The programme has a marked international dimension with European law being an important focus. This is hardly surprising given KU Leuven's close proximity to the central EU institutions in Brussels. The programme taps into the knowledge and expertise of a large network of legal professionals who experience daily exposure to and professional contact with the European institutions.
The programme includes attending hearings at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg in the first semester and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in the second. Engaging in the debate over the current issues in international affairs with the staff members of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the second semester is also part of the LLM Master’s programme.
Members of the professorial staff of the LLM programme generally hold degrees from top universities in the United States and the United Kingdom and many have substantial professional experience as prominent legal practitioners.
The course is predominantly determined by an area of specialisation of your choice:
Additional courses from the alternative option to your choice can be followed as elective courses. Each specialisation includes eight clinics led by distinguished legal and business practitioners.
The LL.M. programme is a post-graduate programme. It aims at offering students who already graduated in law in countries with different legal cultures, a high profile programme focusing on European and international law.
Given its philosophy grounded in European law, its highly skilled teachers and its openness to the study and practice of various types of law - not to mention, its close proximity to Brussels - the Leuven LLM offers significant added value for students seeking legal careers in Europe.
The Master of Laws programme is offered at KU Leuven.
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International and European Business Law Option
International and European Public Law Option
LL.M. Master Paper
LL.M. Global Law
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This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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