Master of Laws in International and European Law

Course content

The LLM in International and European Law offers the broadest spectrum of options available for students with an international career or research orientation. It allows students to handpick courses from a wealth of topics of European (EU) or international relevance, enabling an educational programme tailored to their personal interests and career needs.

Ghent University Law School has a wide array of English language courses on a great variety of European and international law issues. The LLM-programme provides students with the opportunity to design their own course of studying in accordance with their career priorities. It enables them to gain expertise on many relevant and topical issues of international law.

For students seeking to broadly develop their skills and knowledge preparing for a career with an international dimension, this programme offers the best possible personal preparation. While enabling students to focus on particular subjects 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 and practical skills modules, the programme prepares students for the international professional life that is increasingly the reality of law professionals all over the world.

Course structure

Students need to obtain 60 credits, over a period of two semesters. There is great flexibility in shaping one’s own curriculum. Only 9 credits cover compulsory courses, all of which are supporting courses dealing mainly with various skills for lawyers. Students are also required to write a 15 credits LLM-paper in connection with one of the courses on the LLM-programme.

The remaining credits are filled with elective courses on a variety of topics from the following fields: International Law, European Law, Private Law in Europe, Economic and Social Law, Environmental Law, Transport Law, Public International Law, Criminal Law and Criminology.
Students can choose from approximately forty different courses, all of which are exclusively taught in English. Teaching is generally done interactively, requiring advanced reading and class participation. The programme typically hosts several internationally reputed guest professors.
Organised social activities are an important part of the LLM-experience, and not all are extracurricular. Curricular activities include guided visits to important EU and international institutions, and participation in several colloquia.

> Master's dissertation
The master's dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master’s degree. The master's dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor.

Career perspectives

The programme enables the student to greatly enhance his or her chances when applying for an international legal job.