LLM Comparative and European Private Law

Programme Overview

The LLM in Comparative and European Private Law is a unique Masters programme that offers you the opportunity to obtain an advanced qualification that is both academically rigorous and professionally beneficial.

Drawing on both the civil and common-law tradition, this programme allows you to study core areas of private law in a comparative perspective.

Anyone working in legal practice, academia, national or international institutions or corporations, will need to engage with foreign laws and legal concepts. The study of private law from a comparative perspective is therefore essential to anyone seeking a career in an international or transnational context.

Core courses are taught by leading experts in their field and cover the main areas of private law, including;

  • contract law;
  • property law;
  • the law of trusts;
  • delict and tort;
  • family law and;
  • international private law.

You can select further courses from a wide list of options offered by the School, allowing you to develop other interests that you may have.

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Who is it for?

This programme is particularly suited to those who have studied a range of private law subjects at undergraduate level, although it is also open to those whose undergraduate law degree has combined other specialisations.

It will provide you with an excellent foundation for legal practice in transnational law firms or employment in international organisations and corporations, as well as doctoral research including in the growing field of Comparative Private Law

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Why Edinburgh?

Scotland is a mixed legal system meaning that its laws are shaped by both the civil law and the common law traditions. Edinburgh is therefore the perfect place to study private law from a comparative perspective.

Private law has been taught and researched at the University of Edinburgh since 1722, and Edinburgh Law School is widely recognised as one of the leading institutions in the world in the field of Comparative and European Private Law. The programme builds on Edinburgh Law School’s very distinguished tradition of scholarship in this field, and provides a unique course of study. 

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Programme staff

Programme Director for the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law is Professor Alexandra Braun who holds the Lord President Reid Chair in Law at the University of Edinburgh. She is involved in the teaching of Fundamentals of Comparative Private Law and Comparative and International Trust Law.  

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If you would like to find out more about this LLM degree programme or have any questions about studying at Edinburgh Law School please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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