Course & Curriculum

The course

The LL.M. course in Private Law and Business Transactions is addressed to students with a strong interest in financial and economic law. It offers a wide variety of core and optional intensive modules which cover the whole range of modern private business transactions, with particular focus on their international and mainly European dimension.

Curriculum components




Coursework (8 modules)



LL.M. Thesis




(TOTAL = 75)


A. Coursework (60 ECTS)

In order to receive the LL.M. degree, students must obtain a minimum of 60 credit points through coursework, which accounts for at least eight (8) graded modules during the academic year. Modules are divided into core and optional ones. Each semester, a minimum of two (2) modules should be selected from a list of core modules which cover the most important legal issues in European Business Law. The remaining credits may be obtained through a free selection among the list of core modules of the specialisation and the optional modules which are offered during the semester. The optional modules are common to both specialisations. Students may not attend core modules which are offered in the LL.M. course European Private Law. Credit points are obtained by attending the courses regularly and fulfilling the assessment requirements of each module (e.g. participation, presentations and exams).

B. LL.M. Thesis(15 ECTS)

The LL.M. Thesis is on a subject of the student’s choice supervised by an academic staff member. Students choose the subject of their thesis during the first or second semester of their studies upon consultation with their academic supervisor. The topic must be related to one or more of the modules taught in the LL.M. programme. The dissertation must be written by each student individually and must be the result of their original scientific research. To that end, each student shall fill out a declaration form regarding the non-infringement of intellectual property rights. The dissertation is written in English, though a student may also write the dissertation in another working language of the programme (German and French), after having obtained the consent of their academic supervisor. Students will present their thesis before a 3-member panel of academic staff, who are also responsible for the final grade of the thesis.