Universidade Nova de Lisboa- NOVA School of Law

Universidade Nova de Lisboa- NOVA School of Law

The Law School at NOVA (New) University of Lisbon is the youngest and most advanced Portuguese provider of education in law. It was founded in 1996, in order to challenge a rather conservative, traditional way of teaching and learning law in Portugal.

Master's Programmes

Law (6)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The NOVA (New) University of Lisbon was founded in 1973, and is the younger of Lisbon’s two public Universities. NOVA aims to innovate in higher education in Portugal and to contribute to the social and economic development of the country.It opened in 1997 to challenge a rather conservative, traditional way of teaching law in Portugal.


The Programmes main goal is to offer doctoral students top quality advanced training in keeping with international best practices. Such training is offered on a few core taught subjects, with an interdisciplinary focus, as well as quality supervision of their research.


Each students research plan is custom made to fit his or her chosen research topic. Students are encouraged to tailor their academic pathway with the guidance of their actual or intended supervisors.

Some examples of institutions where our past and current students have partially conducted their research: Yale Law School; Harvard Law School; Humboldt University; Max-Planck Institutes for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg); Criminal Law (Freiburg); Intellectual Property and Competition (Munich); Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg); European University Institute (Florence); Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London).

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Library services

Nova Law School has its own law library, also located within the mainbuilding, with a capacity of seventy eight reading places.

The library subscribes to over 250 law journals, most of which international, and holds over 15000 monographs. It subscribes to the most relevant online resources, such as WESTLAW or JSTOR. A very important tool to all doctoral students is the interlibrary loan service.

Student Life

Campus life

Nova Law School is situated in Campolide, one of central neighbourhoods of Lisbon. UNL has three major locations, a plural academic campus: Campolide (Lisbon), Almada and Oeiras.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is located on the coast, enjoying one of the mildest climates in Europe: sunny throughout the year.

Pleasant beaches are nearby and can be an alluring temptation but also a nice reward for your free time. With an impressive history, it is said to have been founded by Ulisses (Olissipo).

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