After the mass exodus that occurred in the 13th century, especially in 1306 and 1321, students continued to move from the University of Bologna to the University of Padova, presenting plenty of advantages for the latter.
In particular, in 1321, a number of jurists from Bologna swarmed to Imola. From there, some moved on to Siena and others embarked on their journey to Padua. This group had negotiated very beneficial pacts with municipal representatives, including the notary Albertino Mussato, who was awarded the title of graduate poet in 1315 before the Senate and the University of Padova. He was given this title in recognition of his work (he wrote numerous poems in Latin and three historiographic works about Padua and the March of Treviso) and based on merit, thereby becoming the first poet to possess this title.
In order to define relations with the jurists from Bologna, the Municipality of Padua created four “general negotiators” with the task (and power) of consolidating existing pacts and agreeing others, thereby ensuring that the University could become even more prestigious. The agreements stated that the regulations already applicable to students in Bologna would also be adopted in Padua and that the University would be governed according to the rules of Bologna, thereby enabling jurists from the “Alma Mater” to easily “transfer” to the city under Carraresi rule.