Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico in Giurisprudenza

Berkeley Law

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The programme offers students enrolled in the third year of Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico in Giurisprudenza the possibility of obtaining a double degree at its completion:

  • Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico in Giurisprudenza from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Master of Laws (LLM) from Berkeley University

The programme covers five years of study at Università Cattolica, with two summer terms at Berkeley Law, from May 2024.

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All applicants must have one of these certificates, passed no more than 2 years before the closing date of this call:

  • IELTS Academic, overall score 7
  • TOEFL internet-based, overall score 100

The minimum weighted average must be 24/30.

The academic structure of the programme fulfills all the requirements for an LLM at Berkeley Law, including admissibility to the California State Bar Exam.

Students can sit the California State Bar Exam only after graduating from Cattolica. Read more information on the California Bar Exam.

View the courses offered by Berkeley Law.

All accepted students will be able to determine their specific study plan with both institutions. You  will have to be enrolled in a total of 24 units across the two summers (minimum 10 units per summer term).
Students interested in taking part to the Double Degree Programme should organise their study plan in Cattolica accordingly. 

You must have a Bachelor’s degree before you can be awarded a LL.M qualification from Berkeley. 
Students on a single-cycle Master’s degree programme can get their Bachelor’s degree in Servizi Giuridici as follows: 

  • Do not renew enrolment for the 2023-2024 academic year in September 2023 for the 4th year of the Single-cycle Master’s Degree programme; 
  • You will have access to all the 2023-2024 academic year examination sessions so that you can accumulate all the credits necessary to graduate in Servizi Giuridici by the end of the April 2024 session. In particular, you must pass the following specific exams for your undergraduate study path:
    • Legal IT examination (esame di IT giuridica)
    • Final examination (prova finale)

In order to be able to graduate with your Bachelor’s degree by the end of April 2024, in September 2023 you must have no more than 3 outstanding exams, plus the preparation of your thesis to be done.
If your situation differs from this it will be evaluated by the relevant offices. 

When you have undertaken your final examination and been awarded your Bachelor’s degree, you must then apply to enrol again on the single-cycle Master’s degree programme for the 2023-2024 academic year, asking to be admitted directly to the 4th year. 
Total costs for the undergraduate degree year (2023/24) must be settled in a single payment at the end of the academic year.

You may then depart to undertake the first session of the Summer LL.M programme and take the 4th year Single-cycle Master’s Degree programme exams when you return at the end of August 2024. 
Before starting the second session of the Summer LL.M programme (May 2025), students must have completed all the courses of the 4th year Cattolica study plan.

The final thesis will be prepared and discussed at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in accordance with the rules set by the Faculty Board.
Selected students can contact the Cattolica Professor under whose supervision they intend to write the final thesis.

The fee for the Master’s programme at Berkeley University for the academic year 2023/24 is $69,857. This cost may be subject to change for the next academic year, based on Berkeley internal financial adjustments. Find here more information.

Cattolica students will benefit of a $10,000 scholarship. 

Upon official acceptance from Berkeley, all students will have to pay a programme fee of €950 to Cattolica International. This fee will include administrative and application fees and the student safety package and insurance.

Cattolica International will award scholarships of €1,200 to eligible candidates, while funds are available. 

All students will be responsible for the costs of their stay abroad (travel, room and board, costs of academic material, health insurance and visa issuance fees).
Selected students must also be officially enrolled at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore during their time at Berkeley University (respecting all university set deadlines for fees, study plans, graduation scheduling requests etc).

Thanks to a partnership between Istituto Toniolo and BPER Banca, students can apply for a student loan. Read more

All students participating in an official Cattolica International programme must accept the “Student Safety Package” provisions by downloading the “Safety Check Students” app for the geolocation and instant messaging features to be used exclusively in the event of an emergency. The “Student Safety Package” also includes health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the programme.


Cattolica International
Tel. 02 7234 5252

School of Law
Professor Antonio Albanese (@:
Professor Pietro Franzina (@:

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