Master of Laws in International Business Law

The LLM in International Business Law is a flagship programme for students seeking to specialise in the international legal aspects of business practice in our globalising world. While allowing a degree of personal choice, it steers students towards the key legal building blocks of international business law, guaranteeing an advanced degree with real added value in a business oriented career.

The Ghent LLM in International Business Law allows students to gain in-depth knowledge about all practice areas and is aimed at future or already experienced lawyers and in-house counsel dealing with commercial, corporate, securities and banking legal issues, as well as international economic law.

Built around the renowned Financial Law Institute, the programme combines the expertise of its professors with that of experienced practitioners in areas like M&A, Intellectual Property and Arbitration, to bring students hands-on experience.

All courses in the LLM focus either on EU-wide regulation or use a comparative law approach. The programme is ideally suited for students from outside the EU who need a thorough background in EU regulation and for those from within the EU who want to escape the provincial study of national law.

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Students need to obtain 60 credits, over a period of two semesters. There is great flexibility in shaping one’s own curriculum. Approximately thirty credits cover specializing courses in Economic 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: Economic and Social Law, European Law, Transport Law.

Students can choose from approximately twenty 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.

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