Master of Laws in European and Comparative Law

Master of Laws in European and Comparative Law

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Course title Master of Laws in European and Comparative Law
Course code PMLECLFTT0
Postnominal LL.M.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Ivan Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Laws
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar's website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Master of Laws in European and Comparative Law was established within the Department of European and Comparative Law in the Faculty of Laws in 1994. It is in essence a taught course, with teaching based on guided research and teaching and the presentation of a paper by the student in a teacher-led seminar. The course includes an important dissertation component. The first aim remains that of providing postgraduate specialization in European Union Law and related comparative law to holders of a good first degree in law. The programme of studies ranges over a large list of subject areas which are sub-disciplines of European Law and often overlap with their counterpart domestic law, and from which the student chooses a number of study units. In principle, the comparative (national law) dimension is worked into most subjects, while also being the principal methodology employed in a number of study units. The level of the degree compares with the level of leading LL.M. programmes in other European universities, this being certified on an annual basis by an external examiner from a European university, with this appointment alternating every three years. The second aim is to prepare the successful students for a specialist career, whether in the European Union Institutions, in other international organizations, as advisors to government and other entities, or in private practice in Malta and abroad.

European Union law is an all-embracing, rapidly developing, and ever more significant and fascinating area of the law. A solid and in-depth knowledge thereof is essential in all areas of legal practice today. The programme provides an in-depth education in European Union law. It establishes a balance between the economic and the constitutional aspects of European law, and emphasizes both the increasing complexity of EU law and the context in which it is evolving.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Doctor of Laws or

(b) a Bachelor degree in Law as the main area of study, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II or

(c) a degree from the University of Malta or any recognised overseas institution which the Board considers to be comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b).

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
The students are able to select study units of their choice and to write a dissertation on a subject of their choice. They are also able to stream their choice so as to focus on particular areas of European Union Law, such as European Public Law, European Commercial Law or European Administrative Law, with guidance in their choice from members of the Department. Students can therefore choose whether to acquire a depth of knowledge and range of skills across the broad area of European Law, or alternatively to group a number of study units together with a view to developing a particular depth of knowledge across a set of related study units. The knowledge will range over the understanding of the relevant Treaty provisions and the laws and other acts adopted under them through study and critical analysis of the academic literature as well as the case law of the Court of Justice of the Union. Also, reference will often be made to relevant Member State legislation and court judgments. Practice is not forgotten and practitioners’ journals are frequently referred to on many of the courses. This approach develops interpretational and applicational skills against the backdrop of sound theoretical knowledge and understanding. The knowledge and skills acquired are applicable in law practice, in adjudication, and in further studies to Ph.D level should the student wish to pursue an academic career in Malta or abroad.

The overall learning outcomes for Master in Laws (LL.M.) in European and Comparative Law students therefore include:

1. A deeper knowledge and understanding of chosen areas of European law and policy, and their interaction with Member State law and policy

2. Schooling in the academic literature, and trends in the case-law of the European Court of Justice

3. Acquisition of advanced legal research skills

4. Advanced ability to communicate the results of research through presentations, debating and writing of term papers and dissertations

5. Advanced ability to identify and analyse problems from a legal perspective

6. The IT skills necessary to facilitate these tasks including the use of bibliographic software and the use of data bases and search engines

7. Advanced ability to read beyond legal doctrine and to evaluate the relevance and importance of other disciplines for legal analysis.
All law graduates or practicing lawyers with a good first degree in law from the University of Malta, or its equivalent from any other recognized university, who wish to specialize in European Law at post-graduate level.
This postgraduate academic programme provides students with an in depth education in European law. The degree is generally known in Europe as the Master of Laws (LL.M.). It establishes a balance between providing knowledge of the core economic/social and the constitutional/institutional aspects of European law and allows for specialisation in a number of areas of law such as competition law, aspects of the law of the internal market, company law, consumer law, trade law, justice and home affairs law and several others.

LLM European and Comparative Law graduates have privileged access to high level practice, national and international, and to a large number of positions requiring expertise in European Law. Many graduates have gone straight into high level employment with the European Institutions, often directly in the field of specialization on which they focused while on the degree. Many have done the same with Maltese law firms, while others have gone into employment with the government or parastatal bodies, often in their chosen field. Others have found that their already existing career has benefited. A number have found employment with law firms in other Member States. A significant number of the students on the degree take the programme over two academic years on a part-time basis. For those aiming for an academic career, the degree provides an excellent basis for the pursuit of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in law.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 29 March 2021

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.