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Bachelor of Law (LLB)

General Description of the current programme of the academic year 2015- 2016

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The Law School awards LLB, equitable and respective of the University level four-year law schools. The duration of studies is eight semesters of full time study. Each semester consists of 13 weeks of instruction and 39 hours of instruction per course.

The program launched on 9.1.12 (formal recognition of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and recognition as equivalent of DOATAP –  decision 12.10.2012 no. 13300/2012). The original scheme was amended following the decision No. 169 / 22.06.2015 of the Plenary DOATAP removing the Greek law direction, which was until then part of the curriculum. The new modified program is effective from the academic year 2015/2016.

The single legal studies program comprises 26 required courses, one compulsory selection course and 16 electives. Students are required to complete, during their studies, at least 240 credits in order to graduate.

Being the first among the Law Schools of Cyprus, to offer a single curriculum based on the Cyprus law (Anglo-Saxon law) complies fully with the provisions of both the Greek and Cypriot law and with the decisions of the Cypriot Authorities, under whose supervision belongs. At the same time, it responds to the European principles, in terms of academic and professional recognition and comparability of qualifications of Legal Studies (calculating credit courses, length of study, student evaluation, learning process, etc.) within the European Union.

Moreover, the curriculum gives the possibility to students coming from Greece and wishing to choose from the mandatory courses, as an alternative curriculum, the syllabus of Greek law.

It is also noted that the syllabus required in order for the student to enroll as a trainee lawyer in the Bar Associations of Greece and the Legal Counsel of Cyprus is fully covered,

Degree RECOGNISED BY THE GREEK (Hellenic NARIC) AND CYPRUS AUTHORITIES (KYSATS)

General Objectives of the modified Program

Bachelor-of-Law-LLB-Neapolis-University-in-cyprusThe Legal Studies Program aims inter alia to familiarize the students during the four-year course with the “principles” and the basic concepts governing the Legal System of Cyprus, together with that of Greece. The main advantage of the program is that the student comes into contact with the two main families of law, the Anglo-Saxon (Cyprus) and the mainland (Greece).

Thus, the student is initiated into comparative method and can understand the developments resulting from the ongoing internationalization of law. Particular emphasis is given to the international and European legal education, which should characterize a modern legal expert, while ensuring that the academic knowledge of law is accompanied by the appropriate practical experience on its application.
The program of Law is aimed at students who either enrolled in the first year as high school graduates or are already graduates of other recognized academic disciplines and seek to acquire and graduate in law from the Neapolis, through the recognition of a certain number of courses from their previous studies ( with a maximum of 60 credits), if the recognized courses share a cognitive link between them, provided that their studies in Law last, at least three academic years.

Degrees, professionally equivalent to practicing law in Greece or in Cyprus

Specific and ultimate goals of the modified Curriculum

The Student:

  • Is Equipped with the necessary, basic, knowledge and the necessary methodological tools to understand and be able to correctly interpret the case-law and legislative texts. While learning to distinguish the admission and influence in the Greek and Cypriot legal system of the European Union law and international law.
  • Learns from the first year of the production process, application and interpretation of law.
  • understands the political and social issues affecting the adoption, implementation and interpretation of the law.
  • Learns to investigate legal sources and interpret the adoptive law rules on a systematic and methodical way.
  • familiarizes themselves with the rules and secrets of legal thinking as the forensic reasoning of judicial decisions and, most importantly, is exercised to being able to articulate, write and speak, legal arguments and to develop legal reasoning.
  • •Finally, is equipped with all the necessary legal skills to be able to monitor and participate, as an agent of the proceedings in litigation, draw up documents and defend arguments with the legal opinion in any kind of legal controversies or disputes.
  • The former cognitive and methodological equipment ensures the ability to a career as a future combatant lawyer, legal adviser in the private and public sectors, judge, official in an international organization, academia, etc.

ONE DEGREE, ONE PROGRAMME, TWO LAWS
(Cypriot and Greek, continental and Anglo-Saxon)

Methods of Learning Process

  • During the last years of study the offered procedural courses (civil, criminal and administrative procedure) and the practical issues of private, public, criminal and commercial law give the student an opportunity to summarize their knowledge through internships.
  • During teaching all modern online media offered by digital technology are exploited, for the better and easier consolidation of the curriculum (PowerPoint, Moodle, e-conference, online tests, etc.). The teaching is not intended, as usually happens, to the mechanical transmission of legal knowledge ex cathedra. It aims at fostering the student with the capacity to develop legal reasoning, formulate legal arguments interpreting the right rules of law and above all to prepare legal documents.
  • Finally the successful completion of legal studies program requires the student to participate in the learning process with personal and systematic work at home or in the library. Active personal involvement also equips the student with the ability to work alone, researching literature and legal sources and to acquire knowledge beyond that offered by the teacher and textbook.

