Master of Laws in International and European Law (International and National Legal Orders)

The International and National Legal Orders specialisation offers the broadest spectrum of options available for students with an international career or research orientation in comparative law. It allows students to hand-pick course units from a wealth of topics of European (EU) or international relevance, enabling them to put together a curriculum tailored to their personal interests and career needs. This flexibility is balanced out by the presence of a solid basis in the form of carefully selected mandatory course units on national and international legal systems and their interplay.

Subsequent Master's Programme
1 year 60 credits
Faculty of Law and Criminology
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The Ghent University Law School has a wide array of English-language course units on a great variety of European and international law issues. This specialist LLM provides students with an opportunity to design their own curriculum in accordance with their career priorities. It enables them to gain expertise on many contemporary topical issues of European, international and comparative law.

For students seeking to broadly develop their skills and knowledge for a career with an international dimension, this programme offers many opportunities. While enabling students to focus on particular topics of interest, it also fully accommodates the needs of those students who seek a general European and international law education. With its combination of academic modules and supporting skills, this specialist programme prepares students for the international professional life that is increasingly the reality of law professionals all over the world.

For whom

The admission requirements depend on your prior education (type of degree, country of issue etc.) or additional experience.


Students need to obtain sixty credits, over a period of two terms. There is great flexibility in shaping one’s own curriculum. Eighteen credits cover course units specialising in European Union law. Ten more credits are dedicated to the mandatory supporting course units dealing mainly with various legal and political developments in order to broaden the horizons of legal professionals. Students are also required to write a fifteen-credits’ worth LLM Paper in connection with one of the course units on the curriculum.

The remaining credits are filled with electives on a variety of topics from the following fields: European Law, Economic and Social Law, Environmental Law, Public International Law, Criminal Law. Students can choose from approximately twenty-five different course units, all of which are exclusively English-taught. Teaching is generally done interactively, requiring advanced reading and class participation. The programme typically hosts several internationally reputed guest professors with a rotation on a yearly basis. Students can also choose to participate in one of the various moot courts or legal clinic as an official part of their curriculum.

Organised social activities are an important part of the LLM-experience, and not all of them are extracurricular. Curricular activities include guided visits to important EU and international institutions and participation in several colloquia.

> Master's Dissertation
Completing the Master's dissertation is a requirement for any student who wants to obtain their Master’s degree. The Master’s dissertation is an original piece of research. Its aim is to develop and strengthen the students’ research skills. Students select a topic and receive guidance from a supervisor throughout the academic year.

Labour Market

The programme enables the students to enhance their career chances greatly when applying for an international legal job.