LLM - International Law

Taught in English

Globalisation and European integration have brought rapid change to the legal profession. There is a growing need for law graduates who are both well versed in international law and fluent in several languages. The International Laws master’s programme (formerly Law and Language Studies) was created to meet this demand. The programme gives law graduates a comprehensive education in different national and international legal systems while providing intensive language training.

The International Law master’s programme is a two-year programme taught in English.

Programme information

The master’s programme in International Law examines the effects of globalization and European integration on the international, European and national law. Students also receive intensive language training in one language other than English. The default language is French but depending on the interests and level of the students, other languages are made available (eg. Spanish or Mandarin Chinese).

The content of the International Laws curriculum is largely defined by the student. Alongside compulsory courses that provide a firm grasp of the international law, you will choose a series of elective courses during each of the four teaching periods of the programme. One elective can be replaced with participation in an international moot court competition.

During the second year, you will complete a master’s thesis under the close supervision of a faculty member. You will also study abroad at one of the Faculty of Law’s partner universities for a period of four to ten months.

The programme offers a truly comparative experience and the freedom to compile a tailor-made curriculum from our specialization tracks in banking, EC jurisprudence, and procedure, or commercial law, etc.

Fast Facts

  • Programme: International Laws
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 2-year full time
  • Start date(s): September
  • Study load per week: 8 hrs classes; 32 hrs individual study. Total: 40 hours
  • Learning method: problem-based learning; (guest) lectures; presentations; assignments; papers
  • Assessment method: written and oral exams; final papers; group participation

Admission requirements

Students with a Dutch diploma

Bachelor's in European Law School

  • Admission requirements: None

Bachelor's in Dutch Law / Tax Law

  • Admission requirements: TOEFL / IELTS

Bachelor's in Law (HBO)

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law; TOEFL / IELTS
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law

Bachelor's in European Studies

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law

Bachelor's from University College Maastricht

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law

Other bachelor's degrees (not in Law) from a Dutch university or HBO institution

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in European / international law; TOEFL / IELTS
  • Other recommendations: Major in Law
  • Please note that the Master International Laws is a selective master programme and not a continuing ("door room"-) master. Accordingly, students are not guaranteed admission by fulfilling the above-mentioned requirements. Students are selected on the basis of previously obtained degrees and grades, extracurricular experience, language skills, letter of motivation and (if applicable) scores obtained for the entrance exam. The Board of Admissions may decide to directly admit outstanding students.

Students with a non-Dutch diploma

  • a bachelor’s degree in law from a non-Dutch university (these students will not be required to take an entrance exam); or
  • a bachelor’s degree in a field other than law(an entrance exam is required for these students); or

    a degree from an anon-Dutch institute of higher vocational education (an entrance exam is required for these students).

Language proficiency

Applicants who are non-native English speakers and have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS test with a minimum overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 paper-based (PBT), 233 computer-based (CBT) or 90 internet-based (iBT)
  • Cambridge examinations: CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with grade A, B or C or CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) with grade A, B or C+

Entrance exam in European / International law

This is an internet-based test consisting of 60 multiple choice questions, 2 case studies, and a self-reflection test.

Contact the Faculty for more information.

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