Master in European Private Law (LL.M.)
The Master in European Private Law is among the most innovative Master programmes in EU law. It focuses on the Europeanisation of private law sectors, covering key issues and allowing students to understand how national legislation on private law will evolve in the future.
The first semester is devoted to deepening the understanding of European integration and the interaction between EU law and national legal systems, followed by classes on the areas of private law that have been deeply Europeanised (company, labour, intellectual property, and banking and financial law). The second semester is dedicated to legal areas where the influence of European law is indirect but vivid (contract and tort law, law of family and persons, and procedural law).
Students are trained to evaluate legal issues in a unique way, encouraging analysis that goes beyond national jurisdictions in order to draw upon European legal sources, and to propose more innovative solutions. Private law is explored through case methods combined with a presentation of the relevant legal provisions. The programme mixes theoretical and practical approaches with students taught how to write memoranda and critical reviews of legislative documents and scholarly doctrines, as well as how to organise various legal events.
Students can further deepen their practical experience through monthly workshops with practitioners, a mandatory internship and by benefitting from the clinical programme offered by the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance – the Consumer Law Clinic – where they meet real clients with real problems.
5 reasons to specialise in European Private Law at the University of Luxembourg:
Students will be prepared for employment opportunities in national administrations, the European institutions, law firms, the judiciary, banks and financial institutions, or as notaries. The LL.M. in European Private Law also provides a springboard for further academic studies at PhD-level.
Structure of studies
Students applying for the Master in European Private Law can enter directly into the second year of the Master programme (M2) with the goal of obtaining an LL.M. degree. This requires the successful completion of four years of studies amounting to 240 ECTS, typically by having obtained a Master degree in law or equivalent studies including courses in European law. Students will be admitted upon decision of an admissions committee.
Applicants who have successfully completed three years of studies amounting to 180 ECTS (typically a Bachelor in Law or equivalent studies) are eligible to apply for the common first year of LL.M. studies at the University of Luxembourg (M1). It offers a variety of courses in European and international law from which students may choose in order to prepare for the specific requirements of the second year (M2).