The Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative, European and International Legal Studies (CEILS) of the Faculty of Law in Trento offers a thorough educational experience for a career in the market of international legal professions.

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The CEILS will provide its students with an authentic international experience and an all-encompassing education in comparative, European, international and transnational law. Together with other national legal systems, elements of Italian law will be taught within the European, comparative and international framework.

Last but not least, CEILS students will have the opportunity to apply for internship programmes in international institutions. The diversity of the students’ community will enhance their learning commitment and intensify their contact with other cultures. The CEILS curriculum will be taught by Italian and foreign professors, who have wide-ranging research and teaching experience in Trento and abroad.

Study Plan

First Year Second Year Third Year
Comparative Legal Systems History of Western Legal Tradition Employment and Labour Law
Comparative Constitutional Law Introduction to Economics Business and Company Law
Romand Foundations of European Law International Law Administrative Law
European Union Law Comparative Private Law Transnational Civil Litigationin a Comparative Perspective
Foundations of Private Law from a EU Perspective Criminal Law Criminal Procedure from a Comparative and International Perspective
Philosophy of Law Multilevel Protection of Fundamental Rights Business and Consumer Transactions or Conflict of Laws or Competition Law

Informatics and Legal Research
(Informatics and the Law)

Elective courses
Comparative Energy Law; International Economic Law; Comparative Constitutional Law of Groups and Minorities; Comparative Information, Communication, and Technology Law; Introduction to Asian Law; European and Comparative Education Law; Comparative Constitutional Justice; International Civil Litigation; Climate Change and Energy Law; Sustainable Development Law

Optional activities
Internship (preferably in international institutions); Legal writing

Final Exam
Written dissertation

Access to higher degrees and career opportunities

After the Bachelor’s Degree, graduates can either continue their studies with a Master’s Degree or start their professional career immediately.

Students who decide to continue their education will be able to apply for national or international masters’ programmes in law, economics, political science, and sociology. The comparative, European and international profile of CEILS graduates may constitute a valid background for the several higher (second-cycle) degrees offered by universities adopting the Bologna Process approach in legal education and beyond.

CEILS students will also be provided with a set of skills that are particularly valuable for accessing careers in the international market of legal professions in the public and private sectors.

Moreover, CEILS graduates could be employed in industry, services or trade sectors, as well as in public or nonprofit private organizations requiring international legal expertise. In particular, certain positions of legal officials or linguistic legal experts may be open to CEILS graduates.

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Degree type: Bachelor’s Degree
Duration: 3 years
Language of instruction: English
Number of first-year students: 50 students
NEW! Non-UE quota: 10 students / 4 available scholarships
Application deadlines:

  • Non-EU candidates 20 February 2019
  • EU candidates March/July 2019 (TBA)

Intake: September each year
Selection Criteria:

  • Non-EU candidates CV and language skills (minimum requirement English B2). Short-listed applicants are then interviewed via Skype or other available means
  • EU candidates test (in English) focusing on General culture from an international perspective and basic IT skills

Career prospects: international legal market and/or further international education.

Program taught in:
  • English
University of Trento – Faculty of Law
Last updated September 17, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
3 years
- It is a public university
Feb 29, 2020
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