Master of Law, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    906 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    906 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #90 (ARWU) ,
From the academic year 2014-15 on, the law faculties of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and the University of Zurich have been offering a double degree programme, fully taught in English. It is a two-year master’s programme that involves one year of study in Leuven and another one in Zurich. The Master of Law programme is offered at University of Leuven.

About

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 the 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.

Objectives:

Knowledge and insight

The student has a basic knowledge of law and also a thorough, consolidated knowledge of their national, European and International law and develops a clear vision on the interaction among the three of them whereby he/she integrates the expertise in positive law with insight into the principles of law.

The student does as well have specialized knowledge and insight in the two main legal areas offered, European and International law, just as a profound knowledge in a wide-range of transversal legal areas that express the relation and interaction between the different, basic, legal areas and the dynamism and renovation of the Law.

The student can frame legal arguments and legal reasoning in a social, historical or value based context as a result of a critical and reflective basic attitude towards the law, human beings and society in general terms.

General legal skills

The students adopt a systematic method when approaching complex legal or social-related questions. He/she is able to make an independent legal analysis and synthesis of problems. The students have the capacity to offer adequate solutions and adopt clarifying, problem solving points of view.

Scientific - legal related skills

The student handles one or more legal areas with an independent and scientific approach. He/she can apply his legal knowledge, insight and skills when accomplishing independent legal research.

Career perspectives

The Master of Law programme at University of Leuven 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Swiss Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Rechtspraxis)
  • International Finance Law
  • International Human Rights

      Audience

        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
        • is capable of subjecting law to critical, reflective research

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Credits
              120 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score:

              7.5

              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

              Take IELTS test
            • Minimum required score:

              600

              The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

            • Minimum required score:

              100

              The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

            Academic Requirements

            • Bachelor of Laws
            To be admitted applicants have to submit:
            • the proof of knowledge the English language. The admitted test are: Toefl with a minimum score of 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), 100 (internet based), I.E.L.T.S. with a minimum score of 7.5 or the Cambridge-Proficiency level certificate
            • a motivation letter

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              906 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
            • EU/EEA

              906 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

            Living costs for Leuven

            870 - 1,300 EUR/month
            Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

            Funding

            StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.