Master's programme in European Business Law
The Master’s programme in European Business Law is the oldest programme covering European economic law in Scandinavia. The programme and the teaching team provides an in-depth understanding of both the practical and the theoretical aspects of European foundational law, including constitutional and free market principles. This solid foundation is expanded into business law within the European Union, exploring how the Internal Market operates, how commercial practice is affected by European law and practice and how the European market and commercial actors engage with markets and consumers in a global context.
The programme offers students the flexibility to choose between full time study over one or two years. The first year consists of mandatory courses. The second year consists of one term with elective courses and finally one term of master thesis.
- The one year leads to a degree of Master (One Year) of Laws in European Business Law. During the programme students will gain a strong knowledge in European economic law and EU law that impacts commerce in Europe.
- The two-year master’s affords students the opportunity to specialize their studies in a number of areas of economic law. Depending on what elective courses are offered, these areas could be for example European competition law, European tax law, European free movement law and European company and trade law.
Each study year is divided into two terms: the autumn term and the spring term. In each term 30 credits are obtained over a period of 20 weeks. Each term is again subdivided into two periods of 10 weeks within which 15 credits are obtained.
The first year of the Master's programme in European Business Law consists of mandatory courses equivalent to 45 credits. In the final period of the second term the students choose one elective course of 15 credits. Those students who wish to pursue the one-year programme will instead write their master thesis of 15 credits.
In the second year, the first term is dedicated to further specialization and the students choose elective courses equivalent to 30 credits. In the final term of the second year the students write their master thesis of 30 credits.
The Master's programme in European Business Law provides the students with the necessary skills for any career involving legal advice and consultancy with regards to matter of cross-border relevance. The students will have a broad general knowledge of the European Union's legal framework as well as highly specialized knowledge in their field of specialization.
Markets in a global context
The programme's focus on European Business Law caters for the ever-growing demand in specialists with broad awareness of the legal framework in a globalized environment. In a globalized world, the European Union is a neutral platform for students dedicated to cross-border and global business issues. The programme provides students with a wide range of in-depth knowledge of the European Union's integration process and also offers the students with the opportunity to explore the intricate relationships between the EU, its Member States and third States via for example free-trade arrangements such as the EEA or TTIP.
The programme provides the students with the essential knowledge needed for any national or internal career. The study of the European Union's constitutional foundations provides solid training in the essential skills necessary to understand and work with topics central to any business environmental or to economic analysis. The programme's structure allows students to specialize in fields of their interest which enables them to create a unique competitive edge of any future position or assignment on the labour market. Beyond acquiring the foundational knowledge, the programme in European Business Law offers the students the opportunity to study in detail a number of more technically specialized areas within European law such as free movement law, competition law, contract law, corporate law, tax law or state aid law.
The teaching staff is experienced within the academic field as well as the private sector which contributes to the diversity of the programme. The outside staff ranges from partners at leading law firms in Sweden and Brussels, to the officials from EU institutions such as the Commission or the Court.
European Law Moot Court Competition
For interested students, the programme also offers the opportunity to participate in the European Law Moot Court competition during the second year of the programme. Over the last years, Lund's teams have achieved outstanding results in this prestigious competition by regularly reaching the semi-finals and the finals.
Teams from Lund
- reached the semi-finals at Adenauer in 2021
- reached the semi-finals at Leiden University in 2020
- reached the regional final at EUI (Florence) in 2019
- won the regional final at Edinburgh University and reached the finals at the CJEU (Luxembourg) in 2018
- finished as runner-up in the finals in Luxemburg in 2017
- was awarded the "Ole Due price" for the best individual pleading in 2015
- reached the final in Court of Justice of the EU in 2014
- won the "best pleading award" in the semi-finals in Leiden and Neuchâtel (both teams) in 2013
- reached the final in Luxemburg in 2012
- won the competition in 2010 as an Advocate General
Facts about the programme
Length: One year or two years
Credtis: 60 or 120
Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M) in European Business Law
Tuition fee: 130.000 SEK per study year for non-EU/EEA students
The 2021 LLM Guide has ranked the Master in European Business Law as a top 20 general LLM in the EU.
Times Higher Education is one of the three leading international rankings of universities. A recent Time Higher Education (THE) ranking has positioned the law field at Lund University in 2024 at the 1st place in Sweden, at the 1st place in the Nordic region, at the 7th place in the European Union and at the 38th place worldwide.
I attended Lund University between 2014 and 2016, completing the two-year course. From the first day, the programme made it clear that the focus was on supporting the students in their studies with the aim of providing them a proverbial door to walk through. For me, this meant that aside from Lund providing me a strong background in EU law during the first half a year, it allowed me to specialize extensively in competition law. This was largely possible thanks to the dedicated teaching staff as well as the programme e.g., ensuring that all the guest lectures are representative of what is expected of one of the top universities in the world.
Furthermore, teaching was done in a way which ensured that the obtained knowledge could effectively be used in practise. To do so, the faculty invited CEO's and partners in law firms to explain what is expected of the students during their future carriers as either inhouse or at a law firm.
- Mart Blöndal, Estonia
Being accepted to Lund University has probably been one of the best things that happened to me so far. I can say without a doubt that studying there has been an amazing experience. I was accustomed to the very theoretical way of teaching of French universities, and I have discovered that courses mixing theory and practice suited me much better. And this is what the LL.M European Business Law programme offers: a perfect mix between legal theory and practical application. During my second year, I had the honour to be part of the team representing Lund University during the European Law Moot Court, an international moot competition whose final is held every year at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Thanks to our participation in the Moot Court, I got the opportunity to do an internship at the Court.
The programme is delivered by researchers and practitioners of very high level who succeeded in transmitting me their enthusiasm for EU law. I greatly appreciated their accessibility and their dedication to the students.
As for the student life, there is no wonder why the university attracts so many brilliant minds: Lund offers the perfect balance between studies and social life, with its countless libraries and dozens of student nations. My only regret is that these two years have gone way too fast!
- Mathilde Lecomte, France/Sweden