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Master in Law

Course Description

Starting in the academic year 2014-15, the law faculties of KU Leuven and the University of Zürich are offering a two-year Master of Law programme hosted jointly in Leuven and Zurich. Students spend their first year in Leuven and their second year in Zurich. This is a 'double degree' programme taught entirely in English.

The programme focuses on each institution's strengths: International and European Law in Leuven and Arbitration Law, Financial Law and Human Rights in Zurich. Switzerland is a centre of arbitration and banking, and many international institutions are based here.

Upon completion of the programme, students receive a double degree - one from KU Leuven and another from the University of Zurich. A double degree from two leading law faculties in Europe will be of enormous added value for your future professional career in an international context.

Each partner university will select fifteen students to participate in this programme.


A. Knowledge and insight
The student has a basic knowledge of law and also a thorough, consolidated knowledge of their national, European and International law and develops a clear vision on the interaction among the three of them whereby he/she integrates the expertise in positive law with insight into the principles of law.

The student does as well have specialized knowledge and insight in the two main legal areas offered, European and International law, just as a profound knowledge in a wide-range of transversal legal areas that express the relation and interaction between the different, basic, legal areas and the dynamism and renovation of the Law.

The student can frame legal arguments and legal reasoning in a social, historical or value based context as a result of a critical and reflective basic attitude towards the law, human beings and society in general terms.
B. General legal skills

The students adopt a systematic method when approaching complex legal or social-related questions. He/she is able to make an independent legal analysis and synthesis of problems. The students have the capacity to offer adequate solutions and adopt clarifying, problem solving points of view.

C. Scientific - legal related skills

The student handles one or more legal areas with an independent and scientific approach. He/she can apply his legal knowledge, insight and skills when accomplishing independent legal research.

D. Communication skills

The student can draft texts and explain orally, in a structured and clear way legal issues to both laymen and legal practitioners.

E. IT skills

The student can make use of modern technologies applied to legal information sources (ex. digital libraries and databases)

F. Learning skills

The student is able to deal with new legal areas and acquire further knowledge in the ones he/she is more familiar with.

[[Career paths]]

The Master of Law programme is a stepping stone to an interesting legal career. As experts in European and international law, our students work in international law firms, a wide variety of public service fields at all levels of the government and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Our graduates are also recruited by non-governmental organisations and companies in the private sector.

Entry Requirements

Direct admission: Bachelor of Laws; Bachelor in de rechten. To be admitted applicants have to show a satisfactory level of proficiency in English. See also: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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