Mobility Windows & Double Degree

Based on the Erasmus Multilateral Project AMELIE and related programme pilot years in 2012/13 (in Vienna) and 2013/14 (in Paris), from 2014/15 onwards the European Academy of Legal Theory offers a one-year (60 ECTS) advanced Master's Course in Legal Theory (LL.M.; language of instruction: English). Participants will study at one or more Academy partner universities (mobility phases and/or dual degree tracks).

The following EALT partner universities contribute to the offering of the LLM-programme in Legal Theory:

  • Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main (host university)
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (double degree track option)
  • University of Bologna in cooperation with EUI Florence
  • Masaryk University Brno
  • Jagiellonian University Cracow
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • University of Lucerne
  • University of Palermo
  • Stockholm University

Additional associated partners contribute in a specific way within the activities of the 3rd Term Network, namely the supervision of the students Master´s thesis in the last term of the academic year. There is a close co-operation with the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR, German Section).

The EALT Master's Course in Legal Theory involves (optional) "mobility windows": phases of mobility where participants change location/host university for individual intensive modules of approx. 1-2 weeks, for a full dual degree track of several course weeks or for a period of individual research at the final stage of the master's programme. Parts of the compulsory courses and a broad range of electives can be followed at other Academy partner universities outside Frankfurt.

Students who wish to persue a complementary PhD programme in Legal Theory also have the opportunity to profit from synergies with the partner PhD programme in Globalisation and Legal Theory, jointly carried out by the Universities of Glasgow, Tilburg, and Antwerp and to apply for this programme during their stay in the EALT LLM course. For further information see section  Graduate Network in Legal Theory or visit the PhD programme website.

  • Mobility window opportunities within the compulsory study modules: Among the compulsory courses, course C2 can be followed as a research method oriented mobility window at another partner university within the Academy network. Alternativly, students stay in Frankfurt/Main and follow the C2 module within the local study track.
    • C2a Global Legal Skills - Legal Reasoning, 4 ECTS (local track at GU Frankfurt)
    • C2b Global Legal Skills - Selected Current Developments (mobility window at University of Palermo)
    • C2c Global Legal Skills - Legal Writing, 4 ECTS (mobility window at MU Brno)
  • Mobility window opportunities within the elective study modules: Participants have the opportunity to study up to 3 elective modules (3 x 7 = 21 ECTS) at other Academy's partner universities (depending on their individual choice of study track and elective modules). Outside Goethe-University (offering elective modules E1, E2, E4, and E5 for students who want to stay for parts of the/for the entire course terms in Frankfurt/Main), the following elective modules are on offer by other partner universities:

    • Stockholm University: elective module E3 (in February) in Stockholm
    • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB): elective module E6 (May) in Brussels
    • University of Palermo: elective module E4 (in June) in Palermo
    • Universities of Bologna, Cracow, Groningen and the European University Institute Florence (EUI) in cooperation with Harvard Law School: elective module E7 (in July) at EUI in Florence
  • Dual Degree-Track opportunities during spring term: Academy partner universities are working on a multiple offer of dual degree track options in combination with the EALT master's course at Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. In such dual degree tracks, studens choose and follow both spring term elective modules (14 ECTS) at other partner universities outside Frankfurt/Main and submit their master thesis (16 ECTS) also at the new spring term host university (co-supervision by Goethe-University and the dual degree-partner university). Both the Goethe University and the dual degree-partner university mutualy recognise the course term spent and the course/research credits earned at the other university as part of their own degree programme and students earn both degrees (dual degree: the LLM-degree of the Goethe-University and the respective second degree by the partner university involved). Currently available dual degree options:

    • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB): students follow elective modules E4 and E6 at ULB in Brussels (May-June) and earn a 2nd (dual) master's title from ULB
  • Mobility window opportunities for the summer term (independent research in the "3rd term" network): After completion of the course requirements in spring semester (April/May), participants have the opportunity to change for one of the Academy's "3rd term network partners" in order carry out independent resaerch in relation to the completion of the master thesis (June-September; see the list of EALT 3rd term research network partner institutions in section "EALT Network"). This is subject to available places at potential host institutions for research interns in a given academic year and to a separate application and selection procedure by the programme management and the potential 3rd term host institution. Alternatively, students stay for the summer term at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main or complete their master thesis at home (no obligatory course and/or presences requirements during such an extended summer term!).

    • Students selected for a 3rd term network research stay at the European University Institute in Florence have the opportunity to attend the Law & Logic summer school (as one of their elective course requirements); for further details on the Law & Logic summer school at EUI, please follow the link in the link-box on the right.
    • The same applies for a 3rd-term network stay at the University of Palermo combined with the EALT summer school in Palermo (for details on this summer school follow the link in the link-box on the right) and for other potential host institutions offering an EALT short course during summer term.

Please mind that optional mobility windows/dual degree tracks may involve additional tuition fees, travel, and subsistence costs! In some cases mobility grants/tuition fee waivers are available for a restricted number of selected participants.


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