University of Edinburgh

LLM in Comparative and European Private Law


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM in Comparative and European Private Law

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The LLM in Comparative and European Private Law aims to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the core areas of private law in the world's two great legal traditions. This programme builds on Edinburgh Law School's considerable strength in these fields and provides a course of study that is without equivalent in the English-speaking world.
You will have the opportunity to examine the principles on which the laws of major jurisdictions are based, both in the civilian tradition and the common-law world, along with current harmonisation attempts. It will provide you with an excellent foundation for doctoral research in the growing field of European Private Law as well as legal practice in transnational law firms or employment in international organisations.
It is particularly suited to those who have studied a range of private law subjects at undergraduate level, although it is also open to those whose undergraduate law degree has combined other specialisations.
The programme offers a wide range of subjects that deal with various aspects of private law from a comparative European perspective, enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.
You will study a total of 180 credits consisting of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits and 120 credits of taught courses which may include the following topics: Contract Law in Europe; Comparative Property Law; Delict and Tort; Comparative and International Trust Law; Family Law in Comparative Perspectives; International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgements.
You will receive advanced legal training enabling you to identify and interpret problems relating to private law using tools of comparative analysis.
As well as providing training in legal research, you will gain an understanding of the main challenges for modern comparative law, including issues of European harmonisation. The programme will also enable students to progress to the PhD should they so wish.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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