Complete the steps below to register for the programme.
Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.
Note: Selected students need to take and pass a Mathematics test. When you apply close to the deadline you will have less time to prepare for this test and may even get less time to take the test than when you apply at least 3 weeks before the deadline.
*Early bird deadline system and benefits:
*If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, the application deadline is 15 January. Please bear in mind that we need all documentation before this deadline.
The Master in Law & Finance is a selective programme, open to a limited number of motivated, ambitious students. A selection procedure applies whereby 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.
Admission to the Master’s programme is determined based on 3 aspects:
1. Academic legal background
2. English language proficiency
3. Mathematics test
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 with ‘civiel effect’ 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.
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 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:
In case of a positive evaluation of your application file, i.e. if you are selected for the programme, you will receive an invitation to take a Mathematics Test. This test can be considered an entrance test: Without any exceptions, all selected applicants are required to take this test.
Information about this entrance test for selected applicants:
In view of the integrated approach taken by this Master's programme, 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. Besides, the test includes simple exercises in statistics and probability theory.
More specifically, the test will focus on the following mathematical abilities:
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.
Please note that all selected students need to pass this Math Test. When you apply close to the deadline you will have less time to prepare for this test than when you apply at least 3 weeks before the deadline.
Candidates may be selected on the basis of a combination of the following criteria:
In order to apply you need to meet the following entry 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.
After enrolling in Studielink, you will within 24 hours receive an automated email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
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 and who have started their studies.
A complete application file consists of:
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 whether you are selected for admission into the Law & Finance programme. You will be notified about the decision within 6 weeks after completion of all entry admission requirements.
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.
A deferral of your application as well as of a selected spot in the programme is not possible. However, you can simply re-apply for the programme the next year or later. In case you wish to do so, please withdraw your enrolment request in Studielink. In order to do so, please keep in mind that you will need to resubmit both your enrolment in Studielink and your UvA application form before starting the programme. It also means that you have to go through the selection process again and a place in the programme is not guaranteed. The selection and admissions decision will be based on the entry requirements that apply for the later academic year in which you wish to enrol.
If you decline acceptance (i.e. your selected spot in the Law & Finance programme), please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink. Preferably decline your spot and de-enrol before 1 March, so that other applicants can be selected in your place.
If you have been selected for our 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 not yet sent your English test results, please make sure you do so before the deadline.
You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment in a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay tuition fees. Check your enrolment checklist at sis.uva.nl to see which matters of your enrolment possibly still need to be completed.
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 Master in Law & Finance programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will automatically be enrolled for all of the Master in Law & Finance programme’s courses.
The academic year is divided into 2 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.
Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organizes 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.