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 PMLECLPDT0
Postnominal LL.M.(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Ivan Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Laws
This programme of study is also offered on a full-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 is in essence a taught course, with teaching based on guided research and teaching and the presentation of a paper by yourself in a teacher-led seminar. The course includes an important dissertation component. The programme aims to:

1. Provide postgraduate specialization in European Union Law and related comparative law to become a holder of a good first degree in law.
2. Prepare you for a specialist career, whether in the European Union Institutions, in other international organizations, as an advisor 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. The programme provides an in-depth education in European Union law, establishing a balance between the economic and the constitutional aspects of European law.

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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),

provided that for the Degree in European and Comparative Law only, the Board of Studies may consider also applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree in European Studies, Political Science, Economics or in any other area of study it deems appropriate, if the first cycle degree presented for admission is obtained with Second Class Honours or Category II.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

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.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

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

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400
The overall learning outcomes as a Master in Laws (LL.M.) in European and Comparative Law 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. Advanced ability to read beyond legal doctrine and to evaluate the relevance and importance of other disciplines for legal analysis.

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This course is intended if you are a law graduate or practicing lawyer with a good first degree in law from the University of Malta, or its equivalent from any other recognised university, seeking to specialise 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.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged in their second year to choose either to go for a whole year or during the second semester.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 15 September 2022

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
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.

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