Master of Laws (LL.M.)Above and beyond borders of a single legal system
Defined by its comparative methodology and international orientation, the Master of Laws (LL.M.) gives students hands-on experience in skills such as cross-border transactions and transnational law to propel their international ambitions. Students can either specialize in one of three major legal fields—International Business Law, International Dispute Resolution, or Intellectual Property and Technology Law—or earn a General LL.M. that provides an overview of all three fields. Being able to choose their specialization gives students the definitive training for continued success in the area of law they’re passionate about.
In addition to this highly specialized expertise, students will gain broader soft and hard skills in the areas of management, leadership, technology, communication, negotiation and more. These skills will directly impact graduates’ potential in the sector, as recruiters increasingly look for well-rounded “T-shaped” lawyers.
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The Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Is for individuals who…
Have a law degree or professional legal background and are now ready to tackle the complex global challenges faced by corporations, law firms, consulting firms and international institutions.
A rigorous legal training that combines academic excellence with advanced practical skills for real-world application. This Master of Laws is designed to accelerate professional development, ensuring participants become fully fledged, specialized business lawyers. In this way, they graduate as competitive candidates for any legal position in an international context, whether in big law firms, legal boutiques, institutions, corporations, consultancy firms, startups, alternative legal service providers or new-tech companies.
● Lawyer in a full-service business law firm
● Lawyer in a specialized boutique
● In-house lawyer in a multinational corporation
● Legal officer in an international organization
● Dispute Resolution lawyer
The context: The new world of law
Driven by technology and globalization—and exacerbated by the knock-on effects of the post-COVID-19 world—the legal industry is undergoing a pivotal shift.
The legal sector is transforming into a transnational industry that is tech-enabled, data-driven and multidisciplinary, challenging traditional approaches to practicing law. With increased reliance on digital platforms in the wake of COVID-19, the legal landscape is increasingly dominated by disruptive new players who are focused on delivering legal services that cater to client needs. With this new reality come new challenges and unprecedented opportunities, promising unique career paths and possibilities for corporate legal professionals, experts in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and outstanding litigators.
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is designed from a global perspective, using a comparative approach to develop legal leaders’ mindsets and problem-solving skills. With the program’s extensive content, students can build a solid foundation, which will be of great value as they go on to their specialization. They begin by discovering the differences between common law and civil law systems, before tackling key issues regarding conflict of laws, European Union law and international law. Alongside this, students develop their professional skills and reflect on professional ethics issues, preparing them for success in distinct organizational environments.
Our Master of Laws (LL.M.), a sure path to success
Choose Your Own Area of Law Study
With the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program, students are able to select courses from our three different privately accredited specializations to attain a General LL.M. Alternatively, you can specialize your master’s in one of the three areas of expertise: International Business Law, International Dispute Resolution or Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Whichever path you choose, you will become a competitive candidate for high-profile roles in global organizations.Discover our specializations
Studying at our law school, an enriching learning experience
Participants of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) will have the opportunity to experience life in the legal sector beyond the program. Through the Vienna Moot Court, Moots and the Legal Clinic, our students leave prepared to work side by side with clients and be the next leaders in legal practice and innovation at a global level.
Vienna Moot Court Competition
During the LL.M. four students travel to Vienna, Austria to compete in a simulation of an arbitration hearing in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition*, one of the largest and most well recognized moot court competitions in the world.
*Experience available for the International Dispute Resolution and International Business Law specializations
Students also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to take part in a number of moot competitions. IE University’s Comparative Law in Action is a competition that mirrors today’s sector reality to regulate fast-paced technological innovation. The two-stage competition has virtual and on-campus components where teams analyze a tech-based multimedia case, before building a solution together. The in-person part comprises a three-day weekend at IE University, featuring workshops, collaboration, and the final pitch to a panel of judges.Find out more
In addition, LL.M. students can also participate optionally in the European Law Moot Court Competition, in order to improve their legal research, analysis, reasoning and debating skills, as well as the Moot Court Madrid.
*Experience available for the International Dispute Resolution and International Business Law specializations
The IE Legal Clinic* gives undergraduate and postgraduate students real-life, professional practice by providing various pro bono services. Thanks to the clinic, and under the guidance of professors and lawyers, participating students provide legal advice to NGOs and startups regarding social projects around the world.Discover more
*Experience available for the General LL.M. and the three specializations
Master the global practice of law
In today’s globalized economic context, future graduates need to prepare for life as effective leaders on the world stage. At IE Law School, we work with a comparative law methodology that allows LL.M. students to interact with the current trends, insights, and challenges present in key international legal jurisdictions to develop a wholly global outlook.
A hub for you: Rethinking Law
Rethinking Law is a hub that exposes you to the new legal industry, helping you develop relevant skills while providing opportunities for professional success. By analyzing the impact of digital transformation and technology on law firms and in-house legal departments, you will be able to see the direction the emerging sector is heading in. This will involve understanding new industry roles and other insights through dynamic sessions that feature relevant players in the legal industry. What’s more, many of these professionals—including experts in the three specializations—will give first-hand accounts of their own professional journeys and vision of the sector.
The true value of this hub is its ability to provide holistic, first-hand experience of today’s legal sector. Beyond understanding the emerging trends in big law firms, you will explore new legal delivery models, discover how lawyers collaborate to create a culture of change, and network with top industry players.
SKILL UP! Become a T-shaped International Lawyer
A new type of international lawyer is in demand. Known as T-shaped lawyers—with the solid root of their legal expertise complemented by a crossbar of diverse abilities—these highly skilled individuals are better equipped to lead change in a transforming industry.
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) specializes in training diverse, holistic lawyers of this caliber. Due to shifts in the legal market, successful T-shaped lawyers need to be well versed in everything from technology to business and analytics, accompanied by highly developed interpersonal and managerial skills.
Our LL.M. starts and ends with two self-evaluations, allowing students to effectively gauge their unique learning journey that integrates all the necessary skills—including a strong focus on business and tech immersion. This program, designed to ensure an upward trajectory in our students’ careers, equips future lawyers with the tools for success in today’s new legal world.
Students will also be evaluated throughout the program in modules and workshops, developing and improving these soft skills as they advance. Furthermore, by taking part in networking events, team-building experiences, and lectures on cutting-edge sector developments, they will learn critical interpersonal skills for successful interviews and cross-collaboration beyond the legal sphere.
MADRID, THE PERFECT PLACE TO STUDY YOUR LL.M.
Madrid is one of the most popular cities in Europe for travelers, and is one of the most student-friendly cities in Spain, with a great, affordable public transport network, cool underground culture, and fabulous nightlife. However, Spain’s capital is also home to international companies and law firms, creating a myriad of opportunities for professional experience.
Our Master of Laws (LL.M.) takes place in the heart of Madrid, placing you right in the center of the action in this bustling, breathtaking global city.
Students must fulfill the following requirements to be able to request the issuance of the Official University Degree upon completion of the Master Program.
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