Among leading law schools in Europe, the University of Luxembourg sets a winning example.
Thainá Dantas Bacelar from Brazil can attest to this. After graduating secondary school in Belgium, she wanted to continue studying in Europe; applying to the University of Luxembourg was the obvious next step.
It is home to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Investment Bank and three out of five Magic Circle law firm offices — a handy location for law students to get valuable industry experience.
Luxembourg is “an ideal starting point for those who wish to study international law,” said Thainá.
She reviewed the University of Luxembourg’s Bachelor in Law programme and its transnational curriculum and was convinced this would be the right programme for her to apply to. It is one of the few universities in Europe and around the world to focus on both international and domestic law.
So far, the programme and university are living up to her expectations.
Thainá is quickly learning to distinguish between different legal systems and how to engage in dialogue with her global interlocutors (client, contracting party, policy negotiator, opposing party). In an increasingly global world, studying a programme like this keeps Thainá current with this new context from the very start of her studies.
In future, whether she works in Luxembourg or abroad, in the public or private sector, she will benefit from this unique, transnational approach.
A practical approach
While other institutions insist on one-way traditional lectures, the University’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) takes a more practical approach.
Students get to attend networking events and capitalise on the university’s location in a country that’s globally known as a world-leading financial centre.
For 25-year-old Francesco Fiaschi, a Master’s in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.) student, the most important feature of his studies is the networking opportunities made available to him.
“Luxembourg is a very important place to study this legal field,” said Francesco, “It’s also very international here so there are many networking opportunities for students and for graduates.”
All LL.M. programmes at the University are oriented towards European law, with a common first year and a highly specialised second year.
Francesco explores several key aspects of European criminal law in his LL.M., comprising the following areas of European Criminal Law: regulation and enforcement within the EU; European criminal law and criminal procedure; corporate criminal law and compliance; judicial cooperation and the European law enforcement agencies.
He also learns about the latest industry trends from leading scholars and practitioners, including judges from the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), EU officials and partners of leading law firms.
This is in addition to all LL.M. programmes at the University of Luxembourg being taught by industry experts and oriented towards European law.
To put all the knowledge he or she has gained into practice, each student in his or her course prepares a Master thesis and participates in an internship.
Multilingual and multicultural
Many Master’s programmes at the University of Luxembourg’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance have been accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), an international expert for quality assurance and development in higher education and research.
The Faculty’s postgraduate law programmes are also taught in French and English, complemented by a highly international student body and faculty. This combination not only lets students learn both languages professionally and casually, but also form valuable contacts and friendships with a diverse set of people.
Students are also encouraged to take the opportunity to study abroad at one of the University’s partner schools in places like the US, Canada, Russia, Brazil, China and India.
Each year, the Faculty sends highly trained teams of students to participate in many different Moot Courts, international competitions of simulated courts or arbitration proceedings,
Alternatively, students can gain practical experience from the Consumer Law Clinic on campus.
By attending this clinic, they can work on real-life cases and receive client management training which sharpens their communication skills and confidence.
Numerous internship opportunities are also offered to postgraduate students, as well as other pathways to excellent careers in Luxembourg and beyond.
For Sigrid Heirbrant from Belgium, a Master’s in Space, Communication and Media Law (LL.M.) student at the University of Luxembourg, these are just what she needed to take her career to the next level:
“I’m convinced that this is the best place to do my Master’s, because Luxembourg and this University really invests in your education.”