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European Private Law (LLM)

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Many important private law questions no longer stop at national and disciplinary borders. Lawyers, national and EU institutions, international corporations, NGOs and academia are confronted with rules of European and international origin. Do you look beyond the letter of the law? With this LLM you challenge yourself to become the best private lawyer you can be.

What is this programme about?

Students and lecturers explain what you can expect from the international Master's European Private Law and what your career opportunities are after graduation. Students also talk about why they chose to study at the University of Amsterdam and what they like about the programme.

The study programme

Today, many important private law questions no longer stop at national and disciplinary borders. Lawyers – working in legal practice – national and EU institutions, international corporations, NGOs and academia are increasingly confronted with rules and doctrines of European and international origin.

All students take part in the compulsory courses: Private Law in a European and International Context, European Contract Law and the module European Private Law in Practice and the special MA thesis programme. For the 30 EC electives you can pick the courses of your choice. At least one course in your curriculum is part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, our unique, award winning experiential education programme. A contemporary way of learning, in which you learn by doing and develop your professional identity by reflecting on who you are as a legal professional. The Amsterdam Law Practice received a Higher Education Award in 2022.

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This Master’s offers the chance to acquire the knowledge that makes you a truly European lawyer. Johannes, graduate 2016-2017 Meet our students and lecturers

Is this programme for you?

  • You would like insights and knowledge about private law issues in a rapidly changing world.
  • You aspire a thorough understanding of the European and international aspects of private law, and of the economic, social and political forces driving its Europeanisation and globalisation.
  • You are keen to challenge yourself and broaden your horizon as a part of an international classroom.
Unique combination

Unique combination of black-letter law and critical/theoretical approaches

Small sized international classroom

An excellent opportunity to engage in interesting legal debates

Interactive learning with the European Private Law in Practice

An intensive module as part of the experiential learning programme of the Amsterdam Law Practice

Teaching by experts

Our lecturers are internationally renowned experts conducting innovative research at the frontiers of private law and its critique

After graduation

Thanks to its ‘in context’ approach, European Private Law forms flexible, critical, problem-driven and curious lawyers. They can easily adapt to different kinds of practices and functions in the private and public sector. For Dutch students with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) that qualifies for the requirements of the 'civiel effect’ from a Dutch university, completion of the Master’s programme in European Private Law fulfils the requirements for ‘civiel effect’. For more questions about civiel effect you can contact our study advisors.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme LLM European Private Law
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60412
Location Roeterseiland campus