The Europa-Institut at Saarland University offers a one year Master's program in European and International Law with five modules: Module 1: European Integration and Modules 2-5 with the study units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution and European and International Protection of Human Rights.
After successful completion of the program, the title “Master of Laws” (LL.M.) is awarded. The Master's program aims to provide students with a great freedom of choice with regard to which courses they wish to attend and complete. The course plan is designed to allow for a choice of courses and lectures unbound by specific specializations, permitting students to freely choose and compose their LL.M. subjects according to their own wishes and interests within the European and international law. Furthermore, it is possible for students to obtain up to two specializations in addition to their Master's degree, i.e. to obtain an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution or European Economic Law.
The program can be done in English and/or German. It combines practice-oriented teaching with excellence in academic training and is an excellent preparation for the European and international job market. Up until now, more than 5,000 students from all over the world have graduated from the program and now hold positions in European and international organizations, internationally oriented law firms, international companies as well as in national governments and administrations.
Example: Specialization in International Dispute Resolution
The study unit International Dispute Resolution familiarizes students with typical problems and the basic concepts of international commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. The aim of the study unit is to focus on efficient and fair dispute resolution in a transnational context, in a world where commercial courts are national institutions. This study unit offers, in addition to the named lecture topics, complementing lectures for increased understanding and insight, for instance in “International Business Transactions”, a lecture focusing on students acquiring specialized expertise as well as insight into the many cultural perspectives and aspects relevant to doing business across borders, in order for students to get an enhanced understanding of the complexity of cross-border trade. Case studies, negotiation, and procedural training are an important part of the study unit and provide an ideal addition to the lectures on offer. This enables students to obtain an ideal mix of theoretically minded lectures, equipping students with the necessary analytical abilities, and more practically applicable courses, allowing students to put their acquired theoretical knowledge into practice. Distinguished guest lecturers form an integral part of the program. Furthermore, excursions to international institutions (such as the ICC in Paris) are on the agenda.
- One-year Master's program focusing on European and International Law
- Program can be done in English and/or German
- Five modules are offered: Module 1: European Integration and Modules 2-5 with the study units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution and European and International Protection of Human Rights
- Title “Master of Laws” (LL.M.) is awarded
- Highly qualified specialists from the academic and business world
- Practice-oriented teaching combined with excellence in academic training
- 75 students from 40 countries
- Excursions to European and international institutions
- Intensive support from the Europa-Institut team
- Access to an international network via our Alumni Association EVER e.V.
- Excellent preparation for the European and international job market
The Europa-Institut offers the following modules:
- Module 1: European Integration
- Module 2: Study Unit European Economic Law
- Module 3: Study Unit Foreign Trade and Investment
- Module 4: Study Unit International Dispute Resolution
- Module 5: Study Unit International and European Protection of Human Rights
- Module 6: Master's Thesis
Each unit offers a high degree of specialization in quickly expanding professional fields within the European and international law.
A total of at least 45 credit points must be attained during the course of the study program. 15 additional credit points are awarded after the completion and approval of the Master's thesis, making it a total number of 60 credit points that have to be reached for completion of the Master's program.
The requirements for admission to the LL.M. program "European and International Law" at the Europa-Institut are as follows
- a university degree in law or in a comparable subject (business studies, humanities) from a German or foreign university and
- proof of sound knowledge of German and/or English
More information on www.europainstitut.de/application
Application Procedure and Deadlines
The number of available places is limited. Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications and suitability.
The Master's program "European and International Law" begins in the winter semester. The deadline for applications is always 15 July, directly preceding the winter semester that candidates wish to commence in. Late applications may be accepted until 30 September. Exceptions may be made for the commencement of the program in the summer semester. Applicants who are already in possession of their confirmation of degree letters by spring are therefore encouraged to apply by 1 April.
More information on www.europainstitut.de/application.
Tuition and Fees
The tuition fees are 5,600 Euro per academic year (2,800 Euro per semester).
An additional administrative fee is payable to Saarland University. This entitles students to an ID-Card, which authorizes the free use of public transportation within the Saarland and accident insurance. In addition, it confirms student status and can, therefore, be used to obtain student discounts.
The Europa-Institut offers an online application that can be found here:
The Law School
The Europa-Institut is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It stands for high educational standards, close contact and regular exchange with institutions in the European Union, the Council of Europe as well as with the German Federal Foreign Office. The Europa-Institut was thoroughly examined and certified by the ACQUIN agency within the context of the system accreditation of Saarland University. The program accreditation states that the Europa-Institut offers both excellent research opportunities and excellent quality of teaching. The Europa-Institut also received the so-called “Certificate for Quality of Internationalisation (CeQuInt)” for the successful implementation of an internationalization strategy in its Master's program.
About Saarland University
Saarland University is a modern university within the Saar-Lor-Lux region - a dynamic part of Europe defined by the shared borders between Germany, France, and Luxembourg. An international perspective has been a defining feature of Saarland University ever since it was established in cooperation with France in 1948. Today, 18.500 young people study in Saarbrücken and Homburg (faculty of medicine), 17 percent of whom are international students. Located in a pleasant woodland setting, the university campus offers students and researchers a broad range of sporting and cultural activities, which together with the numerous cafés and restaurants make the campus an ideal place to relax between lectures or after work. And thanks to the high-speed ICE train link it takes only two hours to travel from Saarbrücken to Paris.
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Last updated January 31, 2018