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European Union Law and Policy

Degree awarded: LL.M in EU Law and Policy
Programme duration: 1 year
Study language: English
Official length of the programme in credits: 63 ECTS (42 Latvian credits)

The programme is designed to promote highly qualified experts with knowledge of both European Union law and policy issues preparing for work in national and international environments.

Available to individuals with at least 240 ECTS (160 Latvian credits) Bachelor, Masters, or equivalent degree in law, politics or related fields, on condition that basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired

Accepted proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 5.5+, TOEFL IBT 69+ or TOEFL paper based test 525+

Courses cover the following topics:

  • integration, law and policy
  • freedom, security and justice
  • the internal market
  • foreign and security policy
  • negotiating techniques
  • external relations of the European Union

The programme consists of academic studies and thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master’s degree (LL.M) in European Union Law and Policy.

The LL.M programme is also offered on a part-time basis. The duration of the part-time Masters programme depends on the schedule chosen by the student. In general, the duration of the programme is double that of the full-time programme.

Courses and description

Students have to complete 6 mandatory courses and 2 optional courses chosen either from the tracks of European Union Law and Policy or Public International Law and Human Rights, as well as specialized courses and defend their master thesis at the end of the programme.

The 6 mandatory courses are as follows:

  • Integration of Political Economy
  • Environmental Law
  • Integration and European Court of Justice
  • Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques
  • External Relations of the European Union
  • Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

During the teaching weeks, students will normally follow 2 courses offered for each 6-week period. Students may also choose to study on a part-time basis, following only 1 course at a time. Thus a part-time study will normally take double the time of a full-time study, but students may also choose a mixed part-time and full-time approach.

The teaching week usually comprises 12 contact hours, with lectures and seminars in the 2 selected courses, as well as specialized courses consisting of master thesis support sessions, legal English, legal research and legal ethics.

The teaching is based on case discussions with active student participation, involving both general studies and specific course assignments. Different teaching methods are used to encourage student participation, including Moot courts and study groups. Within the full-time teaching week, in average 26 academic hours are reserved for student preparation.

The thesis support comprises individual work together with individual tutoring and joint sessions, where the purpose is to give feedback on the work in progress, and to assist the student in choosing the topic and methodology of the thesis.

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