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Master European Law - Leiden University

European Law (LL.M.)

About the 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.

Programme overview

Dutch students

  • Interaction between Legal Systems – Globalizing law: legal reasoning in International, EU and national law.
  • European Protection of Human Rights or The Union in the World or Europe's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
International students
Choose 2 of the 3 courses below: 
  • European Protection of Human Rights
  • The Union in the World
  • Europe's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

All students

  • EU Institutional Law & General Principles of EU Law 
  • Capita Selecta of European Law - Privatissimum 
All students
  • EU Internal Market and Competition Law 
  • European Law in Practice – Practicum
  • Thesis Master of Law

Stefaan Van den Bogaert


Stefaan Van den Bogaert

"Society needs lawyers who know how Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg work. It is our aim to train lawyers who can find their way in the European legal order."

"European law has an impact on almost every aspect of our daily lives. Much of this we take for granted or may not even realise. It is beyond doubt that Europe has faced major challenges over the past decade. The crisis have however also created opportunities. Even Brexit will prove to be a starting point for change and renewal."

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. This is usually a written exam with case questions and essay questions. 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.

Note for international students

Before applying to the programme, international students are advised to verify with the relevant authorities whether the diploma of this master’s programme, together with their bachelor’s degree, qualifies as full legal education and provides access to the legal profession in their home countries. Dutch students with a bachelor in law fulfil the requirements for the civil effect upon successful completion of this master’s programme. Subsequently, they are able to become a judge, a lawyer or a public prosecutor.

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