Please note that there is one application round for our 5 LLMs: the application period is between mid-October to mid-January each year for commencement the following autumn semester. Next application round will open in October 2021.

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All prospective students, regardless of their country of origin, must apply via the national Swedish application system website called University Admissions. Applications take place in 4 steps:

  1. Find your programme
  2. Check that you meet the entry requirements
  3. Apply online
  4. Document your eligibility


The Department of Law at Stockholm University offers five LLMs, all with English as the language of instruction. You can select several programmes and rank them in your application later.


In order to be eligible, you have to fulfil the following entry requirements for LLM studies for your chosen programme.

1. You must have been awarded a Bachelor's degree in Law from an internationally recognised university or hold an equivalent degree (with a minimum of 180ECTS in law) which entitles you to practice law in your home country (i.e. become a member of your national bar association).

If you do not yet hold the required law degree to meet the general entry requirement but are registered on the last year of a programme leading to such a degree, you can still apply. See Step 4 below.

2. In your application, you must also provide supporting documents for your proficiency in English. Read more about how to fulfil the English requirement on the University Admissions web page.

3. In addition to the requirements above, each of our LLMs has a specific entry requirement:

  • EEL: One course in EU law of at least 7,5 ECTS (or gained equivalent knowledge)
  • EIPL: One course in intellectual property law of at least 7,5 ECTS (or gained equivalent knowledge)
  • EL: One course in environmental law of at least 6 ECTS (or gained equivalent knowledge)
  • ICAL: One course in procedural law of at least 7,5 ECTS (or gained equivalent knowledge)
  • IL: One course in public international law of at least 6 ECTS (or gained equivalent knowledge)


Online applications are made solely via University Admissions. You should only create one account with University Admission and use this account for all applications to Swedish universities that you may submit. When your application has been received, you will get a confirmation e-mail and an application number. 

Note that all supporting documents must be uploaded through your account at University Admission and not to Stockholm University.


In order to document your eligibility, you must provide University Admissions with copies of

Your previous study information (LLB diploma and transcript of record),

A document supporting your English proficiency and all the other entrance requirements specified for the LLM of your choice.

If you do not yet hold the required law degree to meet the general entry requirement but are registered on the last year of a programme leading to such a degree, Stockholm University allows a conditional admission if you can provide:

  • Provide a transcript for all completed semesters to date
  • A Statement of Enrollment, or an official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the programme. The document has to be issued through and certified by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, The Examinations Office or equivalent. Certification from other staff members, such as faculty or college staff members, will not be accepted. See more below on conditionally admitted students.

Note that all supporting documents must be uploaded through your account at University Admissions and not to Stockholm University. Please know that we at the Department of Law cannot look at any documents before an applicant has applied and uploaded all supporting documents through University Admissions.

It is very important that you carefully read all the information from University Admissions about what you need to submit, and how your documents must be submitted.

IMPORTANT –Translation Requirements

Applicants may have to provide an official translation of certain documents they must submit. Be sure to check what specifically applies to your country, in the “Translation requirements” section.


In addition to the documents mentioned in Step 4, applicants must also submit the following supporting documents in English:

  • a CV
  • two letters of recommendation (e.g. from academics, employers, internships providers etc, make sure to include contact information and preferrably these should be written on paper with an official letter head)
  • a personal statement where you motivate your interest in a specific programme (at least one A4 page but no more than 2). Make sure to mention how you fulfil the programmes specific entry requirement if this is not clearly stated in your transcripts of records.

Note that all supporting documents must be uploaded through your account at University Admission and not to Stockholm University.


Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of a weighted assessment of grades from earlier legal studies, relevant extra-curricular/professional experiences, one personal statement and two letters of recommendation (see above). Typically, grades from legal studies and extra-curricular/professional experiences carry most weight. If applicants have similar academic qualifications, the statement of purpose will be of key importance. Strong letters of recommendations can also become decisive on occasion.

After the application deadline in January, students will receive a notification of selection results in early April.

Admitted students can either be unconditionally admitted or conditionally admitted. If your notification of selection results indicates that you are "conditionally admitted", there is something left for you to do in order to be officially admitted. You could be in one or both of the situations below. 

Applicants in their final year of bachelor’s studies

If you have been conditionally admitted because you are in the final year of your bachelor’s degree, you are offered a place on the programme on condition that you have completed your degree by the time the programme starts, and can produce the appropriate documents to prove it, namely certified copies of your degree certificate and transcripts from the last semesters. If you are not able to do so, your admission will be withdrawn.

Conditionally admitted students will receive more information about this from the Offce of International Affairs in due time.

Fee-paying students

Applicants who are required to pay tuition fees will be listed as “conditionally admitted” on their notification of selection results.

For detailed information about invoice, payment deadlines, possible exemptions, rules and regulations, please see Stockholm University’s page on fees.

Please note that we at the Department of Law do not administrate tuition fees. This is done centrally at the university.

Waiting List

Students who qualify for a programme but have a merit rating lower than the students who have been admitted, will be placed on a waiting list. The chances of being offered a place depend on several factors:

  • How many admitted students choose not to accept their seat in the programme. Students on the waiting list are only offered a seat when an admitted student chooses not to accept their offer. This can vary from year to year.
  • Your waiting list number. Please note that, considering the popularity of different programmes, being number 1 on the waiting list does not necessarily mean that you will be offered a place.


Applicants who are citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees. The application fee for students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland applying to study at higher education institutions in Sweden is set at SEK 900. The tuition fee per academic year for studies within the Humanities/Social Sciences/Law is SEK 90,000.

There are some exceptions to this general rule and list of exemption criteria is available on University Admissions’ page on this matter.

More details about tuition fees can be found on Stockholm University’s page on fees and scholarships.


Scholarships at Stockholm University

The scholarship scheme at Stockholm University is aimed at especially qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland who are required to pay tuition fees. Please note that priority will be given to students with Stockholm University as their first choice in the national application rounds. Stockholm University scholarships cover tuition fees only, which means that students will still need to cover their own living costs.

Scholarship offered by the Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly qualified students and are awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an autumn semester. The scholarships are intended for full-time master's level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees.

Scholarships for the ICAL programme

Two scholarships are also usually available to specifically study the master programme in International Commercial Arbitration Law (ICAL). These are the Stockholm Arbitration Scholarship for China (SASC) and the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) Scholarship. These scholarships cover the cost of the tuition and are therefore a funding opportunity for students with citizenships outside the EU/EEA. When available, the application round for these scholarship opens in March and closes in April.

Note: If you apply for the ICAL programme, you are allowed to apply for all scholarships above but can only be granted one.


Two scholarships will be on offer for the ICAL programme for the academic year 2021-22:

  • one Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) Scholarship
  • one Stockholm Arbitration Scholarships for China (SASC) Scholarship

The link to the online applications will be automatically sent by email to students admitted to the ICAL programme after the notification of admission results has been sent on 9 April. Please note that only Chinese graduates can apply for the SASC scholarships. The scholarship applications will remain open for one week. More information can be found in the following documents:

SAA Scholarship 2021-2022 (863 Kb)

SASC Scholarship brochure 2021-22 (446 Kb)