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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.

There is a clear demand in the labour market for top experts in European and comparative private law.

Our graduates work in:

  • International law firms throughout the EU and beyond 
  • Banks and other larger companies as compliance officers and in-house lawyers 
  • National, European and international government functions 
  • Adjudication bodies 
  • NGOs
Academic career

You can also choose to pursue an academic career at the university after completing your Master's degree. As a PhD student, you will conduct research and give lectures.

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UvA Student Careers Centre

The Student Careers Centre is there to help with your career development. You can contact them to discuss your options, ambitions and doubts at any time during your studies.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What will my career prospects be like?

    Thanks to our ‘in context’ teaching method, our graduates are problem-driven, curious lawyers who can easily adapt to various kinds of legal practice and fulfil a range of functions. Our graduates work in international law firms throughout the EU and beyond, but also act as compliance officers and in-house lawyers for banks and other larger companies. Others have taken on national and European government functions, joined adjudication bodies or embarked on academic careers.

  • Can I already get career advice during my studies?

    For advice regarding your choice of Master's programme and/or if you need help in shaping your career, please contact our Student Careers Center. They specialize in guiding and advising students and graduates in finding a suitable job. They will guide you through your orientation and questions. You can contact them for information, advice, workshops, events and individual guidance at studentcareerscentre@uva.nl.

  • Can I gain admission to the bar and acquire ‘civiel effect’?

    Obtaining ‘civiel effect’ in the Netherlands requires both the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Laws completed at a Dutch university (cf. art. 2 Advocatenwet), as well as meeting the requirements of the "Convenant Civiel Effect" of 2016. Please note that the Bachelor’s in Law, and some Law programmes at the Master's level, are taught solely in Dutch. 

    If you obtained your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in law in another European country (EER or Switzerland), you may be eligible for exemption from some courses within the UvA's Bachelor’s in Law. Please contact the Examinations Board of the Amsterdam Law School for more information. You may also want to consult the information on European graduates/lawyers on the NoVA websiteExternal link