Our Missions and Goals

We believe our mission is to prepare our students in the best possible way to become responsible professionals, leaders in the area of law as well as in a work environment, in state institutions and in their private lives. We want them to become active participants in upholding the rule of law and legal institutions in our society.

The main goal of our Faculty is to become an academic centre for professionals here and abroad.  Besides offering high quality teaching and research possibilities, we aim to take an active part in the development processes in Serbia and the entire region.

Core Values

While our main goal is to broaden our students’ understanding of the law and to help them acquire the necessary skills, in our work we also promote the core values of a democratic political culture – tolerance, moral code and the use of right arguments in a dialogue.

Our Faculty is dedicated to nurturing academic and scientific freedoms.

In our everyday work we encourage exchanges of opinions and ideas and a culture of scientific work among our students and our staff.

And finally, our Faculty is here to inspire our students to be even more creative and we are always here to support their ideas and initiatives.

Why Us

During the course of their studies, our students have more law-related subjects than is typical of the majority of Law Schools.

The Union University Faculty of Law is renowned for its modern approach to teaching law that brings together the theory of law and its practical application. Our Faculty of Law is different from other similar institutions because alongside standard law-related subjects we also teach modern disciplines such as EU law, Media law, Medical law, Legal ethics, Ecology law, Information Technology law, Children’s rights, etc…

Our study programmes are planned and harmonised with respective study programmes of other Law faculties in Europe.

Eminent professors and renowned legal experts in various key practice areas teach at our Faculty including Prof. dr dr h.c. Vladimir Vodinelić, Prof. dr Vesna Rakić-Vodinelić, Prof. dr emeritus Momčilo Grubač, Prof. dr Dragoljub Popović, Prof. dr Jakov Radišić, Prof. dr Zoran Ivošević as visiting professor, Prof. dr Bogoljub Milosavljević, Prof. dr Dušan Kitić, Prof. dr Zlatko Stefanović and others.

A group of young lecturers who studied at prestigious law faculties abroad such as London School of Economics, Sorbonne, Columbia University, Central European University, University of Connecticut, University of Leicester, provide a significant reinforcement to our teaching methods.

Teachers at this Faculty have represented Serbia in a number of UN and Council of Europe institutions as well as with professional organisations around Europe. One of our professors – Prof. dr Dragoljub Popović was the first Serbian judge to serve at the European Court of Human Rights.

Our organisation provides students with easy access to teachers and teaching assistants.

Types of studies

Three degrees are available in Law:

BA in Law – basic academic studies of Law lasting four years and basic academic studies of Law lasting three years.

MA in Law – master academic studies of Law

PhD in Law – doctoral academic studies of Law

Within the framework or permanent cooperation with scientific and educational institutions from abroad and in order to acquaint our students with experiences and norms in comparative and international law, the Faculty hosts lectures by visiting professors as well as seminars on current law related topics. In order to improve our students’ understanding of the practical side of the legal profession, we involve judges, lawyers, public prosecutors and other legal experts in the teaching process.

Classrooms and lecture halls

Teaching takes place in modern classrooms and lecture halls equipped with modern technology for video and Power Point presentations.

BA courses are taught in two lecture halls (200 and 800 seats respectively) and four classrooms (55 seats each).

Library and reading room

Our library doors are always open to our students and there are over 12,000 books at our students’ disposal, together with a reading room with 60 desks that remains open throughout the year.

Computer room

The computer room can accommodate 30 students at any given time and is equipped with computers with access to Microsoft Office Applications, Paragraf Lex and the internet. The computer room is open from Monday to Friday.

 

Hands-on studies

Every year, the Faculty organises internships for our students at Basic and High courts in Belgrade. These internships are aimed at 3rd and 4th year students taking courses in Civil and Criminal procedure. During the internship, the students are present at trials, perform certain duties set by the judges and attend lectures given by the judges.

The internship programme includes: visiting the courts and learning about the organisation and court administration; attending trials in criminal and civil procedures; analysing court cases with the judges and hearing lectures given by judges on these procedures from the point of view of court practices.

During their internship, the students have also visited the land registry department of the First Basic court in Belgrade as well as the state land registry as part of their practice sessions in Property law. Internships are also available at the Public Attorney’s Office. In addition, our students are often given an opportunity to work as volunteers at Public Attorney’s Office as well as at Magistrates’ Courts.

Summer internships are also organised by our Faculty at a number of attorneys’ offices for our fourth year students.

We also organise visits to correctional facilities – Belgrade County Jail and specialised prison hospital and correctional facilities in Padinska Skela, Požarevac and Sremska Mitrovica.

Publishing

Besides teaching, our Faculty is also involved in book publishing, making its contribution to furthering legal thought. We publish our own course books written by our teachers. The course books contain all the study materials required to pass exams.

The Faculty also publishes reference books, manuals and law commentaries.

Pravni Zapisi – our science magazine Seeing as it is expected of scientific institutions to engage in publishing scientific works, and seeing as institutions of higher education are scientific institutions, it was a logical next step for the Union University Faculty of Law to launch a scientific magazine entitled Pravni Zapisi (writings in law). In more stable societies their Law magazines enjoy the stability and reliability of their legal systems where everything works both horizontally and vertically. Owing to our transitional experiences, our legal system is not entirely rounded or complete or consistent. At the same time, it is extremely challenging because it allows our authors to perceive and offer solutions for a number of legal anomalies and problems that survive in a general confusion of laws and regulations. Naturally, this is not the only reason our magazine exists. It also includes debates on philosophy, the history and the future of the law because all these ingredients are essential in attaining a stable legal system and legal order.

The magazine is published twice a year and the first edition appeared in 2010. It consists of articles, reports, news, student contributions, comments on various court rulings and bibliographies and it is always open to introducing new items. The magazine is published by the Faculty but it welcomes all contributions to our efforts in order to establish a relevant magazine which will be a reliable source of information to all those involved in creating, implementing and guarding the Law.

The magazine editors come both from Serbia and abroad and our chief editors are Prof. dr Zoran Ivošević and Prof. dr dr h.c. Vladimir Vodinelić.

In order to maintain high standards of our publications, all articles undergo two rounds of anonymous reviewing before they are published. In order to attain the highest possible standards, Pravni Zapisi uses the online journal management system ASEESTANT, and starting with our 1/2012 edition it is SCI indexed and is available in full-text. Articles are published in Serbian, English, French, German and other languages.

Student career guidance and employment help centre

In order to assist our students in their careers, gaining experience and finding employment, we have established a help centre whose aim is to help our students in writing their professional resumes, motivation letters and in preparing all the paperwork they require in order to apply for grants and jobs.