Amsterdam Law Practice

Experiential Education

At the Amsterdam Law School, students are offered an Experiential Education programme that is unique in the Netherlands. In the Amsterdam Law Practice (ALP), students apply their knowledge of the law to questions from actual practice.

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Our Experiential Education method inspires and motivates students to do research and increase their knowledge. Students learn by doing, and connect with society at large by working with fellow students towards the solution of social problems. Moreover, it offers them the opportunity to establish contacts in the professional field, a very valuable prelude to a successful legal career.

Law clinics, law labs, simulations, moot courts and internships

Each Amsterdam Law School Master's degree programme offers courses that involve Experiential Education. Students can choose from a wide range of modules. In law clinics, students work with actual clients on concrete legal questions. In law labs, students can act as the legal participant in an interdisciplinary team that works on finding solutions for complex social problems. In a simulation, a student assumes the role of a lawyer in a hypothetical scenario, for example in the fields of legislation and negotiation. In moot courts they take part in legal proceedings and plead before a simulated court. Finally, the Amsterdam Law Practice programme also offers the possibility of performing internships in the professional field. These modules yield 3 or 6 European Credits.

The Master's students Public Law are helping me to find a solution for human trafficking. Important that social problems like human trafficking are part of the curriculum.

–  Herman Bolhaar, National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children

Good preparation for the lawyer of the future

The Amsterdam Law Practice study programme addresses the demands of a rapidly changing and globalising society; our students will need to prepare themselves to become responsible ‘lawyers of the future’. Students learn that the choices that they make as a lawyer, may depend on the role that they fulfil. They also learn to cooperate with others in solving legal problems.

Students often work on matters that go beyond the boundaries of their own legal specialisation. We want to offer education that allows students to experience what it means to cooperate, as experts in areas such as administrative law, private law, criminal law, European law or international law, with experts from other areas of law, and to draw on extra-legal expertise. Doing so strengthens problem-solving abilities and professional judgment capabilities. As part of the Experiential Education programme, students will also attend lectures on the ethical dilemmas that their role as lawyers will inevitably pose.

Studenten luisteren naar Anniek de Ruijter

‘Our students will need to prepare themselves to become responsible “lawyers of the future”.’ – Anniek de Ruijter, Programme Director


If you have any questions about the possibilities offered by the Amsterdam Law Practice, please contact Sophie de Gouw, coordinator, Amsterdam Law Practice, or Anniek de Ruijter, Programme Director, Amsterdam Law Practice,

Published by  Amsterdam Law School

17 December 2018