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Application & admission

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

Have you suffered a study delay in your current Bachelor’s programme over the past year? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2021.

Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Application deadline

    • Application deadline for applicants with a Dutch academic legal background and without a need for a visa or UvA housing: 1 June
    • Application deadline for all other applicants: 1 March

    Please note that selected students still need to pass a Mathematics test. When you apply close to the deadline you will have less time to prepare for this test than when you apply at least two weeks before the deadline.

    If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, the application deadline is 15 January. Please bare in mind that we need all documentation before this deadline.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master in Law & Finance is a selective programme, open to a limited number of motivated, ambitious students. A selection procedure applies whereby each application for admission is evaluated by the programme’s Selection Committee, which includes the Programme Director who makes the final decision for each admission.

    Admission to the Master’s programme is determined based on 3 aspects:

    1. Academic legal background
    2. English language proficiency
    3. Mathematics test

    1. Academic legal background

    The Master in Law & Finance is aimed at Dutch and foreign students with an LLB or another academic degree with a substantial law component (at least 60 EC). An example of a Bachelor’s programme with a substantial law component is the UvA interdisciplinary Bachelor’s in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) provided the PPLE Law major is included.

    Pursuant to the Convenant inzake het civiel effect, graduates who have completed this Master’s in addition to a full Bachelor’s degree in Dutch Law, qualify for admission to the Dutch bar and judiciary (the so-called ‘civiel effect’ of the Master).

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Law from a university in applied sciences (Dutch: HBO-Rechten, CROHO code 39205) followed by the Dutch-language Pre-Master’s programme at the Open University also qualify for admission to the Dutch bar and judiciary (the so-called ‘civiel effect’ of the Master) and may therefore also apply for the Master’s programme Law & Finance.

    2. English language proficiency

    In an international environment, sufficient mastery of the English language is critical for academic success. International students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. Dutch students who received their prior education in the Netherlands are exempted from this test.

    3. Mathematics Test

    In case of a positive evaluation of your sent application documents, we will send you an invitation to do the mathematics entrance test.

    In view of the integrated approach taken by this Master's programme, both legal and economic, students must have a sufficient level of mathematical ability; a basic mathematics test is therefore part of the admissions procedure. Applicants will be directed to refresher courses and suitable materials with which to prepare for the test.

    The test focuses on proficiency in algebra, at the level of Algebra I at the Khan Academy (see here). Besides, the test includes simple exercises in statistics and probability theory.

    More specifically, the test will focus on the following mathematical abilities:

    • Solving linear equations and inequalities with a single variable;
    • Solving and analysing quadratic functions;
    • Solving absolute value equations;
    • Adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomial expressions;
    • Calculating descriptive statistics such as arithmetic mean and variance;
    • Solving simple exercises in probability theory.

    Candidates are encouraged to make use of the website of the Khan Academy to prepare for the test. We will inform you about how and when to take the test after you have submitted your application and after positive evaluation of your application.

    To prepare for the test, please check the files (.PDF) below.

    Please note that selected students still need to pass a Mathematics test. When you apply close to the deadline you will have less time to prepare for this test than when you apply at least two weeks before the deadline.


    Candidates may be selected on the basis of a combination of the following criteria:

    1. interest in finance;
    2. aptitude for financial and quantitative methods (as shown for instance by their score on the Math Test that is part of the admissions procedure);
    3. motivation to take part in this specific Master’s programme;
    4. English proficiency;
    5. background as shown in their CV;
    6. grades obtained in their LLB or another academic programme as indicated above;
    7. level of the attended university;
    8. passing of the required online Math Test after having been selected;
    9. positive evaluation of a phone interview: A short phone/video call interview may be part of the selection process.


    In order to apply you need to meet the following entry requirements:

    1. You must have an educational background in the Law (at least 60 EC);
    2. You must send in a complete application file with all requested documents;
    3. You must demonstrate proficiency in English;
    4. You must Demonstrate basic mathematics proficiency (we provide an online test) (Note that we invite you for the mathematics test, only in case of a positive evaluation of entry requirements 1 to 3.


    Check here what a complete application file consists of.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Once you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email within 24 hours from Studielink with a link to the UvA online application system, which is where you submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.

    You should receive the instruction email within 2 working days after registering in Studielink. This email includes a link to our online application form.

    Application documents

    A complete application file consists of:

    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Certified copy of university transcripts including grades
    3. Certified copy of university diploma (if it has already been obtained)
    4. English language proficiency test results (if the test has already been taken – this is preferred) with a passing mark.
    5. Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
    6. If applicable, preferably also certified copy/copies of diploma(s) of possible other followed programmes after secondary education.
    7. If applicable, certified copy/copies of (the) grade transcript(s) of possible other followed programmes after secondary education.
    8. Possible other documents which the applicant believes may increase his/her chances of being selected.
  • 6. Wait for the admissions decision

    After submitting your application, your application will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the Master's programme Law & Finance, will be presented to the Selection Committee. The Committee will then decide on admission. You will be notified about the decision within 6 weeks after completion of all entry admission requirements. 

    Please note that the processing of application files may be delayed due to the current Coronavirus outbreak. However, UvA is doing its utmost to continue to process all files as carefully and quickly as possible.

  • 7. Accept/decline offer


    If you get selected for this programme, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by email. We request that you accept or decline within ten working days.


    If you decline acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    Certified documents

    If you have been selected for our Master's programme , this means that we need to verify your prior academic credentials. You will need to send certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Note that you need to send these documents by post. Photocopies or scans of original, certified documents are not accepted.

    If you are required to submit documentation, please send it to:

    Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
    P.O. Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Or, if sent by registered post:

    Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    If you have completed a legal Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands, we can verify your prior academic credentials based on the records provided by DUO. If that is the case, you do not need to send certified copies of degree certificates or transcripts.

  • 10. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal document which serves as proof of identity for examinations and library privileges. You will receive instructions explaining how to request your student ID card. 

  • 11. Course planning

    Course registration

    After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the Master in Law & Finance programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will automatically be enrolled for all of the Master in Law & Finance programme’s courses.

    Academic calendar

    The academic year is divided into 2 semesters of 20 weeks each. Semester 1 classes begin on Monday, August 31st 2020, right after the Introduction days, which are held in the week of August 24th- 28th. Semester 2 classes begin in the first week of February. Both semesters consist of 3 course blocks. See the course information below. 

    Courses per semester

    You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online Course Catalogue.