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LL.M. in Transnational Business Law

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Universidade Portucalense

Department of Law

IJP – Portucalense Institute for Legal Research




The UPT and the IJP are proud to present a new, dynamic and intellectually stimulating program, the LL.M. in Transnational Business Law.

This Programme is the result of the efforts of a young, yet strongly internationally consolidated Faculty, building up from the long experience of the MPhil in Law that has been running at the Law Department of UPT.

Aiming at a global market, the LL.M. is designed to attract globally minded law students who want to continue their legal education in a vibrant and challenging transnational community.

The LL.M. programme last for a year, offering, at completion, 60 ECTS and access to the second year (dissertation year) of UPT MPhil in Law Programme and the soon to be European joint PhD Programme.


The Programme focuses on law in its broader social context. Transnational business law problems and demands show that contemporary business law reality is ever less determined by national borders. The result is that the legal regulation of these issues increasingly occurs on a transnational level. The holistic approach of the programme entails that students encouraged to explore the way in which the law itself shapes international business reality.

Structure of the Programme

The LL.M. in Transnational Business Law is a one year Programme. It includes eight modules, delivered in two semesters.

The first semester includes the modules of Politics and Integration (8 ECTS), International Organizations (8 ECTS), International Trade Law (8 ECTS) and Global Consumer Protection (6 ECTS), covering the basics of the study of Transnational Business Law. The second semester covers specialized studies in key aspects of Transnational Law: Global Governance (8 ECTS), European law remedies (6 ECTS), International liability (8 ECTS) and Global tax planning (8 ECTS).


Students are required to deliver a working paper in each module.

The completion of the first year allows students to enrol in the MPhil programme, to be completed by the submission of an MPhil dissertation (60 ECTS) in an academic year.

Application Materials & Requirements

All LL.M. applicants must have a LLB or equivalent diploma (a first degree in Law from any national Higher Education system). EU certificates are accepted “as is” under EU law. Third countries diplomas are accepted with a legalized copy under the Hague convention. Students willing to continue to the MPhil or PhD track are required to register their first degree under Portuguese law, whenever there is no bilateral or European international agreement determining otherwise.

The UPT International Affairs bureau will assist in the process.

Transcripts, records or diplomas should be delivered in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.

Application Processing Fee


Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of written recommendation in English, or accompanied by a certified English translation, are advisable.

Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a written statement discussing their qualification and intentions for pursuing the graduate degree. The statement must be in English.


A resume is a required component of a completed application. Please attach one to your electronic application.  The resume is not a substitute for the personal statement.


The Programme will enrol 20 students per academic year. The selection process is based in Résumé and Personal Statement analysis. Students who don’t qualify under the required standard for admission may be offered alternative tracks.

Tuition Fees, cost of living and bursary schemes available

The attendance of the Programme requires the payment of an annual Tuition fee of 7500€.

Students moving to Oporto must consider a monthly living expense of, at least, 600 euros (including lodging and meals). Although the UPT has no student’s accommodation, rooms and furnished apartments are easily available in Porto. The International Affairs Bureau ri@upt.pt will be happy to assist the candidates in finding suitable accommodation.

There are several Bursary schemes in place at UPT. Please refer to the International Affairs Bureau ri@upt.pt if you require financial assistance.

Important dates

The Programme runs between the 10 of September 2014 and the 30 of June 2015.

Application to the Programme is open until June 30 2014. The results will be public by July 15 and successful applicants are required to enrol until the end of July 2014.


A significant part of the Faculty duties at UPT are pastoral duties. This means that students don’t have professors: they have tutors and mentors who are there to make their stay at UPT the more enjoyable and fruitful as possible. At the time of arrival, students are appointed a tutor that will assist him/her during the entire process of learning and research at UPT.


IJP researchers and UPT students are encouraged to follow a strict protocol that applies, mutatis mutandis, to individual research, project research and group research. The research protocol requires that research delivers typically three working packages and at least three milestones. Researchers and students are encouraged to produce and submit peer review works out of the milestones, whenever possible and adequate. For UPT or the Consortium degree awards research, milestones are mandatory and subject to assessment

Resident permit@Portugal

Portugal is part of Schengen Area that includes 26 European countries. This means that students having a long term residence permit in Portugal may travel within the Schengen area. This residence permit, together with a travel document, ensures that third counties nationals may apply for a Schengen visa. As non-EU nationals, third countries students can enter any other Schengen State, for a short stay without a visa simply by showing his passport and the Portuguese-issued residence permit. This is NOT the case when studying in Ireland or the United Kingdom, who are not part of the Schengen Area.

Please refer to the International Affairs Bureau ri@upt.pt if you require visa and residence permit assistance.

Tuition fees@UPT

The attendance of the Programme requires the payment of an annual Tuition fee of 7500€.


Studying in Portugal means having contact with top-notch degree programmes and the world’s third most-spoken European language. It is also the linguistic gateway to Africa and Brazil and is a beautiful sunny country. Portugal is a warm and safe place, with vibrant student communities, world class gourmet gastronomy and beverages. Porto is the birth city of the world renowned Port wine and home of magnificent concert hall and spots infrastructures.

The cost of living in Portugal is also attractive: there are special concession to students in transports (50% off), meaning that a monthly ilimited travel card cost about 30 euros. Stop for a smooth expresso may cost as little as 50 euro cents and a burger meal can be bought for less than 5 euros. If you’re in the mood for a romantic gourmet experience with your other half, 40 euros will be enough and 20 euros will take you a long way if you’re in the mood for a night out.


Why study in Porto?

Let global consumers speak for us:

“Porto is exceptional. In more ways than one. Elected Best European Destination 2014 by the european citizens, Porto, the "Cidade Invicta" (unvanquished city) is history, is architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries.

Porto has all the charm of towns which happily cohabit with their river. You can stroll along the River Douro (river of gold) in the Ribeira, fly over it by helicopter or discover Porto ‘s architecture, its amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges by taking a cruise on this majestic river. Porto is also a sea city and in the briefest of time a tram will bring you to Foz do Douro’s gentle beaches face to face with the Atlantic.

Enter the sumptuously cool Palacio da Bolsa, and walk through history with Portuguese adventurers, follow the country’s trade routes and be stunned by the treasures which they brought back. Remarkable buildings such as the Sé Catédral and its terraces offer superb viewpoints over a bustle of markets, grocery stores, bars, restaurants…

Immerse yourself in culture and visit the art-deco style Fundação e Museu de Serralves (Serralves Foundation and Contemporary Art Museum) and its collection of national and international contemporary art. Check their cultural programme of concerts and workshops.

Take a stroll or a jog in the many small and large green spaces or chose to rest a while in one of Porto’s beautiful parks. All this activity will naturally have opened your appetite and you will find yourself hurrying towards places where portuguese cuisine is at its best, a starred restaurant perhaps or the little place round the corner which everyone is talking about, or the old seafood place on the waterfront.

There are many trendy areas with their own unique ambiance of top designer bars and young designers’ shops. It is of course impossible to ignore the region’s world renowned port wine in all its glorious intensely modulating versions, ruby, vintage, white and rosé. To discover their history is to unravel the history of a town open to the outside and open to trade.

Porto knows how to make you feel welcome; very likely it will conquer your heart and leave a long lasting impression. You will find it hard to leave.


Further information@UPT

Please contact:

Fátima Castro Moreira : fcmoreira@upt.pt

Secretary-General of Portucalense Institute for Legal Research

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