Why study law at the UvA?

Studying law at the UvA means examining the discipline from a broad perspective. We see the law as it relates to other branches of knowledge, against a European and international backdrop, and never forget that the law constantly interacts with, and must react to, an ever-changing world. We are known for an idiosyncratic approach, and we challenge you, the student, to pose fundamental questions about the legal system. We demand that you remain alert and in charge of your critical faculties - essential skills for an academic lawyer - but hands-on training is not neglected; with us, you will be a lawyer from day one!

5 reasons to study law at the UvA:

  • Our faculty’s curriculum is renowned for its strong emphasis on international law.
  • The curriculum pays due to the 'metalegal' aspects of the law, approaching it from sociological, economic, historical and/or philosophical perspectives.
  • We have an eye for talent development.
  • Practical orientation: acquire hands-on skills, even as a Bachelor’s student, by taking part in the Amsterdam Law Firm, the UvA’s virtual law firm, in close cooperation with law firms, the courts and the Public Prosecution Service. Every Master's programme offers courses from the Amsterdam Law Practice programme.
  • An attractive urban campus: you will be studying at the modern Roeterseiland campus in the heart of Amsterdam which makes it easy to collaborate with students from other fields of study and benefit from shared facilities. There is a lively cafe and restaurant scene in and around the campus.

What will I be committing to?

The law Bachelor’s is a three-year programme. During this time, you will devote approximately 40 hours per week to your studies. On average, 12 to 15 hours per week are spent in class (lectures and tutorials). The Bachelor's programme is concluded with the presentation of a thesis; upon successful completion, the title Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is awarded. After that you can think about whether you want to pursue a law Master's. To become a lawyer, for example, a law Master's is compulsory. After you are awarded a law Master's, you have the right to bear the title of “meester” (Master of Law).

What do students have to say about their law studies?

What are the job prospects after graduation?

Since the law is such a wide-ranging field, you can pursue various options once you have finished your studies, although this may vary according to your chosen Bachelor’s and or Master’s. Studies indicate that, on the whole, graduates have excellent job prospects. Lawyers are, on average, less frequently unemployed than other university graduates.


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What Bachelor’s programmes does the UvA offer?

  • Law – Be a lawyer from day one (Dutch)
  • Tax Law - Focus on the practical application of tax law (Dutch)
  • PPLE - Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics: a combination of four disciplines in one Bachelor's programme. (English)

Master's programmes

Several LLM programmes are taught in English:

  •  European Private Law
  • Information Law (Research Master's)
  • International Criminal Law (with Columbia Law School, New York)
  • International and European Law
    • track European Competition Law and Regulation
    • track European Union Law
    • track Public International Law
    • track International Trade and Investment Law
  • International Tax Law (Advanced Master's)
  • Public International Law (Research Master's)

Detailed descriptions of all English-taught LLM programmes, as well as application and admission procedures, can be found on the website of the Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam.


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Published by  Faculty of Law

18 July 2018