STRUCTURE OF LEGAL STUDIES

(academic year 2015/2016 onwards)

The single legal studies program comprises 26 required courses, one compulsory course selection and 16 electives.

Each required course is equivalent to 6 credits, except for five courses, corresponding to 5 credits.

Convenient public law and private law corresponding to 6 credits. But alongside traditions, students of both courses have the opportunity to observe trials, to participate in competitions virtual trial, additional seminars etc. and credited additional two credits.

The practical issues of public law and private law correspond to 6 credits. But alongside teaching classes, students of both courses have the opportunity to observe trials, to participate in competitions of virtual trial, additional seminars etc. and to be credited with two additional credits.

Each course of compulsory selection and elective course correspond to 5 credits. The teaching of the course lasts 13 weeks per semester, covering a total of 39 hours of instruction.

To facilitate the professional recognition of their diploma in Greece, students have the opportunity to attend 18 of the 26 required courses with alternative curricula in Greek law.

Students are required to complete at least 240 credits in order to graduate, as shown in the following table:

OUR EMBLEM IS QUALITY

Type of courses Number of courses Credits of courses Credits in total
Required Courses 26 5*5+19*6+2*8 155
Course of compulsory selection 1 1*5=5 5
Elective courses 16 16*5= 80 80
240

 

Detailed CURRICULUM
Το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα μαθημάτων ανά ακαδημαϊκό έτος έχει ως εξής:

Code and Course Title ΠΙΣΤΩΤΙΚΕΣ ΜΟΝΑΔΕΣ
1st Year: Required Courses
NOM105 Introduction to Legal Studies 5
NOM113 Constitutional Law 6
NOM117 Courts of Justice / Attorneys / Ethics 5
NOM129 Public International Law 6
NOM121 General Criminal Law 6
NOM125 General Administrative Law 6
ΝΟΜ115 General Civil Law 6
1st Year: Elective Courses (selected during the 4th year) 4×5
ΝΟΜ118 Politics
ΝΟΜ130 Cyprus in the 19th and 20th century
ΝΟΜ150 History of Law
ΝΟΜ152 Greek Civil and Constitutional History
ΝΟΜ154 Philosophy of Law
ΝΟΜ156 General Sociology
ΝΟΜ158 Political Economy
ΝΟΜ160 Political Science
ΝΟΜ162 International Organizations – International Relations
ΝΟΜ166 English Legal Terminology
Total Credits of 1st Year 60
   
2nd Year: Required Courses
ΝΟΜ211/213 Contract Law – General Law of Obligations 6
ΝΟΜ215/217 Real Estate Law – Property Law 6
ΝΟΜ219/221 Special Criminal Law 5
ΝΟΜ127 Human Rights Law 5
ΝΟΜ227 European Union Law I 6
ΝΟΜ229/231 Commercial law 6
ΝΟΜ233/235 Law of Commercial Companies I 6
2nd Year: Elective Courses (selected during the 4th year) 4×5
ΝΟΜ200 General education Course free choice
ΝΟΜ218 Public administration
ΝΟΜ250 Comparative law
ΝΟΜ258 Investigation
ΝΟΜ260 Penitentiary Studies
ΝΟΜ262 Criminology
Total Credits of 2nd Year 60
   
3rd YEAR: Required courses
ΝΟΜ223/225 Administrative Procedure Law 6
ΝΟΜ327/329 Criminal Procedure Law 6
ΝΟΜ311/313 Tort Law – Special Law of Obligations 6
ΝΟΜ315/317 Family Law 5
ΝΟΜ319/321 Inheritance Law 6
ΝΟΜ323/325 Civil Procedure I 6
Course of compulsory selection (Constitutional Freedoms or Law of Commercial Companies II) 5
3rd YEAR:  Elective Courses (selected during the 4th year) 4×5
ΝΟΜ350 Intellectual Property Law
ΝΟΜ354 Environmental Protection Law
ΝΟΜ355 Law of Planning and Cultural Heritage
ΝΟΜ356 Consumer Protection Law
ΝΟΜ358 Law of Media and Information Technology
ΝΟΜ364 Law of Immigration and Asylum
ΝΟΜ366 Banking Law
ΝΟΜ368 Maritime Law
ΝΟΜ372 Aviation Law
ΝΟΜ378 International Criminal Law
ΝΟΜ380 International Economic Law
Total credits of the 3rd year 60
   
