MAS - LL.M. in International and European Economic and Commercial Law
The University of Lausanne situated a short distance from Geneva and its international organizations, offers a unique postgraduate programme leading to the award of an LL.M. in International and European Economic and Commercial Law (Master of Advanced Studies).
The programme is entirely in English as per the following specializations: International and European Economic Law and International and European Commercial Law
The programme can be taken either in one-year of full time studies (starting in September or February) or in two years of part-time studies since it is made up of specialized modules (1-4 days) which can easily be planned in advance.
The 60 ECTS Credits of the programme are made up of taught courses and interactive seminars, a Master Thesis and various excursions to international organizations and the EU institutions.
The courses are given by distinguished professors, a number of experienced practitioners working in Government, in major international law firms and international organisations in Geneva as well as the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.
The programme is divided into 60 ECTS Credits. The common core content of compulsory courses consists of 12 ECTS Credits. Furthermore, each student will have the choice among one of the following three specializations (12 ECTS Credits each) :
- International Economic Law / WTO Law (English)
- International Commercial Law (English) In addition, each student may choose freely a number of options (20 ECTS Credits) from the entire programme and will have to write a Master Thesis (16 ECTS Credits) in her/his area of specialization.
According to the Bologna System, one ECTS Credit represents for the student a workload of 25 hours.
LLM Program Objectives
This postgraduate programme aims at preparing lawyers from around the world for high-level challenges in a globalized economy with a special focus on the role of Europe and the European Union.
Through the acquisition of knowledge and the training of respective competences, the graduates of this programme will be prepared to become highly-skilled experts and decision makers in international law firms, multinational enterprises, civil service, international organisations and academia.
The programme combines theory and practice in a number of core fields of the world economy. It aims at providing students with the necessary skills to work in an international environment and communicate with their peers.
The programme is normally open to candidates holding a University diploma in law corresponding to a Swiss "MLaw" degree. Normally this corresponds to at least 4,5 years of study within the Bologna system and means that students hold both a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS credits) and a Master's degree (90 ECTS credits).
Students from the United States or Canada should normally have a undergraduate degree (BA, four years) and at least 1 year of their JD programme.
The Diploma Committee may admit students who have obtained a diploma following at least 3 years of study and at least one further year of studies and/or practical experience, in particular from countries not applying the Bologna system or where a Master's degree is not required for being admitted to practice as a lawyer (such as the United Kingdom). It should, however, be noted that in these cases admission to a doctorate at the University of Lausanne is not possible without obtaining additional credits in order to obtain an "MLaw degree" as it in not identical with the specialized MAS/LL.M degree awarded in this programme.
Students whose previous university diploma is not in Law but a related field (e.g. International Relations, Economics or similar) may be admitted at the discretion of the Diploma Committee.
Participants must prove a good knowledge of English in their motivation letter (number of years of Language classes taken, specific experience in an English-speaking environment etc.). Normally, we expect candidates to have a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 92 (internet-based). Proof of an equivalent level of language proficiency may be acceptable. In any case, you should know that we expect you to be able to follow classes entirely held in English and to write your assignments in English. We provide for a compulsory class in "Legal Writing and Research" and the University provides classes in "English as a foreign language" which we encourage you to take if you should feel the need to further improve you skills.
For students desiring to learn (or improve their) French the University of Lausanne's School of French as a Foreign Language offers free language courses for non-French speakers. The participation in the intensive courses in French (available during the summer and winter holidays before the semester starts !) prior to starting the programme may be a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the language.