Master of Laws in European Business Law

Master of Laws in European Business Law

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Course title Master of Laws in European Business Law
Course code PMLEUBFTT5
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 Business Law is a new specialist LLM which is based on a grouping of subjects offered also on the general LLM in European and Comparative Law. However, registering for this degree means that the student will obtain a degree with the specific title of LLM in European Business Law, and be able to market himself or herself as a specialist graduate lawyer in that specific field of law. So this is the degree for those who are decided to specialise in the business law of Europe and wish to be known as such.

As with the general LLM offered by the Department, the LLM in European Business Law is mainly a taught course on which students do directed reading and research and write papers for presentation in seminars (group sessions) which are then led by the course professor. It also includes an important dissertation component. The first aim is that of providing postgraduate specialisation in European Business Law and related comparative law to holders of a good first degree in law. The programme of studies includes three compulsory courses and a free choice of the remaining study units from a list of elective subjects. 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. The second aim is to prepare the student for a specialist career, whether in private practice in Malta or abroad, in the European Union Institutions, in other international organizations, or as advisors to government and other entities, among other possible careers.

The programme provides an in-depth specialisation in European Business law. It does so against the backdrop of a fast-evolving economic, financial and social environment in Europe and beyond, as also the constant and complex evolution of the European Union itself.

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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.

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.

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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
Apart from taking three compulsory subjects as specified from time to time, the student is able to select further study units of their choice from a list of business law subjects as well as to write, under full supervision, a dissertation on a subject of their choice. In all cases, there is guidance in their choice from members of the Department. Students therefore acquire a depth of knowledge and range of skills across the broad area of European Business Law, with specific expertise in the actual subjects chosen for study. For each subject chosen, the knowledge acquired will range over the understanding of the relevant Treaty provisions and the laws and other acts adopted under them, study and critical analysis of the academic literature as well as the caselaw of the Court of Justice of the Union, and knowledge of relevant Member State legislation and court judgments. Practice is given due importance 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 Business Law students therefore include:

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

2. Schooling in the applicable Treaty law and legislation, the academic literature and trends in the case-law of the 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 complex problems from a legal perspective in context

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 in European Business Law provides students with an in depth education in European Business law. It allows for specialisation in a number of areas of Business law such as IT law, Business Enterprise (Company) Law, Consumer Law, Competition law, Financial Services Law, Labour Law, and a number of other areas as indicated in the programme of study.

It follows from the above that Master of Laws graduates in European Business Law will benefit from a distinct advantage in accessing high level practice, national and international, and employment in a large number of positions requiring expertise in European Business Law. Many graduates will go straight into high level practice with Maltese or overseas law firms, or with other organisations, including companies, banks, financial services firms, the Union institutions themselves, and employers, directly in the field of specialisation on which they focus while on the degree. Others will find that their already existing career has benefited. A student can follow the degree full-time over one academic year while others may prefer to take the degree on a part-time basis over two years. Finally, 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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