The Master of Laws, or LL.M. degree is a graduate degree connected to the area of Law Sciences. The abbreviation LL.M. stands for "Legum Magister" in Latin. The LL.M. degree is offered by law schools around the globe and is usually the next step after graduating a Bachelor's programme in Law Sciences (Bachelor of Laws, LL.B.). However, some universities of law accept students who completed a non-legal undergraduate degree to apply to a LL.M. degree.
Depending on the law schools and country, LL.M. degrees can take 1 or 2 years to complete. As the LL.B. degree is already sufficient in countries such as the UK in order to practise law, the Master of Laws specializes students with an advanced legal qualification in a certain subject area. Further specialization can be gained with a JD degree ("Juris Doctor").
Because laws are different depending on where you practice them, many countries still require an additional state examination in order to be eligible for practising law, regardless of having an LL.M. degree.
In Latvia, tuition fees at public universities are reasonably affordable. The quality of academic education is also high and represents one of the reasons why Latvia is a research and innovation hub. The country has invested a lot in these areas and has been making significant advancements in smart materials, biomedicine, disease treatments, and other sectors. Latvia is the ideal study destination for nature lovers. Forests cover over half of the country’s territory, and there are over 500 km of coastline and clean beaches waiting to be explored.Read more about studying abroad in Latvia
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