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What will I learn?

European Law is a one-year Master’s specialisation at the internationally renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme distinguishes itself by its broad intra-disciplinary approach, covering institutional, constitutional as well as internal market and competition law of the EU in addition to human rights from an EU perspective.

About the programme

The European Law Master’s specialisation is founded on the Europa Institute’s research programme, The progression of EU law: Accommodating change and upholding values. The programme distinguishes itself by its broad intra-disciplinary approach, covering institutional, constitutional as well as substantive law of the EU in addition to human rights from an EU perspective.

Programme overview

Semester 1

International students

Choose 2 of the 3 courses below:

  • European Protection of Human Rights
  • The Union in the World
  • Europe's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

All students

  • EU Institutional Law & General Principles of EU Law
  • Capita Selecta of European Law - Privatissimum

Semester 2

All students

  • EU Internal Market and Competition Law
  • European Law in Practice – Practicum
  • Thesis Master of Law

After graduation

The European Law Master’s programme offered by the Europa Institute at Leiden University will provide you with the skills necessary for a successful legal career in the private or public sector.

Career perspectives

Our alumni have found employment in:

  • European institutions, such as the Council of Europe;
  • international organisations, such as the United Nations, the OECD and the OCSE;
  • national and local government;
  • governmental and non-governmental organisations, such as UNHCR, IOM, Amnesty International and Greenpeace
  • corporate companies;
  • major law firms in Amsterdam, London, Brussels and Luxembourg;
  • academia.

Which department am I in?

Leiden Law School

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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