Master in European Law
The LL.M. in EU Competition and intellectual property law of the University of Liège (“ULg”) seeks to train real practitioners.
Because of the highly specialised nature of the topics covered (competition law and intellectual property), the course programme offers a very comprehensive 'professional' education: the curriculum concentrates on both theoretical and practical knowledge, which are needed for immediate entry into a demanding, international workforce. On this later aspect, our LL.M students are trained by practitioners through case studies and clinical seminars.
Given its bilingual French-English nature, the LL.M. programme also offers students the opportunity to improve their skills in legal English. Besides courses being taught in English, a seminar in “English Legal Writing" is offered, so our students acquire simple drafting reflexes.
The course requires active student participation, similar to the teaching practices which have made English-speaking LL.Ms such a success: practical cases, discussions, oral communication, presentations by professionals during classes, etc. Students are also offered the possibility of participating in mock trials, and of drafting legal publications, published in a scientific journal in their own name.
Another key feature of the LL.M programme is its multidisciplinary approach to legal issues (e.g. see courses in “Economics of Competition Law”, and “Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights”).
Finally, the students’ assessment also has a practical spin. Students are offered the choice to draft an LL.M. thesis or to carry out a two month internship in an institution, company or law firm specialised in competition law and/or intellectual property.
All these aspects make the training interactive and practical. Because competition law and intellectual property law are two subjects which are closely intertwined at the European level, this course presents students with the opportunity to embark upon international careers.
Key Learning outcomes
By the end of the course, graduates of the LL.M. are skilled to resolve complex, real-life legal issues. The skills acquired cover the following areas:
- Legal assessment of a given situation ;
- Communication of a legal analysis ;
- Achievement of legal operations ;
- Defence of a position ;
- Disputes resolution ;
- Cooperation with other professionals ;
- Knowledge adaptation.
Multi-disciplinarity, rigour, creativity, a sense of responsibility, autonomy, ethics, professional standards, international outlook.
Last updated June 14, 2016