12 months
14000 EUR/year
14000 EUR/year
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The LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context at Catholic University of Portugal is a programme like no other offered in Europe. It is not simply one more programme focusing on European and International Law, our aim is to teach Law in a European and Global Context and to do so with a top international faculty and employing new methodologies and pedagogical techniques.

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Law is changing. Lawyers increasingly need to operate in the context of a plurality of jurisdictions and legal sources. As a consequence, a growing number of legal actors (in courts as outside courts and even in the legislative process) need to operate in multiple jurisdictions and be comfortable working with different legal sources.

At the same time, economic and social integration increases the multinational character of the cases in which lawyers are called in to assist on a daily basis. This has also given rise to an emerging international market for legal services. 

The programme

All this requires a different type of lawyer from the traditional lawyer trained exclusively in a particular domestic legal system. It requires a truly international legal education, where courses are specifically tailored to meet the challenges of this pluralism of legal sources and jurisdictions. This is the purpose of this Master/LL.M. Degree on Law in a European and Global Context .

The Law in a European and Global Context at Catholic University of Portugal  will adopt the approach to teaching that Joseph Weiler has coined as “Total Law™”. This represents a bold pedagogical and intellectual break with the traditional ways of teaching Law. 

The students enrolled in this course will face a huge effort with which most will be unfamiliar: it will demand a sustained level of very high commitment, preparation and engagement. But the rewards will be rich: both in intellectual excitement and professional formation. 

Semester Abroad

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the exchange agreements with top American and European Law Schools, and attend an additional semester abroad.

Programme Structure


  • Design Thinking for Lawyers
  • Leadership
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Negotiation
  • Strategic Decision-Making for Lawyers
  • The Economics of the Legal System


  • Comparative and Global Administrative Law
  • Comparative Corporate Law
  • Comparative Judicial Decision-Making
  • Comparative Private Law
  • Comparative Public Law
  • Competition Law in a Digital Economy
  • Constitutionalism and Global Governance
  • Data Protection Law
  • EU Fundamental Rights
  • EU Governance of Money
  • European Law after Brexit: The EU and the UK
  • Foreign Investment Arbitration
  • Human Rights in a Digital World
  • International Trade Law
  • Law in the Age of Climate Change
  • Litigating before European Courts
  • The Dynamics of EU Institutions Law
  • The Law of European Integration I and II
  • The Law of Transnational Private Governance
  • Transnational Migration and Refugee Law
  • Transparency and Corruption

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications for the academic year 2022/23 are open. 

Early bird applications until 31 January 2022 | 10% discount on tuition fees.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All LL.M. candidates must hold a first degree in law.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with strong academic record.
  • You may submit your application at any time.
  • LL.M. applications must be completed with all required documentation. Successful applicants will be sent a formal letter of admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 EUR per year during 12 months.

Full-time programme: 1 year

  • € 14.000 payable until July
  • € 15.000 payable in 10 monthly installments 

Part-time programme: 2 years

  • € 16.000 payable in 2 instalments

Living costs for Lisbon

630 - 1123 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships may be granted to a limited number of students on the basis of merit. To apply, please send a request letter describing your particular circumstances.


Católica Global School of Law is providing a full scholarship for one ELSA member. The application is to be submitted to Católica Global School of Law directly.

In addition to the LL.M. application, you have to submit a Motivation Letter to ELSA International explaining why you are the right applicant for the scholarship. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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