Founded in June 1913 on the initiative of Afonso Costa, President of the 5th Government of the Republic, the University of Lisbon School of Law (FDUL) opened its doors in December of that year, with a small body of professors – seven Ph.D. and undergraduate degree holders – and a school attendance of a few dozen students. More than 100 years later, FDUL is now the largest and most prestigious and influential law school in the country, with more than 4500 students from different nationalities, 200 professors and researchers, 5 research centres and institutional links to 10 legal institutes. It is no surprise that its chairs have been filled by so many outstanding figures of Portuguese life, including three Presidents of the Republic and eight Heads of Government.
As it celebrates its centennial history, the School maintains cooperation agreements with Brazil, China and the United States, and provides Master’s and Ph.D. programmes in several countries in which Portuguese is the official language – Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor, playing a fundamental role in cultivating the Portuguese legal culture. The internationalisation of study programmes and teaching is also supported by the growing number of foreign professors that visit the school and of its exchange students.
The FDUL vibrant life is also present in its improvement capability with constant legal and academic production, debate and research, the bet on innovative legal education, including clinics, job shadowing, social responsibility activities and the involvement of students in its management.
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Prof. Rute Saraiva – Head of the Social Responsibility Office