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Program Structure

The study plan of the LLM ESBL is highly flexible and you can personalize it in order to meet your specific study interests.

You will attend courses together with students of the 5-year program in Law as well as other 3-year (BSc) and 2-year (MSc) Bocconi programs.

Here below you will find the guidelines to personalize your study plan.

1. Program requirements

Students are required to gain a total of 60 CPU (credit point units).

A limited surplus is allowed depending on the weight in CPU of the chosen courses.

The study plan structure is as follows:

  • two compulsory courses (9 CPUs each): EU law (1st semester) and International law (2nd semester) (note that exceptionally students will be allowed to substitute EU law (9 CPU) with Key Issued in EU law (6 CPU) upon the approval of the LLM Director and the EU law corse coordinator; in this case their compulsory courses will be Key Issues in EU law (1st semester, 6 CPU) and International law (2nd semester, 9 CPU))
  • four multiple choice compulsory courses: a course (or a combination of courses) from each of the four key areas amounting to at least 6 CPU (Digital Law; Foundations of Law; Public and Social Law; Business Law); such 6 credits should be chosen, respectively, from lists n. 1, 2, 3 and 4 (See 2. Lists of courses with respective course requirements);
  • a variable number of electives: seminars and courses (different from those already selected as multiple choice compulsory) to be chosen from the “overall” list (n.5, see 2. Lists of courses with respective course requirements) so that the sum of CPU of compulsory courses + multiple choice compulsory courses + electives is 54 CPU (or slightly more). Seminars range from 1 to 2 CPU, while courses from 6 to 9 CPU:
  • Final work: paper or internship (with report) (6 CPU).

Students may also complete the research track. This track is for students interested in pursuing a PhD who meet the following requirements:

(i) have a postgraduate degree; and

(ii) possess an outstanding profile (final grade of the postgraduate degree must be at least 105 (for Italian degrees), or higher (or equivalent for non-Italian degrees).

Students with a research track profile must:

Take the following elective courses: two first year courses of the PhD in Legal Studies, namely:

      • 40013 Empirical Research for Law (4 CPU)
      • 40041 Law and Economics (4 CPU)

Complete a final work: a research thesis with no oral dissertation; a supervisor must be identified in September as PhD application deadlines are typically in January.

2. Lists of courses with respective course requirements

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3. Individual study plan procedure 

Who and What:

1. Prospective and admitted applicants as well as enrolled students can get an insight of courses that they can attend by consulting the courses’ profiles and class timetable of courses on the website.

Please note that: 

  • Until the end of June, you will find on the website the 2020-21 course profiles. 2021-22 course profiles will be available from the end of June.
  • Until approximately July 20th, you will find on the website the 2020-21 class timetable. 2021-22 class timetable will be available around July 20th.
Courses profiles and class timetables are updated on a yearly basis.

From the opening of applications (25 Feb 2021) to approximately 20 July 2021.

We remind you, here below, the steps of the selection process:

Applications: from 25 Feb 2021 to 16 June 2021  evaluation of all applications will start at the end of the application period

Admission results: within 30 June 2021

Enrolments: within 15 July 2021 (within 30 July 2021 for stand-by list).

2. Enrolled students will draw up their study plan. 

You will be given access to an IT tool to draw up your tentative study plan.

The IT tool allows you to view all 2021-22 courses and their class timetable; for multi-class group courses, the tool allows you to view the timetable of each class group. (Multi-class group courses are courses “replicated” at different hours / days; you can choose the class group that fits at best with your overall schedule).

Please note that the IT tool does not make an automatic check of compliance with the rules stated in “program requirements” and the “lists of courses with respective course requirements”.

Please make sure that you select courses in accordance with the requirements.

During the same period, you will be asked, via an ad hoc procedure, to arrange for a Skype or phone call with the Program Director (or her delegate).

The Program Director will advise you on your personal study plan.

Changes (if any) will have to be entered in the IT tool.

From approximately 20 July 2021 to 6 Aug 2021.

Enrolled students will be given the opportunity to access again the IT tool and make changes. Please, change only if strictly necessary and in a way that is consistent with the requirements and Program Director’s indications.      
From 1 Aug 2021 to 30 Aug 2021.

Shopping period:

For two weeks from the beginning of class activities, in the first semester, enrolled students, having attended the introductory lectures of their selected courses, will be given access to the IT tool again to make further changes.

Any change has to be discussed with the Program Director in advance and only strictly necessary changes will be accepted. These changes must be consistent with the requirements and Program Director’s indications. There is no shopping period in the beginning of the second semester.      

For two weeks from the beginning of class activities (early Sept 2021).

Please note that, at the end of the period, the IT tool will definitively be no longer accessible.


The Program Director (or her delegate) will do a final check of your study plan.
Should your study plan not be consistent with the requirements and Program Director’s instructions, you will be contacted and appropriate measures will be adopted.     
At the end of the shopping period.


Last modified 26/05/2021 - 08:35:46