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Lay the foundation for your legal career

Are you interested in social and in-depth legal issues? Do you want to make a difference within the legal field?

Then the Master’s in Law is the programme for you.

Check if you meet the admission requirements and apply.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU premaster or bachelor's degree at another university)

    Admission

    Law degree (LLB)

    You can be admitted to the programme, to all specializations.

    Interdisciplinary degree with legal track
    You may be admitted to the programme with an interdisciplinary degree with a legal track, such as a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree or PPLE, if you have completed at least 60 EC in law courses.

    Other academic degrees
    If you have an academic degree which is relevant for the specialization that you wish to pursue, you may also be admitted, if you:
    - have completed at least 60 EC in law courses; and
    - have acquired knowledge of and insight into at least one area of law relevant to your specialization to at least the level of the end-terms of the VU Law bachelor.
    In exceptional cases relevant work experience may be taken into consideration for the 60 EC requirement.

    Find out if you are eligible before you apply? Send us the following documents (see Contact details):

    • scan diploma or proof of enrollment in bachelor
    • scan (provisional) transcript(s)
    • description of the relevant courses
    • indicate which specialization you wish to pursue

    You cannot be admitted to the programme with a degree which is not relevant for the specialization, not even if you have completed 60 EC in law courses.

    Dutch Language requirements for specializations offered in Dutch
    To be admitted you must prove you have the required Dutch language proficiency.

    VU premaster

    The faculty offers a premaster programme via the Open University, SchakelzoneRecht, in Dutch for students with an HBO Rechten degree. On the basis of this premaster you meet all the admission requirements.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    Admission

    You can be admitted to the programme on the basis of one of the HBO Bachelor's degrees listed below in combination with a relevant premaster:

    • HBO-Rechten plus VU SchakelzoneRecht (in Dutch)
    • HBO-Rechten plus doorstroomprogramma HvA-VU (in Dutch) at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
    • HBO-Rechten plus premaster Law with 'Civiel effect'  which is equivalent to the VU SchakelzoneRecht

    Vrije Universiteit does not offer a premaster in English for this master. 

    Admission on the basis of a different degree from a University of Applied Sciences is not possible.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Application

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.
    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadlines are:

    To start on 1 September:15 July for degree holders from EU/EAA countries
    To start on 1 February:1 January for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    Use this application procedure for Dutch degrees.
    Please note  : on Studielink you apply to the master 'Law'. On VUnet you can specify which specialization(s) you wish to pursue.

    If you are considering pursuing more than one specialization, then contact the academic advisors first to be informed about the requirements for combining specializations. You can add an additional specialization at a later stage. 

    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) in VUnet : 

      • certified transcript of grades obtained so far (HBO degree plus premaster);
      • to be formally admitted, you must submit proof before 31 August (for start 1 September) or 31 January (for start 1 February) that you have completed the premaster. 

    For this master you do not need to provide a letter of motivation, letters of recommendation or a thesis.

  • I have an international degree

    Admission 

    Law degree
    You can be admitted to the programme if your degree is assessed as the equivalent of a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree in Law and if you have completed enough courses relevant to the specialization(s) which you wish to pursue.
    We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application.

    Other academic degrees 
    If you have an academic degree which is relevant for the specialization which you wish to pursue, you may also be admitted, if your degree is assessed as the equivalent of a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree and you:
    - have completed at least 60 EC in law courses; and
    - have acquired knowledge of and insight into at least one area of law relevant to your specialization to at least the level of the end-terms of the VU Law bachelor.
    In exceptional cases relevant work experience may be taken into consideration for the 60 EC requirement.

    We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application.

    You cannot be admitted to the programme with a degree which is not relevant for the specialization, not even if you have completed 60 EC in law courses.

    Admission on the basis of a degree from a University of Applied Sciences in not possible.

    Language requirements 

    For the English specializations, your English proficiency must be on at least C1 level (including for speaking and writing skills) to be able to attend the programme successfully.

    Please note: additional language requirements may apply for your visa or residence permit.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application 

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.
    You can apply from 1 October onwards. The application deadlines are:

    To start on 1 September:





    1 February for international students applying for scholarships

    1 April for international students applying for university accommodation
    1 April for degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries

    1 June for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    To start on 1 February:

    1 November  for degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries

    1 January for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    Please note  : on Studielink you apply to the master 'Law'. On VUnet you can specify which specialization(s) you wish to pursue.

    If you are considering pursuing more than one specialization, please contact the academic advisors first to be informed about the requirements for combining specializations. You can add an additional specialization at a later stage. 

    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) in VUnet

      • curriculum vitae
      • certified transcript of records (graded) obtained so far in English. If you have already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree please also upload this.
      • copy of passport and copy of residence permit (if applicable)

    For this master's programme you do not need to provide a letter of motivation, letters of recommendation or a thesis.

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    This measure only applies to students who are pursuing a Bachelor's degree in an EEA country. 

    If you will have nearly completed your Bachelor's degree on 31 January 2022 then you may be able to start the Master's degree programme on 1 February 2022 if you meet the conditions of the corona measure. You will be required to complete your Bachelor's degree during the second semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. 

    Completing your Bachelor abroad while starting a Master at Vrije Universiteit is very difficult, we do not recommend it. We advise you to complete the Bachelor first and join the Master's programme in February 2021 September 2022, instead.

    Conditions you must meet by 31 January 2022 to be eligible for the measure

    - the missing credits are corona related; and

    for a law degree : 

    - you have obtained at least 162 ec (or 90%) of the curriculum of your Bachelor's degree. 

    for other academic degrees : 

    - you have obtained at least 162 ec (or 90%) of the curriculum of your Bachelor's degree; 

    - and you meet the requirement for at least 60 ec completed courses in law. 

    Additionally the following stipulations apply: 

    - the provisional admission is only valid for academic year 2021-2022; 

    - you have obtained your visa/resident permit no later than 31 August 2021; 

    - before you can start the Master thesis, you must demonstrate to the thesis coordinator that you have successfully completed your Bachelor thesis;

    - the Master's degree can only be obtained after you have formally completed your Bachelor's degree; 

    - if you do not complete your Bachelor's degree by 31 August 2021, you cannot continue with the Master's programme until you do; completed courses will remain valid for 4 years.  

    Submit a request 

    If you meet the conditions mentioned above, you can submit a request to be exceptionally admitted to the Master's programme. Send the request no later than 1 January 2022 via this form. We require a scan of your official transcript(s) as proof that you meet the conditions.

    If you qualify during January, you have until 31 January 2022 to prove this, until then we will keep your request under advisement.

    If you cannot meet the conditions by 31 January 2022, there is no point submitting a request. 

    Please note: if you were exceptionally admitted for academic year 2020-2021 (i.e. without a completed Bachelor’s degree), then you cannot apply for this measure again for academic year 2021-2022.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Send your questions about admission and application to admission.law@vu.nl. If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink, your personal dashboard on vu.nl etc., please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.law@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

Send an email to: studentdesk@vu.nl

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