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What will I learn?

Today’s Europe demands lawyers who possess a thorough mastery of European law. The European Union increasingly affects all areas of law, and the national legal systems of its member states have reached a high level of integration.

Our LLM programme in European Law, taught entirely in English, will immerse you in this challenging and dynamic field while opening up many new opportunities to you both during and after your programme. It provides a thorough grounding in European law, covering areas such as internal market law, competition law, social law, judicial protection, human rights law, criminal law and public law.

TWO TRACKS

You can choose from two distinctive tracks within the European Law programme:

  1. Criminal Law
  2. European Law

Our unique programme will help you build both substantive and institutional knowledge of European law while giving you an opportunity to analyse European law in relation to the legal systems of the member states. The flexibility of this programme means that you will be able to focus on areas of personal interest. For example, you may choose to take a specialization or courses from our other master’s programmes to create a custom minor.

This programme is taught by a team of renowned scholars with extensive professional experience in the field of European law. It is also highly international and welcomes students from all over the world each year.

The Programme

Learning by doing is key to this programme and, as such, knowledge and understanding gained through theoretical modules is complemented by training in legal analysis, argumentation and research.

Your professors take a supportive role in this self-created, individualized approach to your studies. In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in the essential skill of how to quickly deepen your knowledge in a current, specialised legal topic. From the very beginning, you will also take part in the Research and Thesis Training that prepares you to write your master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM programme.

If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, there is – the Excellent Master’s Track, – an additional honours programme for the best and most highly motivated students.

Master’s programmes within Utrecht University’s School of Law are based on multidisciplinary research conducted by the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. This research takes into account socioeconomic and sociopolitical perspectives, as well as the impact of European law on national laws.

Preparation for a wide range of work environments

The Master’s in European Law is a rigorous, customizable programme of study that will enable you to develop your academic, practical, writing, and oral skills through a combination of case studies, moot courts, research and visits to European legal and professional organisations. By end of the programme, you will be able to reflect critically on legal issues and to recognise, understand and analyse the relationship between the laws of member states and the wider European Union. You will gain an excellent foundation for your career of choice, whether you aim to build a career in a law firm or major multinational company or work for a local or national government.

In previous years, graduates from this LLM have gone on to do well in a range of areas including:

  • corporate and private law practice;
  • national public service as a diplomat or civil servant;
  • legal or policy analysis with governments, international political organisations, and NGOs; and
  • academic or legal research.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€15,167.00 (12,39,134) per year
Start date

Information not available

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

Eligible are graduates in law, this includes everyone who has completed the basic university curriculum in law, and has been awarded a law degree in their home country without necessarily having taken subsequent state or professional examinations which would allow them to practice law or be admitted to the Bar.

Eligible are students with a Liberal Arts Bachelor’s degree with a good basic knowledge of law. This requirement is fulfilled by students who have completed at least 45 ECTS on law courses at an undergraduate or graduate level, including basic courses on public international law and/or European Union law.

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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