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What's the best University in Spain?

9 de Octubre de 2009

Joan Amenós Álamo,
Profesor titular de Derecho Administrativo de la UAB


Probably, the answer would be impossible. On the other hand, every university has different goals and profiles. So, I suggest two shorter questions:

What's the best Faculty of Law?

What university would you recommend to your son or your daughter if they wanted to learn Law?

You will discover the two answers after reading this article. But we are going to look at the real criteria of the students (and their parents) to choose one or another faculty:

  1. The distance between their university and their home.  It's an important aspect, because affects different questions for young people and families: time and price of commuting, possibilities of living in a students' flat, etc.
  2. By word of mouth: before choosing a university, students talk to friends and they analyze:
    1. Facilities: for instance, campus surroundings, number of students, etc..
    2. Atmosphere and relationship between students and teachers. This includes punctuality, polite manners of all the staff, etc.
    3. Difficulty of studies.
  3. Prestige: this is a very vague idea. We could mention here the headlines about one faculty in the newspapers, the teachers' reputation, the impact of advertising, etc.

All these aspects are important. But we also need an objective and impartial system to evaluate the different faculties.  Here are some examples:

  • The examination for American lawyers organised by the American Bar Association. This scrutiny offers real information about the position of every student and every Law school (like a big NBA drafts!).
  • The future national examination for Spanish lawyers should imitate the American procedure. That is: students' classification and schools' classification.
  • The Spanish Government should publish the results of the students -and their universities- in their examination to access to some jobs of civil service: judges, prosecutors, financial inspectors, job inspectors, etc. This could be done now.
  • Actually, in Spain this method is used to obtain a driver's license, aviation pilot's license, etc. In these cases, the foundation of schools is relatively easy, but their students are tested by impartial authorities.

In conclusion, the answer to our two questions is impossible until we have an examination with two characteristics:

  1. First: the examination body should be an independent public authority.
  2. Second: the aspirant should show one part of his ability (or his lessons or his C.V.) at public speaking, in front of an audience.

If that examination (or other objective systems) doesn't exist, the students and their families will continue paying a high price without knowing the quality of service which they receive.


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