The university-level study programme in Law is conducted as an integrated study programme integrating the first and second (i.e., undergraduate and graduate) levels of study into a five-year study programme. It is founded on the theoretical and practical study of Law, on the knowledge of the legal system of the Republic of Croatia and the European Union, as well as on the legal systems of European and other developed countries.
During the reform of the then/pre-Bologna university programme into a five-year integrated model, the most important external stakeholders of the legal profession endorsed the new integrated study programme as the optimal model, considering that all the activities seeking legal education require five years of education, and that the labour market does not recognise the concept of a bachelor’s degree in the field of Law.
The specified length of the study programme enables the inclusion of all the necessary theoretical and practical content within the study programme in Law, a proportionate distribution of student workload, and the appropriate harmonisation of programme contents relating to national legal systems with the contents of the EU Acquis Communautaire and other comparative legislative content. In fact, only completion of a five-year university-level study programme in Law and the academic title of Master, in compliance with the reformed study programmes and in accordance with the Bologna Process, qualify students to perform the legal profession in the judiciary, in the State Attorney’s Office, as notaries public, as attorneys, as lawyers in government bodies and local self-government, in companies, institutions, political bodies, political parties, and in diplomatic and consular services.