Master of Laws

5 In detail After the first semester, which is focused on skills courses and some fundamental courses in European and international law, you will follow one module (cluster of courses) for each semester. You can also choose to study abroad for one semester during your second Master’s year and specialise in a module that you’ve already chosen in Antwerp. You will participate in a legal clinic allowing you to to bridge the gap between academic research and legal practice. Each legal clinic involves a different partner institution, e.g. a law firm, an NGO, or a government department. You will work with other students on one or more legal assignments that are developed in close cooperation with the partner institution concerned. The assignments are related to real-life cases or policy developments and need to respond to the institution’s needs. This requires an approach that significantly differs fromwriting an academic paper or studying for an exam. Therefore, the legal clinic is considered hard work but also a wonderful opportunity to get some hands-on experience in a legal field of your preference. The research skills you developed in your first semester are further refined through the assignments in the semester modules and within the context of the Master’s dissertation. With the support of your supervisor, you learn how to translate a problem into a legal question, carry out legal analysis, develop your own opinion based on legal arguments and propose legal solutions that take due account of key societal and economic developments. You are expected to select a research topic, formulate (a) research question(s) and identify a methodology, design a research plan, identify and collect relevant sources, carry out legal analysis, propose solutions and develop well-substantiated conclusions.

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