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European Law LLM



Renowned as a true leader in postgraduate study. Our students play a key role in our success through direct participation in debates and the exchange of ideas among the academic community. Our Centre for European Law is a fulcrum for applied learning, attracting notable experts and well respected academics and visiting lecturers. Through studying this LLM you will see first-hand how European and EU law takes shape.

Key benefits

  • A comprehensive and specialised pathway, covering more or less all significant areas of EU law, with a long tradition of teaching excellence.

  • Strong academic base; a highly reputed mix of dedicated full-time King's academics and distinguished professionals who all contribute to the extensive module offering as part of this pathway.

  • Linked to the Centre of European Law at King's, whose past directors include Professor A G Chloros, a Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Sir Francis Jacobs, who is now a professor at King's.

  • Generous scholarship offerings for our LLM programme ranging from:

    - The Yeoh Tiong Lay Scholarship Programme
    - The Bosco Tso and Emily Ng Scholarship Programme
    - Nigerian Law Scholars Fund
    - Norman Spink Scholarship Fund
    - King's Master's Support Scheme

    For more information about other available scholarship programmes, information on how to apply and deadlines, please visit our Law Scholarship information page by clicking here


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years to four years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Law Society CPD points

Course intake 360 overall for the LLM (FT and PT)

Course leaders

Professor Takis Tridimas

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty The Dickson Poon School of Law



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum requirements to be considered for the LLM:
Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65%) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content, or an equivalent international qualification and grading.

Exceptionally, you may be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate studies (such as a Graduate Diploma in Law) and where work or experience (at least three years legal work experience) has made you a suitable candidate for the LLM.

A guide to international equivalencies at King's by country can be found here

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive. 


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and an application fee of £50 applies (non-refundable).

All applications must be made to the generic Master of Laws (LLM) programme. If accepted, and once you have enrolled onto the LLM programme, you will have the opportunity to choose one of our specialist LLMs.

Please note: References are no longer required to assess candidates for the LLM Master of Laws, though references may be requested in borderline cases.


Personal statement and supporting information

For information on how to apply to King's, the application process, personal statements or any other FAQ's, please visit the FAQ page.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.


Course detail


European law and EU law in particular are now more relevant than ever. At King's you will be studying for an LLM in European Law at one of the most exciting times in EU history. Our faculty is at the cutting-edge of current development while benefitting from a long-standing tradition of expertise in the field. All of which gives our students the most rounded view of European Law possible.

At King's you will not only be taught in a range of areas of EU law, you will also be part of an EU law community, built around the Centre of European Law, which was set up as far back as 1975. During your time here you will meet excellent teachers and fellow students but also European judges and Advocates General, EU officials, leading barristers, and many others with a keen interest in EU law.

The King's LLM in European Law is unrivalled. Our alumni have gone on to work for some of the most prestigious European institutions and legal firms. We are passionate about giving our students access to the best opportunities. We are passionate about Europe. And above all we are passionate about European law.

Alongside our eminent team of King's academics teaching on the pathway, such as Professors Andrea Biondi and Alexander Türk, a strong team of visiting professors and practitioners also contribute to the European Law community:

Course purpose

This programme allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students' intellectual potential, it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real world experiences of staff and other practitioners.

The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience.

Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. 

Please see further details for each individual module in the LLM module list that can be found by clicking here

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.

* Many of the modules listed in the document are available as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses


  • For the full list of available LLM modules, please click here

    Required Modules

    You will have to take one of the following writing projects:

    • Dissertation (40 credits)

    • Dissertation (60 credits)

    • 10,000 word practice or research module (40 credits)

    Optional Modules

    In order to meet the 180 credit requirement, students must select at least 120-140 credits from a range of optional modules. Students who wish to specialise within a certain pathway must ensure that at least 120 credits are taken within that pathway.

    Examples of modules available with European Law LLM:

    • EU State Aid & State Regulation Law

    • European Union Competition Law

    • European Internal Market

    • European Labour Law

    • EU Tax Law

    • Privacy & Information Law

    • EU Financial Regulation

    • EU Regulatory Governance

    • Value Added Tax

    • EU Environmental Law

    • Competition, Intellectual Property & the Media Industry

    • EU Public Procurement Law

    • Electronic Commerce Law

    • Competition Law in Financial Services

    • Transnational Bank Resolution



Career prospects

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That’s why you’ll find our LLM programme is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks. The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave. Positions range from:

  • European Central Bank
  • European Commission and UN
  • Commercial roles as investment bank analysts
  • Tax or public affairs advisers
  • Careers in the legal profession
  • Accountancy positions
  • Management consultancy
  • Human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies
  • Academia.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£15,000 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£7,500 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£11,400 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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