Masters Programmes Overview
Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) offers legal education at an advanced level. The teaching methodology is research-based and extends beyond the field of law itself, offering access to related fields such as economics, business, and policy. Current degree courses include LL.M in International and European Law, LL.M in Law and Finance, LL.M in Public International Law and Human Rights, LL.M in Transborder Commercial Law, and LL.M in European Union Law and Policy.
As a centre of excellence, RGSL is an independent institution within the University of Latvia and teaching is conducted exclusively in English. RGSL boasts an international student body, from various European states, the Balkans, CIS states, Africa and the Americas. The international aspect of student life is a core element of RGSL development and diversity.
The RGSL faculty is an important part of RGSL’s standing as a reputable institute of higher learning. The resident members of faculty offer in-depth knowledge in their respective fields of competence. Visiting professors from internationally recognised universities and organisations conduct much of the teaching. Leading practitioners from institutions such as the European Court of Justice and the EU Trade Marks and Designs Office to name a couple, appear as guest speakers on courses. In addition, the library facilities at RGSL are recognised as representing the very top level of law libraries.
Riga Graduate School of Law offers the following accredited Masters programmes:
LL.M in International and European Law
(Academic and Professional programmes)
The programme in International and European Law integrates Public International Law, International Trade Law, and European Union Law, preparing students for careers in practice or administration at national or European level. The programme comprises both theoretical study and class work, followed by a Master’s thesis. The Professional programme includes an internship module.
LL.M in Law and Finance
The Law and Finance programme aims to show and provide an understanding to the relationship between the respective disciplines, highlighting the complexity that exists. With a focus on EU law, the programme merges theory with global financial practise and standards to give students a more rounded view of multinational jurisdictions and regulation. The programme is designed to meet the needs of lawyers or financiers working in the private or public sectors.
LL.M in Public International Law and Human Rights
The programme is intended for students who are interested in pursuing their professional careers in International Organisations, private law firms, non-governmental organisations, public authorities, or in academia.
LL.M in Transborder Commercial Law
The programme is designed to focus on practical aspects of Transborder trade within the European Union and on international conditions framing European Union trade. It is designed to meet the needs of lawyers working in the private or public sectors.
LL.M in European Union Law and Policy
The programme is designed to promote highly qualified experts with theoretical knowledge of both European Union law and policy issues. It covers integration, the role of the European Court of Justice, selected aspects under the second and third pillars, as well as policy implementation and negotiation. It is designed to meet the needs of lawyers working in the private or public sectors including International Organisations.
All 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.
All students, regardless of their chosen programme, have to complete a Foundation course at the beginning of their studies, and a Legal Research course which runs throughout the duration of the chosen programme. The academic year is divided into 3 teaching modules with assessments at the end of each module. During the modules, students will normally follow 2-4 courses offered as well as legal research. Students may also choose to study on a part-time basis, with a diminished workload in each module. Thus part-time study will normally take double the time of full-time study, but students may also choose a mixed part-time and full-time approach. For 2-year students, a 4th module is available.
At the end of studies, students will have to write a thesis in the area of studies. Thesis support comprises of individual work together with individual tutoring and joint sessions, where the purpose is to give feedback on the thesis work in progress, and to assist the student in choosing the topic and methodology of the thesis.