Undergraduate studies in Law must be rigorous: they must meet the important, complex and social role of jurists, as well as the high requirements of those institutional bodies in Cyprus and abroad, entrusted with the conferral of professional qualifications to Law graduates. The University is entrusted with providing students a comprehensive legal education, acquainting them with the practical and ethical considerations, they will face, and instilling in them the necessary legal knowledge and methods. The University of Cyprus Law degree programme contains a strong core of 24 compulsory Law courses, that cover all basic legal subjects. The student's legal education is completed by the selection of elective courses of specialisation (eight or ten, in case students choose to write an LL.B. thesis). Students will develop writing and research skills, through the systematic use of written exercises and semester papers, as this is an important element of both compulsory and elective Law courses. Students, who meet certain criteria, may qualify for the option of preparing a diploma paper (LL.B. thesis). Proficiency in international languages, as well as familiarity with the basic principles of social, economic and political sciences, are vital for the modern European jurist. For this reason, and conforming to university rules, the LL.B. programme is completed with courses in two foreign languages and elective courses from other departments.
Compulsory Courses in Law
The programme contains 25 Compulsory Courses (LAW 1xx, LAW 2xx and LAW 3xx codes), comprising a total of 150 ECTS. The Compulsory Courses in Law cover the basic legal subjects in each legal branch: private law (civil law, business law), public law (constitutional law, administrative law), criminal law, procedural law (civil, criminal, administrative procedure), international law, and European law. Legal theory (legal history, jurisprudence, legal method) is also a foundation of the Department's undergraduate studies. In each course, Cyprus positive law is the starting point, placed in a comparative and European context and viewed in the light of policy analysis. The Core Compulsory Courses in Law are taken in the second and third year of studies. The first year covers the introductory and fundamental legal courses. Only the most complex compulsory courses are taught in the fourth year.
Elective Courses in Law
In the third and fourth year of undergraduate studies, Law students are required to choose eight to ten Elective Courses (depending on whether they opt for the thesis) offered by the Department. Elective Courses target specialised subjects of practical and theoretical interest, and assume adequate command of legal methods and basic legal institutions. Each year, the Department offers a number of Elective Courses. Departmental Elective Courses carry LAW 4xx codes, while other Elective Courses, open to students from other departments, are coded LAW 0xx. There is no distinction, however, between LAW 4xx and LAW 0xx courses, for the purposes of the undergraduate programme in Law.
Diploma Thesis
Fourth-year students have the option to undertake a diploma thesis (LL.B. paper) equal to 12 ECTS, instead of two elective courses of the Department. To be admitted to the LL.B. thesis programme, an average grade of 7.5 is required.
Elective Courses from other Departments and Faculties
The Law programme allows students to take three Elective Courses outside the department, from at least two different faculties of the University during the first year. Each of these courses carry 5 ECTS. Law students are encouraged to take elective courses outside the Department, in order to acquire basic skills and knowledge of social sciences and humanities.
Courses in Foreign Languages
The graduates of the Department of Law must have adequate command of English and of another foreign language. The programme of studies in Law requires the selection of four courses offered by the Language Centre (students are also able to use one of their elective course option to take another language). During the first semester, students are required to take the course LAN 109 (English for Legal Matters). Regarding the second foreign language (e.g., French, German), students are required to reach level B1 of the Common European Framework for Foreign Languages.