LL.M. International and European Union Law

Riga Graduate School of Law

Application deadline: 9 July 2014 - Later applications may be submitted but they are subject to availability of places
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 63 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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Description

The core RGSL programme, International and European Union law, covers the fundamental pillars of legal science and theory through specialised tracks that include:

  • European Union Law
  • Public International Law and Human Rights
  • International Commercial Law

Each course track comprises a period of theoretical study and class work, followed by a master’s thesis. The programme is structured as:

  • A 40-credit, one-year academic programme for those who already completed a 160-credit (240 ECTS credits) bachelor’s degree in Law or equivalent.

The 1-year master's programme consists of 20 weeks of theoretical study with an interaction of law and other disciplines emphasised within each course track and 20 weeks devoted to thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master's degree (LL.M) in International and European Law.
The programme is also offered on a part-time basis with the duration of the part time programme dependent on the schedule tailored to the student. Normally, the duration of study is doubled. For example, the one-year programme followed on a part-time basis takes two years to complete. The programme is structured as:

  • an 81-credit, two-year professional programme for those who already completed a 120-credit (180 ECTS credits) bachelor’s degree in Law.

The two-year professional master's programme consists of 35 weeks of theoretical study, 26 internship weeks, and 20 weeks devoted to thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a Master's degree (LL.M) in International and European Law; and a Latvian lawyer’s certification.

Contents

Courses are offered from each of the three specialised lines of the school, comprising Public International Law and Human Rights, Transborder Commercial Law and European Union Law and Policy. Students have to complete minimum of 8 substantive courses, specialized courses, as well as defend their master thesis if they have chosen 1 year programme.

Alternatively, 11 substantive courses, additional specialized courses and defence of the master thesis is required if students have chosen to follow 2 year (professional) programme.

The following substantive courses are offered:

  • International Law System and Human Rights: Theory and Development
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Changing European Human Rights Law
  • Business and Human Rights
  • State Responsibility in International Law
  • Private International Law and International Civil Procedure
  • Trade Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
  • International Sales Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Comparative Contract and Commercial Law
  • EU Company Law
  • Integration of Political Economy
  • Environmental Law
  • Integration and European Court of Justice
  • Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques
  • External Relations of the European Union
  • Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

During the teaching weeks, students will normally follow 2 courses offered for each 6-week period. Students may also choose to study on a part-time basis, following only 1 course at a time. Thus a part-time study will normally take double the time of a full-time study, but students may also choose a mixed part-time and full-time approach.

The full-time teaching week usually comprises 12 contact hours, with lectures and seminars in the 2 selected courses, as well as specialized courses consisting of master thesis support sessions, legal English, legal research and legal ethics.

The teaching is based on case discussions with active student participation, involving both general studies and specific course assignments. Different teaching methods are used to encourage student participation, including Moot courts and study groups.

Within the full-time teaching week, in average 26 academic hours are reserved for student preparation.
The thesis support comprises individual work together with individual tutoring and joint sessions, where the purpose is to give feedback on the work in progress, and to assist the student in choosing the topic and methodology of the thesis.

Requirements

Available to individuals with at least 240 ECTS credits (160 Latvian credits) Bachelor degree in Law or equivalent.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Latvian.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Language requirements

English

Accepted proof of proficiency: IELTS 5.5+, TOEFL IBT 69+ or TOEFL paper based test 525+

As the teaching language is English, students must demonstrate a strong command of the language. Students whose native language is English or have completed their schooling or first degree at an English-speaking university or institution are generally exempt from the language requirement.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 5.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 525
TOEFL iBT® test: 69

Funding

Grants and stipends

  • Early Admissions Lottery

An Early Admissions Lottery allows this year’s applicants to win one academic year of tuition-free studies – one spot in the Bachelor programmes and one in the Masters programmes. In order to participate, applicants should submit their documents for early admission before 17 March. Apply online: apply.rgsl.edu.lv

  • Civil Society Leadership Awards for an LL.M programme in Public International Law and Human Rights

RGSL is pleased to announce a competition for the Civil Society Leadership Awards for an LL.M programme in Public International Law and Human Rights. 5 full Scholarships are on offer at RGSL to applicants from the following countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Laos, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. Successful applicants will receive the following support for studies at RGSL - tuition and mandatory university fees, monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses, program-related travel, accident and sickness insurance during the program, funds for educational materials and possible internship support.

