Católica Global School of Law

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Católica Global School of Law

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Católica Global School of Law (CGSL) offers three LL.M. programmes:

Launched in 2009, Católica Global School of Law is a leading law school in Europe, committed to a distinct way of teaching and learning the law. This transnational centre of legal education and research brings together stellar faculty and students from all around the world in the enchanting city of Lisbon. Católica has gathered a number of resident and visiting professors who are among the world’s best in their fields, giving students access to the finest teachers that they could possibly have.

Católica offers three cutting-edge LL.M. programmes and a Master in Transnational Law, which prepare students to become skilled practitioners in today’s global economy. The quality of the programmes has been consistently recognized by the Financial Times, which selected Católica Global School of Law as one of the most innovative law schools in the world for seven consecutive years.


  • Allgemeines Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Datenschutzrecht
  • Gesellschaftsrecht/Corporate und M&A
  • Informationstechnologie (IT)
  • Internationales Recht
  • Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Litigation und Arbitration
  • Rechtsvergleichung


  • Teilzeit
  • Vollzeit


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Number of professors

Number of students

Per program

Staff-student ratio

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Ranking & Awards

Católica Global School of Law featured by the Financial Times 

CGSL consolidated its position among the world’s most innovative LL.M.

We are proud to inform that, for several years in a row and while the ranking was active , the Financial Times featured Católica Global School of Law as one of the world’s most innovative law school, referring to it as an absolute pioneer in teaching and research of transnational law.

Católica Global School of Law’s LL.M. (Master of Laws) was included for several years in a row among a select group that included only 15 schools in continental Europe. In the article “International Law: legal studies in a globalized era”, the Financial Times features Católica Global School of Law, whose mission is to develop the teaching and research of the transnational dimensions of law.

With 10 years of existence, Católica Global School of Law was the first global law school in Europe and has been developing a strategy of training professionals for sophisticated, international legal practice. Its foundation is the idea that the lawyer of the future will be a cosmopolitan rather than a domestic lawyer. It is seen internationally as one of the institutions that contribute the most to innovation in legal teaching and it is developing partnerships with the world’s leading faculties (e.g. the double-degree with King’s College London).

The Advanced LL.M. in International Business Law is in its 13th edition (1st edition in 2006-2007). It is aimed at lawyers and other legal professionals with a number of years’ experience. It provides access to the advanced training necessary for anyone who intends to advise large multinational companies and financial institutions, whether as in-house lawyers or as lawyers in leading firms.

The LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context is in its 10th edition (1st edition in 2009-2010). It is coordinated by Joseph Weiler (NYU) and Miguel Poiares Maduro (European University Institute, Florence) and is aimed at young lawyers with great potential who want to broaden their legal horizons by accessing European and transnational perspectives on different areas of the law.

Renowned professors

Alain-Laurent Verbeke
(Universities of leuveb, Tillburg and Harvard)

Jan Dalhuisen
(King’s College London, UC Berkeley)

Joseph H.H. Weiler
(New York University, National University of Singapore)

Mattias Kumm
(New York University, WZB Berlin)

Mitchell Lasser
(Cornell university)

Mihael Jeklic
(King’s College London)


Program types

Full time

Part time

Degree to be obtained


  • Law Schools Global League (LSGL)
  • European Law Students Association (ELSA)
  • Several Worldwide Law Schools

Student profile

We seek highly motivated students with a strong academic background and professional experience (for the advanced LL.M. applicants).Candidates are subject to a highly competitive selection process. In addition, students are subject to a demanding evaluation system throughout the duration of the LL.M. programmes, featuring written exams and take home essays.

Our younger students graduated with honours and the advanced students are typically experienced lawyers from well-known law firms with an average age of 28.

Students attending the LL.M. programmes in the past have come from around the world, including countries such as Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Mozambique, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United States of America, and Venezuela. Such diversity not only provides an opportunity for our students to develop their legal and academic careers, but gives them the opportunity to share experiences and build upon their personal relationships.

Classes have typically around 20 – 30 students, so that everyone may have the opportunity to share experiences, exchange best practices and increase personal and professional relationships.

Semesters and Semester

The course has a 12 months duration, divided in three trimesters with two breaks during Christmas and Easter.

Kosten und Finanzierung

Tuition fees (€)

Cost of living

The following information was based on inquiries to International students who studied at Católica. Different people have different needs and different life styles therefore our intention is simply to provide a basis for you to work on when organizing your stay.

  • Meals: 400€ - 600€ / month
  • Renting a room: 350€ - 750€ / month
  • Renting an apartment: 800€ - 1200€ / month
  • Monthly ticket for public transportation: 37€
  • Coffee: 0,60€

Grants & scholarship

Scholarships may be granted to a limited number of students on the basis of merit.

To apply, please chose the scholarship of your choice, listed in the application process, describing your particular circumstances. The scholarships available for 2019/2020 are the following:

Católica Scholarships
Half tuition waiver – two grants for applicants from both Brazil and China

ELSA Scholarship
Católica Global School of Law is providing a full scholarship for one ELSA member. The application is to be submitted to Católica Global School of Law directly.
In addition to the LL.M. application, you have to submit a Motivation Letter to ELSA International explaining why you are the right applicant for the scholarship. The motivation letter has to be maximum 1000 words long and submitted via email.


Application deadline

Ongoing Applications, no deadlines.

Admission Requirement

All LL.M. candidates must hold a first degree in Law. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong academic record. Proficiency in the English language is necessary. You may submit your application at any time, and it must be completed with all required documentation.

How to apply

The Application must be done online:

Applicants should submit the following documents:

Motivation letter

Two letters of recommendation (in English or in Portuguese)

Official transcripts from schools attended (in English or in Portuguese);

Curriculum Vitae (in English) with dates and lengths of employment (maximum two pages long)

Official letter of dispatch for students sponsored by corporations or other organizations

Official TOEFL / IELTS score report, or certificate. (The minimum TOEFL score required is 100 on the internet-based test (IBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT); The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0 on a 9 point scale (overall score) - Applicants with excellent qualifications and lower scores may be considered.

Copy of Identity Card or Passport

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Student facts

About 50% of the students are International students.

International students

  • Brazil
  • Poland
  • China
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Greece

Ratio female/male students

58 : 42

Average age