LLM in International Business Law

Tilburg University

Program Description

LLM in International Business Law

Tilburg University

LLM in International Business Law

International Business Law (IBL) is a complex and ever-changing area of today's legal society - and a fascinating area in which to pursue your legal career.

The Tilburg International Business Law LLM masters program combines quality theory with a distinctly practical and real-world approach - offering you outstanding preparation for a legal career in the international arena. Students acquire in-depth knowledge in the key areas of international business law. Knowledge is both relevant and up-to-the-minute, focusing on the full range of issues facing lawmakers and lawyers in relation to global business problems.

Teaching methods have a strong practical bent, ensuring you acquire the personal and professional skills to operate as a business lawyer in a high-level business environment. You will be asked to assume the role of a business lawyer involved in international transactions, thus learning law within the context of the real-world application, where economic, financial and social forces all interplay.

A core team of senior, internationally-reputed law lecturers teach the program. These academics are widely published in the top academic journals in the fields of corporate law, finance, international business law, and competition law. They are affiliated with the Tilburg Law School, as well as the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) and the Center for Company Law (CCL).


Four principal characteristics distinguish the Tilburg International Business Law LLM masters program:

  • Theory is integrated with practice offering you a legal education that is both grounded in theory and infused with real-world and practical knowledge and experience;
  • A multi-disciplinary approach ensures you understand the full range of legal, social and economic aspects of corporate organizations and international business transactions;
  • A framework for value-added contracting solutions enables you to draft the legal documents that bring predictable results and reduce risks, claims, and litigation;
  • Expertise in comparative law and economics analysis prepares you for real-world application.

Our goal is to ensure that you reach your full potential - and thus meet your ambition of establishing a career at the top of international business law practice.

Curriculum Content

The International Business Law LLM masters program consists of 60 ECTS. It is divided into two semesters during which students must acquire 30 ECTS each semester.

15 ECTS can also be obtained from 'complementary' courses which are highly recommended in order to obtain a complete business law profile.

Dutch students seeking an academic title with civil effect must also attend the course 'Burgerlijk procesrecht en geschiloplossing' (6 ECTS). They can study this course on top of the regular program.

Upon the successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the Master of Law (LLM) degree in International Business Law.

Compulsory Courses

  • Banking and Securities Regulation
  • European Competition Law
  • International Business Law I
  • International Company Law
  • A primer on International Business Law
  • International Business Law II
  • Legal Negotiation Workshop
  • Master's thesis

Elective Courses

At least one course to be chosen from the following list:

  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Competition Law and Economic Regulation
  • Trade and WTO Law
  • Law, Entrepreneurship, and Finance
  • International Commercial Law
  • State Aid and Public Procurement
  • Optional course in the Master's programmes

Career perspective

Your International Business Law LLM masters will ready you for the transition from university to your first job and the start of your career. Potential career paths include international roles as a professional business lawyer, an in-house counsel of corporations, or a career in academic research.

A key advantage of the International Business Law qualification is the specific skills you develop throughout the program - qualities valued by future employers.

These skills include the ability to critically assess and examine legal phenomena; discuss legal developments and cases from an analytical perspective, grounding your assertions in relevant theory, literature, and methodologies; convey your knowledge persuasively both orally and in written form; exhibit strong interpersonal skills; and display a clear understanding of the needs and perspectives of future clients.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
1 year
Full time
14,500 EUR
July 1, 2018
Netherlands - Tilburg
Start date: Aug. 2018
Application deadline July 1, 2018
End date July 15, 2019
Aug. 2018
Netherlands - Tilburg
Application deadline July 1, 2018
End date July 15, 2019
per year: €14,500 non-EEA / €2,060 EEA