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Our English-taught LL.M. programme in International and European Law is primarily designed for students who wish to develop their understanding and knowledge of European Union law with the intent of pursuing a legal career with a strong international dimension. This Master's offers you a thorough education in European law, including competition law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law and public international law. During this course, you gain knowledge of both the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world. Thus, you receive a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.
This programme is not just aimed at students from EU member states. All nations in the
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1. A completed Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Law equivalent to the Dutch educational level*
2. A proficiency in English:
a. A TOEFL score with a minimum score of 90 overall (internet-based, with a minimum of 23 for writing) or 575 (paper-based).
b. An IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 overall (with a 6.5 minimum for writing and 6.0 minimum for the other components)
c. A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a grade of C or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a grade of C
3.Motivation letter in English
€2,143 (from EEA countries); €11,471 (from non-EEA countries).
After finishing my first law master, I was really looking for a further study experience, for sure in European Law and possibly abroad. The LL.M in European Law of the Radboud University was the perfect answer to my request.
First of all it provides for the possibility of studying European and International Law by combining them. Therefore, in every subject more than one perspective is scrutinised and commented. Secondly, all lectures include workshops or team works that make the study of the subject not only book-based. Third, professors and the administrative staff are always available for clarifications or help.
The campus of the Radboud University is located not far from the city centre. Biking there is the best way to reach the university and to wake up in the morning.
The Faculty of Law, particularly, is inside a state-of-the-art building: the Grotius gebouw. Anything can be found there to enable a smooth and challenging study experience: from the wonderful library to the various leisure areas, the classrooms where lectures are really face-to-face with the professor, the beautiful park outside, where is possible to have lunch or relax.
But the university life doesn’t end with the study at the Grotius: there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself in the way that most suits you. Just to mentions two: the gorgeous (and cheap) sports centre and the campus’ Cultuur Café with its events.
Finally, Nijmegen. The city is close to the German border and it’s not too big and not too small. Its dimension has the interesting effect of avoiding you the shock of moving to a different, huge city. Notwithstanding the initial confusion, it is easy to find your way through the pretty streets of the city centre and to find everything you need to live at most your university experience.
Personally, I have no regrets in having chosen the LLM in European Law at the Radboud University.'
The LLM in European Law with a specialisation in European and International Law Advanced at Radboud University has been a memorable experience. As an EU law student I deepened my knowledge of how the EU works. I found that studying EU policies in different domains, analysing the case law of the ECJ and the division of powers, as well as debating on finding solutions to conflicting interests made this programme far more interesting (and challenging) than I initially thought.
The programme was challenging in several ways. First, as an international student, I had to get used to studying in a language (English) that is not my mother tongue. Moreover, I had to familiarise myself with a system of evaluation which differed so much from the one in my country. However, by the second month studying at Radboud University I had got used to these changes.
One of the aspects that I liked most about studying here was the friendly environment established since the very first day of classes. First, the Law Faculty's International Office often organised events for the students to get to know each other. I am happy I met a lot of students there, some of whom are now my close friends. In addition, there was a very friendly relationship between the teachers and the students. The lectures were based on active interaction with students, which improved my critical thinking. Also, my Master’s thesis supervisor was friendly and patient answering all my questions and providing me with all the necessary advice. Moreover, the staff of the International Office not only offered me guidance regarding procedural issues, but also helped me feel at home abroad.
My thesis dealt with finding solutions to two conflicting interests in the field of EU competition law: the leniency policy representing public interest and the right to damages representing private interests of the parties injured by cartels.
This degree helped me understand not only how the European Union works, but also how each policy affects our everyday life. Living in a time when the world is more interconnected than ever before, I believe that having an in-depth knowledge of EU law is a strong advantage for a jurist. After having received my LLM in European Law, I am planning to start a PhD in Competition Law, hopefully continuing to research on some of the issues laid down in my Master’s thesis.'
I like that lecturers encourage us to give our independent opinions. You can see this in class discussions, and in the nature of the exams and essays we are asked to write. They really want to see each student's individual opinion and to me that is awesome because I can relate it to the legal career. The law is always evolving and these individual opinions or views are what lead to developments in the law.
Another thing I like about the programme is its structure. It is designed in such a way that even non-EU students can quickly catch up. Of course, it requires hard work to excel, but its manageable. For me EU Law was a whole new area of study and so this programme has taught me to adapt faster to new things and to view challenges as opportunities to learn.
Lecturers open up discussions to the class in which they seek our opinions on issues, especially if its concerning ongoing issues in the media related to the subject matter. I think that is good because they are not just giving us what is already stated in law books, and it shows that they have consideration for all possibilities surrounding the outcome cases or issues.
My thesis is about intra-EU mobility rights for third-country nationals. [...] So I chose this topic because I could also relate to it, being myself a third-country national in the EU.
Human rights law is essential in every aspect of one's life and career. It is at the foundation of everything in any society because it teaches people how to manage the relationships with their home governments or States in order to prevent violations. This is still a problem in many countries. The same applies to immigration law. A lot of people don't know their rights under immigration law [...] and so this course is a great avenue to understand how it all works in reality here in the EU and in other parts of the world. It also helps to teach people how to improve their immigration systems by drawing inspiration from the EU and vice versa.
I have gained exposure to working in an international setting, which has boosted my confidence. I value team work more now, even in smaller groups, because we had to do a lot of assignments in groups. Everyone's input really makes a difference.
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