LLM in European Union Law


  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: September
  • Tuition Fee: $5,765.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: European Law


Director: Inge Govaere


The LLM in European Union Law presents the best of Ghent Law School’s renowned expertise in EU law for students aspiring to specialise in the law and institutions of the European Union. By a careful combination of compulsory core subjects and elective specialised courses, students receive an all-round high-level EU law education, while maintaining a freedom of focus on personal career or research needs.


The Ghent Law School is a EU "Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence", recognised for its expertise and its available resources for European Union Law. With the EU institutions in its vicinity, Ghent Law School offers all the necessary facilities for an in-depth study of the law and practice of the European Union. Students can also benefit from the excellent library, which doubles as a European Documentation Centre.


With an ever expanding and further integrating European Union, and in an ever more global legal environment, this LLM offers an additional law degree that is instrumental on the international job market. The specialised nature of the programme allows students to develop specific skills and competences in the rapidly developing areas of EU law. In short, this Ghent University Law School LLM programme forms a significant stepping stone for lawyers and professionals who require knowledge of EU law and/or EU institutions for their career development.


Admission Criteria & Tuiton Fee

Students are eligible for admission if they fulfil the following admission criteria:


  • To have a law degree, i.e. the degree that in its country of origin makes one eligible to exercise the legal professions. Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and may be conditionally admitted, subject to the successful completion of their degree.


  • Exceptionally, after an examination of their curriculum and in view of their acquired competences, candidates who do not have a law degree may also be admitted.


  • To present proof of sufficient English proficiency for non-native English speakers: paper TOEFL: 560; Internet based TOEFL: 95; IELTS: 7. This should be equivalent to level C1. However, exemptions are for prospective candidates who have completed a study course for a minimum of a year at an English-speaking higher education institution.


  • To have sufficient financial support, as indicated in the application form, either through personal financial means or via financial aid. Please note that the tuition fee for the LLM programmes will be 5424,10 Euro (5765,00 USD) as of the academic year of 2017-2018 and onwards.


  • We welcome your applications from 01 October 2016 on until early July for the upcoming academic year.


  • To apply for admission to the LLM programme, with the completed application form and all required documents.


General Courses (31 Credits):


  1. Advanced Study of European Union External Relations (6 Credits)
  2. Advanced Study of European Union Institutional Law (6 Credits)
  3. Advanced Study of European Union Internal Market (6 Credits)
  4. Advanced Study: The Autonomous EU Legal Order: Key principles and procedures (6 Credits)
  5. Seminar: Foreign Chair (3 Credits)
  6. Skills for Lawyers (4 Credits)


Elective Courses (14 Credits)


Students may subscribe to 14 credit units from not less than 1 and not more than 2 modules from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.


Introductory Course

Students may subscribe to not more than 3 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.


European Law: The Basics (3 Credits) Erwoan Lannon


Core Elective Courses


Students may subscribe to not less than 11 and not more than 14 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.


  1. European Criminal Policy (6 Credits)
    Gert Vermeulen
  2. International and European Environmental Law (6 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  3. Advanced EU Competition Law (6 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  4. Contemporary Issues in EU Law - "Federalism in the European Union and in the United States of America" (3 Credits)
    Inge Govaere / Stanislas Adam
  5. EU Enlargement and Proximity Relations (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  6. EU External Relations: Selected Topics (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  7. EU Justice and Home Affairs (4 Credits) - Course will not be given in AY 2016-2017
    Gert Vermeulen
  8. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  9. European Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  10. Constitutional Aspects of EU Integration (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  11. European Contract Law (4 Credits)
    Ignace Claeys
  12. EU Labour Law (4 Credits)
    Marc De Vos
  13. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  14. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  15. International and European Biodiversity Law (4 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  16. European Private Law (ius commune) (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  17. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  18. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  19. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)


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