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What will I learn?

Are you curious, analytical and ready to take on new challenges in a dynamic academic environment? Are you interested in writing academic texts, or engaging in debate, and tackling complicated legal issues? Would you like the opportunity to complete an in-depth Master’s-level programme in law that extends beyond the standard one-year period? The two-year Legal Research Master’s at Utrecht University may be the perfect choice for you!

Take advantage of a growing need for legal researchers

For legal practitioners and academics alike, legal research skills are increasingly important. Law firms have a growing need for thorough, well-trained lawyers with excellent writing skills and a research-oriented mindset. The Legal Research programme will help you to become the type of well-rounded lawyer that our changing society needs.

Become a perceptive and analytic thinker

Legislative and executive processes at the international, national and local levels need sharp analytical thinkers. Traditional law courses do not always provide graduates with the required knowledge and skills to meet this demand. Utrecht University developed the two-year Legal Research Master’s programme to fill this need.

The Legal Research Master’s programme prepares you for a legal career as a practitioner in the commercial, public service or academic sectors, and it also offers you an excellent foundation for further studies at the PhD level. As part of this programme, you will complete courses in legal research skills as well as in your chosen field. You will also spend approximately one year engaged in legal research projects and writing a Master’s thesis.

Towards A Professional Career

After finishing this Master’s programme in Legal Research, you will be well prepared for legal practice at a national or international law firm, in the judiciary or in a government or non-governmental position. You can also find a legal research position, such as with one of the major law firms, the research departments of Supreme Courts in various parts of the world or in the Netherlands at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Council of State or the Research and Documentation Centre (Wetenschappelijk Onderzoeks- en Documentatiecentrum) of the Ministry of Justice.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,95,261) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

MSc Track: Knowledge/ competence in the field of European law and a bachelor degree in Economics or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics; Mathematics; Industrial organization and Competition Policy; Corporate Finance; Econometrics or Advanced Statistics. English language requirements: IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.0 for all components. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 96, at least 23 for writing and 20 for the other sections. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

Bachelor degree with a major in law with a minimum grade average of 7.0 on a scale from 1 to 10.

Bachelor degree at University College or Roosevelt Academy, including at least six law courses (45 EC) with a minimum grade average of 7.0 on a scale from 1 to 10.

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

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