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Become a different kind of lawyer

As a graduate from Law in Society, you are exactly the kind of lawyer that organisations in the field are looking for.

Whether you're working on international issues in a local context, or on specific issues at international level, this interdisciplinary programme will give you the tools. So think big: some of our students want to improve human rights in their home countries, or reform the refugee system at the Dutch immigration department. Others wish to work for the UN, or become corporate lawyers.

To practise Dutch law: We offer the “voorbereidend civiel effect” package or VCE for those who are fluent in Dutch and want to enter one of the togaberoepen (lawyer, prosecutor and judge). Worth 60 credits, you can take half during your minor and another 6 months of study after your Bachelor’s (or do all 60 credits during an extra year). There are three different routes you can take to obtain your VCE. You’ll then need to obtain your LLM from a Dutch university.

What can you do after your Bachelor’s degree?

Further your education

An LLB in Law in Society will set you up perfectly for a Master’s programme with a similarly multi-disciplinary international approach. A few of the options available to you include:

The Law in Society alumni who now also hold master’s degrees are employed by law firms, NGOs, educational institutions and industry companies and multinationals of various sectors, such as consultancy, technology, and finance. They work as legal assistants and secretaries, paralegals, contract specialists, legal consultants, and analysts. A few alumni with master’s degrees work non-legal jobs for start-ups, governmental agencies, and publishers.

Start your career

As a graduate from the Law in Society programme, there are many paths open to you. You’d be well suited to roles involving international cooperation – for instance, in NGOs or government ministries, working at international level. The big law firms are also looking for graduates with more than just a legal background – they want diverse thinkers who can match their legal training with problem solving on cross-border issues. Equally, international ports are looking for qualified lawyers, as are NGOs and local organisations. 

Where has the study taken us?