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Why read for an LL.M.?


The Master of Laws (LL.M.) programme provides an ideal platform for high-calibre students to acquire expertise in specialised subject areas informed by world-class, research-led teaching. 

The Malta LL.M. degrees  in European Law present good law graduates  with an opportunity to study European law in greater depth than they will have done at undergraduate level, adding personal analysis to their skill set and instilling confidence and ‘mastery’ in the student. 

They amount to fully recognized additional qualifications for the lawyer wishing to embark on a career in European Union Law in general or in European Business Law in particular.  An LL.M. gives graduates an advantage in the difficult world of high level practice, and the Department’s aim to attract good students to its LLM programmes and provide it students with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to enter and perform with total success on that level. 

Master of Laws Programs: Career Benefits

GraduatesGraduates Masters of Laws (LL.M.) programs are growing in popularity. Students should look at the career benefits the qualification provides.  Numbers of applicants for Masters of Laws (LL.M.) courses continue to rise, year in, year out. So why is the degree proving so popular? An LL.M. is an additional attractive credential for your résumé. Depending on your country of origin, you may choose to do an LL.M. immediately after completing your first law degree, or you may wait for a few years until you have some experience in practice. As the law profession becomes more internationalized, lawyers who can demonstrate a familiarity with legal systems outside their own country will have an advantage. An LL.M. gives graduates an international advantage. Students pursuing an LL.M. will find that the degree program provides an opportunity to gain more knowledge of the international market, focus on a specific course of study, and advance in their professional endeavors.

An opportunity to specialize

The chance to focus on a particular aspect of the law is a great advantage of the LL.M.  Studying for an LL.M. is an opportunity for a student to specialize. Most LL.M. programs including ours require a first degree in law, so students have already learned many basic legal principles, concepts, and theories but in a broad and general sense.  This specialty can be something as narrow in scope as arbitration or tax law or as broad as international business law.  The general principle is that students graduate from an LL.M. program with detailed knowledge, prepared to begin a career in their chosen field.  The skills that they learn whilst doing this will make them attractive to potential employers. International law firms and company legal departments increasingly demand lawyers with a global perspective, able to add value in complex international transactions by providing top-quality legal advice and services, with an in-depth understanding of business issues and the highest standards of professional ethics. Studying an LL.M. which focuses on the practical skills necessary to carry out these transactions gives a lawyer a distinct advantage.  Today's lawyers often seek out additional training through an LL.M. program so that they can expand their professional activities and gain mobility in the international market. The LL.M. allows lawyers to further specialize in fields such as European law, or competition law. Some lawyers might chose to pursue an LL.M. degree in order to teach in their home countries, or to be eligible for appointments to the judiciary.

Stepping stone to work in the EU & elsewhere

Another advantage of doing an LL.M. is that it is a good stepping stone to working in the European Union or the elsewhere. The LL.M. gives access to international law firms in Brussels and London and elsewhere in the EU and the world.  It is also a good stepping stone for preparation for the EU competitions known as concours to become a Eurocrat. 















Last Updated: 25 February 2015

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