With the recent "Brexit" and the news of a possible "Grexit," there will likely be huge changes in European law. Brexit refers of course to Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) that was voted on in 23 June 2016, and Grexit is short from Greece's exit from the EU, which is now being contemplated due to the latter's debt crisis.
This makes an LLM in European Law even more significant than ever. Legal professionals and law graduates benefit most from learning about the impact on existing European and domestic laws of the divorce of these countries from the European single market.
The good news is that numerous universities and law schools in Europe offer a Masters of Law degree in European Law. One of them is Leiden University. Founded in 1575, it is the oldest university in the Netherlands. Its law school is one of the oldest and largest in the country. It offers several LLM degrees classified under regular LLM programmes and advanced LLM programmes.
Leiden's regular Master of Laws courses include the following:
The advanced studies programmes with LLM level are as follows:
- LLM in Air and Space Law
- LLM in European Tax Law
- LLM in Law & Digital technologies
- LLM in European & International Business Law
- LLM in Public International Law
- LLM in European & International Human Rights Law
- LLM in International Children's Rights
- LLM in International Tax Law
- LLM in International Civil & Commercial Law
The foregoing LLM degrees have a duration of 12 months with varying commencement dates, i.e., August, September and February of each year. The regular program serves as the final part of the regular curriculum under Dutch law and is necessary if the student wants to practice law in The Netherlands. The Advance Studies programs are more demanding and in-depth. All LLM degrees are open to international students.