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Master’s of Law – Antofagasta




4 Semesters


General Description

Given that law is a science with numerous areas of specialization, the Master’s Program in Law at the Universidad Católica del Norte focuses on building problem-solving capacity across a broad range of professional areas, responding to the requirements of a developing society.

The program has a solid educational foundation based on excellence and quality, and aims to train autonomous, socially responsible professionals with strong values. With modern facilities, academic support and a specialized library, this program equips students to face the challenges of postgraduate study.


The general and fundamental objective of this program is to train specialists capable of creatively resolving complex problems within the legal profession in general, and the areas of specialization offered in particular.

Specific Objectives

  • To transmit relevant and up-to-date knowledge on key topics within the legal field.
  • To apply this knowledge to realistic, complex scenarios, giving students practice in problem solving in real contexts.
  • To develop the skills necessary in order to practice as a legal professional and take on the challenges posed by the new forms of litigation that are gradually and irreversibly being incorporated into civil and criminal law in Chile.

Candidate Profile

The program is aimed at graduates holding an Undergraduate Degree in Legal Sciences.

Plan of Studies

The program is divided into four academic semesters.

The first cycle of general studies covers the areas of research methodology, interpretation and sources, as well as the basic legal principles that form the foundation of the specializations offered later in the program.

The second cycle of the program includes a number of different courses divided into areas of specialization. By obtaining sufficient credits in a single area, students are able to graduate with a Master’s Degree and a Specialization in their chosen area. The available specializations are:

Company and Employment Law

Criminal Law and Criminal Process

Natural Resource Law

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During the second semester, students will take courses from their chosen area of specialization:

1)     Specialization in National Resource Law

  • Constitutional Foundations of Economic Activity, Property and Public Goods
  • Environmental Law
  • Water Law
  • Mining Law
  • Energy Law
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Territorial Planning Law
  • International Trade, Environment and Law

2)     Specialization in Company and Employment Law

  • Legal Organization and Resolution of Controversies within Companies
  • Moral Harm in Employment Contracts
  • Labor Conflicts and Collective Negotiation
  • Termination of Work Contracts
  • Civil Responsibilities of Company Owners
  • Tripartite Relationships in the Workplace
  • New Procedures for Selection Processes under Ley N° 20.720.
  • Building Awareness of the Fundamental Rights of Citizens and Workers

3)     Specialization in Criminal Law and Criminal Processes

  • Fundamental Issues in Accidents and Crime
  • White Collar Crime: Issues in Attribution of Responsibility
  • Crime in Border Zones: Human and Drug Trafficking
  • Trends in Probation Law
  • Decision-Making Powers of Judges in Criminal Law, Accusatory Procedure and Procedural Guarantees
  • Classical and Contemporary Issues in Sexual Offences
  • Essential Issues in Crimes against Property and Inheritance
  • Control of Procedural Resources

*Upon enrollment, students will opt for 5 of the above courses. Those with the highest number of registered students will be carried out in the second semester.


Candidates for the master’s will hold an undergraduate degree in Law from a Chilean university recognized by the Ministry of Education, or a properly validated legal degree from a foreign institution.


Applicants should submit the following documentation:

  • Application form.
  • Letter of application outlining the candidate’s reasons for applying to the program and the specialization that they have selected.
  • Detailed and documented CV.
  • Notarized copies of Degree Certificate and transcript of grades from undergraduate degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation.


General Fees $267.000.- (CLP)
1st Year Enrollment Fee $3.2375.000.- (CLP)
Total Program Fees: $6.750.000.- (CLP)
  • Admission 2018: Antofagasta only
  • Program fee does not include general fees or cost of academic diploma.


  • 15% discount for UCN graduates (Undergraduate and MGD).
  • 10% discount for Officers of Public Ministries and Public Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • 10% discount Officers of Judiciary Bodies.
  • 10% discount for other associations.


  • Ordinary applications period: October 1st 2015 to January 15th 2016.
  • Extraordinary applications period: October 16th to March 15th 2016 (if places are available).
  • Apply at ucn.cl (section “Postgraduate Programs”, “Online Admission”)

Campus and Schedules

Campus: Antofagasta and Coquimbo

Classes take place every 15 days on average for the first year, on Fridays from 18:00 to 22:00 and on Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00.

During the second year sessions will take place once a month.

Classes for academic year 2016 will start in April


Director: Alexis Mondaca Miranda
Email: amondaca@ucn.cl

Deputy Director: Christian Scheechler Corona
Email: cscheechler@ucn.cl

Secretary Antofagasta: Teresa Rodríguez Villalón
Telephone: (56-52) 2355710
Email: mgderechoantof@ucn.cl

Secretary Coquimbo: Evelyn Gallardo Pizarro
Telephone: (56-51) 2209991
Email: magisterderecho@ucn.cl

Website: http://www.ucn.cl/escuelasdederecho


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