Ghent University Law School

Introduction
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Ghent University is an enterprising university with an international appeal. Our motto is "Dare to think": where 37,000 students and 8,000 staff members are encouraged to adopt a critical thinking approach. Pluralism and social commitment are the cornerstones of our philosophy, just as diversity, participation and independent thought.

Even though participation in the LLM programme requires sufficient financial support, admission decisions are reached irrespective of the applicant's personal financial means. The subsequent decisions as regards financial aid will allow students who need external financial support to gauge the financial feasibility of their application.

Ghent University is one of the leading higher education and research institutions in the Low Countries. Located in a historic, student-friendly city in the cultural and economic hub of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in a wide variety of national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation networks. Although Ghent University is officially a Dutch-speaking university, English is widely spoken by both students and staff. Moreover, international students can choose a wide variety of English courses and programmes such as this LLM Programme.

Ghent University 's 11 faculties consist of 125 departments, offering high-quality, research-based programmes in a wide range of academic disciplines. The international student population (11.5%) attests to the quality and diversity of Ghent University 's education and research. Ghent University is 85th best university on the Shanghai ranking in 2014. All these factors, combined with a strong international focus, makes Ghent University a top-rank university in Europe.

The Law School

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The Law School is located in the historic centre of the city of Ghent. While occupying a number of historic buildings from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, it has modern teaching facilities including excellent libraries and well-equipped computer facilities.

The official teaching language is Dutch, except for specific English language postgraduate programmes such as the LLM programme.

The faculty consists of more than 80 professors and about 90 assistants who, in addition to teaching, are extensively engaged in research, writing, lecturing and public service. Many of its members have an international reputation in their field of specialisation, participate in national and international projects and are called upon as experts in the preparation of public policy. In the LLM programme, several foreign professors with an international reputation reinforce the faculty for specific courses.

The Ghent Law School is an EU "Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence", recognised for its expertise and its available resources for European Union Law. With the EU institutions in its vicinity, Ghent Law School offers all the necessary facilities for an in-depth study of the law and practice of the European Union and international business law. Students can also benefit from the excellent library, which doubles as a European Documentation Centre.

With a student population of around 4,000 students, Ghent University Law School is presently one of the largest law school in both Flanders and Belgium. Many of its alumni play a prominent role within the legal system as government officials, judges, members of domestic and international law firms or as law professors at other Belgian and foreign universities.

Ghent University Law School counts amongst its alumni a former Belgian Prime Minister and current leader of the ALDE party, Guy Verhofstadt and other prominent ministers of the Belgian federal government and Flemish governments, members of the Court of Cassation, the Constitutional Court and the Council of State in Belgium.

For more information on Ghent University Law School, please visit www.ugent.be/re.

The Programme

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From 2014-2015 onwards, the LLM Programme consists of three specialised LLM's out of which prospective graduate students may choose from, namely either:

  • LLM in International and European Law; or
  • LLM in International Business Law; or
  • LLM in European Union Law.

The specialised nature of the programme allows students to develop specific skills and competences in the rapidly developing areas of EU law. The three LLM programmes provide students with the opportunity to design their own course of studies in accordance with their career priorities. It enables them to gain expertise on many relevant and topical issues of international law. Nevertheless, even though the courses maybe specialised and tailored according to the needs of students, what they share in common is that all the three LLM Programmes are ideally suited for students from outside the EU who need a thorough background in EU regulation and for those from within the EU who want to escape the provincial study of national law.

In short, the Ghent University Law School LLM programme forms a significant stepping stone for lawyers and professionals who require knowledge of EU law and/or EU institutions for their career development. For further information pertaining to each of the specialised courses, students are advised to visit the LLM Programme's official website.

Apply for Academic Year 2016-2017 from 1 October 2015 via http://www.law.ugent.be/llm/application-form!

The Highlights of the Programme

As the new academic year is approaching, the Ghent Law School LLM Programmes are delighted to announce the envisaged innovations to the study programme and the enriched selection of career-oriented extra-curricular activities! All of the following components are being added to your LLM studies at Ghent University so as to of strengthen your CV (for you to secure an interesting job at European or international institutions and organisations, prominent law and consultancy firms).

Practical Course “Skills for Lawyers”

This core LLM course has been initially designed to develop the skills of law students and to improve their fluency and literacy in reading, consulting, using and writing legal English, as well as developing communication and presentation skills. As of the upcoming year, though, this course is getting evermore exciting and practical!

From academic year 2015-2016 and onwards, the upgraded “Skills for Lawyers” course will consist of the following blocks:

  • Mastering legal English and legal research and presentation skills for lawyers
  • Practicing as an international lawyer and getting to know about the life at a law firm
  • Crash-course seminar on Commercial Contract Drafting
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Lecture series by leading lawyers, politicians and economists from all over the world.

