Master Law

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR619 Module (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
KU Leuven - University of Leuven | Leuven, Belgium
Starting in the academic year 2014-15, the law faculties of KU Leuven and the University of Zürich are offering a two- years Master of Law programme hosted jointly in Leuven and Zurich. Students spend their first year in Leuven and their second year in Zurich. This is a 'double degree' programme taught entirely in English.

Description of Law


Starting in the academic year 2014-15, the law faculties of KU Leuven and the University of Zürich are offering a two- years Master of Law programme hosted jointly in Leuven and Zurich. Students spend their first year in Leuven and their second year in Zurich. This is a 'double degree' programme taught entirely in English.

The programme focuses on each institution's strengths: International and European Law in Leuven and Arbitration Law, Financial Law and Human Rights in Zurich. Switzerland is a centre of arbitration and banking, and many international institutions are based here.

Upon completion of the programme, students receive a double degree - , one from KU Leuven and another from University of Zurich. A double degree from two leading law faculties in Europe will be of enormous added value for your future professional career in an international context.
Each partner university will select fifteen students to participate in this programme.

After graduation

Direct access:

  • Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics (Leuven et al)

Career paths

The Master of Law programme is a stepping stone to an interesting legal career. As experts in European and international law, our students work in international law firms, a wide variety of public service fields at all levels of the government and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Our graduates are also recruited by non-governmental organisations and companies in the private sector.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline March 1; June 1 EU
Tuition fee
  • EUR 619 Module (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 619 Module (EEA)

€ 619,9 (full-time registration) or € 340,9 (part-time registration)

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

In this Master program we provide students with both a comprehensive and deepened knowledge of European or International law. In doing so the knowledge and reflective capacities acquired in the national Bachelor of Law programme, wherever followed in the world, are put in a specific transnational perspective, allowing the student in turn to get a better understanding also of his national legal context.

The Master program also accentuates the need for a good methodological and comparative legal training. As such the clustering of some basic courses of European respectively international law, will give the student the opportunity to explore a wider subject matter, whilst a series of options will nevertheless allow the student further specialization in a specific area of European or international law.

As European and international law are interwoven, it is also made that the student next to his major choice for European or international law, will also address respectively international or European law. The Master paper as no other element of the program will show the ability of the student to integrate his national law, European law and international law understanding into a, largely methodically and comparatively based, capacity to view a legal problem in a truly legal holistic perspective.

As such the student will be made fit for functioning in truly international and multidisciplinary surroundings, - be it international institutions, multinational enterprises or international law firms, combining an open mind with an in depth knowledge of the area of law he or she has specialized in.

  • Compulsory courses

    Students must attend all compulsory courses.

    • Constitutional Law of the European Union
    • Public International Law
    • Substantive Law of the European Union
    • International and European Human Rights Law
    • European Perspectives on Religion and Meaning
  • Special elective courses

    Students choose a major (at least 24 ECTS) and a minor (at least 16 ECTS)

    • Major

      Students choose a major.

      • Major: European Law

      • Major: International Law

    • Minor

      Students choose a minor, different from the choice of the major.

      • Minor: European Law

      • Minor: International Law

  • Additional elective courses

    Students choose additional elective courses for a total of at least 20 ECTS.
    They can choose among: - the courses listed hereunder; - special elective courses for as long as they are not as well chosen as minor or major courses; - subject to the approval by the Board of the Law Faculty, students may also take one or more not-law related courses up to a maximum of 8 ECTS credits taught in other initial Master programme's at KU Leuven.
    They must be courses for which the student has not yet taken any exam in the framework of another degree or certificate. Language courses are not eligible.

    • European Social Security Law
    • Discrimination Law
    • Humanitarian and Security Law from a European Perspective
    • European Labour Law
    • Chinese Law from a European Perspective
    • Transport Law
    • Global Law
  • Reflection courses

    Students choose reflection courses for a total of 8 ECTS.

    • Philosophy of Law
    • European Legal History
    • Law and Religion
    • The Court of Justice and the Emerging Common Law of Europe
    • Economic Analysis of Law
    • European Legal Theory
  • Master's Thesis

    Students must attend the Compulsory Seminar, must choose 1 Elective Seminar, must attend the Master's Seminar and must write a Master's Paper.

    • Seminar: Compulsory Course

      Students must attend the compulsory seminar.

        • International and European Law, Seminar
    • Seminar: Elective Course

      Students choose 1 seminar for at least 4 ECTS, to be selected from the list of Dutch courses of the Master's programme without an English equivalent and for which the chair accepts individual guidance in English. These seminars concern Value Added Tax, Comparative Federalism, The Law of Property, European Civil Procedure, Eastern Europe Law and the Enforcement of Social Law.

      • Belasting over de toegevoegde waarde
      • Federale systemen
      • Goederenrecht
      • Europees burgerlijk procesrecht
      • Oost-Europees recht
      • Sociaal handhavingsrecht
    • Paper

      Students must attend the Master's Seminar and must write a Master's Paper.

      • Master's Seminar
      • Master's Paper


The ideal prospective student:
  • - has basic knowledge of local, European and international law and has a general understanding of the mutual relationship between these three systems of law:
  • - is capable of situating law in its social, historic and geographical context and is capable of subjecting law to critical, reflective research:
  • - has mastered and sufficiently extended his/her ability to reason in the abstract and his/her ability to achieve a synthesis and analysis in order to think in a creative and law-forming manner:
  • - has acquired the juristic manner to reason and argue:
  • - has knowledge of sources typical of law:
  • - has core skills in written and oral expression in English.

Requirements for Law

Direct admission:
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor in de rechten
To be admitted applicants have to show a satisfactory level of proficiency in English. The language requirement consists of a minimum level of knowledge of the English language Toefl test minimum 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), 100 (internet based), I.E.L.T.S. minimum score of 7.5 or Cambridge-Proficiency level certificate.

Work Experience for Law

No work experience is required.

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