LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law

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, academically it would allow the applicant to take the bar exam. Non-university practice or traineeship periods for such bar exam shall not be necessaryCandidates with a degree in social sciences (e.g. political science, international relations, etc) may also apply for admission, provided their degrees have had some significant legal element. 

Application requirements

Completed applications must be submitted through online application system (LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law) by the deadline. 

Required documents for online application:

"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 admission procedure 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 are expected to be familiar with the public law system of their own country and may find useful reading any of the following publications:

  • Dixon, R., & Stone, A. (Eds.). (2018). The Invisible Constitution in Comparative Perspective (Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Shaffer, G., Ginsburg, T., & Halliday, T. (Eds.). (2019). Constitution-Making and Transnational Legal Order (Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ginsburg, T., & Huq, A. (Eds.). (2020). From Parchment to Practice: Implementing New Constitutions (Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ginsburg, T. (Ed.). (2012). Comparative Constitutional Design (Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • X Contiades, A Fotiadou (eds), Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change (2020)

The Department of Legal Studies reserves the right to check the originality of all submissions.