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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 (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

    Please note that an HBO-Rechten with an English-language track does not offer admission, not even with a premaster. 

    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 

    If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.

    Please note that for EU/EEA students this is an advise and for them it is not mandatory to pass an English proficiency test. Students that need to apply for a visa or residence permit are required to pass an English proficiency test with a general score that is at least C1 level.

    You can find which test types and scores are accepted, the deadlines for submitting test results and all other relevant information on our application page under the Language Proficiency Requirements tab. There you can also find an overview of exceptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application 

    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this Application Form Template

    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 December (with complete dossier) 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

    15 July 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. 

    Please prepare the required documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

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

Send an email 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

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

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