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.
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.
€ 619,9 (full-time registration) or € 340,9 (part-time registration)
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.
Students must attend all compulsory courses.
Special elective courses
Students choose a major (at least 24 ECTS) and a minor (at least 16 ECTS)
Students choose a major.
Major: European Law
Major: International Law
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.
Students choose reflection courses for a total of 8 ECTS.
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.
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.
Students must attend the Master's Seminar and must write a Master's Paper.
No work experience is required.
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