Masters in Law

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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an internationally recognised postgraduate degree generally acquired after one year of full-time legal studies. Law students and professionals typically pursue a LL.M. to deepen their legal expertise and to enhance their career prospects. To be considered for an LL.M. degree, most universities require a professional degree in law, while others accept first degrees in related areas. An alternative to the Master of Laws is the Graduate Diploma in Law, offering more flexible learning objectives.

Academic institutions offer either generalist LL.M. degrees or specialised programmes in various legal fields. Specialist areas include international and European public law, environmental law, corporate and commercial law, taxation, human rights and social justice, criminal justice and criminology, among others. Most LL.M. programmes blend coursework and research, group tasks, seminars and real case studies. Some programmes are rather research-oriented requiring a written thesis

Law students will need to prove their analytical, reasoning and critical judgement skills, but they will also make use of persuasive communication abilities. Attention to detail and the capacity to manage substantial amounts of information will prove essential for their career success.

Most LL.M. graduates profess as lawyers in the business sector, for governmental institutions or for a non-profit organisation. Other work opportunities include careers as law professors, judges, diplomats, politicians, legal counsellor, mediator and many more.

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Suggested Masters in Master of Laws (LLM)

L.L.M. Comparative Constitutional Law

The Comparative Constitutional Law Program at Central European University (CEU) Legal Studies was established in 1992, and remains the only LLM program of its kind in the world. Over the years the Program had students from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, North America, while more recently we have been also having an increase in the number of students from Africa and the Americas.

Hungary
L.L.M. Human Rights and Migration

Understanding how international and European legal instruments influence the position and mobility of citizens in the EU and how the major international documents and courts protect the rights of individuals. The Master's in Human Rights and Migration will give you insight into the dynamic nature of European legislation and international human rights treaties with a practical perspective.

Netherlands
L.L.M. European Law

Develop your understanding and knowledge of European Union law and pursue a legal career with a strong international dimension. In the Master's in European Law you can focus on competition law, company law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law, insolvency law and public international law, and obtain a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.

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L.L.M. United States Law - Human Rights Law

Santa Clara University School of Law offers the United States Law - Human Rights Law Master of Law. We offer to lawyers, judges and law professors an opportunity to experience the evolving legal culture of the world from the vantage point of our overseas programs’ dynamic centers of commerce and learning throughout the world.

United States