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Law / Rechtsgeleerdheid



September - February 


1 year



In the master’s programme in Law the different main areas of law are explained in relation to each other. You also follow in-depth courses in the particular field of law you have chosen. You won’t be sitting passively in class, though: in the practicum and the privatissimum you prepare actively for professional practice.


In English

  • European Law
  • Governance of Migration and Diversity (track within European Law)
  • Public International Law

In Dutch

  • Civil Law / Civiel Recht
  • Company Law / Ondernemingsrecht
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law / Staats- en bestuursrecht
  • Criminal Law and Criminology / Straf- en strafprocesrecht
  • Financial Law / Financieel Recht
  • Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law / Encyclopedie en filosofie van het recht
  • Labour Law / Arbeidsrecht


In this master’s programme you are prepared as best as possible for professional practice. Many of our lecturers come from professional practice. Much attention is paid in the master’s programme to the training of academic skills which are also of great value in practice. You take part in debates, carry out legal research, write papers and hold presentations.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A Bachelor’s in Law (LL.B.) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from a recognised university; in exceptional cases a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (e.g. in Political Science or equivalent) will be acceptable, provided that a substantial number of law courses are included in the bachelor’s programme.

English proficiency**

IELTS: 6.5 / TOEFL internet-based: 90

Leiden Law School


year master’s programmes


master's students


international master’s students
(95% in Advanced LL.M.  programmes)




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

The Advanced LL.M. programmes are not subsidised by the Dutch government. For these programmes an institutional tuition fee applies. The tuition fee for the Advanced LL.M. programmes for all students is €20,900 (€10,450 Advanced LLM programmes - part-time)

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
**  English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check  our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can  find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements  per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for  detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent  scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.