The main aims of the Católica | Lisbon School of Law are the teaching and research of Law. However, the School does not ignore its social surroundings, and acts in a responsible and alert manner.
As any organisation which aims to contribute not only towards profit or the advantage of its members, but also towards a more just and cooperative society – in economic as well as cultural and environmental terms -, we have undertaken some social responsibility initiatives.
Some of those measures are:
Justice Maria dos Prazeres Beleza Scholarship
The aim of the Justice Maria dos Prazeres Beleza Scholarship programme is to support academically promising students that, due to their economic situation, lack the funds to pay for their Undergraduate Degree fees.
Social responsibility concerns everyone and therefore the curriculum at the Católica | Lisbon School of Law comprises courses which seek to heighten students’ awareness of economically deprived situations or issues with a potential short- or long-term impact on the quality of people’s lives.
- Law and Volunteer Work
Such is the case of Law and Volunteer Work, a 2nd term optional course where interactive classes provide the students with a deep understanding of social sector and volunteer work law, both of which are pivotal for undertaking volunteer projects. Later, during field work, the students develop intervention skills and accompany specific social solidarity projects.
- Environmental Law Course
The Environmental Law Course, a 2nd term optional course, aims not only at equipping students with relevant technical knowledge, but also at raising their civic and participatory awareness. More specifically, drawing on the assumption that each one of us can contribute to the promotion of better environmental behaviour, each academic year Environmental Law students are asked to participate in a common project. Some past initiatives included the purchase of a compost centre for the Católica University campus, the planting of a herb garden on campus, and the purchase of filtered water fountains and bicycle parking facilities installed on campus.
GApA – Student Support Office
Social Service is also taken into account by the School. The Student Support Office (GAPA) helps students in a fragile or deprived situation get socio-economic aid (DGES Scholarships and UCP Social Support), gain access to information about accommodation and to personal development programmes (professional development and volunteer work), as well as obtain individual psycho-educational support.
Occasionally, through the Career Office, students have the opportunity to practice in social welfare associations, which allows them close contact with cases in which social responsibility is critical. Here is a list of some organisations which participate in volunteer projects with the Career Office:
- Acredita Portugal
- APAV – Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima (Portuguese Association for Victim Support)
- Aldeias de Crianças SOS (Children Villages SOS)
- Amnistia Internacional (Amnesty International)
- Associação de Mulheres contra a Violência (Association of Women against Violence)
- Associação Sorriso Solidário
- Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (Portuguese Red Cross)
- Para Onde – Member of the Service Civil International (SCI) Network
- Quercus (National Association for Nature Conservation)