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LL.M. Programme in Comparative, European and International Law

The LL.M. Programme in Comparative, European and International Laws of the European University Institute (EUI) is a one-year programme. It is predominantly research-based, and focusses on the acquisition and practice of research skills and on the preparation of a dissertation.

It addresses candidates who wish to advance their legal knowledge and their ability to develop and express scholarly analyses, in a stimulating international and interdisciplinary environment.

The programme is taught by eminent academics, including professors of the EUI, as well as world-renowned guest professors and experts. The programme is attended by an international body of researchers, selected with highly competitive admission criteria.



LL.M. researchers, under the supervision of a Professor in the Department of Law, must obtain a series of necessary credits through term seminars, intensive courses, workshops, and summer schools.

Half of these credits will be obtained by submitting a term paper and a dissertation, which will become the basis for the conferment of the LL.M. degree.


Additional Activities

LL.M. researchers can attend the cultural and scientific events (lectures, conferences, workshops) that take place at EUI. Each year the Law Department organizes many such initiatives, touching a vast range of subjects concerning European, Comparative and International laws (see Workshops and Conferences).

Researchers are encouraged to take part in the activities organized by other Departments of the EUI (EconomicsHistory & Civilization, Political and Social Sciences), by the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies and by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.


Programme Requirements

Each researcher, with the advice of his/her supervisor, must prepare an individual study programme, choosing among the various term seminars, short seminars, intensive courses, workshops, and summer schools offered by the Department.

Researchers must take at least two regular term seminars in European, International and/or Comparative Laws, one in the first and one in the second term, and attend a seminar in legal research.

Researchers must submit a term paper in preparation for the dissertation (by the end of February), and a completed dissertation (by 1 October of the year following arrival), on the basis of which the LL.M. will be awarded.


How to Apply

Candidates for the LL.M. programme must present a short research statement (max. 1,000 words), in English or French, within the research areas covered by the Department.

The research statement must specify the research question addressed, the approach adopted and the motivations of the potential researcher.

Candidates will be selected for interview on the basis of their curriculum vitae and research statement.

Candidates are admitted on the basis of their academic qualifications, aptitude for research in the international and interdisciplinary environment of the EUI, and the quality of the research statement.

Capacity to supervise the candidate proposed, taking into account the profile of the Department, is also a determining consideration.

For more information please see: How to Apply.



Five financial contributions of €5,000 each are offered by the EUI, on a competitive basis, to candidates who do not receive funding from another source.

The contributions are awarded, by decision of the Law Department, to the 5 top-ranked candidates selected for admission (no separate application is required).

For detailed information please see: Funding and Fees.



The tuition fee for the LL.M. programme is €12,000. Candidates from EUI Contracting States and Associate Member States are exempted from tuition fees.

The President of the European Institute is authorised to reduce or waive fees for candidates.

For detailed information please see: Funding and Fees.


Transfer to the Ph.D. Programme

LL.M. researchers may apply to transfer to the four-year Doctoral Programme in Law by seeking admission directly to the second year.

The application must be presented by January and will be considered by the Department on a case by case basis, taking into account the excellence of the candidate and the prospects of developing the LL.M. into a Ph.D. thesis.

In order to be admitted to the Ph.D. programme an LL.M. researcher must submit a Ph.D. proposal, which will be defended in an interview and will be subject to competitive assessment together with other Ph.D. proposals submitted to the Department. The results of the preselection should be known by mid-April.

LL.M. researchers who are admitted to the Ph.D. programme are entitled to receive a grant under the same conditions as doctoral researchers.    

Page last updated on 30 July 2015