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Application and admission

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

Please note: 

  1. Should the current measures in the Netherlands related to the coronavirus, such as the obligation to provide remote teaching and examinations, still apply at the start of the academic year, then remote teaching and examinations will continue. As soon as it becomes possible to resume our programme on location, we will do so.
  2. Have you suffered a study delay in your current Bachelor’s programme as a direct result of the coronavirus situation? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2020. For more information please take a look at step 6 below.

Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.

  • 1. Check deadlines
    • Application deadline for applicants with a Dutch academic legal background and without a need for a visa: 1 June 2020
    • Application deadline for all other applicants: 1 April 2020

    If you would like to be considered for the AES/AMS or Mr. Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs scholarship, the application deadline is 15 January.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Selective Master's

    The Master in Law & Finance is a selective programme. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    English language proficiency

    In an international environment, sufficient mastery of the English language is critical for academic success. Students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. The Amsterdam Law School accepts the following tests and test results:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The minimum required TOEFL score is 100 iBT, with a minimum score of 24 for each subscore.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - The minimum required overall IELTS score is 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 for each individual component.
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment: minimum score 183.  A Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate (minimum grade B) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) certificate (minimum grade C).

      Please note:
    • The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English language proficiency test results that are no more than two years old at the time of your start of the programme. 
    • Chinese applicants need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test and request a Nuffic certificate.

    The following students are exempted from the above-mentioned test requirements:

    • Students who have received their prior education in one of the following English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States.
    • Students who have completed an English-language study programme (minimum level: a Bachelor’s programme).
    • Students in possession of an international or European Baccalaureate diploma (with English as the language of instruction).
    • Dutch students  who have received their prior education in the Netherlands.

    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, 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 khanacademy.org/math/algebra). 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.

  • 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 also 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 fee

    Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality are charged an administrative fee of €100 to be paid before the application deadline. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School.

    Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been paid and processed. 

    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. If applicable, submit a request for admission with corona-related study delay

    Request for admission with study delay (corona-related)

    Have you suffered a study delay in your current Bachelor’s programme as a direct result of the coronavirus measures? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2020.

    You are eligible to submit a request for admission with study delay when:

    • you have a corona-related study delay up to a maximum of 15 EC within your Bachelor’s programme provided the courses and exams and/or resits took place in semester 2 of 2020 (February 2020-August 2020);
    • You have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and have submitted your application form before the application deadline.

    You need to complete the pending Bachelor’s courses during the academic year 2020-2021. Therefore, do not forget to re-enroll in your current Bachelor’s programme. Please take into consideration which consequences this might have for your study load. We will not be held responsible for any conflicting schedules between the two programmes.

    Submit a request (as of 1 July 2020)

    You will need to submit a request for admission with study delay. As of 1 July 2020 you will find the link on this page.

    When submitting the request, you will be requested to upload the following documents:

    • A certified transcript;
    • A statement from your current university stating that after resits, your corona related study delay of maximum 15 EC concerns courses/exams that were planned for semester 2 of 2020 (February  - August 2020);
    • A statement from your university confirming that the Bachelor’s programme can be completed remotely within the academic year 2020-2021 (for students from outside the Netherlands only).

    This regulation applies to applicants who want to start their Master’s programme at the Amsterdam Law School in September 2020 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s at the UvA in 2019-2020, or in a Bachelor’s programme at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.

  • 7. 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 Masters' 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.

  • 8. Accept/decline offer

    Accept

    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.

    Decline

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

  • 9. Submit certified documents and English test results

    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. Photocopies or scans of original, certified documents are not accepted.

    Your diploma and need to be officially certified (i.e., must bear the original stamp or signature of your university or a notary), and sent with the printed version of the completed online application form to the following address:

    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

    English test results

    If you have not yet sent your English test results, please make sure you do so before the deadline.

    TOEFL: When sending TOEFL results, please use our institutional code: 9011. If you do not, we cannot verify your results online and you will need to send us the original test results.

    IELTS: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a test report number. Please make sure to send us this number so we can verify your results online.

    Cambridge English Language Assessment: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a confirmation of entry. The confirmation includes a ‘Candidate ID number’ and a ‘Candidate’s secret number’. Please make sure to send us both so we can verify your results online.

  • 12. 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. 

  • 13. Register for courses

    Course registration

    After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the LLM programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will need to sign up for courses during the registration periods indicated on the academic calendar.

    For questions on course registration, please contact our Education Desk.

    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.

  • 14. Attend Start Appointment

    Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments each year (free of charge) to help with the practical issues you may encounter during your transition to Amsterdam, such as registering with the municipality or opening a Dutch bank account. You will receive an invitation for a Start Appointment once you have submitted your immigration application. There are two levels of Start Appointment: all-inclusive and regular.