LL.M. International and European Union Law

Riga Graduate School of Law

Application deadline: Early admission deadline - 17 March, General admission deadline - 8 July 2015
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 63 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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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.


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.


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


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



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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