European Union Law (International and European Law)
Increasingly mobile populations, climate change, and the fast pace of technological innovation are just some of the issues in today’s headlines that reveal a growing need for experts in European Union Law.
The European Union Law master’s programme provides its students with a solid foundation in substantive and institutional EU Law. Classes are taught by renowned experts in their fields of specialisation and our professors are scholars who are closely connected to one of the university’s research centres of excellence. We integrate the most recent academic insights and legal developments into our curriculum, along with a path towards developing expertise in a specific area of specialisation. For example:
- foreign relations
- market regulation
- human rights
You determine the direction of your curriculum through guidance from faculty advisers and interaction with visiting lecturers and lawyers already working in your chosen field.
Law in Action: our approach to legal studies
Students of the European Union Law LLM programme are involved participants in interactive courses and extracurricular activities. We call this approach to legal studies Law in Action.
Moot courts, moot lawmaking exercises, individual research projects and supervised work at the Amsterdam International Law Clinic provide our students with the chance to look beyond the black letter of EU Law and experience the ways in which it is applied and interpreted as a ‘living instrument’.
With its large number of international law firms, global business headquarters, and proximity to several important EU institutions, Amsterdam is an ideal city for students of European Union Law to experience Law in Action.
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Is this programme for me?
Are you interested in European politics, economics, and the relationships between national and international laws throughout the EU? Would you like to gain hands-on experience in tackling legal problems, and be part of an international student community?
If you have a good command of written and spoken English, an international perspective and enthusiasm for the study and practice of European Union Law, this could be the right LLM programme for you.
Learn more about admission requirements and how to apply
Careers in European Union Law
Expertise in a specific area of EU law can make you an attractive candidate for legal positions in the private or public sector. With an LLM degree in European Union law, you will be qualified for careers in:
- international businesses, law firms or NGOs
- EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg or other cities which host international authorities
- The national public sector (ministries, regional – and local government, agencies etc.)
- consultancy as an independent expert in your area of specialisation
Alternatively you may choose to continue your legal studies and pursue a PhD in European law.
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Upon completion of the European Union Law master’s programme you will earn a legally accredited Master’s degree in International and European Law, and the title Master of Laws (LLM).
For Dutch students with an LLB degree from a Dutch university, completion of the master’s programme in European Union Law fulfils the requirements for ‘civiel effect’. For more information about the ‘civiel effect’ requirement, please see the student section of the Amsterdam Law School website (in Dutch).
- Degree programme
- LLM International and European law
- Regular study programme
- Full-time, part-time
- 60 ECTS, 12 months
- Language of instruction
- Starts in
- February, September
- CROHO code