Complete the steps below to register for the programme.
Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.
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.
We highly recommend that international students enrol in September. Enrolling in February means that you will be starting halfway into the programme and will thus be taking your courses in a less than optimal order. Please contact the programme coordinator if you are considering enrolling in February.
Admission to the Master’s programme is determined based on 3 aspects:
1. Academic legal background
2. Basic knowledge of European Law is required
3. English language proficiency
Your academic background must include an academic degree comparable to a Dutch Bachelor of Laws:
*For admissions to the Master’s programme European Private Law, prior education must comprise at least one course of private law.
All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.
The Amsterdam Law School offers a self-study course in European Law before the Master’s programme starts, followed by an examination in September/February. This course is compulsory for those students who have not completed a course in European Law during their bachelor’s programme. The course does not count for the 60 ECTS of the Master’s programme.
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:
The following students are exempted from the above-mentioned test requirements:
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.
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.
Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality are charged an administrative fee of €100 to be paid while submitting the application form. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School.
Please note that if you have applied for this programme last year and you have paid the application fee, but you have decided to withdraw your application due to Covid-19, let the admissions office know, so you won’t have to pay the fee again.
A complete online application consists of the following documents:
Once we have received your completed application (and required application fee for non-EU-EEA students), it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. You will be notified of their decision by email. The entire admissions procedure can take up to 4 weeks for students with a non-Dutch degree, 3 weeks for students with a Dutch degree.
If you meet all the entry requirements and the Admissions Office has approved your application, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by email. We request that you accept or decline within ten working days. After you have accepted your offer, your application will be further processed. Please note that if you do not respond to your offer after ten working days, there might be a chance your application or your visa request cannot be finalized and you will not be able to complete your enrolment. If you are unsure whether you are able to start your master’s programme, you can also select the option ‘I accept but I have doubts’.
You are allowed to defer the start of your studies for up to one year. Your letter of acceptance is however valid for only one year, meaning that you will need to re-apply if you wish to enrol after that time. Please also keep in mind that when you defer the start of your studies, for administrative reasons you will need to resubmit both your enrolment in Studielink and your UvA application form before starting the programme. In that case, instead of sending the required documents, please upload your letter of acceptance. The admissions decision will be based on the entry requirements that apply for the academic year in which you wish to enrol.
If you decline acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.
If you have been conditionally admitted to the Master's programme, it 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.
All documents need to be officially certified (i.e., must bear the original stamp or signature of your university or a notary), and sent to the following address:
Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
P.O. box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam
Or, if sent by registered post:
Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
1018 XE Amsterdam
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 will not need to send certified copies of degree certificates or transcripts.
If you have not yet sent your English test results, please make sure you do so before the deadline.
TOEFL: When signing up for the TOEFL test, please make sure to mention 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.
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.
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.
The academic year is divided into two semesters, each lasting 20 weeks. Semester 1 classes begin in the first week of September. Semester 2 classes begin in the first week of February. At the Faculty of Law, the semesters are further divided into two teaching periods. These begin in week 1 and week 9 of each semester.
You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online course catalogue.
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.
To help you get started, the Amsterdam Law School organizes a (mandatory) Introduction Day for all new Master’s students. You will find information on the Introduction Day on the student website.