Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
Participate in a pioneering problem-oriented programme that defies traditional boundaries within the legal discipline. Explore a law in context approach in course modules on multi-level governance, on sustainable development and human rights, on business and on private autonomy. Think critically on the contemporary relevance of law to global societal challenges. 


Meet faculty members up close, and become part of a community that acquires knowledge through intercultural dialogue.

Develop your research skills through skills training and through exchanges with our (first class) module-supporting research groups. Aim for a thesis that can be published in an international journal.

Enjoy the legal clinic that provides unique opportunities to work on projects together with practitioners.

Make use of the opportunities that studying at the heart of Europe offers to link up with European and international organizations.

Make use of our partnerships with excellent universities across the globe, and take one semester abroad.
Your future

This Law programme is offered at the University of Antwerp. The programme seeks to attract participants from across the globe, including from the global South. By participating, you will become part of a global network, based in Europe, and establish contacts that will be essential for your future professional career.

The programme prepares participants for practicing law in an international environment, either at home or abroad. The skills courses offered allow you to choose the professional direction you prefer: to work in international organizations, in the private sector or at an NGO, to take on a legal profession, or to work as a lawyer in an interdisciplinary context.

If you are fascinated by scientific research and have enjoyed writing the master thesis, you can consider embarking on a PhD upon completion of the master’s programme to become a researcher.

Job opportunities

The programme enables you to work in internationally oriented legal professions, in national ministries, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs and academia.

The programme will assist you in realizing your ambition, regardless of whether it is to work as:

  • a legal advisor in an international oriented company
  • an international or domestic civil servant
  • a diplomat or a lobbyist
  • an educator or a researcher
  • a practicing lawyer

This degree is equivalent to the Flemish degree of ‘master in de rechten’. For admission to the legal profession in Belgium, holders must also have a Belgian degree of Bachelor of Laws or qualify under the admission requirements for holders of a non-Belgian law degree.

Programme Structure

  • Law of the European Union
  • Constitutional Principles and Human Rights
  • Private International Law
  • Public International Law and International Enforcement
  • Legal Research Methodology
  • Empirical Research Methods in Law
  • Academic Writing, Oral and Communication Skills
  • Global Legal Systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • 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:


    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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

Degree requirements
  • You hold a Bachelor of Laws (academic degree, minimum 180 ECTS).
Language requirements

If your degree was not issued by a recognized educational institution in Belgium or the Netherlands, you will also have to provide evidence of your level of English.

You can do this in two ways:
  • by proving that you took classes in English for at least one academic year during your Bachelor or Master degree. The selection committee may require additional proof of your command of English.
  • by submitting your results on a TOEFL or IELTS language test, with the following minimum scores:
  • paper-based TOEFL: minimum 550
  • internet-based TOEFL: minimum 80
  • IELTS: minimum total score of 6.5 and minimum score of 6.0 for each individual component
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): minimum B2.
Results obtained on other language tests will not be accepted.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2890 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2890 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
In case you register for 60 credits.

Living costs for Antwerpen

  • 800 - 1230 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


  • If you study at one of our partner institutions in Europe, and you are not a citizen of that country, you are eligible to receive an Erasmus grant.
  • If you study at one of our partners outside of Europe, you can apply for grants.

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