In theory, there is no gap between the theory and the practice of public international law. In practice, there is. The LL.M. in International Law at the Graduate Institute is specifically designed to bridge this gap. Founded in 1927, the Graduate Institute is Europe's oldest school of international affairs and, since the time of Hans Kelsen, the Institute's International Law Department has been at the forefront of public international law, in theory and in practice.
The LL.M. in International Law is a one-year postgraduate degree course that provides advanced, comprehensive and practical training in international law. Students in the LL.M. Programme gain exposure to a world-renowned faculty, benefit from being at the heart of international legal affairs in Geneva and share ideas with other participants who come from an array of different legal backgrounds and perspectives.
The Programme allows students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests, while compulsory courses provide a firm grounding in public international law. Small tutorials and intensive courses facilitate a deeper exploration of the most pressing questions in the field with professors and practitioners at the cutting edge of international law.
The LL.M. in International Law is also profoundly committed to developing the transferable skills necessary to succeed in the professional world. To this end, law clinics, workshops on legal writing, presentation skills and career development, as well as a variety of network-building events, provide the best possible springboard from which to launch or advance a career in international law.