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LL.M. European Union Law and Policy

Masters Programmes in English, Riga Graduate School of Law

One-year academic MA programme with 60 ECTS credits (corresponding to 40 Latvian credits).

The programme is designed to promote highly qualified experts with knowledge of both European Union law and policy issues preparing for the work in national and international environments.

Courses cover following topics:

  • Integration of Political Economy
  • Environmental Law
  • Integration and European Court of Justice
  • Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques
  • External Relations of the European Union
  • Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

The programme consists of academic studies and thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master's degree (MA) in European Union Law and Policy.

The LL.M programme is also offered on a part-time basis. The duration of the part-time Masters programme depends on the schedule chosen by the student. In general, the duration of the programme is double that of the full-time programme.

Students have to complete 6 mandatory courses and 2 optional courses chosen either from the tracks of European Union Law and Policy or Public International Law and Human Rights, as well as specialized courses and defend their master thesis at the end of the programme.

The 6 mandatory courses are as follows:

  • Integration of Political Economy
  • Environmental Law
  • Integration and European Court of Justice
  • Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques
  • External Relations of the European Union
  • Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

During the teaching weeks, students will normally follow 2 courses offered for each 6-week period. Students may also choose to study on a part-time basis, following only 1 course at a time. Thus a part-time study will normally take double the time of a full-time study, but students may also choose a mixed part-time and full-time approach.

The teaching week usually comprises 12 contact hours, with lectures and seminars in the 2 selected courses, as well as specialized courses consisting of master thesis support sessions, legal English, legal research and legal ethics.

The 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. Within the full-time teaching week, in average 26 academic hours are reserved for student preparation.

The thesis support comprises individual work together with individual tutoring and joint sessions, where the purpose is to give feedback on the work in progress, and to assist the student in choosing the topic and methodology of the thesis.

Applicants should deliver the following documents:

  • Certified copies of diploma and diploma transcript with an English translation
  • Official results of English competency exams: TOEFL, Institutional TOEFL or IELTS not older than 3 years. The required minimum result is 525 points for TOEFL (for a computer test - 196; Internet based test - 69-70) and 5.5 for IELTS. For Legal Linguistics programme: 550 points for TOEFL (for a computer test - 213; Internet based test - 79-80) and 6.0 for IELTS.
  • Passport copy
  • Motivation letter which may also refer to relevant professional experience

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score: 525
TOEFL computer-based test score: 196
TOEFL iBT® test: 69
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Degree Level: Masters
Tuition Fee: € 5,000 / Year (EEA) , € 5,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Language:English
Duration:1 Year
Start Date:September  2019
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Part-time, Full-time
Disciplines: Political Science & International Relations, European Law
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