Summer programme

Columbia Summer Programme in American Law

Since 1963, the Law Schools of Columbia University, the University of Leiden and the UvA organise summer programmes in American Law. During the even years, the programme takes place in Leiden, and in odd years, it is held in Amsterdam. The four-week programme consists of subjects such as:

  • Contracts
  • American Institutions of Public Law: Statutes and Regulations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Remedies
  • Corporate Law
  • Governance

The programme is entirely taught by Columbia professors from the Law Schools of Columbia University and is designed to provide a general introduction to the American legal system for lawyers and other (legal) professionals, or (graduate) students interested in the programme.

Courses 2017

Introduction to American Law by Professor Kendall Thomas
Civil Procedure (and Mock Trial) by Professor Bert Huang
Tax Policy by Professor Alex Raskolnikov
Labor Rights and International Trade by Professor Mark Barenberg

Constitutional Law by Professor Olatunde Johnson
Contracts by Professor Ed Morrison
Corporate Law by Professor Eric Talley
International Arbitration by Professor Robert Smit

Please visit the the website for an actual overview.


The fee for 2017 is € 3800 (€ 2950 if you are currently enrolled in full-time education). The fee for students of the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University is € 1475, but accommodation is not included.

What is included?

  • 4 week tuition fee
  • Study materials
  • Lunch 4 times a week
  • Accommodation in student residences
  • Extracurricular activities: farewell dinner, museum, boattrip

Early Bird discount

For applications submitted before 1 February 2017 an 'Early-bird' discount applies. 'Early-bird' students pay € 2600 and 'Early-bird' professionals pay € 3450 for this unique programme and experience. For students of the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University the 'Early-bird' discount is not available.

Certificate & ECTS

At the end of the programme, students are awarded a Certificate of Participation. If they wish to take a final examination, they may obtain 6 EC (European credits, ECTS) toward degrees at their home universities.

Deadlines for application

You can apply for the 2017 Amsterdam session by filling out the online application form and submitting all additional documents before May 15, 2017 ('early birds' before February 1, 2017).


For more information about this programme, including courses, faculty, extracurricular activities and fees, please visit:, or contact Johanna Vogel at

Published by  Faculty of Law

13 January 2017