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LLM in EU Law

This one year taught degree program offers students an in-depth look at key issues of European Union law, and enables students to choose from a variety of elective courses addressing the most pressing themes being discussed throughout Europe. The objective of the program is to offer a) a solid institutional /constitutional understanding of the manner the EU works and the ways it may evolve in the future, b) a comprehensive and horizontal vision of the main EU policy areas combined with c) a spot-on analysis of some of the most dynamic policy areas. The approach followed will be essentially legal, but the political and other contextual dynamics will also be put into perspective. Students having followed the program shall be in a position to discuss any major EU legal issue, as they will be acquainted with the relevant legislation, case law and scholarly literature. They shall be in a position to offer oral and/or written advice on core questions of EU law and will be able to draft basic court submissions on EU law matters, as well as to write a publishable academic paper.  

To whom it is addressed
It is ideal for students with first degrees in legal sciences or in the field of governance, which desire or require in depth knowledge in key themes in EU law for their professional advancement. The program is also offered in a format convenient for professionals.  

  • One year taught program in Athens at the ELGS on EU Law
  • One Semester in Athens at ELGS and One Semester study abroad at one of the ELGS’ partner universities: Qualified students will have the opportunity to study abroad during the second semester of their studies at one of the ELGS’ partner universities.
  • Double degree program with Temple University: one year at ELGS (EU Law) and one year at Temple (US Law). Before applying, students should also carefully consider this double degree program with Temple University, a two year program, where students will take the LLM at the ELGS and followed by one year at Temple University as part of their LLM for Foreign Lawyers. Upon successful completion of the double degree program, students will be eligible to register for the American Bar Exam.

Additionally, this LLM program can be a student’s first steps towards a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in EU Law.

Program Benefits

The LLM in EU Law is created and supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO. Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding and awareness of the most up-to-date scholarly research and best industry practices, as well as a solid professional network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

Program Content

The LLM in EU law is a one year taught degree program with a thesis requirement, earning a total of 90 ECTS credits. Courses are led by key theorists and practitioners in their fields, and delivered through classic lectures and interactive tutorials. Some courses will also integrate other teaching methodologies where appropriate, such as moot courts, site visits to various public and private offices, as well as group presentations. Students must successfully complete 6 compulsory modules and 2 optional modules, followed by a 15,000 word thesis.


The list of available courses for 2017 are as follows:

Compulsory Modules
  • The Constitution of the EU and EU External Relations Law
  • Judicial Protection
  • Competition Law
  • European EMU Law
  • EU Environment and Energy Law
  • From Market Freedoms to Citizens
Optional Modules*
  • EU Capital Markets Law
  • The EU Asylum and Migration Law
  • EU Consumer Protection Law
  • Fundamental Rights
  • EU Banking Law

*Course availability is subject to adequate enrollment

Course IDCourse NameInstructorRoom NumberTime
LAW401.1 The Constitution of the EU and EU External RelationsDr. Andreas PottakisLLM
LAW402.1Judicial ProtectionDr Ioannis Karkalis LLM
LAW403.1Competition LawDimitrios LoukasLLM
LAW404.1European EMU LawProfessor Christos GortsosLLM
LAW405.1EU Environment and Energy LawProfessor Georgios Dellis LLM
LAW406.1From Market Freedoms to CitizensProfessor Vassilis HatzopoulosLLM
LAW408.2EU Asylum and Migration LawProfessor Vassilis HatzopoulosLLM


The faculty for the LLM in EU Law is comprised of scholars and practitioners with international experience. Each course has its own unique design, led by a professor responsible for teaching core lectures, and enhanced by visiting professors and specialists in their fields.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Academic requirements
Students from all over the world are admitted following a rigorous application process. Prospective students for the LLM in EU Law should have a first degree in law, in accordance with the requirements of their host country, which grants them access to the legal profession or to the qualifying exams for admission to the bar in their country of studies. High caliber students with a background in governance studies or a particularly competitive profile with evidence of relevant professional experience and long-term dedication to the field will also be considered. Due to the international nature of the program, degree equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board.

Language requirements
All courses of the program will be taught in the English language. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:
  • TOEFL Internet, Score of 90 or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, Grade B or above
  • Any other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks

  • Students intending to study at a partner institution for their second semester must clearly demonstrate their ability to attend courses in the relevant language of instruction at the host university they are interested in attending.


To apply for a program, students must first review the application form and its requirements to ensure the collection of appropriate material. By the time they have gathered all documentation they should proceed with payment of the onetime application fee either at the relevant online portal or at via a bank transfer. Students should always add their surname, initial letter of their first name and Degree title in the deposit description. They can then proceed with their application which can only be conducted online and submit it along with the supporting documentation, listed below.

All support documents must be in electronic format and uploaded to be sent with the application, except for the 2 reference letters, which should be emailed directly from Referees to LLM admissions at llm@elgs.eu . Students may be invited to be interviewed. Link to the application process here.

At a glance, the application must include:

1. Completed online Application Form in English
2. Photograph (scanned and uploaded)
3. Most Recent Academic Record (scanned and uploaded)
4. Certificate of Proficiency of English (if non-native speaker, scanned and uploaded)
5. Law Degree (if applicable, scanned and uploaded)
6. Personal Statement (400-600 words)
7. Scholarship Statement (400-600 words, if applicable)
8. 2 Reference Letters (Using supplied form and sent directly from Referee to llm@elgs.eu)
9. Thesis Proposal (350 words)
10. 2 Academic Writing Samples (uploaded)
11. Application fee of 50€ ( non-refundable)

Application process for Session 2017-8 will remain open until the 31st of July when the first round of evaluation expires. Nevertheless a second round has been extended up to the 20th of September for those who still wish to apply. Classes start on October 16.


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Tuition & Aid

Tuition for both EU and International students for the LLM program for the academic year of 2017-2018 is 11,850€.

Please be advised that there are other direct and indirect costs related to attendance, in addition to tuition fees, such as books, supplies, accommodation and living expenses which must be taken into consideration by students when applying.

Scholarships are available for a select number of students and take into consideration merit. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, the appropriate box should be selected on the application form and a 400-600 word personal statement must be submitted, outlining the ways in which you satisfy the criteria.

Need more information?

Please contact llm@elgs.eu