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Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Course Description

The Master of Laws (LLM) programme was launched in 1990 and is modelled on programmes offered at law schools in the United States. The programme has a marked international dimension - continuing the Faculty of Law's tradition of international student mobility through the Erasmus programme and other exchange agreements - and offers tailored courses, tutorials and master's classes organised exclusively for the tightly-knit group of LLM students.

European law is an important focus of the programme. This is unsurprising given KU Leuven's close proximity to the EU institutions in Brussels. The programme taps into a large network of legal professionals with daily exposure to and experience in the European institutions, including the European Commission, the European Council and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Indeed, we are proud to count the first permanent President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, among the Faculty of Law alumni.

This is an advanced master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


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.

The student:
- has in-depth knowledge of universal legal issues, in particular as they are dealt with in the law of the E.U. and international law
- is able to independently identify, analyze and solve complex legal problems
- is able to work in a creative manner with international and national legal sources and techniques
- is able to conduct individual scientific research
- is able to argue a legal argument
- is able to express himself in an adequate and universal legal language
- is able to present both written and oral information in a clear and well-structured form
- knows how to use online legal databases
- conducts legal research to help finding remedies to current social/political issues (eg. to contribute for policy makers/researchers to find the right approach for a complete solution)
- compares legal systems
- works independently (self-management during the writing process of their research work, ending in the final submission of their paper).

Entry Requirements

The basic requirement for admission to the LL.M. programme is the possession of a law degree which entitles the holder to practise law in his/her country of origin. The decision on the admission is based upon evaluation of a complete application file and on the following elements: results obtained during the applicant's university studies, the level of knowledge of the English language, a statement of purpose (with the student's expectation of the programme) and three recommendation letters. More: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/llm

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