LL.M. European Law

College of Europe

Application deadline: UK: 31 January; Turkey, ENP countries: 1 February; Italy (Lombardia) : 15 February; Malta : 12 March
Tuition fee:
  • € 23,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 23,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 66 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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In addition to the Law programme, students also take part in the European General Studies Programme.

A specialised programme, European Law and Economic Analysis (ELEA), is offered to a limited number of students of the Legal Studies and Economics Departments.

The College organises an intensive Introductory Course for those students whose prior background in European law might not be sufficient to follow this highly specialised programme.

Why study European law at the College of Europe?

* European law is a multifaceted, rapidly developing, increasingly significant and fascinating area of the law. Having a solid and in-depth knowledge of the subject is beneficial, if not essential, for all lawyers nowadays.
* The programme covers European law in-depth and comprehensively. It establishes a balance between the economic and the constitutional aspects of European law, and emphasises both the increasing complexity of EU law and the context in which it is evolving. The law programme is particularly demanding and requires extensive individual preparation in advance of each class. Students must learn to identify the particular, often complicated, features of a case, the structure of these features, the principles that can be drawn from the judgment or decision, to discuss the merits of such a judgment or decision and to compare it with others. Developing such skills is necessary for a lawyer who wants to specialise in EU law.
* The Faculty: A mix of excellent scholars and eminent practitioners from different countries and legal traditions offer a truly European legal education. The students also are carefully selected and have different legal backgrounds from all over Europe and beyond.
* Bilingualism: Both the English and French languages are used in study and practical work.
* The Diploma: The LLM awarded by the College of Europe has an outstanding reputation. It is valued inter alia by international law firms and European institutions. It offers excellent job opportunities at national, European and international level.

Careers Office:

The mission of the College of Europes Careers Office is to provide our students and graduates with the necessary tools in their preparation of a successful professional career.

The Careers Office offers students a wide range of resources focused on the European job market. Combining the different requirements of this market with the Colleges experience, spanning more than fifty years, the Careers Office meets the markets needs.

Careers Office activities

* Preparation for EU competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).
* Networking evenings.
* Career days.
* Workshops on CV writing & interview techniques.


The programme is composed of:

* 5 compulsory courses
* 3 specialised seminars
* 2 interdisciplinary courses (one "general", one "special")
* Optional compact seminars

Compulsory Courses:

* From Common Market to Internal Market: The Four Freedoms in EU Law
* Institutions de lUE
Droit constitutionnel de lUE
* The External Relations of the EU
Droit de la concurrence, secteur public
* Droit de la concurrence, secteur privé
Law of Competition in the EU
* L'ordre juridique de l'UE
Judicial Remedies in the Law of the EU

Master's Thesis:

Each student will have to present a Masters Thesis relating to one of the seminars chosen. This paper should be between 12,000 to 15,000 words (about 40 pages) and must be written, in principle, in the language in which the seminar is given.


* Graduates of the College of Europe typically follow a career in EU institutions, international organisations, national governments, consultancies, law firms, NGOs, media, and more.
* Our graduates have an outstanding success rate in EU competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).
* As an alumnus/a, you will be able to rely for information and advice on a network of other alumni employed at all levels in the organisations that you would like to join.


All applicants to the College of Europe must hold a relevant university degree. Admission to the College of Europe requires either a Bologna Master's degree, or a pre-Bologna equivalent degree, or a final university degree and at least 240 ECTS credits acquired in the course of one's university studies. Holders of a three-year Bachelor degree (180 ECTS) are also eligible provided they demonstrate strong qualification in relation to the academic programme for which they apply.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College of Europe, students admitted to the Department of European Legal Studies in Bruges must hold a university degree in law. Admission to the College of Europe requires either a Bologna Master's degree, or a pre-Bologna equivalent degree, or a final university degree and at least 240 ECTS credits acquired in the course of one's university studies. Equivalence will be determined on the basis of objective criteria.

Language requirements:

The two working languages of the College are English and French.

Students entering the European Legal Studies Programme should have a minimum level of Council of Europe scale B2 for both French and English.

All applicants should evaluate their language skills in the online application and supply internationally recognised certificates. Students without such certificates will have to sit College tests.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 8
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 560

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