As the European Community becomes larger and more complex, so have the different laws and legislative processes within it. An LLM in European Law is a very broad subject, which can be divided into numerous areas: the separate legal structures of the different European Union countries, which are often studied comparatively, i.e. by measuring substantive individual legislation (employment law, contract law, criminal justice and so forth) from one member state against that of others; cross-European laws that apply to all member states and can encompass fairly minor regulations to major treaties; philosophical, historical and political considerations; interaction with countries outside Europe; and specific legal issues, such as immigration, human rights and conduct of business. Increasingly, topics such as civil liberties, movement of people, environment and development are being debated by law and policy makers, and these issues, too, are finding their way into LLM EU Law programs, as is the debate about whether all member states should embrace the same legislation.
The majority of European universities that have law courses offer LLMs in some branch of European law. There are also several that cover both EU and international law, and even more which consider a particular aspect of European legislation, mainly business/commercial law, trade law, human rights law, criminal law and public law. Most of these are ‘taught’ through classes and tutorials, though research LLMs are offered at some universities.
In common with other LLMs, in order to obtain an LLM in EU Law you are normally required to write a long dissertation. Keep in mind that there is a lot of choice and a very extensive range in which to pursue a variety of legal interests if you choose to attain an LLM in European Law