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Swedish professional law degree programme

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Swedish professional law degree programme at the Faculty of Law in Lund, is one of Sweden’s seven law degree programmes; it covers 270 credits over 4,5 years of full-time studies. The programme leads to a degree of Master of Laws, LL.M which is a professional qualification. This degree confers eligibility for professions such as judge, prosecutor, lawyer and enforcement officer, but can also lead to a number of other professions within the private and public sectors. It is also possible to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Science after six semesters.

The first three years of the degree programme are common to all students and provide knowledge of all areas of law. In the subsequent two semesters, each student gets to specialise by choosing postgraduate courses within a field of particular interest. These courses may apply a critical perspective to a particular legal field or study certain important and problematic legal issues in greater depth. It is also possible to study one semester or one academic year abroad during the 4th year of the degree. During the last semester, students produce a written degree project within a legal area of their choice.

Language of instruction is Swedish.

You can read more about the programme on our Swedish webpage.

Do you have an International Law degree?

To work as a lawyer in Sweden, you may need to supplement your law degree, that is even if you already have applied for a recognition of foreign qualifications by the Swedish Council of Higher Education.

You can work as a lawyer in Sweden even without a Swedish professional law degree. However, most employers in Sweden are looking for people who have a Degree of Master of Laws, LL.M. The exception may for example be companies dealing with international trade law or perhaps with questions relating to another country from which you have your law degree.

Lund University do not offer an complementary programme in Law. Instead you can apply for the Swedish professional law degree programme (270 credits taught in Swedish) with the corresponding high school diploma. The application is made through

As the only University in Sweden, Stockholm University offers a two year complementary programme for you with an international Law degree. It leads to a Degree of Master of Laws, LL.M, which is required for many legal professionals and opens doors for many others. This program is taught in Swedish.

You will find more information about the program at Stockholm University's website (information in Swedish).

Master's programmes

We offer two different international Master’s programmes in Law. International Human Rights Law and European Business Law. Students from around 40 countries take part in the programmes which offer a unique subject specialisation within each field, with highly qualified researchers and professional legal practitioners engaged in the teaching.

International Master’s programmes at the Faculty of Law.


Jenny Backer

Academic Advisor
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Roma Knutsson

Programme Administrator
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Louise Hultqvist

Internationalisation Manager
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