As a Bachelor's student of Law, you will have to deal with the minor in the first half of the third year. The minor has a study load of 30 credits. You can use the minor space to delve further into some aspects of your own field. Another option is to broaden your knowledge by taking a look at the boundaries of your own field. You have various options for completing your minor.
Minor within the electives - Law
Minor Faculty of Law
Options within the electives
As a Criminology, Law and Law in Society student you will have to deal with the minor in the first half of the third year. The minor has a study load of 30 credits. You can use the minor space to delve further into your own field. Another option is to broaden your knowledge by taking a look at the boundaries of your own field. You have various options for completing your minor.
Minor within the faculty
You can take the following minors at the Faculty of Law:
- Forensische criminologie
- Gezin, recht en forensische gedragswetenschappen
- Juridische uitdagen van de 21e eeuw
- Law and Global Society: Internet, Migration and Climate Change
- Technology, Law and Ethics
Read more about the different minors of the Faculty of Law
Completing a specific minor is not a requirement for admission to the Master's programmes in Law, except for the Master's programme in Tax Law. For this master you must have successfully completed the business economics courses (9 ec) and a tax law course (6 ec) of the minor Tax law.
You register for a minor by registering for the relevant subjects of the minor. Make sure that you do not lose sight of the registration periods for the courses per period!
University minor at VU Amsterdam
It is also possible to follow a university minor (30 EC). All bachelor students of VU Amsterdam can register for such a minor. You do not need prior permission from the Examination Board to include the 30 EC of this minor in the graduation package of your study programme.
The law faculty also offers a university minors:
Law and Global Justice: Climate, Internet and Migration
This English-taught minor studies the role of law in defining and solving social issues associated with the globalization of societies. The central topics are migration (transnational movement), the Internet (transnational communication) and security, especially with regard to terrorism (transnational action).
Technology, Law & Ethics
In this minor, you will explore the new legal, ethical and societal dilemmas that emerging technologies in the field of artificial intelligence, biotechnology, neurotechnology and information technology may raise. You will analyse and discuss these developments and critically examine the main legal-ethical frameworks in this field, as well as recent and ongoing public and political debates on these technologies.
Take a minor at another faculty or university
If you choose to take a minor elsewhere, you can do so at another faculty of VU Amsterdam, or at another Dutch university. An overview of all minors at VU Amsterdam can be found on here. Before taking a minor at another faculty or university, permission is always required from the Examination Board of your own faculty.
You can request permission via this form. Please state the following:
- Name of the minor
- Number of credits that the minor comprises
- Faculty / university where you want to take the minor
- Course information of courses from the minor
Take the following into account:
- It is not possible to compile a minor yourself with courses from different minor profiles.
- Minors can only be entered when they have been fully completed and passed.
- If you choose to take a non-legal minor, you will have to fill in the entire free elective space in your master's program with legal master's courses in order to meet the requirements of the civil effect.
- If you are taking a minor at another university, you can usually only request a certified copy of your list of grades once you have completed the entire minor. Only then can you register your grades and credits at the VU. For the courses Plea exercise and Bachelor's thesis you must resp. Have 100 and 120 credits registered before the enrollment deadline closes. If you have completed all courses of the 1st and 2nd year, you meet that requirement. But if that is not the case, it is wise to calculate whether you meet the right number of credits at the right time.
Each university and faculty has different registration procedures. Study the websites in time or contact the academic advisor there.
No permission from the Examination Board is required if you fill in the elective space with:
- Minors of your own study program.
- University minors offered by other VU faculties.
Permission from the Examination Board is required if you fill in the elective space with
- A minor from other faculties that are not classified as a university minor.
- Individual courses from another faculty within the VU or another university (in the Netherlands or abroad).
- With a self-selected package of subjects.
Make sure that you provide sufficient motivation for the request for permission.
How do I make my choice?
Many students find it difficult to decide how they want to fill in their minor in the first semester of the third year. There are a number of ways to help you with this:
What do you want to do after your bachelor?
Think about what you want to do after your bachelor. Then you may also come to a good choice for the content of your minor.
Ask yourself whether you prefer to deepen or broaden in a certain direction. If you already know what you want to do after your bachelor's degree, it can be interesting to delve into that direction now. If you don't know that yet, you can choose something broader to leave the options more open.
Collect information about the different options that appeal to you. A lot of information about studying abroad can be found on VU.nl. Information about minors can be found at minor.vu.nl. There you can also search by area of interest.
Talk to senior students about how they completed their minor. How did they come to that choice? How did you like it? Could it be something for you too?
If you need advice, please contact the academic advisor. Career Services can help you if you want to explore the options for after your studies. That can sometimes be a good first step.
Tip: when making your choice, you can apply the "funnel model". To do this, list the big choices and see if you can cross things out. Do I / do not want to go abroad, do / do not want an in-depth minor, etc. Then delve further into the options that you prefer to make a good choice.
Minor Forensic Criminology
You can also take the minor Forensic Criminology at the Faculty of Law. This minor (30 EC) offers a unique view of the criminal justice chain from a criminological perspective. You do not need permission from the Examination Board to take this minor. You can register for the courses yourself via VUnet.
This minor is in Dutch and only open to VU students.
Exchange program abroad
Within your minor space, you can also go to a partner university abroad for a semester via an exchange program. You will live, study and live in an international environment for six months. With this you work on your CV and your personal development. It is an adventure that increases your independence and allows you to improve your languages. You can also build an international network in this way. At a partner university you can put together a package of electives yourself. If you obtain 30 EC in courses, you will not incur any delay in your studies. The courses must be approved by the Examination Board before departure. If you obtain less than 30 ECTS abroad, you can compensate for the shortage of credits in the minor with separate courses from a maximum of one minor.
Please note: the registration period for studying abroad during the first semester of your third year is early in the second year of your study. If you're considering this, read more about Studying Abroad.
When you do a minor abroad, the grades obtained there are often only sent by the university concerned when you have already returned to the Netherlands. The VU will only enter the grades and credits after an official list of grades has been received. For the courses Plea exercise and Bachelor's thesis you must resp. Have 99 and 120 credits registered before the enrollment deadline closes. If you have completed all courses of the 1st and 2nd year, you meet that requirement. But if that is not the case, it is wise to calculate whether you have the correct number of credits registered on VUnet at the right time.
Submit obtained results
Below you will find information about submitting results that you have obtained at another study program within or outside the VU.
Submit externally obtained results
Do you have any questions?
Please contact the Student Desk.