The Academic Excellence Track is worth 18 ECTS. The curriculum comprises of the course Law as a Change Maker (6 ECTS), a substantial research internship (9 ECTS) and a topped-up Master’s thesis (+3 ECTS).
Law as a change maker, 2nd semester, period 2
In this course you will be acquainted with different approaches and methods used in legal research to critically reflect on the questions how law produces change.
Research internship (part-time), 3 months, 2nd semester
You will contribute to a research project at the Amsterdam Law School under the supervision of an experienced researcher.
- The N-EXTLAW will explore how law could contribute and foster the uptake of non-extractive economic practices
- The Financing in Networks project focuses on public financing of societal projects in the Netherlands
- The Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab looks at the legal and policy implications of technology decentralization
* These projects are examples. AcET research internships will involve many more ongoing research projects.
Extended Master’s thesis
While writing your Master’s thesis, you can receive extra credits for accomplishing a higher methodological and analytical complexity in your thesis research.
The programme is a good addition to your cv, even if you already know you want to work in practice.Amber, student Constitutional and Administrative Law Read the interview with Amber
Please consult the UvA Course Catalogue for more details about the Academic Excellence Track.
The Honours Master’s Academic Excellence Track is supplementary to the Master’s programme you are enrolled in. Graduating from the Honours programme will be recognized on your diploma supplement. ECTS earned during this programma will be listed on your transcripts.
Graduating from the Honours programme will testify to your academic and professional excellency. AcET will prepare you for a career in academic research, policy making or strategic advice where advanced research skills will be an asset. The programme will also equip you with the skills required to meet the high demands of working in ministries, courts, national and intergovernmental organizations and top law firms.
Where can you work?
Are you a policy maker or a policy taker? AcET is an ideal programme for students who aspire to careers as researchers inside and outside a university, strategists of the public interest and leading lawyers at national and international levels:
- Become a PhD candidate at a university in the Netherlands or abroad;
- Make European Union public policy, e.g. as a staff member of the European Commission;
- Provide strategic advice as a top lawyer at national and international levels;
- Contribute to public interest work and research in the public sector or international organizations.
Being pushed to think laterally and outside of the box and to question why things are the way they are was such a unique experienceTom, student European Competition Law and Regulation Read the interview with Tom
After graduating from the Honours programme you will have acquired:
- the skill to solve complex problems creatively and to critically reflect on such problems and solutions;
- an advanced understanding of theories regarding academic legal research and corresponding research methods;
- the ability to define a problem, to justify a chosen research method and identify its limitations;
- firsthand research experience and the ability to conduct supervised scientific research, individually or in small teams;
- the ability to independently produce a research thesis of excellent academic quality.
Application and admission
The Academic Excellence Track (AcET) is a selective Honours programme. Students with a grade point average (GPA) of 8 and higher will receive an invitation to participate in this programme. Intake to AcET will be capped to approximately 30 students per year.
Complete the steps below to register for the programme.
1. Receive an invitation for the programme (before February 2024)
Eligible students from all LLM programmes will receive an invitation to apply to AcET. Eligibility will be calculated on 29 January 2024 based on a GPA >8 calculated for at least 18 EC worth of coursework.
2. Submit your application
After you’ve received an invitation, submit your application for AcET by 9 February 2024.
3. Wait for the admissions decision
In the event that there are more applications than placements, the Amsterdam Law School will make a selection based on your application and motivation. An interview can also be part of the selection procedure.
If you have questions about the Academic Excellence Track, please contact the director Kristina Irion: email@example.com.