Our graduates work:
- In governments and international organizations
- At international law firms
- As legal advisors to companies and NGO’s with an international focus
- As academics in International Economic Law
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.
‘Most legal degree programmes are quite large scale, but this isn’t the case with International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Amsterdam. The small group of students representing many different nationalities makes for an intimate and friendly atmosphere, and this includes the teachers and course directors as well.’Loek Foster, Data & Digital services Lawyer at De Roos Advocaten
What will my career prospects be like?
Because the EU Law Master’s track is so wide in scope, our graduates find work with a wide range of employers. These include law firms, (larger) businesses, the public sector and NGOs.
Our graduates learn to think like EU lawyers and are able to quickly master any area of EU law that comes their way. This gives them the ability and flexibility to adapt to diverse working environments and functions. It makes them attractive candidates for employers like international law firms, government ministries, consultancy firms, national and multinational corporations, competition and market regulatory authorities, regional authorities in the Netherlands and abroad and European Union institutions. In addition, a number of our graduates go on to do a PhD.
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 email@example.com.
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.