The Department of Legal Studies welcomes applications from individuals with outstanding academic achievements, professional experience, strong recommendations, and English language proficiency. We receive applications from more than 70 countries from all over the globe, and enroll 65-70 LL.M. and M.A. students, and 7 Doctoral students annually on our programs.

Dates and Deadlines

The Department of Legal Studies is following the general CEU admission scheme; therefore the deadlines are listed on the main CEU admissions website.

Application deadlines:

February 4, 2016 - Application deadline for PhD and SJD applications; deadline for Master’s applicants applying for CEU Scholarships and Tuition Awards, and/or for applicants who wish to take CEU-administered institutional TOEFL.

May 3, 2016 - Application deadline for self-financing applicants to CEU Master’s programs. All applications submitted by this deadline must be complete with applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

Other key admission dates:

March 10, 2016 - Deadline for applicants to submit individual language test scores to the Admissions Office.

April 1, 2016 - Decisions on financial aid distribution for Master’s applicants are entered into the Embark system. Candidates who opted for the CEU-administered TOEFL are accepted conditionally pending their institutional TOEFL result. Admissions Office starts sending out formal offers to accepted Master’s, PhD and SJD students.

April 2, 2016 - CEU-sponsored TOEFL administered at CEU test centers.

Embark guidelines

Applications must be submitted through the Embark online application system.

Admission requirements

All applicants must fulfill the general requirements of CEU.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other substitute tests listed at the language requirements section of the CEU website.

In addition to meeting the general CEU requirements, applicants must fulfill the program-specific conditions (including the structure of testing) listed under the respective degrees below:

LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law

M.A. in Human Rights

LL.M.  in Human Rights

LL.M. in International Business Law

S.J.D. in Comparative Constitutional Law

S.J.D. in International Business Law

PhD in Political Science – Human Rights Minor



Tuition and Financial Aid

CEU has been committed to supporting talented students and enabling them to experience the unique benefits of its programs regardless of their ability to pay. Financial support ranges from partial tuition waivers to full fellowships covering accommodation and living expenses. Financial packages are awarded on the basis of merits.

Financial aid

Tuition and Fees

Admitted students

Admitted students are encouraged to consult CEU’s online orientation for information on relocation, living cost, accommodation, visa/residence documents, health insurance, etc.

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