Applicants must satisfy standard RGSL entry requirements with respect to educational background and English proficiency. Scholarships are available to individuals with bachelor’s or master’s degree in law or related fields (or will be awarded a degree prior to admission to the programme), obtained in at least four years long studies. Scholarships are available to individuals who in the future want actively contribute to the civil society development of their home countries. Applicants must indicate current place of employment and specify the applicant's future plans to contribute to the development of civil society in the home country after completing the LL.M programme. The deadline for the application submission is 17 March 2014. Learn more: Civil Society Leadership Awards. Apply online: https://apply.rgsl.edu.lv/courses/course/10

  • RGSL Tuition Fee Waivers for new Bachelor and Master students from abroad

RGSL offers tuition fee waivers to foreign students on the Bachelor and Masters programmes for the academic year 2014/2015. RGSL strives to make their programmes more accessible to students from Europe and all over the world, and encourages students to enrol in the university that offers a highly respected international law education.

In order to apply for a scholarship which shall cover tuition fee for one academic year, the candidate must submit application documents and a letter of motivation concerning the opportunity to receive this scholarship. The RGSL Tuition Fee Waivers Committee shall review all applications, taking into consideration the applicant's academic performance (overall average grade) and compliance with admission requirements according to the Rules of Admission and Study Agreement. Only those students, who are not currently registered as residents of Latvia, are considered as foreign students and eligible for a study place tuition waiver. The commission may take into account geographical criteria when considering tuition fee waivers.

In the next academic year RGSL will offer one free study place in each Bachelor programme – "Law and Diplomacy" and "Law and Business", and one spot in the Masters programmes – "Law and Finance", "Legal Linguistics" and "International and European Law" (and its sub-programmes).

The deadline for the free study place application submission is 17 March 2014. Apply online: apply.rgsl.edu.lv

  • RGSL Excellence Award for Outstanding Local Applicant

RGSL offers free study places to outstanding local secondary school graduates for the academic year 2014/2015. The Excellence Award for Outstanding Local Applicant, which covers tuition fees for one semester, has been established to give the most promising students who strive for excellence a chance to choose quality education in their homeland. RGSL will offer one free study place in the Bachelor study programme "Law and Diplomacy" and one in "Law and Business".

In order to apply for the Excellence Award, future students must submit their application documents and a motivation letter about the opportunity to study at RGSL for free. The RGSL Tuition Fee Waivers Committee will review all applications, taking into consideration the applicant's academic performance (weighted average grade) and compliance with admission requirements according to the Rules of Admission and Study Agreement. Only residents of Latvia are eligible for the Excellence Award for Outstanding Local Applicant. Apply online: apply.rgsl.edu.lv

  • Student grants for Legal Linguistics Masters programme

In 2014/2015 study year student grants will be available and financed by the Latvian State at the Legal Linguistics masters programme. Grants will be available for candidates from Latvia and EU countries. The entrance test will take place on 10 July 16.00. For detailed information see Rules of Admission.

  • RGSL Student Excellence Award

To acknowledge achievements of RGSL students, to celebrate academic excellence and to foster motivational atmosphere, RGSL have established RGSL Student Excellence Award. Every semester success of RGSL students will be evaluated and award granted to the best students on each bachelor and masters programmes. The Award will grant 100% tuition fee waivers for the next semester for one outstanding student in the Law and Diplomacy and one - in the Law and Buisness study programme at each study year. Additional 100% tuition fee waivers will be granted for Law and Finance and International and European Law (and related) masters programmes students - one spot for each programme.

  • Other RGSL Tuition Fee Waivers

To support students from various social groups, to support loyalty of students, graduates and RGSL employees and promote applications from prospective students, RGSL offers additional Fee Waivers for RGSL employees, children of RGSL employees, siblings of students of the RGSL, orphans, persons with 1st or 2nd degree of disability, graduates of RGSL bachelor programmes and graduates of SSE Riga. Learn more about the tution fee waivers at RGSL in the Riga Graduate Schoolof Law Regulation on Tuition Fee Waivers.

Other available sources for the grants and stipends

  • The Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme - Turkey

The Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme which is implemented under EU funding, aims to increase the number of experts in the EU field and support Turkey’s administrative capacity building efforts for the effective implementation of the EU acquis, within the framework of Turkey’s negotiation process for full membership to the EU. Approximately 130 scholarships will be granted for the 2013-2014 academic year. Deadline for applications is 10 February 2014.

  • Latvian Government Scholarship for the academic year 2013/2014 in Latvia for representatives from the following countries:

Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium (Flanders Community and French Community of Belgium), Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

  • Foreign governments' study grants (Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia)
  • Armins Rusis Stipend Fund scholarship

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Accreditation

RGSL is fully accredited institution without time limitations. All seven RGSL Masters programmes and two Bachelor programmes are accredited.RGSL has a solid tradition in providing various programmes with a focus on law and with an interdisciplinary approach to other fields of study.

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