Why Católica Global School of Law
Launched in 2009, Católica Global School of Law is a leading law school in Europe, committed to a distinct way of teaching and learning the law. This transnational centre of legal education and research brings together stellar faculty and students from all around the world in the enchanting city of Lisbon. Católica has gathered a number of resident and visiting professors who are among the world’s best in their fields, giving students access to the finest teachers that they could possibly have.
Católica offers three cutting-edge LL.M. programmes and a Master in Transnational Law, which prepare students to become skilled practitioners in today’s global economy. The quality of the programmes has been consistently recognized by the Financial Times, which selected Católica Global School of Law as one of the most innovative law schools in the world for seven consecutive years.
Our Programmes LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context
This LL.M. programme is aimed at young and bright graduates who want to broaden their legal horizons and pursue an international career, by acquiring knowledge on different areas of the law from a truly European and transnational perspective.
This is the first LL.M. programme in the world entirely designed under the “Total Law” method – a bold pedagogical approach, coined by Professor Joseph H.H. Weiler, whose purpose is to have students understand how the economic, social and political context shape the legal problems and the outcomes for those problems, in a highly interactive and dialogical way. The programme is entirely taught in English and its courses are specifically tailored to train a new generation lawyers: lawyers who wish to feel comfortable in practising law across borders, in an environment characterized by multiple and diverse legal sources.
LL.M. in International Business Law
This is an advanced programme designed for students with prior professional experience – both young associates and more seasoned lawyers – who seek to develop a career in international business law. It is aimed at practitioners who intend to advise large multinational companies and financial institutions, whether as in-house lawyers or as lawyers in leading firms.
The LL.M. International Business Law is a one-year full-time programme running from September to July and it is entirely taught in English. It covers a wide range of topics, such as contracts, project finance, commercial and investment arbitration, corporate governance, securities regulation, and international tax law, offering an innovative approach to Anglo-American and European business law. The LL.M. courses have a dual nature, emphasizing both practice and theory.
LL.M. Law in a Digital Economy
The LL.M. Law in a Digital Economy aims to prepare students to understand and anticipate the challenges raised by digital technologies and to become skilful practitioners in this new economy. The emergence and rapid development of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Blockchain and the Internet of Things have been testing the boundaries of existing legal rules and sparking debate on whether they are fit for purpose. This programme is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge on the functioning of these technologies, starting with a pre-LL.M. Bootcamp on “Tech for Lawyers”, offered in partnership with a leading technical university in Europe.
Technology lawyers need also operate in the context of multiple jurisdictions and feel comfortable working with legal sources from different origins. In keeping with the approach of the other LL.M. programmes, the courses taught within the LL.M. Law in a Digital Economy have a global focus, instead of a strictly domestic or regional one.
Master in Transnational Law
Following the curricular year of the LL.M. programmes, students may enrol in our Master in Transnational Law (MTL) programme. This will allow them to submit and defend a masters’ thesis, in order to obtain a Masters Diploma.
As MTL candidates, students are encouraged to do a semester abroad, by taking advantage of the agreements that Católica Global School of Law has with top American and European schools, such as Cornell (USA), Washington University (USA), Leuven (Belgium) or Tilburg (The Netherlands).
Students also have the opportunity to extend their studies and earn a double degree in one of our partner institutions:
King’s College London (UK)
The University of Michigan Law School (USA)
Boston University School of Law (USA)
University of Illinois College of Law (USA)
University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Católica Global School of Law has a network of academic and career partners worldwide. We work closely with our partners to provide cutting-edge opportunities to all of our students.
Scholarships may be granted to a limited number of students on the basis of merit. To apply, please send a request letter to firstname.lastname@example.org describing your particular circumstances.
LL.M. candidates should hold a first degree in Law. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong academic record. Proficiency in English is necessary and is to be attested by the official TOEFL / IELTS score reports or by conducting an interview.
Applications may be submitted online at any time. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible.
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