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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an internationally recognised postgraduate degree generally acquired after one year of full-time legal studies. Law students and professionals typically pursue a LL.M. to deepen their legal expertise and to enhance their career prospects. To be considered for an LL.M. degree, most universities require a professional degree in law, while others accept first degrees in related areas. An alternative to the Master of Laws is the Graduate Diploma in Law, offering more flexible learning objectives.

Academic institutions offer either generalist LL.M. degrees or specialised programmes in various legal fields. Specialist areas include international and European public law, environmental law, corporate and commercial law, taxation, human rights and social justice, criminal justice and criminology, among others. Most LL.M. programmes blend coursework and research, group tasks, seminars and real case studies. Some programmes are rather research-oriented requiring a written thesis

Law students will need to prove their analytical, reasoning and critical judgement skills, but they will also make use of persuasive communication abilities. Attention to detail and the capacity to manage substantial amounts of information will prove essential for their career success.

Most LL.M. graduates profess as lawyers in the business sector, for governmental institutions or for a non-profit organisation. Other work opportunities include careers as law professors, judges, diplomats, politicians, legal counsellor, mediator and many more.

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Suggested Masters in Master of Laws (LLM)

LL.M. International and European Union Law

The purpose of the International and European Union Law study programme at Vilnius University is to train legal experts and legal service professionals with the comprehensive and profound knowledge about international, international-regional and European Union legal norms that influence the most important areas of national legal systems.

Lithuania
LL.M. Human Rights and Migration

Understanding how international and European legal instruments influence the position and mobility of citizens in the EU and how the major international documents and courts protect the rights of individuals. The Master's in Human Rights and Migration will give you insight into the dynamic nature of European legislation and international human rights treaties with a practical perspective.

Netherlands
LL.M. International Commercial Law

The past few decades have seen enormous growth in international commerce, increasing the importance and prominence of international commercial law. The International Commercial Law programme is offered at the University of Birmingham.

United Kingdom
LL.M. European Law

Develop your understanding and knowledge of European Union law and pursue a legal career with a strong international dimension. In the Master's in European Law you can focus on competition law, company law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law, insolvency law and public international law, and obtain a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.

Netherlands