LLM - European Law School

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

Program Description

LLM - European Law School

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

LLM - European Law School

Taught in English

The European Law School is a unique one-year English taught programme aimed at offering students a well-informed understanding at an advanced level of the process of the Europeanisation of law. In particular, the programme aims to provide in-depth knowledge of European Union law, the manner in which it affects the national legal order of the Member States and/or Comparative Law and its methods (with an emphasis on the legal system of the Netherlands - as the programme's home legal system - and that of Germany, France and England as representatives of the traditional major legal families in Europe). The programme equips students with the tools and skills necessary to successfully compete for positions and parti¬cipate in a national, European and/or transnational, legal work environment.

The ELS programme comprises three tracks (or specialisations): EU law, Ius Commune and the ‘free track’. The EU law specialisation focuses on EU law and how it is (to be) applied by and in the Member States. The Ius Commune specialisation involves comparative law, studies common principles of European private and public law and explores how these principles can help to develop and shape EU law. The free track allows students to combine the main features and benefits of the EU law and Ius Commune specialisations.

The courses are taught by members of the Maastricht Centre for European law (MCEL), which is one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious centres for the study of European Law. Prof. E. Vos and Prof. B. De Witte are the Directors of MCEL.

Programme information

The ELS programme comprises three tracks (or specialisations): EU law, Ius Commune and the ‘free track’. The EU law specialisation focuses on EU law and how it is (to be) applied by and in the Member States. The Ius Commune specialisation involves comparative law, studies common principles of European private and public law and explores how these principles can help to develop and shape EU law. The free track allows students to combine the main features and benefits of the EU law and Ius Commune specialisations.

Each of the three tracks comprises eight courses and a Master’s thesis. One course is compulsory for all ELS students, Advanced European law, which is taught by Prof. Bruno De Witte. The course involves an integrated study of EU law, in the sense that it emphasizes the interaction between the two traditional subdivisions of ‘Institutional EU law’ (which deals with decision-making processes and the role of the judiciary) and ‘Substantive EU law’ (which deals with the content of EU law in the various policy areas).

In addition students will have to choose 5 out of a series of courses. For the EU law track these are the following courses:

  • European Environmental law
  • European Competition Law
  • International and European tax law
  • European Migration law and Citizenship
  • Issues of European Integration
  • European Labour and Social Security law
  • External Relations of the EU
  • State Aid and Public Procurement


Students choosing for the Ius Commune specialisation can choose from:

  • European Property Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Family law in Europe
  • Comparative Company law
  • European Criminal Law
  • Issue of European Integration
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • European Tort Law


Students who choose to do the ‘free track’ must choose 5 courses from the above courses for either the EU law track or the Ius Commune track.


Students may substitute up to two courses of the aforementioned courses by courses of the one of the other ‘track’ of the ELS programme, courses of one of the Faculty’s other Master programmes, a traineeship or participation in a Moot Court competition. This allows students to tailor their programme to their interests and ambitions.

Fast Facts

•Programme: European Law School
•Language of instruction: English
•Duration: 1 year full time
•Start date(s): September, February
•Study load per week: 8 hrs classes; 32 hrs individual study. Total: 40 hours
•Learning method: problem-based learning; (guest) lectures; presentations; assignments; papers
•Assessment method: written and oral exams; final papers; group participation

Admissions


Students with a Dutch diploma


Bachelor's in European Law School:

  • Admission requirements: None (can be admitted directly)



Bachelor's in Dutch Law / Tax Law

  • Admission requirements: TOEFL / IELTS



Bachelor's in Law (HBO)

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law; TOEFL / IELTS
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law



Bachelor's in European Studies

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law



Bachelor's from University College Maastricht

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law


Other bachelor's degrees (not in Law) from a Dutch university or HBO institution


  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law; TOEFL / IELTS
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law

Students with a non-Dutch diploma

  • abachelor’s degree in lawfrom a non-Dutch university (these students will not be required to take an entrance exam); or
  • a bachelor’s degree in a field other than law(an entrance exam is required for these students);or
  • a degree from anon-Dutch institute of higher vocational education (an entrance exam is required for these students).

Language proficiency

Applicants who are non-native English speakers and have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS test with a minimum overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 paper-based (PBT), 233 computer-based (CBT) or 90 internet-based (iBT)
  • Cambridge examinations: CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with grade A, B or C or CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) with grade A, B or C+

Entrance exam in European / International law

This is an internet-based test consisting of 60 multiple choice questions, a case study and a self-reflection test. If you live further than 200 km from Maastricht you can take this test online under supervised conditions.

Please note that this is a very demanding master’s programme and non-law graduates will only be admitted if the examination board is convinced that they will be able to cope satisfactorily. Admittance is not automatic upon passing the exam; it is based on a combination of the exam with previously obtained grades and motivation.


Contact the Faculty for more information. Maastricht Law9

This school offers programs in:
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