Master in European Law


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Program Description

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Today’s Europe demands lawyers who possess a thorough mastery of European law. The European Union increasingly affects all areas of law and the national legal systems of its member states have reached a high level of integration. EU law teaches a great deal about the relationship between law and economics, history, politics and international relations. This makes EU law of interest not only to lawyers but also to anyone trying to understand one of the most ambitious attempts to get different states to work together. Our LLM programme will immerse you in this challenging and dynamic field while opening up many new opportunities for you both during and after the programme. It provides a thorough grounding in European law, covering areas such as internal market law, competition law, social law, judicial protection, refugee law, criminal law and public law.

What is the EU banking union, for example? Why do they say that the EU features democratic deficit and how can we enhance democracy and the rule of law in the EU? How is legal protection afforded in cases where decisions are made by both EU and national enforcement authorities? Our unique programme will help you build both substantive and institutional knowledge of European law.

Free to Choose Your Own Specialisation

The flexibility of this programme means that you will be able to focus on areas of your personal interest. As a student European Law, you can choose for the default specialisation, General EU Law. Or the specialisation European Criminal Law and Human Rights. You can also choose a minor within another Master's programme. During the third period, you may choose your Capital Selecta Modules covering different areas of EU law. The modules deepen your knowledge in a current specialised legal topic.

The Programme

Learning by doing is key to this programme and, as such, knowledge and understanding gained through theoretical modules is complemented by training in legal analysis, argumentation and research.
Your professors take a supportive role in this self-created, individualised approach to your studies. In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in essential skills, such as quickly deepening your knowledge in a current, specialised legal topic. From the very beginning, you will also take part in the Research and Thesis Training that prepares you to write your master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM programme.

If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, there is – the LLM's Honours Programme – an additional honours programme for the best and most highly motivated students.

Master’s programmes within Utrecht University’s School of Law are based on multidisciplinary research conducted by the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. This research takes into account socioeconomic and sociopolitical perspectives, as well as the impact of European law on national laws.

Preparation for a Wide Range of Work Environments

The Master’s in European Law is a rigorous, customisable programme of study that will enable you to develop your academic, practical, writing, and oral skills through a combination of case studies, moot courts, research and visits to European legal and professional organisations. By the end of the programme, you will be able to reflect critically on legal issues and to recognise, understand and analyse the relationship between the laws of member states and the wider European Union. You will gain an excellent foundation for your career of choice, whether you aim to build a career in a law firm or major multinational company or work for a European institution, an international organisation or a local or national government.

Towards a Professional Career

Even before you graduate, the LLM in European Law gives you a good introduction to professional practice through moot courts, visits to major European organisations, and the chance to speak with top-ranking professional lawyers. As a result, you will be well prepared for a legal career either in your home country or internationally.
In previous years, graduates from this LLM have gone on to do well in a range of areas including:

  • Corporate and private law practice;
  • National public service as a diplomat or civil servant;
  • Legal or policy analysis with governments, international political organisations, and NGOs; and
  • Academic or legal research.

After finishing your study, you can work:

  • As a legal assistant in many different areas of the national government including local authorities, executive, and supervisory bodies that deal with European issues and must implement or monitor compliance with European law, in European organisations, and non-governmental organisations;
  • As a lawyer with large, transnational law firms, in the legal departments of corporations, or in other organisations that are affected by the workings of European law; and
  • In professional legal practice in local national or EU member state courts in the broadest sense, given the impact of European law on the national legal system.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less