European and International Law (LL.M.)

The Europa Institut at Saarland University offers a one-year Master's programme focusing on European and international law. The program is entirely in English, some course can be taken in German. So far, more than 5,500 students from all over the world have completed the programme and now hold positions in European and international organizations, internationally oriented law firms, international companies as well as national governments and administrations.

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The Master's programme offers six modules that prepare students for the European and international job market. Every year, 75 students from more than 40 countries complete the Master's programme in an international environment. They are taught by highly-qualified specialists from the academic and business worlds who combine excellence in academic training and practice-oriented teaching. Every year, 75 students from more than 40 countries come to attend the postgraduate Master's programme in an international environment.


The Master's program is divided into two parts: a nine-month study program over two semesters, followed by a three-month period for the drafting of the Master's thesis. The program can be completed entirely in English, entirely in German or in a combination of these. The courses are held in German or in English, and students are assessed by lecturers pursuant to the courses; mostly either in a written or an oral exam. A specific number of credit points will be awarded for the completion of almost all of the courses. A total of 45 credit points minimum must be attained during the course of the study program. 15 additional credit points are awarded after the completion and approval of the Master's thesis. Three-quarters of the final mark therefore comprises the marks achieved during the study program, whilst the remaining quarter is composed of the mark awarded for the Master's thesis. The program offers six specialization study units, and aims to provide students with great freedom of choice with regard to which courses they wish to attend and complete. The course plan is designed to allow for a choice of courses and lectures unbound by specific specializations, permitting students to freely choose and compose their LL.M. subjects according to their own wishes and interests within European and international law.

  • Module 1: European Integration
  • Module 2: Study Unit European Economic Law
  • Module 3: Study Unit Foreign Trade and Investment
  • Module 4: Study Unit International Dispute Resolution
  • Module 5: Study Unit European and International Protection of Human Rights
  • Module 6: IT Law (only in German)
  • Module 7: Master‘s thesis

The special study units enable students to specialize in a certain area of law at an early stage in order to streamline their career aims in a market with continuously increasing niches.

The specialized courses can only be begun in the winter semester, as they span two semesters. On successful completion of one of these units, i.e. by gaining a minimum of 12 credit points on courses of a particular unit, the area of specialization will be displayed separately on the Master's certificate. From the areas of specialization, a maximum of two may be chosen.

Requirements & application

Admission requirements

Requirements for admission to the LL.M. program:

  • A university degree in law or in a comparable subject (business studies, humanities) from a German or foreign university
  • Proof of sound knowledge of English and German (if you want to take courses in German). Please note these indications about language verification.

How to apply

The Master's programme "European and International Law" begins in the winter semester. Applications can be submitted at any time. The deadline for applications is 15 July. Late applications may be accepted until 30 September. Please direct all questions to application(at) We will be happy to answer them.

The number of available places is limited. Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications and suitability. The application form as well as a list of all necessary documents to be handed in with the application can be found on the Europa-Institut website.

Please send your application to:
Universität des Saarlandes
Campus B2 1
66123 Saarbrücken


At a glance

Standard period of study

2 semesters

Languages of instructionEnglish and German
Language requirementsSound knowledge of English and German, if you want to attend German courses: Language verification
Restricted entryYes
Application deadlineWinter semester: 15 July
Late applications possible until 30 September
Tuition fees€3,400 per semester
Semester feeSee current fee structure
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Course adviser

Saarbrücken Campus
Building B2 1, Room 3.57
Phone: +49 681 302-3653

Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Zertifikat bestätigt erstklassige internationale Ausbildung am Europa-Institut

Für das Masterprogramm im Europäischen und Internationalen Recht ist das Europa-Institut der Universität des Saarlandes mit einem der ersten Qualitätszertifikate für Internationalisierung (Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation, CeQuInt) ausgezeichnet worden. Das Konsortium europäischer Akkreditierungsagenturen (European Consortium for Accreditation, ECA) bestätigt damit die hohe Qualität des internationalen Studiengangs, seiner Ziele, der Lehr- und Lernmethoden, der internationalen Lernerfolge und des hochkarätigen Lehrpersonals. Das Zertifikat wurde bislang europaweit an elf Hochschulen verliehen.

"Das Europa-Institut hat erfolgreich eine effektive Internationalisierungsstrategie umgesetzt, die nachweislich zur Qualität von Lehre und Studium beiträgt", heißt es in der Begründung der Prüfungskommission. Das Masterprogramm sei "geprägt durch einen leidenschaftlichen und von Grund auf europäischen und internationalen Geist, der erfolgreich an Studenten, Mitarbeiter und Alumni weitergegeben wird…". Mit dem Zertifikat weist das ECA eine erfolgreiche internationale und interkulturelle Dimension in der Hochschulausbildung aus.

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Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Central Student Advisory Service

Accredited study programmes

Saarland University was one of the first universities in Germany to successfully complete the system accreditation procedure. Since 2012, it has carried the seal of the Accreditation Council.

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