LL.M. International Business Law


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Católica Global School of Law

E-mail: catolica.law.sede@ucp.pt

Phone: (+351) 214 269 860

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Program Description

This LL.M. is one of the few programmes specifically designed for legal professionals who seek to develop a career in international business law. The programme offers an innovative approach to transnational, Anglo-American and European business law, covering a wide range of topics, such as contracts, project finance, commercial and investment arbitration, corporate law, securities regulation, EU internal market, and international tax law.

It exceeds the expectations and demands of both experienced lawyers, who want to deepen their skills and knowledge, and young associates seeking to enhance their opportunities to develop an active and international career in business law. It also provides an environment in which those who seek an academic career can hone their academic skills while specializing in specific areas of law.

Every year, the student body at Católica Global School of Law is composed of students from a wide range of nationalities and professional backgrounds. During the academic year, enrolment in specific LL.M. seminars is made available to external practitioners, who are not attending the programme full-time. Their participation not only enhances the programme’s diversity and increases the breath of intellectual conversation, but provides a networking opportunity for both the LL.M. students and those legal professionals.

Moreover, our outstanding faculty includes prominent scholars from prestigious American and European universities and top lawyers from international law firms. Using interactive and innovative teaching methods, our faculty is able to apply Católica’s extensive and modern resources to engage students in an exciting and meaningful way.

The Case Method

Classes will have a dual nature, emphasizing both practice and theory. Through the application of the “case method” teaching technique, students will be faced with difficult, yet practical problem-solving scenarios where in-depth analysis and reasoning will have to be applied. Serious preparation outside class is required. Class discussion is encouraged and will generally be factored into the students’ final grade.

This LL.M. is a one-year full-time programme, running from September to July. The academic calendar is structured into three terms, with classes generally being held on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday mornings. Students must complete a total of 60 ECTS to meet the LL.M. degree requirements.

Students may choose to enrol in the programme on a part-time basis, extending the coursework over two academic years. This option allows busy professionals to set their own pace of study.

Semester Abroad

Students are encouraged to attend an additional semester abroad, taking advantage of the exchange agreements that Católica Global School of Law has with top law schools worldwide. These include, among many others, Cornell Law School (U.S.), the University of Houston (U.S.), Washington University in St. Louis (U.S.), Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), Tilburg Law School (The Netherlands), KU Leuven (Belgium), Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and FGV Direito Rio and São Paulo (Brazil).

Master’s Thesis

Students approved in a Master of Laws thesis will receive a Masters Diploma, according to the Bologna Declaration.

Brazilian students approved in a Master of Laws thesis will receive a Masters Diploma which may be recognized as a “Diploma de Mestrado” in Brazil.

Students are allowed to enroll in courses from the LL.M. International Business Law and the LL.M. Law in a Digital Economy.


General Contacts

Católica Global School of Law

E-mail: catolica.law.sede@ucp.pt

Phone: (+351) 214 269 860


​João Leite de Carvalho

"It is a program facing the present and future."