law schools in Europe taught in English
The University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you join the University of Amsterdam, you will be joining one of the largest and most international law schools in the Netherlands. You can take a Bachelor’s program or a 1-year Master’s in Law. The majority of courses are taught in English.
The University of Amsterdam is located in Amsterdam, which is not to be confused with ‘Amsterdam’ which is also where they make beer, cheese and clogs.
The University of London, UK
Located in central London, this school is affiliated to the University of London and offers its students over 100 master’s degrees. The university has a diverse community with students from 150 countries attending. This university has a traditional campus environment where students learn in lecture halls and study in libraries, but also provides online learning options for those who live far away. This university ensures that every student is given an individualized educational plan that best suits their career goals and needs.
This university offers LLM programs in various fields including banking and finance; law, terrorism, security and counter-terrorism; international commercial law; international dispute resolution; international human rights law; public international law (general); public international law (human rights); taxation of business entities; comparative corporate governance; maritime law and finance; Islamic finance law; intellectual property management and innovation.
The tuition here varies according to the program you choose. Below are listed some examples of tuition costs for popular programs at this university:
International Commercial Law – Tuition £12,950 / Administrative fee £1,140 per year / Full time 2 years / Part time 4 years / Online full time 1 year / Online part time 2 years
Public International Law (Human Rights) – Tuition £7,600 / Administrative fee £1,140 per year/ Full time 1 year/Part time 3 years/Online full time 1 year/Online part time 3 years
Intellectual Property Management & Innovation – Tuition £14,500 / Administrative fee
The University of Bologna, Italy
The University of Bologna is the oldest university in Europe, and while it’s hard to imagine a school formed in 1088 still has a good reputation, this one does. The program is taught completely in English, and tuition is only $7,000 per year. Living there costs around $11,000 per year.
King’s College London, UK
King’s College London is one of the best law schools in the UK. King’s College London is a public research university in London, England, and a founding college and member institution of the federal University of London.
Uppsala University in Sweden
Uppsala University is a public research university located in Uppsala, Sweden. Founded by King Gustavus Adolphus in 1477, the University is one of the oldest universities in Europe and has more than 33,000 students; it also offers about 1,400 international master’s programs taught in English across its campuses.
Uppsala University’s Bachelor of Laws program consists of two parts: one foundation year and three years of advanced study. During the first year (which can be taken before or after you complete your bachelor’s degree), you’ll cover the basics of constitutional law, criminal law, contract law, torts and tax law. Once you’ve completed this foundation coursework, you’ll receive a Certificate of Transferable Credits that will enable you to obtain an exemption for corresponding courses at any other Swedish university as well as some universities abroad.
The school has a strong reputation throughout Europe; among Uppsala graduates are Carl XVI Gustaf (King of Sweden), Björn Ulvaeus (one-fourth of ABBA) and Thorbjørn Jagland (Chairman of the Nobel Prize Committee).
The application process can be confusing when applying from outside Sweden—learn more here.
Sorbonne University in Paris, France
If you are interested in studying law in France, the Sorbonne University in Paris offers an LLM program taught entirely in English. The program is run by Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and provides students with access to some of the world’s top legal minds. The school has an international faculty and draws students from around the world to study together. All students have access to Sorbonne’s excellent library and research facilities, as well as its impressive list of alumni.
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
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There are options for law school outside of the US.
- There are options for law school outside of the US.
- The first thing to know about European law schools is that there are a lot of them and that many offer English-taught programs, so it’s possible to study international and comparative law without having to learn any other languages first. Not all European law schools teach in English, but there are plenty of options across the continent that do.
- Consider going to a school with an English-taught program for your first year, then switch over to a different language track once you get settled in and feel like you can handle it. Some programs also offer dual degrees, so you could earn two degrees in two different countries while only spending three years in school rather than four or five going the traditional route and earning just one degree at home. If you want to live abroad but aren’t sure where yet, this could be a great way to try out some different locations before deciding on one place forever!