LL.M. Master of European Law

The College of Europe

Application deadline: UK: 31 January; Turkey, ENP countries: 1 February; Italy (Lombardia) : 15 February; Malta : 12 March
Tuition fee:
  • € 22,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 22,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 66 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
  • French
Location:
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.

Career opportunities

* 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.

Contents

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

The core curriculum is composed of five compulsory courses. In the first term, all students attend the compulsory course on the 'Law of Internal Market' 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'.

Moreover, each student follows a compulsory course on 'Judicial Remedies' and on 'Competition Law' which are simultaneously taught in French and English. The choice of both the course in EU Litigation and EU Competition Law and of the seminars takes place using a course/seminar allocation. Students indicate a list of preferences/priorities; the final allocation of courses and seminars is done by the department in function of the students priorities, the respect of the language rule and the maximum class size to maintain the interactive character of the course.

Each student attends three seminars and will have to present an original Masters Thesis relating to one of the seminars chosen.

Students will have the possibility to attend a number of specialised compact seminars throughout the academic year.

Moreover, each student of the Law department will participate in the programme of European General Studies programme by choosing two courses in this department.

The individual curriculum will be subject to the language rule.

Compulsory Courses
* L. GORMLEY: From Common Market to Internal Market: The Four Freedoms in EU Law (40 h, 7 ECTS)
* C. MESTRE: Institutions de lUE (30 h, 6 ECTS)
or
D. HANF: Droit constitutionnel de lUE (30 h, 6 ECTS)
* I. GOVAERE: The External Relations of the EU (30 h, 6 ECTS)
or
M. MEROLA: Droit de la concurrence, secteur public (30 h, 6 ECTS)
* D. WAELBROECK: Droit de la concurrence, secteur privé (40 h, 7 ECTS)
or
P. MARSDEN: Law of Competition in the EU (40 h, 7 ECTS)
* R. MEHDI: L'ordre juridique de l'UE (40 h, 7 ECTS)
or
T. TRIDIMAS: Judicial Remedies in the Law of the EU (40 h, 7 ECTS)

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. It will be defended during the final examination for that seminar and will have a coefficient of 2 (17 ECTS) (all other seminars have a coefficient of 1 (5 ECTS)).

Requirements

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.

Equivalence will be determined on the basis of objective criteria.

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 (IETLS 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.

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

Funding

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.

Approximately 70% of the studens are granted scholarships by their government or by public or private institutions.

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