Amsterdam Law Practice

Experiential Learning

At the Amsterdam Law School, students are offered an experience-oriented educational 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 learning 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 experience-oriented education. Students can choose from a wide range of ALP 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 ALP programme also offers the possibility of performing internships in the professional field. These modules yield 3 or 6 European Credits.

In the Amsterdam Law Practice, students often work on matters that go beyond the boundaries of their own legal specialisation.

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 in the ALP 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 ALP programme, students will also attend lectures on the ethical dilemmas that their role as lawyers will inevitably pose.

Amsterdam Law Firm: student als officier van justitie

In moot courts, advocacy and debate are central; moot court participants are often pitted against international opponents.


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

13 August 2018