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Master in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.)


The programme offers students a unique opportunity to explore the fast-growing field of European criminal law with a special emphasis on economic and financial criminal law.

The programme consists of six successive modules, providing students an in-depth view into several key aspects of European criminal law, comprising the following areas of European Criminal Law:

  • regulation and enforcement within the EU,
  • European criminal law and criminal procedure,
  • corporate criminal law and compliance,
  • judicial cooperation and the European law enforcement agencies.

In the second semester, each student prepares a Master thesis and participates in an internship, through which he or she will have the opportunity to further expand his or her skills by applying the acquired knowledge to real-life situations.

Courses are taught by leading scholars and practitioners, including judges from the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), EU officials, and partners of leading law firms.






5 reasons to specialise in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law at the University of Luxembourg:

  1. Graduate from a highly-specialised and unique programme in a rapidly developing field of law. The bilingual programme gives students a distinct advantage when working in the field of European criminal law.
  2. Programme includes a mandatory internship at one of Luxembourg’s leading law firms, a national, European or international institution, a bank or other financial institution, or another stakeholder in the field.
  3. Benefit from the proximity of several European institutions, notably the Court of Justice of the European Union, and close contact and collaboration with the field’s leading practitioners.
  4. The Programme combines various teaching methods and tools to give students an opportunity to develop the practical skills necessary for a successful transition to a position in the field, such as interactive teaching in small groups, oral presentations, advocacy training, and special attention to effective legal drafting.
  5. Study trips to European and international institutions, such as the Council of the European Union, Eurojust, Europol, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the International Criminal Court.

Career opportunities

This LL.M. provides students with a competitive edge to successfully enter the rapidly expanding field of European economic and financial criminal law in Luxembourg or abroad, for example as a compliance expert, white-collar crime lawyer or EU official. Moreover, the programme can also be a springboard for further academic studies at PhD-level.

Structure of studies:

Students applying for the Master in European Economic and Financial Criminal 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).


A full scholarship is offered to top-performing applicants in this Master programme. Non-European Union and European applicants will be considered for this merit-based scholarship. Detailed information here








FIBAA is an internationally-recognised agency for quality assurance and quality development in higher education.
The Master in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law received the accreditation in winter semester 2019 for a period of 5 years (until winter semester 2024/25).

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Programme at a glance

  • Year 1: 60 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester)
  • Year 2: 60 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester), incl. Master thesis and internship
  • Taught in English and French
  • Admission: 25 students in year two
  • Cost: €200/semester
  • Weicker Building (virtual tour)