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Master in International and EU Law

Why master studies of law at Vilnius University?

The Faculty of Law at Vilnius University is the oldest and most prestigious law school in the country and one of the best in the region. Each year 300 Masters of Laws graduate from our university and are particularly welcome by employers.

The International and EU Law programme at Vilnius University is an officially registered full-time university study programme; upon its completion, a student will acquire the European-wide recognized qualification of the Master of Laws.

Professors of the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University have gained significant experience in international and the European Union law as a result of their active involvement and participation in the implementation of international and the European Union law in Lithuania. They are distinguished experts in the legal specificity of Western Europe as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

Programme description

The activities of international organizations and the European Union have become part of many areas of contemporary life, especially economic cooperation, international business and social integration. In the age of globalization the domestic legal systems cannot be perceived without a strong component of international law and the European Union law.

The purpose of the study programme is to train legal experts and legal service professionals with:
–           the comprehensive and profound knowledge about international, international-regional and European Union legal  norms  that  influence  the  most  important  areas  of  national  legal  systems,  as  well  as  development, interpretation and application practice of these legal norms;
–          abilities to identify, analyse and solve complex problems related to law-making and legal application in the contexts of international and European Union law;
–          abilities to apply the acquired knowledge in professional practice in an innovative and integral way in order to settle disputes and legal conflicts that arise in international environment;
–          critical approach and skills to carry out independent research and provide suggestions based on scientific analysis.

Competences are developed to seek successfull practice in the legal profession in any European country (detailed information about generic and subject-specific competences and learning outcomes of the programme).

Structure of the programme

A full-time study programme lasts three semesters (1.5 years). In the first and the second semester students shall have to complete 3 compulsory and 2 optional courses. The compulsory courses aim at providing thorough knowledge in different legal systems as well as offering an overview of fundamental legal norms and techniques of their practical application. Optional courses provide an opportunity to choose an individual area of study according to the student’s individual needs and interests and to lay the foundations for analytical research work. Each course includes lectures as well as practical instruction time (workshops and seminars). During the third-semester a Master Thesis on a scientifically and/or practically relevant topic demonstrating the student’s analytical skills shall be prepared.

Courses

Course type 1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester
Compulsory Courses Intergovernmental and Supranational Institutions under International and EU Law (EN RU)

European Union Internal Market Law (EN RU)

Research Paper (EN RU)

European Private Law (EN RU)

Judicial Protection in the European Union (EN RU)

International and European Union Criminal law (EN RU)

Master Thesis (EN RU)
Optional Courses Taxation Law in Europe (EN)

International Commercial Arbitration (EN)

European Human Rights Law in the Global Context (EN RU)

International and EU Labour Law (EN RU)

Consumers` Protection Law of the EU (EN)

External Relations Law of the EU (EN RU)

European Union Fair Trading Law (EN)

Civil Procedure of the EU (EN RU)

Public Procurement Law of the EU (EN RU)

International and EU Intellectual Property Law (EN)

International and EU Competition Law (EN)

EU Law of the Environmental Protection (EN RU)

Criminal Procedure of the EU (EN RU)

European Company Law (EN RU)

Examination and Assessment

Every course concludes with either a written or written and oral examination assessed on a ten-point scale. In some courses individual work of students is expected; at the end of the course cumulative assessment is applied.

Academic information

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Timetable

2018/2019 Autumn semester

Compulsory courses

Intergovernmental and Supranational Institutions under International and EU Law (EN)
European Union Internal Market Law (EN)
Research Paper (EN)

Optional courses

International Commercial Arbitration (EN)
European Human Rights Law in the Global Context (EN)
International and EU Labour Law (EN)
External Relations Law of the EU (EN)
Consumers` Protection Law of the EU (EN)

Specific admission requirements and selection criteria

The programme is designed for persons who have obtained a recognized qualification of a Bachelor of Laws or an equivalent qualification of a jurist from institutions of higher education outside the territory of the Republic of Lithuania. The procedure of admission is competitive; it is based on the candidate’s application supported by required documents.

Proficiency in Russian or English (depending on the group) is required to ensure proper participation in lectures, workshops and seminars, sufficient skills for reading relevant literature and normative acts and for essay writing. Optional courses can be selected to study in other language than compulsory courses.

The deadline for submission of application and preliminary documents for each academic year is May 1 (for non EU/EEA applicants) and July 15 (for EU/EEA as well as for non EU/EEA applicants with Lithuanian Embassies residing in their home countries).

In case of your graduation from your school/university in Summer please consult Admission Officer if it is possible to submit a final diploma later (each case will be considered individually).

The academic year starts in September.

The Procedure of Admitting Foreign Nationals to First Cycle, Second Cycle Full-time Study Programmes at Vilnius University

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