Advanced LL.M. in International Business Law

General

Programme Description

Advanced LL.M. in International Business Law

This LL.M. is one of the few programs specifically designed for those attorneys who seek to develop a professional career in international business law.

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Why International Business Law

For those who choose the specialization in International Business Law, the program offers an innovative approach to transnational, Anglo-American and European business law. It covers a wide range of topics, such as contracts, project finance, commercial and investment arbitration, corporate law, securities regulation, EU internal market, and international tax law.

Key features

An intensive, advanced program, directed specifically to those who seek an active and international professional practice of Business Law:

  • It exceeds the expectations and demands of both experienced lawyers, who want to deepen their skills and knowledge, and young associates seeking to enhance their opportunities in an international career;
  • It also provides an environment in which those who seek an academic career can hone their academic skills while specializing in specific areas of law.

A truly international program

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries. Our outstanding faculty includes prominent scholars from prestigious American and European universities and top lawyers from international law firms. Using interactive and innovative teaching methods, our faculty is able to utilize Católica’s extensive and modern resources to engage students in an exciting and meaningful way. LL.M. Católica is one of the few LL.M. programs in continental Europe that has been successful in bringing together top international academics and professionals from both Europe and the United States. LL.M. Católica is one of the finest and most respected LL.M. programs in all of Europe.

Programme Information

Attendance

Advanced LL.M in International Business Law is a one year program, running from September to July. The academic calendar is structured into three terms divided into 12 hours of classes per week, 4 hours a day, generally held in the mornings, from Monday to Saturday. Students must complete a total of 60 ECTS credits to meet the LL.M. degree requirements. This includes courses and seminars. Students may choose to enrol in the program on a part-time basis, extending the coursework over two academic years. This option allows busy professionals to set their own pace of study.

The Case Method

Classes will have a dual nature, emphasizing both practice and theory. Through the application of the case method teaching technique, students will be faced with difficult, yet practical problem-solving scenarios where in-depth analysis and reasoning will have to be applied. Serious preparation outside of class is required. Class discussion is encouraged and will be factored into the students’ final grade. Class attendance is supplemented by Católica Global School of Law website which features additional study materials and allows for enhanced student-faculty interaction.

Conferences

The program is enriched with a regular series of academic and professional conferences hosted by Católica Global School of Law. These conferences bring the brightest and most respected legal minds, along with renowned international personalities, to Universidade Católica. Such conferences give our students the opportunity to meet, network, and interact with influential members of the international legal community.

Seminars

During the academic year, enrolment in particular LL.M. seminars is made available to practitioners, who are not enrolled in the program. Their participation not only enhances our program’s diversity and increases the breadth of intellectual conversation, but provides a networking opportunity for both the LL.M. students and the professional community.

Double Degrees

Católica Global School of Law offers three double degrees. One has been established with the King´s College in London. After completing the broadband curricular phase of the LL.M. at CGSL, the student will have the opportunity to specialize in a particular branch of Global Law, by attending courses and taking advantage of the library resources at King's College, allowing him or her to produce a piece of cutting-edge global legal scholarship. Católica Global School of Law´s students have also the opportunity to continue their studies in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at Cornell University Law School. They will obtain a strong international academic experience, as well as two degrees from cutting-edge global institutions. This additional degree from an Ivy League University will also allow students (complying with certain requirements in the LL.M.) to sit for the New York Bar exam. Católica Global School of Law LL.M.´s students has the opportunity to continue their studies in the MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) program at The University of Michigan Law School. They will obtain a strong international academic experience, as well as two degrees from cutting-edge global institutions. This additional degree will also allow students (complying with certain requirements in the LL.M.) to sit for the New York Bar exam. Accepted students will benefit from a 1/3 discount in the Michigan LL.M. important tuition. Católica Global School of Law LL.M.´s students have now the opportunity to continue their studies at Boston University School of Law. They will obtain a strong international academic experience, as well as two degrees from two global institutions. This additional degree will also allow students (complying with certain requirements in the LL.M.) to sit for the New York Bar exam.

Scholarships & Tuition Fees

Scholarships may be granted to a limited number of students on the basis of merit. To apply, please send a request letter describing your particular circumstances.

Full-time program: 1 year

Option 1: €14.000 on July

Option 2:  €15.000 payable in 10 monthly installments

                                                                                                        Part-time program: 2 years

Option 3: €16.000 payable in 2 installments

                                                                                                                                    Master Thesis: €1.700

Additional Semester Abroad: €2.250

Entry Requirements

All LL.M. candidates must have a law degree and professional experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong academic record and those with rich professional experience. You may submit your application at any time. LL.M. applications must be completed with all required documentation. Successful applicants will be sent a formal offer of admission signed by the LL.M. Director.

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • 2 Letters of recommendation (in English or in Portuguese)
  • Official transcripts from schools attended (in English or in Portuguese);
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English) with dates and lengths of employment (maximum two pages long)
  • Official letter of dispatch for students sponsored by corporations or other organizations
  • Official TOEFL / IELTS score report, or certificate.
  • Copy of Identity Card or Passport
  • Copy of Fiscal Identification Number card
  • 1 Photo

The required materials (certified copies of the original documents) must be posted to GEFAP | Universidade Católica Portuguesa Palma de Cima | 1649-023 Lisboa | Portugal

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Católica Global School of Law was established in 2009 at the Law School of the Catholic University of Portugal and has become the center of the Católica's growing focus on international legal educatio ... Read More

Católica Global School of Law was established in 2009 at the Law School of the Catholic University of Portugal and has become the center of the Católica's growing focus on international legal education. Since its founding, Católica Global School of Law has been successful in achieving a series of goals: it has attracted a remarkable group of scholars and classes of graduate students, both coming from prestigious law schools from all over the world; it has launched three states of the art programs (an LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context, an Advanced LL.M. in International Business Law and a Global Ph.D. in Law); and it is becoming an important center of graduate teaching and research in law from a global perspective in Lisbon. The quality of its programs has been consistently recognized by the Financial Times, which has selected Católica Global School of Law as one of the most innovative law schools in the world, with its LL.M. programs being included for the fourth consecutive year in this prestigious selection. Read Less