Self awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, culture and legal systems.
  • Effective self management in terms of time, planning, behaviour, motivation and individual initiative.
  • Ability to be flexible by developing the capacity to recognize changing conditions and adapting to them.
  • Effective use of the communication and information technology for legal applications.