Origin, Development and Purpose

Our School's mission is to train legal practitioners who are characterized by their strong academic education and are capable of confronting the new challenges facing society.

We aspire to be a  center of reference in legal education, characterized by:

  • International openness and a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Highly qualified research faculty members who give personalized attention to students.

  • A teaching program that is simultaneously practical in orientation and seeks to provide a well-rounded legal foundation.

  • The search for good job opportunities for our graduates.

Learn about the mission, origin, inspiration and values of the University of Navarra.

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The School of Law was the University of Navarra's first academic center, founded in 1952 by San Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer as an expression of Christian service to society.

From the start, the School of Law has been characterized by its emphasis on a strong academic education based on research and the practical orientation of its teaching program. The top priorities of the center have always been its concern for teaching, its interest in training good faculty members and its individualized attention to students with the aim of effectively helping them.

In the beginning, the School's work was carried out at the  Cámara de Comptos building. Shortly thereafter, it moved to the premises of the current  Museum of Navarre. Then, in  1963, it moved to the Central Building on the university campus. Finally, in 1992 it occupied its current building.

In its first year, Ismael Sánchez Bella, José Luis Murga, Jerónimo Martel, Rafael Aizpún Tuero, Ángel López Amo and Ángel García Dorronsoro were members of the School's academic staff. A few years later, this initial academic staff would be joined by faculty members Álvaro d'Ors, Amadeo de Fuenmayor, Francisco Sancho Rebullida and Jorge Carreras. Many others have since joined the academic staff, which has been characterized by the quality of its members.

In 1962, the government of Spain gave civil recognition to the study programs offered at the University of Navarra, thereby giving them full equal standing with those offered by state universities.

In 1957, the year in which the students from the first graduating class completed their studies, the different areas of research had already been consolidated, and the publication of handbooks and studies was initiated. The School invested in a library whose collections were at first modest, but have grown steadily over the course of more than 50 years.

From that early phase until today, the School of Law has seen more than 12,000 students pass through its halls and go on to practice different legal professions. The traditional Degree in Law has been joined, over the years, by graduate programs and valuable specialist diploma programs that have created close ties between the School and the job market. Ties with other countries have been intensified, as is seen in the mobility of faculty and students. In addition, the School is reaping the rewards of its international-quality research. Over these years, 386 doctoral dissertations have been defended at the School.

Much seems to have changed since the School of Law opened its doors in 1952. But the principles that have guided the University of Navarra since that time continue to direct its day-to-day work. That seed has continued to yield fresh new fruit.