The most distant source of the creation of the Law School (ED) should be sought at the time of foundation of the University of Minho (UMinho). The first Rector, Professor Carlos Lloyd Braga, at a meeting held in the Legal Association of Braga, April 6, 1974, provided for the creation of a Department of Legal Sciences (Diário do Minho, of 04.07.1974). Installation Committee of the University, in view of this goal, was also part of the Professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral.
The most decisive boost to the creation of the Law School was the attitude of Professor Sérgio Machado dos Santos to have included this purpose in the "Programme of Action", dated March 1990, which formed the basis for his candidacy and election Rector UMinho. This program could read (pp. 13-14) as programmatic objective, "the study and start-up courses in new areas of knowledge, particularly of the law."
And between 1990 and 1993 was set up a task force, headed by Professor Antonio Candido de Oliveira, responsible for drawing up the proposal to create the Law Degree.
On February 1, 1993, the University Senate approved unanimously and by acclamation, the Law Degree. Were created the foundations of the third school of public law of the country - after the Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra and Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon - which began operating in the academic year 1993/1994.
The creation of the degree was accompanied, from the beginning, the institutionalization of an organizational structure corresponding to a school in installation, with a special regulation on the Scientific Council was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. This Scientific Council were part Distinguished Teachers of public universities law schools in the country, the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Porto, the law faculties of the University of Santiago de Compostela and La Coruña and other Schools of the University of Minho. The work of these dedicated teachers and competent presidency of the two Vice-Rectors (Professor Victor Aguiar e Silva and Professor acylium Rock) were crucial to the scientific maturity of the School.
The Law School in 2005 acquired the status of school with full autonomy. The sense of autonomy assumes an important meaning here, but relative. The consolidation work of a school is a very long work, to continue to be promising, as it has been, requires continued commitment and sense of responsibility of all teachers, students and staff.
A quick note to point out that all the tremendous effort put in the qualification of teachers allowed to achieve a very important result: is the third School of Law in the country in number of teachers with a doctoral degree. It was also the first School of Public Law that in the academic year 2006/07, started a Law Degree with a plan of appropriate studies to Bologna. This study program lasts four years (eight semesters), conferring the degree of Master of Law. In these four years is assured the student structuring the necessary training to a legal expert. The aim of Law Degree is essentially that of forming jurists with solid basic skills, able to perform the functions that traditionally are entrusted to them, including the Judiciary, Law, Public Administration, Registration and Notary and Judicial Police, as well as exercise more innovative activities, in clear expansion, such as counseling and reasoning of decisions in private and public organizations, national and international.
The Law School is based in Gualtar Campus of the University of Minho in Braga, having own premises, in a written building Architect José Gomes Fernandes. At the Law School the following areas are:
- A room of acts;
- Two auditoriums;
- Four rooms of seminary classes;
- An audience of simulation room;
- The law library;
- The library Salgado Zenha;
- The CEJUR documentation center;
- Room of researchers;
- The facilities of the management bodies and administrative services;
- The offices of teachers;
- The student associations - Elsa UMinho and AEDUM;
- The CEJUR
This school offers programs in:
- Portuguese (Portugal)