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Admission to the Masters programmes

Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) invites applicants for its Masters programmes. RGSL accepts highly qualified students, who are interested in the programmes offered, and who are eligible and qualified to undertake studies at Masters level. English is the study language at RGSL.

Entry requirements vary between the different programmes:

  • LL.M in International and European Law (one year academic and two-year professional programmes)
  • LL.M in Public International Law and Human Rights
  • LL.M in Transborder Commercial Law
  • LL.M in European Union Law and Policy
    All available to individuals with a Bachelor, Masters, or equivalent degree in law or related fields, on condition that basic knowledge in law and corresponding work experience is acquired
  • LL.M in Law and Finance
    Available to individuals with a Bachelor, Masters, or equivalent degree in law, business, finance, economics, or related fields

At least four years of undergraduate or combined with graduate studies are required for access to the one-year Masters programmes. At least three years of undergraduate studies are required for two-year Master programme.

Applicants must fill in an online application at apply.rgsl.edu.lv

Applicants should present the following documents:

  • Certified copies of diploma and diploma transcript with an English translation (if the diploma is issued outside Latvia)
  • Official results of English competency exams: TOEFL, Institutional TOEFL or IELTS not older than 3 years. The required minimum result is 525 points for TOEFL (for a computer test – 196; Internet based test – 69-70) and 5.5 for IELTS.
  • Passport copy
  • Motivation letter which may also refer to relevant professional experience

An application is considered complete only when the RGSL has received complete application package consisting of all listed documents. Students may be invited for an interview at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Applicants from countries requiring a visa for Latvia are required to pay a Processing fee of 100 EUR (does not apply to applications from member states of the EU, countries of the European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation).

Rules of Admission

RULES OF ADMISSION AND ORDER OF MATRICULATION
Masters Programmes
Riga Graduate School of Law
Study Year 2017/2018

The Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) Rules of admission and order of matriculation (‘the Rules’) are issued in accordance with the requirements of Article 46 of the Law on Higher Education and according to Regulations No 846 of 10 October, 2006 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia on Requirements, criteria and procedure of admission in study programmes.

The Rules contain norms on the mutual rights and obligations of those who wish to study at the Riga Graduate School of Law and of the RGSL itself during the process of admission, as well as requirements as to applicants’ previous education, background, and special aptitude for the particular studies.

1. TERMS USED IN THE RULES

1.1. The rightto study – rights of a person to become an applicant and to participate in the competition to become a student at RGSL.
1.2. An applicant – a person who has certified willingness to participate in the competition and applies forstudies at RGSL by written application.
1.3. Candidate – an applicant who has satisfied requirements for studies at the RGSL and may register for studies.
1.4. Matriculation – registering a candidate in the list of persons studying in higher educational establishments (matricula).
1.5. Admissions Committee – the committee that conducts and evaluates the competition.
1.6. Undertaking studies – start of the study programme.

2. GENERAL PROVISIONS

2.1. The Admissions Committee is appointed by order issued from the Rector of RGSL and operates under the Rules of the Admissions Committee.
2.2. All persons matriculated into the RGSL are students.
2.3. Studies at RGSL are open to citizens or residents of all countries without any discrimination, if the norms of legislation of the Republic of Latvia and requirements of the Rules are fulfilled.

3. APPLICATION FOR THE STUDIES

3.1. The Master of International and European Law (LL.M) academic programme is available to individuals with bachelor or masters degree in law or related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired, obtained in at least four years long studies; second level professional higher education, professional bachelor or masters degree in law or other related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired.
3.2. The Master of International and European Law (LL.M) professional programme is available to individuals with bachelor or masters degree in law or in related inter-disciplinary programme with  substantial law component; second level professional higher education, professional bachelor or masters degree in law or in related inter-disciplinary programme with substantial law component.
3.3. Public International Law and Human Rights (LL.M) programme is available to individuals with bachelor or masters degree in law or related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired, obtained in at least four years long studies; second level professional higher education, professional bachelor or masters degree in law or other related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired.
3.4. Transborder Commercial Law (LL.M) programme is available to individuals with bachelor or masters degree in law or related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired, obtained in at least four years long studies; second level professional higher education, professional bachelor or masters degree in law or other related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired.
3.5. European Union Law and Policy (LL.M) programme is available to individuals with bachelor or masters degree in law, politics or related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired, obtained in at least four years long studies; second level professional higher education, professional bachelor or masters degree in law, politics or other related fields, if basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired.
3.6. Law and Finance (LL.M) programme is available to individuals with bachelor or masters degree in law, economics, finance, management or related fields, obtained in at least three years (48 CP programme) or four years long studies (80 CP programme); second level professional higher education, professional bachelor or masters degree in law, economics, finance, management or related fields.
3.7. The application should be submitted in the format determined by the RGSL. Application forms are available on the RGSL home page www.rgsl.lv.
3.8  The following documents should be attached to the application form:
3.8.1        a certified copy of the diploma and diploma transcript with an English translation (if the diploma is issued outside Latvia),
3.8.2        a passport copy (page with photo and personal data),
3.8.3         official results of TOEFL or IELTS not older than 3 years – the required minimum result is 525 points for TOEFL (for a computer test -196; Internet based test – 69) and 5.5 for IELTS. Applicants who have acquired higher education in the English language (or may prove comparable knowledge) are released from taking TOEFL or IELTS.
3.9. Applicants who will receive their diploma from previous studies later than on the date of application, can submit the application with a reference to the expected date of receipt of their diploma, which, however, may not be later than the date on which the study year at RGSL starts.
In this case an interim transcript/academic record should be submitted along with the application.
3.10. If the diploma or degree is obtained outside Latvia, academic recognition has to be conducted by the Latvian Academic Information Centre (AIC). The RGSL requests a review from AIC of the foreign diploma/degree. Upon successful recognition of the diploma/degree, the application is registered by RGSL. The final decision regarding the qualification for admission is taken by RGSL Admissions Committee.
3.11. An application is considered completed only when the RGSL has received all required documents.
3.12. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to invite applicants for individual interviews.

4. ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAMME AND PUBLISHING OF THE DECISION

4.1. Final decision for admission is taken by Admissions Committee.
4.2. Applicants are notified electronically within three working days after the decision has been made (after the deadlines).
4.3. All information about the admission procedure applicants can obtain from the RGSL Head of Study Department or Programme Director.
4.4. The decision of the Admissions Committee may be appealed within two working days by application to the Rector of RGSL. The decision of the Rector may be appealed to the court as stated by the Administrative Procedure Law of Latvia.

5. MATRICULATION

5.1. The candidate is matriculated only after a study contract is signed and receipt of the first installment per the study contract.
5.2. The order of matriculation is issued by the Rector of RGSL.

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