Master of Laws in European Union Law
The LLM in European Union Law presents the best of Ghent Law School’s renowned expertise in EU law for students aspiring to specialise in the law and institutions of the European Union.
The LLM in European Union Law presents the best of Ghent Law School’s renowned expertise in EU law for students aspiring to specialise in the law and institutions of the European Union. By a careful combination of compulsory core courses and elective specialised courses, students receive an all-round high-level EU law education, while maintaining a freedom of focus on personal career or research needs.
The Ghent Law School is an EU ‘Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence’, recognised for its expertise and its available resources for European Union Law. With the EU institutions in its vicinity, Ghent Law School offers all the necessary facilities for an in-depth study of the law and practice of the European Union. Students can also benefit from the excellent library, which doubles as a European Documentation Centre.
With an ever expanding and further integrating European Union, and in an ever more global legal environment, the LLM offers an additional law degree that is instrumental on the international job market. The specialised nature of the programme allows students to develop specific skills and competences in the rapidly developing areas of EU law. In short, the Ghent University Law School LLM-programme forms a significant stepping stone for lawyers and professionals who require knowledge of EU law and/or EU institutions for their career development.
The admission requirements depend on previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue etc.) or additional experience.
Students need to obtain 60 credits, over a period of two semesters. There is great flexibility in shaping one’s own curriculum. 25 credits cover specialising courses in EU Law and compulsory, 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: European Law, Economic and Social Law, Environmental Law, Public International Law, Criminal Law and Criminology.
Students can choose from approximately twenty-five 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. Students can also choose to participate in one of the various moot courts or legal clinic as an official part of their curricula.
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.
The programme enables the students to greatly enhance their chances when applying for an international legal job.
At Ghent University, we strive to educate people who dare to think about the challenges of tomorrow. For that purpose, we provide education that is embedded in six strategic objectives: Think Broadly, Keep Researching, Cultivate Talent, Contribute, Extend Horizons, Opt for Quality.
Ghent University continuously focuses on quality assurance and quality culture. The Ghent University's quality assurance system offers information on each study programme’s unique selling points, and on its strengths and weaknesses with regard to quality assurance.
Ghent University's Education Objectives
Unique Selling Points
- Knowledge and creativity: students are taught to use legal methods to solve complex problems and to make a contribution to jurisprudential knowledge through research.
- Independence: through confrontation with real and contemporary issues students are challenged to do their own research and analysis.
- Critical thinking: students are taught to appreciate the international context and the relevance of national legal orders and cultures.
- Skills: LLM studies develop their competencies within a diverse, multi-national setting, with emphasis on legal English skills, autonomous legal writing, specific law terminology, presentation, argumentation and negotiation skills.
- Pluralism: LLM studies seek to foster awareness and openness towards the various national and cultural differences both through formal education and through informal experiences.
- Intake guidance is essential. The LLM-programmes invest substantially in reaching out to the appropriate candidates and in guiding them towards application and admission. The guidance continues after the start of the academic year. Incoming students participate in an extensive Orientation programme.
- Curriculum flexibility: Ghent law school offers three different LLM programmes that reflect varying career aspirations. Within the framework of your personal position and ambitions, you are able to design the curriculum that best fits your needs.
- Active learning: the LLM-programmes attach great importance to teaching methods that ensure students are not passive absorbers of knowledge. Instead they are encouraged to do independent research and to think critically through class preparation assignments, small papers throughout the semester, essay questions and the like.
- International outlook: the programmes reflect their European and international outreach beyond the subject matters offered. The body of professors and lecturers consists of experts with wide international exposure and experience.
- Stakeholder engagement: a key strength of the study programmes is the strong link and interaction with the professional world and the broad institutional reality of EU and international law, providing students with information about the actual operations and common practices on the ground and preparing them for a professional career.
- Guarantee that all teachers have the same view on assessment.
- Increase student and alumni involvement in quality assurance and organize focus group interviews on a regular basis with students
- Benchmark the programme profile and outcomes with comparable programmes abroad.
This study programme is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (Dutch: NVAO). Accreditation was extended following the positive outcome of the institutional review in 2022. Programme quality was validated by a quality review (peer-learning visit) in 2019. A screening of the Education Monitor by Ghent University’s Education Quality Board is planned in the years 2021-2024.
This information was last updated on 06/02/2023.
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