LLM in Business Law

General

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Program Description

You’ll investigate aspects of European and comparative company law, such as corporate restructuring, corporate mobility, formation and financing of companies, European business forms, employee involvement, corporate governance, and takeover regulations. You’ll also learn to analyze both primary and secondary EU legislation, as well as the case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU and the legislation of relevant jurisdictions. By the end of the programme, you’ll understand the interaction of European and national law on businesses.

You’ll gain both a broad knowledge of the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world as well as specialised knowledge in the field of Business Law and study at a Dutch Law School that was rated number one in the Netherlands for student satisfaction.

The Faculty of Law in Nijmegen was the first in the Netherlands to start a European Law programme. It has built an international reputation in the field of European law, immigration law and private law and is part of a large network that includes more than fifty universities in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. You’ll work together with the prestigious Business & Law Research Centre. This centre combines academic excellence with the practical expertise of major companies and law firms. The centre has been accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

You’ll be taught in a stimulating, collegiate setting with small groups by internationally recognised professors of law, all specialists in their specific fields. This programme is not just geared at students from EU countries. All nations in the world trade with the EU which has rules and regulations that have to be complied with. Law students from all over the world will, therefore, benefit from this Master’s specialisation.

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Facts and figures

  • Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M)
  • Faculty: Law
  • Croho code: 60224
  • Duration: 1 year (60 EC), full time
  • Start month: September or February
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Enrolled students: 60-70 per year
  • Contact hours: 15-18 hours per week

Why study at Radboud University?

  • You’ll gain both a broad knowledge of the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world as well as specialised knowledge in the field of Business Law.
  • You’ll study at a Dutch Law School that was rated number one in the Netherlands for student satisfaction.
  • The Faculty of Law in Nijmegen was the first in the Netherlands to start a European Law programme. It has built an international reputation in the field of European law, immigration law and private law and is part of a large network that includes more than fifty universities in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia.
  • You’ll work together with the prestigious Business & Law Research Centre. This centre combines academic excellence with the practical expertise of major companies and law firms. The centre has been accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
  • You’ll be taught in a stimulating, collegiate setting with small groups by internationally recognised professors of law, all specialists in their specific fields.
  • The international mix of students gives the classes and project work a multicultural touch. This will give you the extra benefit of gaining multicultural communication skills as well as a multitude of cultural perspectives in this field. By the time you receive your Master's diploma, you’ll have gained excellent skills to work in the Netherlands or in any other country.
  • This programme is not just geared at students from EU countries. All nations in the world trade with the EU which has rules and regulations that have to be complied with. Law students from all over the world will, therefore, benefit from this Master’s specialisation.

Master's programme Business Law in 2,5 minutes

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for all students

  1. A completed Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Law equivalent to the Dutch educational level*.
    • For the specialisation of European Law and Global Affairs: Students with a degree in Politics, Governance, International Relations, Liberal Arts or equivalent, with a substantial number of courses in Law, are also eligible for admission to this specialisation. These students should provide proof of their knowledge of the basic concepts of Law.
  2. Proficiency in English
    • In order to take part in this programme, you need to have adequate knowledge of English. Non-native speakers of English** need to provide evidence of their proficiency by submitting one of the following tests:
      • A TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 90 overall (internet-based, with a minimum of 23 for writing) or 575 (paper-based). The institutional TOEFL code for Radboud University is 3387; or
      • An IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.0 minimum for the components listening, reading and speaking and a 6.5 minimum for writing); or
      • A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with grade C or higher or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C or higher.
        • Please be aware that the validity of the IELTS and TOEFL certificates is 2 years and the validity of the CAE/CPE 5 years.
        • Students from EU countries (including Dutch students) who have obtained an LL.B (bachelor's diploma in law) taught in another language than English can take the RATEr test at our language institute Radboud In'to Languages. The Nijmegen Law Faculty will pay for the RATEr-test. We also accept TOEFL, IELTS, CAE and CPE certificates with the scores mentioned above. However, the Law Faculty will not reimburse the costs for these tests.
  3. Motivation letter in English ***
    • Please explain in your motivation letter why you would like to enrol in the Master’s specialisation of your choice within the International and European Law programme. Also, attach your resume with a photo and your grade list to this letter.
    • Please note:
    • For those who don’t meet the requirements, Radboud University does not offer a pre-master's programme in International and European Law. If you wish to enter the Master’s programme in International and European Law, you’ll need a Bachelor’s degree (from a research university) that meets the requirements.
    • If you are a Chinese student and want to register as a student on an English-taught programme at a Dutch higher education institution you need to apply for a Nuffic Certificate. More information can be found on the Study in Holland website.

