In addition to the Law programme, students also take part in the European General Studies Programme. A specialised programme, European Law and Economic Analysis (ELEA), is offered to a limited number of students of the Legal Studies and Economics Departments.
The College organises an intensive Introductory Course for those students whose prior background in European law might not be sufficient to follow this highly specialised programme.
Why study European law at the College of Europe?
- European law is a multifaceted, rapidly developing, increasingly significant and fascinating area of the law. Having a solid and in-depth knowledge of the subject is beneficial, if not essential, for all lawyers nowadays. - The programme covers European law in-depth and comprehensively. It establishes a balance between the economic and the constitutional aspects of European law, and emphasises both the increasing complexity of EU law and the context in which it is evolving. The law programme is particularly demanding and requires extensive individual preparation in advance of each class. Students must learn to identify the particular, often complicated, features of a case, the structure of these features, the principles that can be drawn from the judgment or decision, to discuss the merits of such a judgment or decision and to compare it with others. Developing such skills is necessary for a lawyer who wants to specialise in EU law. - The Faculty: A mix of excellent scholars and eminent practitioners from different countries and legal traditions offer a truly European legal education. The students also are carefully selected and have different legal backgrounds from all over Europe and beyond. - Bilingualism: Both the English and French languages are used in study and practical work. - The Diploma: The LLM awarded by the College of Europe has an outstanding reputation. It is valued inter alia by international law firms and European institutions. It offers excellent job opportunities at national, European and international level.
The core curriculum is composed of six compulsory courses. In the first term, all students attend the compulsory course on the 'Internal Market and the EU Citizenship Law' and choose between the compulsory course on 'Institutions de l'UE' and 'Droit constitutionnel de l'UE' depending on their prior studies. In the second term, the choice of compulsory course is between 'The External Relations of the EU' and 'Droit de la concurrence, secteur public'. Moreover, each student follows a compulsory course on 'Judicial Remedies' and on 'Competition Law' which are simultaneously taught in French and English. The choice of both the course in EU Litigation and EU Competition Law and of the seminars takes place using a course/seminar allocation. Students indicate a list of preferences/priorities; the final allocation of courses and seminars is done by the department in function of the students’ priorities, the respect of the language rule and the maximum class size to maintain the interactive character of the course.
All students have to participate in the Legal Methodology course on "Case Law" and "Writing Skills".
Each student attends three seminars and will have to present an original Master’s Thesis relating to one of the seminars chosen.
Students will have the possibility to attend a number of specialised compact seminars throughout the academic year.
Moreover, each student of the Law department will participate in the programme of European General Studies programme by choosing two courses in this department.
The individual curriculum will be subject to the language rule.
The study programmes are revised annually to ensure continuing excellence and dynamism.