Master's Program (LL.M.) in European and International Law
The Europa-Institut itself was founded at Saarland University in 1951, long before the signing of the Treaties of Rome. It constitutes the second eldest institution of its kind in Europe.
The program offers five specialization study units and aims to provide students with great freedom of choice with regard to which courses they wish to attend and complete.
Our one-year master's program is divided into two parts; a nine-month study program over two semesters, followed by a three-month period for the drafting of the master's thesis. The program can be completed entirely in English, entirely in German or in a combination of these. The courses are held in German or in English, and students are assessed by lecturers pursuant to the courses; mostly either in a written or an oral exam. A specific number of credit points will be awarded for the completion of almost all of the courses. A total of 45 credit points minimum must be attained during the course of the study program. 15 additional credit points are awarded after the completion and approval of the master's thesis. Three-quarters of the final mark therefore comprises the marks achieved during the study program, whilst the remaining quarter is composed of the mark awarded for the master's thesis. Our postgraduate study program offers, with its Module 1 European Integration and its Modules 2 to 5 with the Study Units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution and European Protection of Human Rights, a high degree of specialization in quickly expanding professional fields within European and International Law.
Over 5,000 students have graduated from our program over the past 60 years. Our graduates hold top-tier positions in European and international organizations, law firms, national governments and international companies. Many even find their way back to the Institute later on in their careers, in order to offer their services as highly-qualified lecturers.
The internationality of the Institute is marked by the fact that renowned lecturers from all over the world teach students from over 40 different countries, allowing for the real polyglot flair that the Europa-Institut is known for. As well as developing their theoretic legal knowledge and various soft skills, students of the Europa-Institut therefore learn to work with, and to build lasting friendships with, colleagues of contrasting cultural backgrounds and opinions, allowing for a quite unique experience.
"EVER" (Ehemaligen-Vereinigung des Europa-Instituts Rechtswissenschaft) is the Institute’s highly successful alumni organization. EVER facilitates the ongoing contact between the Institute and its alumni, as well as between the alumni themselves. The goal has been to cultivate a network structure through organization of numerous activities and through the enabling of the exchange of information between colleagues, even after the conclusion of their studies. Moreover, EVER constitutes an indispensable careers tool due to the job and internship database which it runs and which has proved most useful for a great many graduates seeking to embark on impressive and exciting careers.
The Europa-Institut has been publishing its own academic journal, ZEuS (“Zeitschrift für europarechtliche Studien”) since 1998. It appears on a quarterly basis and is dedicated to topical problems relating to European integration, European and international law, as well as international aspects of constitutional law.
In addition, the NOMOS-Verlag offers a forum for the publishing of speeches, dissertations and master theses, exclusively for the Europa-Institut.
In order to improve rhetorical skills, the Europa-Institut offers training courses conducted by an experienced communication and language consultant. The students’ communication skills are tested in realistic stress situations and then analyzed with help of state-of-the-art camera equipment. This allows for strengths to be discovered, weaknesses eliminated and the perfection of this skill to be attained.
In order to begin learning a language or to deepen existing knowledge, language courses are offered in English, German and French. Lessons for those of an advanced level place emphasis on legal terminology as well as extending language knowledge generally.
In addition, several interactive events are organized to provide students with the opportunity to put theory into practice. These include moot courts, modeled both on the European Court of Justice and on the arbitration proceedings of the WTO, and EUROSIM, the annual simulation of European decision-making processes which is held by the Europa-Institut in cooperation with a consortium of universities from the State of New York and Europe.
The Europa-Institut has been certified by the international accreditation agency ACQUIN in line with the system accreditation of Saarland University.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
# of Credits Required: 60
In State Tuition (per year): 5000 EUR