* Students who obtained their degree in the Netherlands are required to have obtained a Bachelor's degree from a research university (universiteit). Students who have obtained a Bachelor's diploma from a university of applied sciences (hbo) cannot be admitted.

Students who have obtained their diploma in Indonesia, are required to have obtained a Master's degree in Law (Sarjana Hukum II).

** Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa, or if they have obtained an LL.B (bachelor programme in Law) in one of the countries mentioned above. Students from the European Law School Bachelor at Radboud University, are also exempted from a language test.

*** Students from the European Law School Bachelor at Radboud University, are exempted from a motivation letter.

Deadlines

Deadlines for students with a Dutch degree

All of our Master’s programmes begin in the first week of September with a few programmes also offering a February intake. Please check the specific programme pages for this information. If you wish to study at Radboud University, please be aware that we have set application deadlines for each intake.

Students with a Dutch university Bachelor's degree need to make sure that they have completed their application before 1 September (for the September intake), and before 1 February (for the February intake).

If you require an admission statement, please request this from the Board of Examiners no later than 1 July (for the September intake).

Some (Research) Master's have set their own additional deadlines for enrolment. Please go to the programme of your choice to find out about these deadlines.

Deadlines for students with an international degree

September intake
Non-EU/EEA applicants with scholarship

Non-EU/EEA students must submit a complete application before 1 March if they wish to be considered for a scholarship, for example, Radboud Scholarship Programme, and/or the Orange Tulip Scholarship. Please note that different deadlines may apply for other scholarships. Please check the scholarship website to see if you or your chosen programme is eligible for a scholarship.

Non-EU/EEA applicants without scholarship

All other non-EU/EEA applicants must submit a complete application before 1 April. This is the final deadline and includes pre-arrival services. This consists of assistance with accommodation and support with the visa application process.

EU/EEA applicants (1)

EU/EEA applicants must submit a complete application before 1 May to receive assistance with accommodation. Radboud University will still consider EU/EEA applications until 1 July, but we may not be able to offer assistance with an accommodation.

Students will receive an admissions decision approximately 3 weeks after they have completed their application in the online application system OSIRIS Application.

Some (Research) Master's have set their own additional deadlines for enrolment. Please go to the programme of your choice to find out about these deadlines.

February intake

Non-EU/EEA applicants

Non-EU/EEA applicants must submit a complete application before 1 November to receive the service package. This consists of assistance with accommodation and support with the visa and residence permit process.

EU/EEA applicants (1)

EU/EEA applicants must submit a complete application before 1 December to receive assistance with accommodation.

Students will receive an admissions decision approximately 4 weeks after they have completed their application in the online application system OSIRIS Application.

Some (Research) Master's have set their own additional deadlines for enrolment. Please go to the programme of your choice to find out about these deadlines.

This list could be subject to change.

Enrolment deadlines

Students who have been (conditionally) admitted must complete their enrolment by the dates below:

Non-EU/EEA students who require help with their visa application need to send legally certified hard copies of their enrolment documents (outlined in admission letter) before 1 June (for September intake) or 1 December (for February intake). The other enrolment criteria must be met before 15 August (for September intake) or 15 January (for February intake).

Please note that these deadlines are very strict and must be adhered to. They are set to ensure sufficient time for students to complete the visa process.

(1) EU/EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (including the Dutch Caribbean), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom.

Career prospects

This Master’s specialisation is primarily designed for students who wish to pursue an international legal career in the area of corporate law. It offers a thorough and broad education in company law that includes competition law, commercial law, labour law, and insolvency law. And because it’s part of the International and European Law programme at Radboud University, you’ll also gain a good understanding of the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world.

Job positions

Graduates of Business Law can expect a wide variety of employment prospects. The vast knowledge of EU businesses and the European decision-process makes that graduates of this specialisation are well equipped for a job in law, lobbying or consulting firms anywhere in the world. You could also work for financial institutions, multinationals, and listed companies as well as for governmental institutions and NGOs. Graduates can also strive for one of the few law positions within the European Commission as this Master’s will definitely gain a sound basis needed to acquire the necessary professional competences.

Last updated Nov 2020

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