Edu type:
Formal education
Edu level:
Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study load:
1680 hrs
1 Year
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European Law is a one-year Master’s specialisation at the internationally renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme distinguishes itself by its broad intra-disciplinary approach, covering institutional, constitutional as well as substantive law of the EU in addition to human rights from an EU perspective.


Scope of EU law
European law is an exciting and rapidly developing discipline. There are few areas of national law and policy within Europe that remain untouched by the influence of European legislation. The scope of EU law, however is even wider, as Europe is becoming an increasingly important actor on the international stage.

In this programme, you will focus on the various aspects of European Law, as well as the European protection of human rights. You will study topics ranging from EU competition law to EU external relations law, from European social policy to internal market regulations and EU institutional law. You will gain in-depth knowledge about these aspects, while at the same time developing the professional skills needed in a EU-related legal career.


International atmosphere

Our aim in this programme is to provide you with in-depth academic knowledge, and to equip you with the professional skills needed in a EU-related legal career. For this purpose, teaching is done in small, seminar-style classes, with ample attention for practical skills in special `privatissimum’ and `practicum’ classes. Our programme attracts students from within and outside of the EU, which makes for a truly international atmosphere.


After graduation

The European Law Master’s programme offered by the Europa Institute at Leiden University will provide you with the skills necessary for a successful legal career in the private or public sector.


Career perspectives
Our alumni have found employment in:
- European institutions, such as the Council of Europe;
- international organisations, such as the United Nations, the OECD and the OCSE;
- national and local government;
- governmental and non-governmental organisations, such as UNHCR, IOM, Amnesty International and Greenpeace
- corporate companies;
- major law firms in Amsterdam, London, Brussels and Luxembourg;
- academia.

Why Leiden University

Do you aspire to a national or international career in law? Then choose the master’s programme Law - European Law - at Leiden University: a broad and solid foundation for your career.


5 reasons why you should study European Law in Leiden
- You are choosing a faculty that has an excellent international reputation.
- You can choose from a broad range of interesting specialisations; taking courses at one of our other excellent faculties is also a possibility.
- In the privatissimum and practicum you work closely with your teacher. Many of our staff are often also employed as judge, civil-law notary, lawyer or corporate lawyer.
- You can make use of our solid international network, for education and research.
- You have access to our exclusive alumni network. After graduation - in the ‘zweetkamertje’ (sweat room) - you too will become one of them.

Studying at Leiden Law School
Leiden Law School offers intensive top quality education with great opportunities for talent. Leiden is internationally oriented and has many international contacts, with universities and also in professional practice. Not unimportant, since the influence of internationalisation on European integration is increasing. We combine this proven academic basis with current knowledge from professional practice. With our location in The Hague we are in close proximity to the political and international organisations in the field of peace and law.


Studying at Leiden University
In 1575 we became the first university in the Netherlands. Since then our academic research and teaching have contributed directly towards a safer, healthier, more sustainable, more prosperous and more just world. Here, researchers look beyond the boundaries of their own discipline and work together with colleagues at home and abroad. In the annual rankings Leiden University invariably scores in the top 100 of 25,000 universities worldwide. We have received no fewer than 19 Spinoza Prizes - the most prestigious research prize in the Netherlands.

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