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The first and second terms comprise introductory courses as well as core courses on the major topics in the economic analysis of law. In the third term, students take specialized courses and write their master thesis.

The program includes three kinds of courses:

- Economics Courses: In order to make law students more familiar with basic economic reasoning, some courses are more economics-oriented.

- Comparative Law Courses: Some courses deal with comparative law in order to internationalise the legal background of the students. Please note that all references to law in all courses will be of a comparative kind, due to the all-European character of the programme and the international composition of the student body.

- Law and Economics Courses: Most courses deal directly with the economic analysis of the most important branches of private, public, international and European law. The students will be confronted with examples of their native and foreign systems.


The EMLE is a full time programme and we discourage taking a side job, since you have to be available for classes during the week. Class attendance is obligatory (apart from the introduction to law and to micro lectures), except in case of absence for documented medical reasons, mutually agreed absences or other exceptional circumstances.

In the first term, all courses have the same contents at all participating universities, although the composition and structure of the materials used in the courses vary slightly. This makes it possible to freely choose a second term university.

All courses are taught in English. The thesis has to be written in either English or the third term local language, provided that the latter is not the student's mother tongue.

Please refer to:


- First Term Courses
- Second Term Courses
- Third Term Courses


for an overview of the topics offered this academic year.

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Students Voices

joseph pollack

"The opportunities afforded to me by the EMLE program were absolutely wonderful. The dual academic approaches of economic analysis and the legal reasoning means that you come out with policy and strategic understanding. The knowledge received by the EMLE program is encyclopaedic yet somehow profound enough to open many doors, professionally, and academically. I find myself better prepared than most to pursue my research here in Paris."

Joseph Pollack
(United States of America)

[EMLE Student 2011/2012]