FAQs - LL.M. Programme

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

All interviewees have to take either an English language assessment test or an English language placement test with the exception of English native speakers.

Yes, but you must obtain your degree with the required grade by the following August and send proof to the EUI as soon as it is available.

Candidates who are English native speakers, or have a degree from a university programme entirely taught in English and who have written a thesis in English in such a programme, are exempt from submitting a certificate of English proficiency.

If you cannot submit an English International Language Certificate due to reasons beyond your control, you must attach to the application form a personal declaration stating the extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting the certificate.

Extenuating circumstances can include the following situations:

  • a serious, acute or chronic medical condition
  • significant caring responsibilities, or recent bereavement or serious illness within close family
  • serious financial reasons
  • other circumstances where serious disruption has occurred

If you are shortlisted for an interview during the selection process, you will need to take an English Language Assessment Test at the EUI Language Centre.  

Only two reference letters are required for the LL.M Programme.  References must by submitted by the referees indicated in your application.

Yes, but references in English or French guarantee the widest possible reading.

References must be submitted by the deadline for applications on 31 January. 


No. Professional references are not accepted. Academic References must be submitted by academic referees (ie: Professors, Lectures etc.) who are in a position to give an academic evaluation of your research, intellectual qualities, ability and potential.

You are required to attach to your application a degree transcript listing all the exams/courses taken at university, the grades/marks awarded, and the final degree result (if available). 

Attach the transcript/s as a PDF file (max 1 MB) to the on-line application form. If pertinent, you may attach more than one transcript from previous degree/s. Do not attach or send supplementary documents that are not strictly requested.

Do not try to submit other file formats; they will not be accepted by the system. Do not attach a copy of your degree certificate or diploma. This will be requested at a later date.

Applicants who, according to their target department, need to be proficient for their specific research project in another working language(s) of the EUI (French, German, Italian and Spanish) which is not their native language, will be asked to take an oral and written test when invited for interview.

Applicants without a first degree in Law are considered, but you must have a good legal background. The Examining Board will assess the content and quality of your degree and academic background.

Yes, it is warmly recommended that references arrive as soon as possible.

Your referees will be contacted and will be allowed to submit the reference only after you have completed and registered the first step of the online application form including the names and contact details of referees. In order to receive the references in time by the deadline 31 January, you should register the referee details as soon as possible. This is possible any time and you do not yet need to submit the final version of your application at that time. Please note that reference letters can be submitted by the registered referees (before the deadline) even after you have submitted your application.

You are responsible for ensuring that your referees submit the reference by the deadline of 31 January.


When you register your referees' details in the online application form, an email requesting a reference on your behalf is automatically sent to the referees you have nominated. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact referees directly to inform them of your request and to ensure that they submit the reference by the deadline.

Please See: Selection Procedure

Summarise your proposed research in max. 1000 words in English or French.

The policy of the EUI is not to offer individual guidance and advice on dissertation proposals. You should not contact potential supervisors and ask them to support your application or to provide you with advice. You should instead read the information on research themes supervised by the department and by individual professors. 

No, if admitted to the LL.M. programme, you must interrupt or end your employment for the duration of the programme.

No, you must interrupt the other course of study. Registration at the EUI means committing yourself full-time to its LL.M. programme.

Yes, applicants must attach a certificate of English proficiency, either IELTS, Toefl or Cambridge. For all the details on the recognised certificates and exemptions see: Language Requirements.

Write your research proposal in English or French.

Yes, applications must be submitted on-line by January 31 (24.00 CET). Applications can be submitted all day on 31 January until midnight.

We usually accept documents in all the languages of the European Union although those wirtten in English guarantee the widest possible reading. As such, translations in English are appreciated but not mandatory. English translations are recommended for transcripts submitted to the Department of Economics.

The only language requirement is a good knowledge of English. The expected level is C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Please see: Language Requirements

Your application can be considered without references, but remember that reference letters play an important role in the selection process.

English tests are held every day during the interview week at the EUI. You can take the test at any time during the interviews week without booking in advance. The written test takes about 90 minutes, while the oral test takes about 15 minutes.

Language tests in French, German, Italian and Spanish will be held during the interviews week at times which will be shown on the Language Centre website nearer the date of the interviews.

The results of the Assessment Test are sent to the departments and to the Entrance Board, and will be taken into consideration when admission of a candidate is decided.

If a special recommendation is made to improve language competence, registration in the programme is conditional upon the required progress being made.

 The candidate’s language proficiency is part of the application and plays a role in the selection process.


The purpose of the FAQ pages is to provide prospective applicants with general guidance, additional clarification and examples. In case of doubt or differences of interpretation, the EUI Academic Rules and Regulations for the Doctoral and Master’s Programmes shall prevail.

Page last updated on 18 September 2017

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