LL.M. in European Law

The Advanced Masters in European law (LL.M. in European law) is organised by the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the ULB under the aegis of the ULB Institute of European Studies.

 

Why choose the ULB LL.M. in European law?

 

An advanced education at the heart of the European Union

The LL.M. in European law is aimed at students who would like to develop recognised expertise in EU law. The one-year programme provides both theoretical and practical training, allowing students to acquire a broad understanding of the fundamental principles of EU law and a cutting-edge knowledge of current issues, while specialising in areas of particular interest.

The teaching staff is composed of specialists from various legal and professional backgrounds: researchers, lawyers, members of the European institutions (European Commission, Court of Justice of the European Union, etc.). In order to favour a qualitative and interactive approach, admissions to the programme are limited and subject to evaluation by a specialised jury.

 

Bilingual formation in an international context

In order to emulate the dynamics that characterise European Union, we welcome students from all over Europe and beyond. In addition, our specialised Master’s programme is bilingual in English and French, which means that courses are taught in either language. This is an active choice as both are part of the working languages of the different European institutions.

 

ULB and IEE: the proximity of excellence

The Master’s degree benefits from the cooperation between the Law Faculty of the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and the Institute for European Studies (IEE). Through events and conferences organised by the Institute, the Faculty and the European Law Centre, students have privileged access to leading experts in the field of EU law.

 

Professional opportunities

Our advanced Master’s degree gives access to a wide range of professions related to European law and more generally to European integration. Our graduates are represented in law firms and at various levels of the European institutions, but also in NGOs, politics and academia. Some of them went back over their career paths on the occasion of the ULB year dedicated to the “Europe of Knowledge” in 2018 -2019, and their positions in the European Parliament (Diego Canga Fano), the European Commission (Clara Martínez Alberola), the European External Action Service (Sylvie Estriga) or the Court of Justice of the EU (Christopher Vajda) illustrate the diversity of the professional paths of the Master’s alumni, as well as the recognition of the quality of the training they acquired at ULB.

 

Acquired skills

– Expertise in EU law, including institutions and procedures

– Specialised knowledge acquired through the choice of one of the two modules

– A clear understanding of the challenges the EU faces

– Strong analytical skills, as well as oral and written argumentation skills

– Professionalization and practice of European law

– Professional proficiency of English and French

 

What is the programme of the Master of Specialisation in European Law?

The programme of the LL.M in European Law is structured as follows:

It includes a compulsory core curriculum for all students. The courses included in this core curriculum aim to give students the tools to understand European construction in a transversal way. In addition, students will have the opportunity to focus their course on an overarching area of European law, whether it be “European Economic Law” or the “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”.

Finally, students will be required to elaborate a graduation project (travail de fin d’études) in one of the following three forms:

– Research dissertation on a subject related to European law;

– Internship combined with the writing of an internship report;

– participation (subject to selection) in a moot court competition.

The full programme is available here.

 

Admission requirements

Admission to the Specialised Master is subject to a double examination. First, the central administration will check that the student meets the formal administrative requirements. Secondly, an academic jury will evaluate the quality of the application, based on the student’s profile, background and motivation.

The LL.M in EU law being an advanced law programme, with the objective of training experts in European Union law, access to the LL.M is in principle limited to holders of a Master’s degree in law representing 120 ECTS or to holders of foreign diplomas considered equivalent. The jury may however admit candidates with a variety of backgrounds if their academic track-record warrants it.

The Master’s programme is bilingual. Courses are taught in English or French. A good command of both languages (minimum level B2 according to the European framework) is required for access, to follow the courses and to pass the exams. However, no proof of knowledge is required upon registration.

 

How to apply for the Master of Specialisation in European Law?

All the information concerning the registration procedure for the Master of specialisation in European law is available here.

Students from non-EU countries can submit their application from 19 February to 30 April.

Students from EU countries can apply from 1 April to 30 September.