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European Law is a one-year Master’s specialisation at the internationally renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme distinguishes itself by its multidisciplinary approach, covering substantive and institutional EU law as well as economic law and human rights within a EU perspective.

Course detail

European law is an exciting and rapidly developing discipline. There are few areas of national law and policy within Europe that remain untouched by the influence of European legislation. The scope of EU law, however is even wider, as Europe is becoming an increasingly important actor on the international stage.

In this programme, you will focus on the various aspects of European Law, as well as the European protection of human rights. You will study topics ranging from EU competition law to EU external relations law, from European social policy to internal market regulations and EU institutional law. You will gain in-depth knowledge about these aspects, while at the same time developing the professional skills needed in a EU-related legal career.

Purpose

Our aim in this programme is to provide you with in-depth academic knowledge, and to equip you with the professional skills needed in a EU-related legal career. For this purpose, teaching is done in small, seminar-style classes, with ample attention for practical skills in special `privatissimum’ and `practicum’ classes. Our programme attracts students from within and outside of the EU, which makes for a truly international atmosphere.

Full-time or part-time

The programme is offered full-time (one academic year) and part-time (regularly two academic years), both with daytime classes. Part-time students are offered the same facilities and courses as full-time students. You may start the programme either in September or in February. Each course is concluded with an examination. You will be expected to make regular contributions throughout the courses and are required to prepare oral and written presentations. For non-European students, the part-time option is not possible because of visa requirements.

Programme

The European Law Master’s specialisation is founded on the Europa Institute’s research programme, The progression of EU law: Accommodating change and upholding values. The programme distinguishes itself by its broad intra-disciplinary approach, covering institutional, constitutional as well as substantive law of the EU in addition to human rights from an EU perspective.

Treaty of Lisbon

You will study the institutional structure of the Union (looking at the present Treaty structure as well as at proposed reforms in the Treaty of Lisbon) and the manner in which compliance with the fundamental rights within the legal order of the Union is ensured. In addition, you will learn about the position of the European Union in the world, the relation between EU law and national law, and the way in which trade and commerce is regulated by the EU.

Career Perspectives

The European Law Master’s programme offered by Europa Institute at Leiden will provide you with the skills necessary for a successful legal career in the private or public sector. The programme will provide students with a profound knowledge of European legal integration. It will equip them with the skills necessary for a successful legal career in the private and public sector. Alumni have found employment in the EU institutions, international organisations, national and local government, private business and commercial law practice. Across the board there is a need for young well-trained professionals with knowledge and sensitivity for questions of European law. Our alumni have found employment in:

  • European institutions, such as the Council of Europe;
  • international organisations, such as the United Nations, the OECD and the OCSE;
  • national and local government;
  • governmental and non-governmental organisations, such as UNHCR, IOM, Amnesty International and Greenpeace
  • corporate companies;
  • major law firms in Amsterdam, London, Brussels and Luxembourg;
  • academia.

Visit the LLM European Law page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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