The Master of Laws in European Union Business Law is a new specialist LL.M. which is based on a grouping of subjects offered also on the general LL.M. in European and Comparative Law. However, registering for this degree means that the student will obtain a degree with the specific title of LL.M. in European Business Law, and be able to market himself or herself as a specialist graduate lawyer in that specific field of law. So this is the degree for those who are decided to specialise in the business law of Europe and wish to be known as such.
As with the general LL.M. offered by the Department, the LL.M. in European Union Business Law is mainly a taught course on which students do directed reading and research and write papers for presentation in seminars (group sessions) which are then led by the course professor. It also includes an important dissertation component. The first aim is that of providing postgraduate specialization in European Union Business Law and related comparative law to holders of a good first degree in law. The programme of studies includes three compulsory courses and a free choice of the remaining study-units from a list of elective subjects. In principle, the comparative (national law) dimension is worked into most subjects, while also being the principal methodology employed in a number of study- units. The level of the degree compares with the level of leading LL.M. programmes in other European universities, this being certified on an annual basis by an external examiner from a European university. The second aim is to prepare the student for a specialist career, whether in private practice in Malta or abroad, in the European Union Institutions, in other international organizations, or as advisors to government and other entities, among other possible careers.
The programme provides an in-depth specialisation in European Union Business law. It does so against the backdrop of a fast-evolving economic, financial and social environment in Europe and beyond, as also the constant and complex evolution of the European Union itself.
List of study-units
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Apart from taking three compulsory subjects as specified from time to time, the student is able to select further study-units of their choice from a list of business law subjects as well as to write, under full supervision, a dissertation on a related subject of their choice. In all cases, there is guidance in their choice from members of the Department. Students therefore acquire a depth of knowledge and range of skills across the broad area of European Business Law, with specific expertise in the actual subjects chosen for study.
For each subject chosen, the knowledge acquired will range over the understanding of the relevant Treaty provisions and the laws and other acts adopted under them, study and critical analysis of the academic literature as well as the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and knowledge of relevant Member State's legislation and court judgements.
Practice is given due importance and practitioners’ journals are frequently referred to on many of the courses. This approach develops interpretational and applicational skills against the backdrop of sound theoretical knowledge and understanding. The knowledge and skills acquired are applicable in law practice, in adjudication, and in further studies to Ph.D. level should the student wish to pursue an academic career in Malta or abroad.
The overall learning outcomes for Master in Laws (LL.M.) in European Business Law students include:
1. A deeper understanding and knowledge of chosen areas of European Business law and policy, and their interaction with analogous Member State law and policy
2. Schooling in the applicable Treaty law and legislation, the academic literature and trends in the case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU.
3. Acquisition of advanced legal research skills
4. Advanced ability to communicate the results of research through presentations, debating and writing of term papers and dissertations
5. Advanced ability to identify and analyse complex problems from a legal perspective in context
6. The IT skills necessary to facilitate these tasks including the use of bibliographic software and the use of data bases and search engines
7. Advanced ability to read beyond legal doctrine and to evaluate the relevance and importance of other disciplines for legal analysis.
Career opportunities & Access to further studies
This postgraduate academic programme in European Business Law provides students with an in depth education in European Business law. It allows for specialisation in a number of areas of Business law such as IT law, Business Enterprise (Company) Law, Consumer Law, Competition law, Financial Services Law, Labour Law, Tax law and so on.
It follows from the above that Master of Laws graduates in European Business Law will benefit from a distinct advantage in accessing high level practice, national and international, and employment in a large number of positions requiring expertise in European Business Law. Many graduates will go straight into high level practice with Maltese or European law firms, or with other organisations, including companies, banks, financial services firms, the Union institutions themselves, and employers, directly in the field of specialization on which they focus while on the degree.
Others will find that their already existing career has benefited. A student can follow the degree full-time over one academic year while others may prefer to take the degree on a part-time basis over two years. Finally, for those aiming for an academic career, the degree provides an excellent basis for the pursuit of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in law.
List of study-units for European Business Law LL.M. stream
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Students are required to acquire passes to the value of 60 ECTS from the Taught Component and 30 ECTS from the Research Component to pass the LL.M. Students may in principle choose the stipulated value of study-units from the list of the published course programme of the respective academic year. The list of elective study-units available in any particular year may vary from year to year depending on the registered student’s choices.