Many of today's challenges demand a response from EU law. As the most sophisticated international organization in the world the EU deals with issues like (mass) migration, climate change and cybercrime. This programme gives you the tools to unlock the many fields of EU law and to critically reflect on them.
This LLM in European Union Law gives students the knowledge and skills to tackle any legal problem in any field of European law. It provides you with a solid foundation in substantive and institutional EU law. We integrate the most recent academic insights and legal developments into our curriculum, along with a path that allows you to master expertise in a specific area of law.
About the study programme
The European Union Law Master’s programme provides its students with a solid foundation in substantive and institutional EU Law. The core curriculum is composed of three compulsory courses and a selection of usually three courses from a list of electives that focus on different areas of specialisation.
You also get the opportunity to learn how to practise your legal skills through experiential education, within the setting of the Amsterdam Law Practice courses. After studying the key aspects of EU law, students take part in two different negotiation exercises for example on the terms of Brexit. Here students assume the role of Member State diplomats, EU civil servants or civil society and must negotiate a final legal text for a new treaty or new EU legislation. The programme also includes a moot court. On top of that, students may also apply to represent the UvA in the European Law Moot Court or work on real cases at the Amsterdam European Law Clinic.
The core curriculum is composed of three compulsery courses and a selection of usually three courses from a list of electives that allow different degrees of specialisation.
In the first semester, all students attend the compulsory coursePrinciples and Foundations of EU LawandEuropean Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights. These two courses provide students with a deep understanding of the constitutional and institutional structures of the EU. They give students the legal and contextual knowledge and understanding, on the basis of which they can truly comprehend the complex factual and legal situations in which contemporary problems of the European Union play out. In the second semester, all students attendEU Legal Remedies. This course familiarises students with the judicial and procedureal framework of EU law in practice. The compulsory courses bring together the year group on a regular basis. This facilitates contact amongst students of different nationalities and backgrounds.
Both the compulsory courses and many of the electives contain distinct "EU law in action" elements, that allow students to experience the law in an interactive form, such as moot courts, moot law-making, the one-on-one coaching of a member of staff in the completion of an individual research project.
Furthermore, most courses are taught in groups of less than 30 students to maintain their interactive character.
Is this programme for you?
If you have a good command of written and spoken English, an international perspective and intellectual curiosity this is the right LLM programme for you.
Students with a Bachelor of Laws degree or a related degree with a strong legal component are eligible for admission. Students with a Dutch PPLE degree or a Dutch University College degree with a major in Law are eligible for admission.
English language proficiency
Both Dutch and international students must provide proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge certificate). Dutch students are exempted if they passed English for their VWO diploma (sufficient mark, 6 or higher) or possess a VWO certificate in English.
The Master’s programme in European Union Law is wide in scope. Therefore, we see that our graduates find work with a wide spectre of employers. These include law firms, (larger) businesses, the public sector and NGOs. Our graduates have learned how to think as an EU lawyer and are able to quickly master any specific area of EU law. This gives them the ability and flexibility to adapt to diverse working environments and functions.
It makes our students attractive to a variety of employers: international law firms in the Netherlands and abroad, Ministries in the Netherlands and abroad, consultancy firms, and national and multinational corporate companies. But also, competition authorities and market regulatory authorities in the Netherlands and abroad, European Union institutions, regional authorities, and more.
Quite some graduates European Union Law continue their legal studies and pursue a PhD in European law.