Central European University - Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law (LL.M)
Central European University (CEU) is a graduate-level, English-language University accredited both in the U.S. and Hungary. The Department of Legal Studies provides high quality advanced legal education and education in human rights, comparative constitutional law, and international business law. Its programmes are among the finest in Europe, enabling students to obtain a solid grounding in fundamental legal concepts in civil law and common law systems and to develop unique skills in comparative analysis. Students are encouraged to see complex legal and social problems in their broader context and seek solutions across continents and disciplines.
The Department's Master's program in Comparative Constitutional Law is the only such degree in this subject in the world, training future civil servants, NGO leaders and IGO professionals, and academics to respond to domestic and global constitutional challenges in a theoretically grounded and policy-relevant manner.
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Start Date: September
Duration: 10 months
Price/Fee: 13,000 EUR (tuition fee) + 200 EUR (student enrollment fee) per academic year
Scholarships: Master’s candidates who applied by the relevant application deadline, and who have received an acceptance offer or been placed on the waiting list will have the opportunity to apply for CEU financial aid.
Accommodation: Most CEU students stay in the CEU Residence Center or in rented apartments in the city. The CEU Residence Center provides accommodation to CEU Master's Scholarship recipients as part of their financial aid package, and to students who wish to stay in the Residence Center on a fee paying basis. Information regarding accommodation in Budapest can be found at the CEU website.
The Department of Legal Studies welcomes applications from individuals with outstanding academic achievements, professional experience, strong recommendations, and English language proficiency.
Completed applications must be submitted through online application system (LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law) by the deadline.
February 1, 2018 (midnight, Central European Time)
Deadline for applicants to Master’s programs; accepted MA candidates whose application is received by this deadline can apply for CEU financial aid (if applicable). Application deadline for doctoral programs. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).
February 2, 2018 onward
Application period for self-financing applicants. All applications must be complete with applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (pending available spaces).
Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA area who require a study visa may submit applications no later than June 1, 2018.
- Application Fee:
CEU charges a one-time application fee of EUR 30 for each candidate irrespective of the number of programs applied to in the given admissions cycle. The application fee is non-refundable: all applicants are subject to submit this fee regardless of their citizenship or financial circumstances. The fee must be paid when the first application is submitted in the given admission cycle.
The fee should be paid by bank card via the CEU online application form (secure payment). No other ways of payment are available.
- Degree requirements:
Applicants for the LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law program must have completed their undergraduate studies in law before enrolling to the program. A law degree will be considered as adequate if - in a given country - it presents sufficient academic requirements for taking the Bar exam. Candidates with a degree in political science or international relations may also apply for admission
Required documents for online application:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of passport containing the applicant's ID photo
- Proof of English proficiency
- Certified English version of full transcripts
- Certified English version of diploma(s), or official documentation indicating the expected date of graduation
- Two academic referees / One academic and one professional referee if the candidate has more than three years of work experience (email addresses directly uploaded to online application system)
- A 1500-word essay on the topic below specified by the respective programs:
- "Describe and discuss a recent problem or challenge relating to separation of powers and checks and balances in your country in 300 to 500 words. In the rest of the essay, please reflect on this problem from a comparative constitutional perspective by explaining its origins, how similar issues emerge in other countries, and how such problems are resolved in national constitutions or constitutional case law. The essay should not exceed 1500 words in total (excluding footnotes)."
NOTE: Late submission of required documents is not possible, and incomplete applications may lead to early stage rejection.
The Legal Studies admissions examination is composed of the following:
- Review of application packages
- Telephone/Skype interview offered to selected applicants on the basis of their application package
Candidates applying to the Comparative Constitutional Law Program should be familiar with the Constitution of the United States, and with the public law system of their country of residence and may find it useful to read Limiting Government by András Sajó, Central European University Press, 1999.
The Department of Legal Studies reserves the right to check the originality of all submissions.
Programme Structure (55.92 ECTS/24 CEU credits)
Constitutional problems at the time of transition to democracy and constitutional design have been explored in the programme ever since its foundation. The shift in the curriculum towards issues concerning the development and strengthening of good government in a globalised world reflects CEU's commitment to the broader international context in which contemporary constitutional systems operate. The core curriculum centres on fundamental issues in comparative government and constitutional rights protection in leading and emerging democracies around the world. Since its establishment the curriculum of the programme has examined the legal traditions of both civil law (continental) and common law systems.
Courses: A complete list of the programme's courses, as well as information regarding each course, can be found on CEU's website.
Career Prospects: Over the years the Comparative Constitutional Law Program has educated many high-ranking civil servants, successful NGO and IGO professionals and academics. We are proud that our academic community is chosen by many visiting and exchange students predominantly from North America and all parts of Europe. With their diverse background, rich academic and professional experience they contribute greatly to the success of our educational mission.
Programme Chair: Renáta Uitz
Mailing address: Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Nador u. 9. H-1051 Budapest, Hungary
Find more about the admission to this master here.