The Law Department, the oldest one among the Schools of the University of Catania, was established in the XIV century and its old and renowned tradition has been widely appreciated up to the present. Its faculty represents an important point of reference and a centre of excellence for the Sicilian and Italian cultural and professional élites, promoting and practicing an ethos of teaching and research highly valued in the context of legal studies and global legal education.
In 2018, the Department earned the important recognition of "Department of excellency" by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education.
Teaching and research
The Law School's reputation for teaching and research methods and quality involving a wide range of legal disciplines in many specialized fields, has significantly contributed to the distinctive tradition of Italian academic education, focusing on a growing range of topics and issues designed to develop highly qualified knowledges and skills for critically understanding the contemporary world. The Law School’s teaching programme is not only aimed at providing our students with an in-depth knowledge of contents, structures and interactions of legal systems, but also at allowing them to understand and to manage these dynamics, acquiring the tools needed to respond to an extremely competitive and even more "globalized" labour market.
The Department has established about 80 inter-institutional agreements for exchange students as well as several possibilities for foreign students and Ph.D. candidates to spend time in our Law School.
Besides a wide range of courses in Italian, the Department of Law offers a number of courses in English. The main objective of the English courses catalogue is to offer both Italian and exchange students the opportunity to attend optional classes proposing an in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of Italian, comparative, EU and International Law. While there are no formal language requirements, an upper intermediate level in English (CEFRL level B2) is deemed appropriate.
The library of the Law School, located in the Law Department of Catania University, offers access to a vast array of volumes, including several digital collection and resources for the benefit of the School's faculty and students as well as many authorized external users. The library owns an asset of about 300,000 monographic volumes and 4,000 newspapers and magazines. The historical section comprises a rich archive of common law and modern law made up of 5,000 editions from the 15th-18th centuries and an assemblage of microfilms reproducing legal manuscripts from the Middle Ages.