Today’s Europe demands lawyers who possess a thorough mastery of European law. The European Union increasingly affects all areas of law and the national legal systems of its Member States have reached a high level of integration. 

Our LLM programme in European Law, taught entirely in English, will immerse you in this challenging and dynamic field while opening up many new opportunities to you both during and after your programme. It provides a thorough grounding in European law, covering areas such as internal market law, competition law, social law, judicial protection, human rights law, criminal law, and public law. 

Our unique programme will help you build both substantive and institutional knowledge of European law while giving you an opportunity to analyse European law in relation to the legal systems of the Member States. The flexibility of this programme means that you will be able to focus on areas of personal interest. For example, you may choose to take a specialisation or courses  from our other master’s programmes to create a custom minor. 
This programme is taught by a team of renowned scholars with extensive professional experience in the field of European law. It is also highly international and welcomes students from all over the world each year.

Bright minds, better future

The programme

Learning by doing is key to this programme and, as such, knowledge and understanding gained through theoretical modules is complemented by training in legal analysis, argumentation, and research. 
Your professors take a supportive role in this self-created individualised approach to your studies. In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in the essential skill of how to quickly deepen your knowledge in a current,  specialised legal topic.  From the very beginning you will also take part in the Research and Thesis Training that prepares you to write your master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM programme.

If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, there is - the Excellent Master’s Track - an additional honours programme for the best and most highly motivated students.  

Master’s programmes within Utrecht University’s School of Law are based on the multidisciplinary research conducted by the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance. This research takes into account socio-economic and socio-political perspectives, as well as the impact of European law on national laws.

It has been a chance to learn from other legal cultures.
Willem Both

Preparation for a wide range of work environments

The Master’s in European Law is a rigorous, customisable programme of study that will enable you to develop your academic, practical, writing, and oral skills through a combination of case studies, moot courts, research, and visits to European legal and professional organisations. By end of the programme, you will be able to reflect critically on legal issues and recognise, understand, and analyse the relationship between the laws of member states and the wider European Union. You will gain an excellent foundation for your career of choice, whether you aim to build a career in a law firm or major multinational company or work for a local or national government.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: LLM
  • Master's degree in: European Law
  • Programme: European Law
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
1 year
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Tuition fees:
  • Statutory fee - fulltime: € 1,906 (2014-2015) € 1.951 (2015-2016)
  • Institutional fee: € 15,150 (2014-2015) € 15.330 (2015-2016)
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance
  • Additional activities such as the Masterclass or the European Law Moot Court, in which I participated, allow for additional challenges
  • Doing the LLM European Law Master's was a really enriching experience