Why this LLM?

A Post Graduate Programme dedicated to International Business Law

The LL.M. is a post graduate programme which is designed to expand your legal knowledge and expertise in the fast-changing areas of international business law.  The philosophy of the LL.M. is to offer a rigorous, coherent and comprehensive programme that covers all the core subjects of international business law, with a strong emphasis on practical experience. Thanks to an outstanding teaching staff comprising top academics who also practice law in Brussels and abroad, we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level.

The programme includes a core curriculum of 8 courses covering the main areas of business law and features small seminar style courses exclusively for LL.M. students.  The LL.M. emphasizes active learning through mock in-class activities, presentations and small group discussions. The programme also provides flexibility to students offering a choice of an optional course from amongst the extraordinary rich course offerings at the ULB. Recent examples of optional courses include International Mergers and Acquisitions, European Private and Comparative Law, Data Law and Moot Court Seminar. Students write their LL.M. thesis on a topic of international business law of their choosing, with the assistance and guidance of the LL.M. teaching staff.  The thesis is due on May 15.

The LL.M. seeks highly motivated students and independent learners ready to engage in small classroom discussions who wish to deepen their knowledge of international business law.  Every year graduates go on to work at international law firms in Brussels, major accounting and consulting firms, international and European institutions and firms in their home countries throughout Europe and the world.

A Full-Time Programme
Student Diversity
ULB, a Top European University

A Full-Time Programme

The LL.M. in International Business Law is an English language full-time programme.  It is a 60 ECTS credits (one year) post-graduate university programme, running from late September to June. Courses are divided into two semesters, with exams held in January and June.  Students are entitled to a resit session of exams which is held in late June.

The ECTS, or European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, allows credits taken at one higher education institution to be counted towards a qualification studied for at another within the countries of the Higher European Education Area, and is used as the national credit system within most of these countries. One ECTS credit corresponds to 30 hours of work. The workload for an academic year is set at 60 credits.

The programme is organized through the department of continuing education.  It is officially recognized by the Communauté Française of the Kingdom of Belgium as a University Programme Level 7, without sanctioning an academic rank, meaning that under Belgian laws and regulations, the LL.M. does not qualify for access to the Belgian bar or to regulated legal professions.

The LL.M. does not as such provide automatic access to a PhD, but the 60 ECTS credits qualify towards the 300 ECTS credits required for access to a PhD in Belgium. Students who wish to seek the academic recognition of the programme in their home institutions or countries are advised to seek information on such recognition before enrolling.

LL.M. candidates who successfully complete the programme are awarded a LL.M. in International Business Law, signed by the rector of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Most applicants to the LL.M. will already hold a degree giving access to the bar (in the UK, for example, this is a LLB while in Europe it is a Master). The LL.M. is designed as a 60 credit post-graduate programme, not a formal “Master” recognized by the Communauté Française which has specific content and/or language requirements, is usually 2 years and provides access to the bar.


Student Diversity

The LL.M. is open to students from across the world who hold a primary degree in law or who have gained experience in law at graduate level (please see the Admissions page for details).

We regularly welcome students from around the world who bring a wealth of diverse academic, professional and life experiences.  This provides for an enriched academic environment in the LL.M. for all of our students.  Enrollment varies but in a typical year, the LL.M. will welcome students from approximately 20 countries and at least 4 continents!

Most applicants to the LL.M. will already hold a degree giving access to the bar and many have obtained professional experience prior to enrollment in the LL.M.


ULB, a Top European University

The LL.M. is part of the programme offered by the University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles, or “ULB”), one of the leading universities in Europe, with 25.000 students, one third of whom come from outside of Belgium.

LL.M. courses are taught on the Solbosch Campus, which is the main and largest campus of the university, situated in the Brussels-Capital Region. The campus is located in the vicinity of the European Institutions.

ULB offers extraordinary extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, including lectures, workshops, internships, writing seminars, career events and social activities. Some of these activities are integrated with our academic programme.


Brussels, the Heart of Europe

The LL.M. is designed for students who wish to take full advantage of the extraordinary range of opportunities offered in Brussels, the capital of Europe.

The programme includes visits to the institutions of the European Union (European Commission, Council and Parliament) which are headquartered in Brussels.


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