Giving you the knowledge, skills and techniques to impress your employer from the first day at work – that is what we aim for!

Participation in Moot Courts

As of the academic year 2015-2016 and onwards our LLM students have obtained an exceptional possibility of participating in Moot Courts as a part of their official curricula.

Get some first-hand experience at pleading and prove that you are a motivated and dedicated student by participating in one of the following Moot Court Competitions:

  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court
  • Ph. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

Summer Internship Scheme

Our LLM Programmes try to continuously serve as a platform for a step forward in careers of our students: we offer some career-oriented lectures and coaching to our LLM students in order to better prepare them for various application processes and interviews leading to potential international employment. We also offer our LLM students opportunities for networking during various guest lectures and events.

As of academic year of 2015-2016 we introduce a 1-month summer (non-paid) internship programme for the top-three LLM graduates. The hard-working students who have achieved the top-scores and impressed the professors with their motivation to succeed will be offered a chance to intern at Ghent Law School, law firms and non-governmental organisations!

Mentorship Programme

We intend to launch this programme so that you can discuss your career plans and get some advice from our bright and experienced alumni who will come and share their knowledge and practical experience with you, the lawyers-in-forming, through various lectures and coaching sessions!

Entry Requirements

Students are eligible for admission if they fulfil the following admission criteria:

  • To have a law degree, i.e. the degree that in its country of origin makes one eligible to exercise the legal professions. Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and may be conditionally admitted, subject to the successful completion of their degree.
  • Exceptionally, after an examination of their curriculum and in view of their acquired competences, candidates who do not have a law degree may also be admitted. In such an event, the admission may be made subject to limitations with respect to the courses to be followed.
  • To present proof of sufficient English proficiency (Applicable to all non-native English speakers. We require a minimum score of 560 for paper TOEFL, 95 for Internet-based TOEFL or 6.5 for IELTS. However, there is a possibility to obtain an exemption for prospective candidates who have completed a study course of minimum one year (equal to 60 ECTS credits) at an English-speaking higher education institution (upon presentation of a respective document proving completion of such programme)).
  • To have sufficient financial support, as indicated in the application form, either through personal financial means or via financial aid. Note here that the tuition fee for the LLM programme is 5000 Euro.
  • To apply for admission to the LLM programme with all required documents.

Application process for Academic Year 2016-2017 will be open as of 1 October 2015! Apply here: http://www.law.ugent.be/llm/application-form

Application Procedure

The selection process is coordinated by the Law School's International Relations Committee. In selecting students, the Committee takes into account academic potential, seriousness of purpose and motivation. Selection is a tribute, not only to the past performance of the applicant but also to his/her believed ability to perform well in a demanding LLM programme and to contribute to the LLM group.

Ghent Law School does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, handicap, income or personal financial means.

Even though participation in the LLM programme requires sufficient financial support, admission decisions are reached irrespective of the applicant's personal financial means. The subsequent decisions as regards financial aid will allow students who need external financial support to gauge the financial feasibility of their application.

Tuition and Fees

Ghent University is a state university, and its policy is to keep tuition to a minimum (for the LLM programme, it is 5000 Euro). However, the University provides few Master Grants, the details of which can be found here.

The LLM programme itself has no funding available for scholarships to support the cost of living and studying in Ghent. On the other hand, the LLM programme does offer a very limited number of partial or full tuition waivers, depending on its budgetary limits and on the need of the applicants. However, financial constraints typically reduce the waivers to a level well below their demand. Applicants are therefore strongly urged to be financially self-supportive, either through personal means or through third party intervention.

Decisions on university financial aid are taken after the admission decisions. Both are communicated together to the applicant.

Financial Aid

LLM candidates are encouraged to explore avenues for financial aid external to the LLM programme. It should be stressed however that the LLM programme cannot offer any technical or logistical support for these external application processes, other than letters of recommendation and/or confirmations of application or selection, where required.

Location

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To study in Ghent is truly to work in the heart of Europe! Brussels and its many EU institutions are just a short, comfortable and convenient train ride away. The Hague, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg all major institutional capitals in their own right are all less than a day trip from here, and along with Brussels we will visit most of them during your stay. And of course, for those of you who want to explore the great metropolises of Europe, Ghent is a fantastic gateway.

With direct access to Europe's high-speed railway network and with a major international airport almost at your fingertips, you will be able to visit Paris, London, Berlin and many more exciting destinations at the drop of a hat. We will keep you busy, but you will also have the time to discover some of Europe's great cities at your own convenience and will the minimum of fuss.

Ghent Law School is located at the Universiteitstraat 4-6, 9000 Ghent, Belgium. The main administrative building of Ghent University, the Rectorate, is located at the Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, 9000 Gent, Belgium.

