This uniquely designed and cutting-edge three-year taught undergraduate degree program
lies at the heart of the mission of the ELGS as an academic hub examining and promoting European integration.
The main objective of the program is to offer students an in-depth look at the functioning of the European legal order in its capacity as a derivative of international law and as an amalgamation of national legal traditions and European Union law. By unprecedentedly combining theories of EU law, public international law and the general legal traditions of national jurisdictions, students should acquire a comprehensive view and understanding of the EU’s mission, progress and roadmap. At the end of their studies, graduates will be fully equipped not only to envision a truly European legal order but also to form part of its professional and/or academic network. Moreover, this program will grant students the opportunity to develop critical skills and valuable professional experience that will prepare them for life after graduation.
Using as a toolbox specifically designated and diversified compulsory and optional modules, students will be able to unravel the complex process of European legal integration. Dependent upon the selection of elective modules, specific pathways may be followed (EU Law, European and Global Business Law or a national law of their choice), which will further enhance students’ knowledge on current issues impacting Europe today and into the future.
The LLB in European 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 European law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding of the most up-to-date scholarly research in the field of European Union law, as well as the practical applications of the theoretical knowledge, and a solid professional network to support them in their career after the ELGS.
To whom it is addressed
This degree is ideal for students that:
- seek positions in EU institutions and bodies,
- desire to be lawyers in large legal firms operating at an EU level, are from outside of the EU but must interact with the EU,
- desire to be legal advisors working at cross-border levels within the EU,
- aim to be national public administrators that work on an EU level, and
- students aspiring to engage in legal research
This program enables students to better understand the current context, framework and long-term objectives of the EU in its mission for the full integration of Member States, and also enables students a great degree of flexibility, mobility and personalization of their studies. Through the many partnerships of the ELGS, students can further on specialize in a national law of their choice by studying abroad at the many partner universities and institutions throughout Europe and the world.
Additionally, students will need to serve as interns in return for course credits, thus gaining invaluable on-the-job experience and building a professional network to support them after graduation. By the end of this program, students will be able to understand the origins of EU legal integration, its systems and framework, where the challenges lie, and where more work needs to be done.
The LLB in European law is a three-year taught degree program, earning a total of 180 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 18 compulsory modules and select from a list of optional modules, which include skills courses and an internship.
The list of available courses for 2017-2018 are as follows:*
1. Skills Course: Research, Writing & Presentations
2. Modern History of Europe and the Evolution of Legal Systems
3. Intro to legal systems and legal reasoning
4. Intro to Politics
5. EU law I: Institutions, Governance and Basic Principles
6. Constitutionalism and Comparative Constitutional Law
7. Public International Law
8. Introduction to Comparative Law
A. Foundations of Political Philosophy/ Western Political Thought
B. Introduction to economics (micro and macro)
C. Comparative federalism
D. General Principles of Criminal Law
* subject to adequate enrollment
1. EU law II: Internal Market and Competition Law
2. Rights Framework: EU; ECHR; National Constitutions
3. General Principles of Civil Law
4. EU Law III: The EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
5. European Civil Law
6. Skills Course: Rhetoric & Mock trials
A. Introduction to National Law
B. Comparative Law of Contracts (England, France, Italy and Germany)
C. Comparative Law of Torts (England, France, Italy and Germany)
D. European Labor and Social Security Law
E. European and Global Intellectual and Industrial Property Law
F. Cultural Diversity and the Law
G. Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy
H. Behavioral Sciences in Law and Politics
* subject to adequate enrollment
1. International Economic Law
2. European and Global Administrative Law
3. EU and Comparative Commercial Law
4. EU State Aid & State Regulation Law
A. International and EU Environmental Law
B. EU and International Taxation Law
C. IT and the Law
D. International Criminal Law
E. EU and Global Banking and Finance Law
F. International Investment and Investment Arbitration
G. Essentials of Corporate Finance
H. EMU Law
I. EU Procedural Law: Commission and Courts
J. Law and Economics
* subject to adequate enrollment
The faculty for the LLB in European 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
Prospective students for the LLB in European Law who have completed their high school studies with top honors in one of the EU Member States and meet requirements to apply to university in their home country are invited to apply. Additionally, students holding an internationally recognized high school degree (ex. International Baccalaureate) that have received top honors are invited to apply.
Students having completed their high school studies at an institution based in a country outside of the EU that have participated in a program that is not recognized internationally, are also invited to apply, but they may be requested to submit additional documents upon the decision of the Faculty Board. Due to the international nature of the program and the student body, grading equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board.
All courses of the program will be taught in the English language, with the exception of specialized optional modules. 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 based, 80
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, C
- Other internationally recognized tests with equivalent marks may be accepted, upon decision of the Faculty Board
Students intending to study at a partner institution as part of their studies, or to undertake an internship in a language other than English will be asked to clearly demonstrate their ability to attend courses and work in the relevant language.
Students from all over the world are admitted following a rigorous application process which consists of two-phases. Students must first submit their application and once they have done so, candidates considered for admissions will be invited to an interview.
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 the Referees to LLB admissions at email@example.com
. Students may be invited to be interviewed. Link to the application process here
At a glance, the application must include:
- Completed online Application Form in English
- Photograph (scanned and uploaded)
- High School Transcript (scanned and uploaded)
- Certificate of Proficiency of English (if non-native speaker, scanned and uploaded)
- High school Degree in English (scanned and uploaded)
- Personal Statement (400-600 words)
- Scholarship Statement (400-600 words, if applicable)
- 2 Reference Letters (Using supplied form and sent directly from Referee to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 2 Academic Writing Samples (uploaded)
- Application fee of 50€ ( non-refundable)
Application process for Session 2017-8 will remain open until July 31, 2017
. Classes start on October 16, 2017
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