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Master
European Private Law (LLM)
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Study programme

The study programme European Private Law combines a coherent set of core courses on topics at the heart of Europeanization and internationalization, with a broad range of elective courses on subjects of high economic and societal relevance.

Programme structure

The central aim of the track European Private Law is to educate a new generation of internationally oriented private lawyers with a broad, deep and critical understanding of the on-going Europeanisation and globalisation of private law and its dynamics. The programme consists of four compulsory courses: Private Law in a European and International Context (6 EC), European Contract Law (6 EC), European Private Law in Practice (3 EC) and the Research Training Seminar in European Private Law (3 EC).

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Private Law in a European and International Context
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    6
  • Research Training Seminar in European Private Law
    1—2
    3
  • European Contract Law
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    6
  • European Private Law in Practice
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    3
  • Restricted-choice electives
    1—2
    4—5
    30
  • Restricted-choice electives: other elective courses
    1—6
  • Free-choice electives: Extracurricular
    1—2
  • Master's thesis
    1—6
    12
UvA Course Catalogue: European Private Law
  • Compulsory courses (18 EC)
  • Restricted-choice electives (30 EC)

    You must choose courses from the list below with a total value of 24 EC. You can replace a mandatory elective course with a course chosen from the list Mandatory electives: other elective courses. You may, for a maximum of 6 EC and after approval of the Examinations Board, also choose other university law courses, provided that these courses are related to the Master’s programme and do not overlap with the compulsory courses of the programme.

    • Comparative Law (6 EC)
    • Consumer Rights in the Digital Single Market (6 EC)
    • Human Rights in Private Law (6 EC)
    • EU Private International Law (6 EC)
    • European Company Law (6 EC)
    • Foundations of EU Competition Law (6 EC)
    • European Tort Law (6 EC)
    • Finance, Security and Insolvency (6 EC) (ALP course)
    • Making markets beyond the state: between private law and international economic law (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Restricted-choice electives: other elective courses (0 EC)

    You can replace a mandatory elective course with the course Amsterdam Law Clinics. You may, for a maximum of 6 EC and after approval of the Examinations Board, also choose other university law courses, provided that these courses are related to the Master’s programme and do not overlap with the compulsory courses of the programme.

    • Amsterdam Law Clinics (6 EC) (ALP course)
    • International Commercial Arbitration (6 EC)
    • Justice Entrepreneurship (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Experiential education: the Amsterdam Law Practice

    You can choose from different skills courses that are part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, our unique, award winning experiential education. A contemporary way of learning, in which reflection on your own experiences and the development of a professional identity are central. The education programme received for this a Dutch Higher Education Award 2022 for innovative higher education.

    The following compulsory or restricted-choice elective courses are part of the Amsterdam Law Practice:

    • Amsterdam Law Clinics (6 EC)
    • European Private Law in Practice (3 EC)
    • Finance, Security and Insolvency (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Free-choice electives: Extracurricular (0 EC)

    The 6 EC for Legal English do not count for the 60 mandatory EC's of this master, but are extracurricular.

    • Legal English (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Master’s thesis (12 EC)

    The Master’s degree programme is concluded by writing a Master’s thesis.

The information on this website is valid for the current academic year and may change for next year. In May the Course Catalogue is updated for the following academic year.

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Part-time

It is also possible to follow the Master's programme European Private Law on a part-time basis; the programme then lasts two years. Most courses, however, are not offered in the evening. For more information, please contact the Education Desk via (020) 525 3440.

Master’s degree European Private Law

The quality of this Master's programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in European Private Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM).

Civiel effect

European Private Law graduates qualify for admission to the Dutch bar (“civiel effect”) if they have completed a Bachelor’s programme in Dutch law.

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