Is it worth going to the College of Europe for an EU law LLM?


potemkin

Hi all,
I am considering applying to the CoE but the tuition fee is too high. It is almost as high as an elite London university such as King's College, UCL or LSE. Is it worth going there? I mean no disrespect but it appears more like an institution than a real university. They also have French language requirements, so as far as I understood it is not possible to complete the LLM program there without speaking a little bit of French. Of course this means that one must take French language courses at least for a year before starting the course which would be a significant disadvantage.

Hi all,
I am considering applying to the CoE but the tuition fee is too high. It is almost as high as an elite London university such as King's College, UCL or LSE. Is it worth going there? I mean no disrespect but it appears more like an institution than a real university. They also have French language requirements, so as far as I understood it is not possible to complete the LLM program there without speaking a little bit of French. Of course this means that one must take French language courses at least for a year before starting the course which would be a significant disadvantage.
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Bry

CoE is extremely prestigious. That's where the European political elite goes. 
Depends what you area obviously is, but CoE is a big name.

CoE is extremely prestigious. That's where the European political elite goes.&nbsp;<br>Depends what you area obviously is, but CoE is a big name.
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A3456

CoE offers a good education and perhaps a more specialized one than what would be the case at UK or US law schools (in matters of EU competition, trade, institutional law). But CoE grads don’t have an advantage over UK or US LLM degrees for jobs in the Brussels bubble or even in big law firms.. The days are over when a College degree automatically granted you a job at EU institutions and today many alumni have a hard time finding employment (especially those studying politics and international relations). Basically, a CoE diploma is good and well but no guarantee for anything. 

The biggest selling point is the “College experience” where you basically live together and bond with other students, and take these connections on to your professional career. Honesty you could make connections at any school you attend, and your getting a job is always dependent on your attitude and prior qualifications. A CoE diploma could be an advantage, but if you’re skeptical about it, I’d definitely advise you to keep your options open for UK or US schools as those are more recognized by the average person but also potential employers. 

If you don’t care about having a brand name on your CV, but are looking to learn about EU law, check out other great (but affordable) programs like Amsterdam, Maastricht, Universite libre de bruxelles, vrije universiteit brussel, ..

And depending on what you want to do, speaking French could be a huge advantage. So in this regard it’s not a bad idea to take French lessons and follow courses at university level.

[Edited by A3456 on Feb 26, 2021]

CoE offers a good education and perhaps a more specialized one than what would be the case at UK or US law schools (in matters of EU competition, trade, institutional law). But CoE grads don’t have an advantage over UK or US LLM degrees for jobs in the Brussels bubble or even in big law firms.. The days are over when a College degree automatically granted you a job at EU institutions and today many alumni have a hard time finding employment (especially those studying politics and international relations). Basically, a CoE diploma is good and well but no guarantee for anything.&nbsp;<br><br>The biggest selling point is the “College experience” where you basically live together and bond with other students, and take these connections on to your professional career. Honesty you could make connections at any school you attend, and your getting a job is always dependent on your attitude and prior qualifications. A CoE diploma could be an advantage, but if you’re skeptical about it, I’d definitely advise you to keep your options open for UK or US schools as those are more recognized by the average person but also potential employers.&nbsp;<br><br>If you don’t care about having a brand name on your CV, but are looking to learn about EU law, check out other great (but affordable) programs like Amsterdam, Maastricht, Universite libre de bruxelles, vrije universiteit brussel, ..<br><br>And depending on what you want to do, speaking French could be a huge advantage. So in this regard it’s not a bad idea to take French lessons and follow courses at university level.
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