4th year: Required courses
ΝΟΜ423/425 Evidence Law – Civil Procedure Law II 6
ΝΟΜ251 Comparative European Law 6
ΝΟΜ417/460 Tax law 6
ΝΟΜ411/413 Private international law 6
ΝΟΜ436/438 Practical Training of Public Law 6+2
ΝΟΜ465/469 Practical Training of Private Law 6+2
4th year: Elective Courses (selected during the 4th year) 4×5
ΝΟΜ415 Securities Law – Insurance Law
ΝΟΜ427 European Union Law II
ΝΟΜ450 Competition law
ΝΟΜ452 Social Security Law
ΝΟΜ454 Law of Trusts
ΝΟΜ456 Insolvency Law
ΝΟΜ462 Medical Law
ΝΟΜ466 Special Administrative Law
ΝΟΜ467 Tourism Law
ΝΟΜ470 Energy Law
ΝΟΜ472 Practical Training of commercial Law
ΝΟΜ474 Practical Training of criminal Law
Total credits of the 4th year 60

 

 

Bachelor of Law (LLB)

CURRICULUM

The detailed curriculum per academic year is as follows:

Legal Studies curriculum (2015-2016)

STUDY PROGRAMME OF LAW,
(2014-2015 for students enrolled to study from 2012/13 onwards, before 06/22/2015)

 

 

The Faculty of the Bachelor of Law (LLB)

The Faculty of Law

1.Antonis ManitakisEmeritus Professor, A.U.TH., Honorary Dean, School of Law and Social Sciences
2.Constantinos GE AthanassopoulosEmeritus Professor, Panteion University, President, Faculty of Law
3.Petros ArtemisSpecial Teaching Staff, former President, Supreme Court of Cyprus
4.Andreas MoleskiSpecial Teaching Staff, PhD in Management, former Secretary to the Council of Ministers
5.Petros MichaelidesDr. jur., Special Teaching Staff, Attorney-at-Law, former Minister of Justice
6.Georgios DemetriadesDr. jur., Lecturer , PhD (Univ. of London), Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn)
7.Georgios D. PavlidisDr. jur., Lecturer , PhD (Univ. of Geneva), LLM (Univ. of Warwick)
8.Thomas Nektarios Papanastasiou Dr. jur., Assistant Professor, PhD (Univ. of Waseda, Tokyo), LLM (Univ. of Athens), ΜΑ (Univ. of Waseda)
9.Dr. Nikolaos ZaprianosDr. iur., Lecturer
10.Dr. Stavroula AntoniouDr. jur., Adjunct Lecturer (Civil Law, Commercial Law)
11.Dr. Lazaros G. GrigoriadesDr. jur., Adjunct Lecturer (Commercial Law)
12.Artemis Savvidou Special Teaching Staff, Attorney-at-Law (Criminal Law)
13.Diotima PapadiPhD in Philology, Lecturer in Greek Civilisation (History of Law)

Postgraduate Associates

14.Nikoletta KonstantinouLLM (UCL), Solicitor (Inns of Court), Attorney-at-Law (co-lecturing Law of Evidence, Commercial Law)
15.Anna PapantoniouLLM (Univ. of Sheffield), Attorney-at-Law (co-lecturing Company Law)
16Christiana SavvidouLLM (Univ. of Manchester), Attorney-at-Law (co-lecturing Commercial Law, Tax Law)

Visiting Scholars

1. Anna Gramatikaki-AlexiouEmeritus Professor, A.U.TH.(Private International Law)
2.Nikolaos BitzilekisProfessor, A.U.TH., Visiting Scholar (Criminal Law)
3.Dr. Vasileios PetropoulosDr. jur. habil., Adjunct Lecturer (Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law)
3.Dr. Vassiliki KapsaliDr. jur., Maitre de Conférences (France), Adjunct Lecturer (Administrative Law, Administrative Procedure Law, Practical Training in Public Law)
4.Dr. Georgios KaravokyrisDr. jur., Special Teaching Staff, Adjunct Lecturer (Introduction to Legal Studies, Philosophy of Law, Constitutional Liberties, Practical Training in Public Law)
5.Dr. Stefanos K. KaramerosDr. jur., Adjunct Lecturer (Civil Procedure Law Ι & ΙΙ, Practical Training in Private Law)
6.Konstantinos KaratsolisSpecial Teaching Staff, Attorney-at-Law (Urban Planning and Cultural Heritage Law)