The LL.M in International Business Law sets itself apart from others with its global vision of the legal framework and because of its orientation towards day-to-day situations. In line with this practical philosophy, it offers students everything from professional experiences in prestigious firms to the chance to give legal advice to a startup.
Last November, eighteen students on the Master’s program travelled to Brussels. There, they made good use of their time: on the first day they visited the European Commission, where they were told about its structure, the process for proposing new legislation and its role in matters such as anti-trust, liberalization and state subsidies. They later visited other organizations and law firms in Brussels: Garrigues, Crowell & Moring, White & Case, Uría Menendez… They used these opportunities to fill their “legal appetite”, getting information about practical cases and discovering the importance of the lobbies. “Given that 60% of member states’ legislation comes from the EU, it is interesting in inquire into the role of the city’s lobbies”, explained Rob Dudley, Head of International Programs.
They also visited the European Parliament and the International Trademark Association, which promotes fair and effective commerce. Their last stops were Hill & Knowlton Strategies and the Brussels offices of The Law Society of England & Wales.
The group returned with a broader understanding and a long list of matters to debate and reflect on.