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LLM in International and European law

Institute for European Studies (IES) - Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrussels - BELGIUM

Field(s) of study: Business Law, Digital Technology and Electronic Communications Law, European and International Business Law, Taxation and Tax Law
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: 0 €
Course cost: 4 900 €
Possible funding options: 
  • Academic excellence scholarships
  • Financial assistance or scholarships awarded by the institution

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots:
Places available per academic year: 40

Program Language

  • English

Course length: 

  • 1 year (12 months)

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+4 years



Unique 60 ECTS Advanced Master programme in both international and European law, taught at a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels, the heart of Europe. This demanding full-time programme offers an extensive alumni network of over 1200 lawyers of 108 nationalities and offers outstanding employability: 50 % of our alumni received a job within a month, 95 % within 6 months.

The programme offers a balanced, versatile package that consists of compulsory and optional courses, as well as a Master Thesis.
Compulsory courses give you a broad overview (18 credits) as well as deepening insights (12 credits) into international and EU law, including a short research paper by teams of up to four students:

  • EU Institutional Framework and Judicial Protection
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Globalization, International Law & Sustainable Development
  • International and European Protection of Human Rights
  • EU Economic Law
  • International Economic Law and Organizations
  • International and EU Competition Law
  • EU External Relations

After these compulsory courses (30 credits), students take either the Public Law, Business Law, or Data Law specialisation option (12 credits), including practical exercises and a real life case study simulation. The Data Law option is a new option starting in the 2018-19 academic year.

Check out the complete curriculum overview, with hyperlinks to detailed overviews per course.

You finish the programme with a Masters' thesis worth 18 credits, on the topic of your choice.

Course format: 

Full-time, daytime

Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

  • You will be well prepared to start (or continue) your career in an international legal environment.
  • The lectures by high-level legal professionals who are active ‘in the field' will give you invaluable insights that go beyond the academic level of courses and textbooks.
  • You will have a unique combined expertise of both international and European law that none of the competing programmes can offer you in such an in-depth manner.
  • Having studied this programme at the IES in Brussels, you will have an excellent starting point for establishing contacts and applying for positions in the Brussels job market. We will help you find and successfully apply for fascinating job opportunities.

Entry requirements


  • The Master in International and European Law is in the terminology of the Bologna European educational area a post-graduate “Master after Master” programme. Our courses are not a part of the regular Master degree programmes of the university.
  • Students are eligible to apply when they have completed their study of law and have received, in accordance with the requirements in their host country, a final law degree that provides access to the legal profession or to the qualifying exams for admission to the Bar. The equivalence of foreign degrees will be decided by the Academic Board of the Programme.
  • Students are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications as well as work and other relevant experience.

The Programme's language of instruction is English. Non-native English speakers need to provide proof that their knowledge of English meets one of the following four requirements. This is a very strict requirement. Students not able to demonstrate that they meet this requirement will not be accepted:

  • TOEFL-test [min. score 233 (computer-based) min. score 90 (internet-based) min.score 577 (paper-based)]
  • Academic IELTS: 7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - CAE (grade B)
  • ITACE: C1

Admission criteria: 

Upon receiving the application form and its attachments, the IES will first check that the file is complete. If not, you will be requested to send any missing documents and your application will be put on hold until completed. As soon as your application is complete, the members of a Selection Committee, nominated by the Programme Board, each assess the file individually and then decide upon it jointly against the selection criteria (including academic record, linguistic capabilities, international experience, motivation - see website) on the basis of the submitted documents. The Committee aims at providing a decision within two weeks from receiving a complete file. You will receive the decision both by e-mail and by post.

Course cost description: 

EUR 5400, including e.g. a field trip to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg; excluding study materials (approx. EUR 500) 

IES Scholarships take the form of partial tuition fee waivers. The waivers are awarded on the basis of a separate request, submitted as a part of your application. These waivers are awarded upon an assessment of merit and demonstrable need.


Professor Harri Kalimo
Mrs/Ms Marleen Van Impe

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