European Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English, French
The LLM European Law degree programme offered by College of Europe 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.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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.

Programme Structure

The programme is composed of:
  • 6 compulsory courses
  • 3 specialised seminars
  • 2 interdisciplinary courses (one "general", one "special")
  • Optional compact seminars

The core curriculum is composed of six compulsory courses. In the first term, all students attend the compulsory course on the 'Internal Market and the EU Citizenship Law' and choose between the compulsory course on 'Institutions de l'UE' and 'Droit constitutionnel de l'UE' depending on their prior studies. In the second term, the choice of compulsory course is between 'The External Relations of the EU' and 'Droit de la concurrence, secteur public'. 

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Academic Requirements

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.
  • Applicants should generally have a minimum level of B2 for one language and a minimum level B1 for the other.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 16000 International
  • EUR 16000 EU/EEA

Board & Lodging Fee - € 8,000 

Board and lodging fees cover:

  • Accommodation: private room with bathroom and cleaning service
  • Wireless internet connection in all College buildings (classrooms, library and residences)
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (except lunch and dinner on Sundays and public holidays)


Please note that the College of Europe does, in principle, not grant scholarships. However, the number of scholarships in the CEECs being quite limited, except for Polish and Slovenian applicants, the College of Europe has decided to finance a certain number of (partial) scholarships itself. We encourage students from these potential countries to submit their application.

The College of Europe offers scholarships to university graduates from the European Neighbourhood Policy countries wishing to study at the College of Europe and to university graduates in history wishing to follow the postgraduate programme in European interdisciplinary studies at the Natolin (Warsaw) campus.

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