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Programme Structure

To obtain the LL.M. degree, students must successfully complete two semesters of mandatory and intensive taught modules (Coursework) and submit a master thesis. For the successful completion of the programme students must collect 75 ECTS.

Coursework (60 ECTS)

Students must successfully complete two semesters of eight (8) mandatory taught modules in total. Each semester consists of

  • two (2) core modules, which can be chosen from a list of three (3) core modules, and
  • two (2) optional modules, which can be chosen either from core modules (it will be 1 course left) or the list of optional modules that are common to both specializations of the LL.M.

Students may not attend core modules which are offered in the other LL.M. specialization.

LL.M. Thesis (15 ECTS)

Students must successfully conduct legal research, which shall lead to the production of an original written work in the form of a dissertation.

Students choose the subject of their thesis during the winter or spring semester, 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 thesis must be written by each student individually and must be the result of their original scientific research. To this end, each student shall fill out a declaration form regarding the non-infringement of intellectual property rights.

The thesis is written in English, and it may be also written in another working language of the programme (i.e. German and French), after having obtained the consent of the academic supervisor.

Students will present their thesis before a 3-member panel of academic staff, who is also responsible for the final grade of the thesis.

Further information regarding the curriculum can be found in the respective course description: Private Law & Business Transactions & European Private Law

Useful Dates

The LL.M. starts on 1 October and lasts until the first two weeks of June. The written or oral examinations take place in February and June, upon completion of each semester. Students may re-sit a failed examination in September following the end of the academic year. The Master thesis shall be submitted by 30 September of the year during which the spring semester takes place.

Regulation of Studies

Further information regarding the Regulation of Studies can be found here.