Under modern living conditions, the organisation of society and the state is no longer conceivable without a legal dimension. Today, national, international and transnational law constitutes a complex body of knowledge that requires professionals capable of dealing with various demands of society and the profession. Without the help of lawyers, it is no longer possible today to resolve the myriad issues in the private and public spheres in which legal relations of varying degrees of complexity meet and are clarified. For these reasons, the Faculty of Law, as one of the oldest institutions of the University of Split, strongly present in the public life of the Republic of Croatia, especially Dalmatia and its surroundings, organises the study of law in accordance with the requirements of the Bologna Process and Croatia's European affiliation.
Without qualified experts, it would be difficult to successfully implement the EU accession process, and the judiciary and administration would not be able to function effectively or meet EU requirements and standards.
In the context of self-analysis of the Faculty of Law in Split, a comparison was made with the curricula of law faculties of some developed European countries, especially German and English law faculties, but also law faculties of countries belonging to the Central European legal circle and the Republic of Croatia. Charles University in Prague, Poland - Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Hungary - Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest). This analysis showed that the study program at the Faculty of Law in Split is basically no different from the teaching regime at the faculties of law in the mentioned countries. This is supported by the forms of the teaching process: lectures, exercises, seminars and case law, as well as the breadth and comprehensiveness of the curriculum of the Faculty of Law in Split.
When it comes to comparing the program of the Faculty of Law in Split with other law faculties in Croatia, it points to the specifics of the region in which the Faculty of Law in Split operates, and accordingly emphasis is placed on maritime law, tourism law, international maritime law. It is emphasized that the Faculty of Law in Split has a leading role in some teaching disciplines in Croatia and that it is competitive in the world.
Of course, the need for the necessary reconstruction of the curriculum of the Faculty of Law in Split was noticed in order to get even closer to the programs of European countries and to monitor the latest scientific achievements. In this effort, we see the need to introduce some new subjects such as: environmental law, European integration law (European law), medical law, ecclesiastical law, international criminal law and some other current content (clinical teaching, extracurricular activities, etc.).
It follows from all this that the curriculum of the Faculty of Law in Split is constantly taken care of. The current renewed curriculum of this Faculty, in turn, provides a solid foundation for quality education of the profile of a law graduate.
Assessment of purposefulness with regard to the needs of the labor market:
The need for consolidation of the Republic of Croatia as a state governed by the rule of law that organizes its administration according to the rule of law, the growing need for more competent professional staff in the Croatian judiciary, and above all the need for the internal Croatian market. and Europeanization opens and expands the possibilities of legal academic education and meeting all the needs of the labor market.
Connection of studies with modern scientific knowledge
The Faculty of Law of the University of Split has many years of experience in scientific research, successful implementation of a number of scientific projects in the field of law, which is an unavoidable foundation for the realization of any university study. At the same time, the Faculty of Law in Split participated at the national and international level in drafting legal texts and legal opinions covering almost all branches of law as well as in adopting international legal documents.
Comparability with programs of reputable foreign universities
The program of the Faculty of Law in Split is comparable to the program of two reputable law faculties in the European Union: (1) the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and (2) the Faculty of Law, University of Warsaw, Poland.
Experience to date in implementing equivalent or similar programs
The Faculty of Law of the University of Split is the successor to the Faculty of Law in Split, which was founded in 1960 and which has successfully implemented legal studies of various degrees for more than four decades: postgraduate, graduate and professional legal studies. Today, the Faculty of Law in Split has established institutes, departments and centers that continue the rich tradition and successful reputation of this Faculty in the field of law and other studies of social sciences (economics, sociology, informatics…).
We believe that an integrated model of implementation of the study program of legal studies through the first and second level (undergraduate and graduate) lasting 5 years is a necessary and optimal form of legal education based on:
(And) Assessments of the needs and prospects for the development of legal education and the legal profession, and in accordance with Art. 70 para. 4 of the Law on Scientific Activity and Higher Education, and efforts to ensure better quality of studies and, more importantly, the quality of lawyers through systematic solutions to legal education and curriculum design;
(b) Based on the conclusion of the Association of European Law Faculties (ELFA), which submitted to the European Ministers of Education and the European Commission for Education in 2001, and according to which the so-called “The Bologna process with the 3 + 2, ie 4 + 1 years of education model is not entirely compatible with the needs and conditions of education and practice in law, because, for example, on the basis of undergraduate studies it would not be possible to perform judicial functions;
(c) Conclusion of all law faculties in the Republic of Croatia which defines that the optimal model of future university law study is an integrated model of implementation of the study program of law study through the first and second level (undergraduate and graduate) lasting 5 years. academic title of Master of Laws;
(d) Comparative analysis according to which the integrated implementation of the five-year study program of university law studies is a common model in several European Union countries (eg Spain, Portugal, Greece, and to some extent Germany), and is also the dominant model in Central European legal countries as well as the Republic of Croatia and which are at the same time members of the European Union (for example Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland). Therefore, their experiences in legal study reform and alignment with the Bologna Process should certainly be taken into account. Namely, in accordance with these experiences, the integrated implementation of a five-year study program is the optimal modern model for implementing a reformed university law study, because its duration allows: a) inclusion of all necessary theoretical and practical content in legal study and b) adequate harmonization of study program to national legal orders with daily growing contents related to the EU legal order and various comparative legal aspects, which should necessarily and urgently be included as much as possible in university law studies;
(e) Based on the above experiences and joint assessment of the situation in the Republic of Croatia by all law faculties, we are free to conclude that only after completing a five-year unified university study of law and obtaining the academic title "Master of Laws", qualifies for law , state attorneys, civil servants, etc.).
Partners outside the higher education system:
Judiciary, state attorney's office, state administration and local self-government bodies, companies, institutions, political institutions, associations, chambers of commerce, bar association, notary chamber, health institutions, trade unions.
Openness of studies towards student mobility:
University of Zagreb, University of Rijeka, University of Osijek, University of Mostar, University of Trieste.