Accommodation

With its University and other higher education institutions, the city of Ghent harbours a student population of approximately 50,000. The housing market is therefore understandably stretched. For incoming foreign students finding suitable accommodation is perfectly doable but may require some effort and flexibility. There are essentially two ways to find suitable housing: through the private market, or through University Housing.

If you wish to reserve a room in one of the student dorms, the following website and online registration platform is operational from May onwards. Please consult these pages for LLM.

If you opt for university housing, rooms will be made available from September 16 onwards. You can request accommodation in the university residences after your admission to the LLM programme. Paying your non-reimbursable Application Fee after admission to the programme gives the housing department the possibility to approve your accommodation in the University residences. However, only a number of rooms are reserved for LLM students and are rented in order of the request and payment made.

Student Life

Our university and law school has exchange programmes with numerous universities all over the world. The law school attracts hundreds of foreign students every year. Your LLM class will reflect this cultural diversity. Your LLM professors and lecturers will include visiting international experts. Your LLM experience at Ghent will, as a result, be much more than an academic education. It will also be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience. You will meet, study, and live, with interesting and talented people from all over the world. You will leave this place an enriched and enlightened human being with a better understanding of today's world and with bonds and ties that cross many borders. For more photo impression, please visit our FB page where we frequently update with valuable tips and current activities -academic and extracurricular alike: www.facebook.com/llmugent.

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LLM in European Union Law

Campus Full time 10 months September 2016 Belgium Ghent

The LLM in European Union Law presents the best of Ghent Law School’s renowned expertise in EU [+]

The LLM in European Union Law presents the best of Ghent Law School’s renowned expertise in EU law for students aspiring to specialise in the law and institutions of the European Union. By a careful combination of compulsory core courses and elective specialised courses, students receive an all-round high-level EU law education, while maintaining a freedom of focus on personal career or research needs. The Ghent Law School is a EU 'Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence', recognised for its expertise and its available resources for European Union Law. With the EU institutions in its vicinity, Ghent Law School offers all the necessary facilities for an in-depth study of the law and practice of the European Union. Students can also benefit from the excellent library, which doubles as a European Documentation Centre. With an ever expanding and further integrating European Union, and in an ever more global legal environment, the LLM offers an additional law degree that is instrumental on the international job market. The specialised nature of the programme allows students to develop specific skills and competences in the rapidly developing areas of EU law. In short, the Ghent University Law School LLM programme forms a significant stepping stone for lawyers and professionals who require knowledge of EU law and/or EU institutions for their career development. Curriculum: http://www.law.ugent.be/llm/llm-european-union-law ... [-]


LLM in International and European Law

Campus Full time 10 months September 2016 Belgium Ghent

The LLM programme in European Law is dedicated to the legal environment of the European Union. That environment consists of EU law as such, but also of international law and of member state [+]

The LLM in International and European Law offers the broadest spectrum of options available for students with an international career or research orientation. It allows students to handpick courses from a wealth of topics of European (EU) or international relevance, enabling an educational programme tailored to their personal interests and career needs. Ghent University Law School has a wide array of English language courses on a great variety of European and international law issues. The LLM programme provides students with the opportunity to design their own course of studying accordance with their career priorities. It enables them to gain expertise on many relevant and topical issues of international law. For students seeking to broadly develop their skills and knowledge for a career with an international dimension, this programme offers the best possible personal preparation. While enabling students to focus on particular subjects of interest, it also fully accommodates the needs of those students who seek a general European and international law education. With its combination of academic and practical skills modules, the programme prepares students for the international professional life that is increasingly the reality of law professionals all over the world. NOTE: The application process for the academic year 2016-2017 will be open from 1 October 2015. [-]

LLM in International Business Law

Campus Full time 10 months September 2016 Belgium Ghent

The LLM in International Business Law is a flagship programme for students seeking to specialise in the [+]

The LLM in International Business Law is a flagship programme for students seeking to specialise in the international legal aspects of business practice in our globalising world. While allowing a degree of personal choice, it steers students towards the key legal building blocks of international business law, guaranteeing an advanced degree with real added value in a business-oriented career. The Ghent LLM in International Business Law allows students to gain in-depth knowledge about all practice areas and is aimed at future or already experienced lawyers and in-house counsel dealing with commercial, corporate, securities and banking legal issues, as well as international economic law. Built around the renowned Financial Law Institute, the programme combines the expertise of its professors with that of experienced practitioners in areas like M&A, Intellectual Property and Arbitration, to bring you hands-on experience. All courses in the LLM focus either on EU-wide regulation or use a comparative law approach. The programme is ideally suited for students from outside the EU who need a thorough background in EU regulation and for those from within the EU who want to escape the provincial study of national law. NOTE: The application process for the academic year 2016-2017 will be open from 1 October 2015. [-]

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