Do you want to know if you are eligible for the Master's programme International Criminal Law - Joint Program? Fill in our eligibility quick scan! By answering a few questions that takes approx. 1-2 minutes, you will receive an indication of your chances of being admitted.
In Studielink, the name of the Master's programme does not mention the track name. To register for this track in Studielink, first select 'International Criminal Law' as your study programme. You will be asked to select the specific track during a following step.
Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.
Because of the exchange with Columbia Law School, students who want to be admitted based on a prior US degree are not allowed to apply for this programme.
You need to submit your enrolment request via Studielink, activate your UvAnetID, pay the application fee (if applicable) AND submit your complete application request via MyInfo before the deadline stated below. It may take several days to complete all these steps. We recommend you to register in Studielink at least one week before the deadline of your programme.
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to have submitted your LLM application (including all required documents) in MyInfo before 1 January 2024. The deadline for submitting the intake form for the scholarship and all scholarship related documents is 15 January 2024.
Please note that applications received in MyInfo after the deadline will not be considered for admission.
The Master's programme in International Criminal Law - Joint Program is a selective, specialized programme open to a limited number of motivated, ambitious students. A selection procedure applies whereby students with the most competitive applications will be admitted to the programme. In accordance with the agreement with Columbia Law School, a maximum of 8 students will be selected by the UvA to participate in the Joint Program. Applicants will be selected on the basis of study results and motivation by a Selection Committee. The criteria that are employed by this committee are as follows:
Admission to the Master’s programme is determined based on 2 aspects:
All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.
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:
Please note: The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English language proficiency test results that are no more than 2 years old on the day you submit your application in MyInfo.
* The TOEFL ITP test (Institutional Testing Program) and the TOEFL iBT home edition are NOT accepted.
** The IELTS Academic Online, IELTS General Training, IELTS Indicator and IELTS UKVI are NOT accepted.
The following students are exempted from the above-mentioned test requirements:
After submitting your enrolment request 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.
All students applying for a Master’s degree programme with an international diploma are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. You can pay your €100 application fee by credit card (Master or Visacard) or iDEAL. Only after paying the fee, can you start your application in MyInfo. It is not possible to start an application without paying the application fee.
After enrolling in Studielink and paying the application fee (if applicable), you will receive an email within 24 hours with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your activated UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
Only a complete online application will be processed. A complete online application consists of the following documents:
Note: Your CV and motivation letter should be together in one Word/PDF document. This same document can be uploaded for both the CV and motivational letter.
In case any of the above mentioned documents is missing, your application will be considered as incomplete and we cannot continue with your application.
Once we have received your application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements for the master's programme International Criminal Law Joint Programme, will be presented to the Selection Committee after the application deadline. The Selection Committee does not review applications on a rolling basis. You will be notified about the decision by email before 15 May.
If you meet all the entry requirements and the Admissions Office has approved your application, the university will send you a (conditional) 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 make sure to accept your (conditional) offer in MyInfo within 2 weeks. If you are not sure yet if you will be attending the LLM programme, you can choose the option ‘I accept, but I have doubts’. This will not have any consequences for your admission. If you do not respond to your offer within 2 weeks, we cannot continue with your admission process (and visa request if applicable). Please note that if you select 'I accept (with doubts)', you are still able to withdraw your enrolment request in Studielink until the 31st of August.
If you decline the offer in MyInfo, please do not forget to withdraw your enrolment request 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 not need to send in documentation if you have completed a legal Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands or will have done so before the 1st of September; 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 your degree certificate or transcript. This exception applies to the following degree programmes:
The same exception applies if you have completed a pre-Master's programme at the UvA or if you are applying based on the following diplomas granted by the UvA:
If you are required to submit documentation, there are two ways in which you can provide us with your diploma/statement of graduation and transcript. You can ask your university to email these documents to us directly at email@example.com. Please note that we will not accept emails forwarded by students, but only emails directly sent to us by the issuing university. Please make sure that your name, your UvA ID (student number) and your study programme are mentioned in the email.
If your university does not provide this service, you can send us certified hardcopies of these documents by post to the address below.
A certified copy is a photocopy of the original document with a wet ink stamp and signature from your school/university or from an authorised notary. Uncertified photocopies or scanned copies of original documents will not be accepted. Do not send us the original documents - we cannot be held responsible for any documents that get lost in the process.
Documents that are not written in Dutch, English, German or French, must be accompanied by an official translation to English made by a sworn translator or a notary.
Please send your certified documents by regular post to the following address:
Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School (room A6.01a)
Post Office Box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam
Please note: In case of registered post:
Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School (room A6.01a)
1018 XE Amsterdam
If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies.
The UvA does not offer student housing on our campuses. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the housing market in the Netherlands before you choose your study programme. It can be difficult to find available housing in Amsterdam, so you will need to start looking for yourself as soon as possible via Dutch student housing websites. For international students, the UvA has limited number of rooms available throughout Amsterdam, which you can apply for via UvA Housing. Please note there are not enough rooms available via UvA Housing to accommodate all international students. As placement for UvA Housing is not guaranteed, we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to always explore the private housing market as well.
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 by the Amsterdam Law School you will be signed up for courses by the Amsterdam Law School for the first semester.
Please note: The Amsterdam Law Clinics have a different registration period prior to the course registration period. Check the clinics deadlines in the Course Catalogue.
For questions about course registration, please contact the 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.
You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online Course Catalogue.
To help you get started, the Amsterdam Law School organizes a (mandatory) Introduction Day for all new Master’s students. You will receive information about the Introduction Day before you’ll start your studies in September.
If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to have submitted your LLM application (including all required documents) before 1 January. The deadline for submitting the intake form for the scholarship and all scholarship related documents is 15 January. Read more about scholarships.
Once you have been (conditionally) admitted to a Master’s programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will receive information by email from the Central Student Service Desk on how to complete your registration and, if applicable, how to apply for a visa or residence permit.
When you submit an incomplete application file, we will remind you to provide us with the missing document(s). In case you do not provide us with the missing document(s) before the indicated deadline, we will close your application file. You are welcome to apply again with a complete file as long as you submit your application file before the application deadline that applies to you.