Master in International Business Law (LLM)
The master's programme International Business Law is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the field of international business and trade. The programme focuses on the legal aspects of commercial transactions, such as drafting contracts, insurance, bank guarantees, insolvency issues, and investments. Students are taught that the practice of international business law must be set against the background of regulations created by national and international lawmakers. Regulating trade and investments is essential to help counter the potential detrimental effects of globalization.
International Business Law is a full-time, one-year programme. It is taught entirely in English and consists of several compulsory courses, elective courses that explore different fields of international business law (for instance tax law and company law) and a Master's thesis.
The programme consists of:
- Two optional tracks (24 EC):
- Profile Transactions
- Profile regulatory
- Mandatory courses (36 EC)
The courses are taught by both legal practitioners and academics and are structured to form an integrated programme. The initial courses provide you with a general legal foundation upon which the courses that follow build into more specific areas of law. In the final stage, you will work on your thesis under the supervision of a professor.
The degree of Master in Law (LLM) is conferred upon students who satisfactorily achieve a minimum of 60 credits. This includes writing a thesis that students will present at the conclusion of the programme. A substantial number of courses are taught both by professors and legal practitioners. The Programme Director will monitor the students’ performance during the programme.
Students who have completed the Master's programme in International Business Law may work as professional business lawyers, in-house counsels for corporations, government officials, corporate executives, legal professionals for an international (intergovernmental) organization etc. Alumni have found jobs at international law firms, banks, and international accounting companies. Others have pursued a career as a legal counsel in government institutions or international organizations. A number of students have chosen to develop their academic skills further by pursuing a PhD.
- Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree in Law.
- Applicants who do not meet the abovementioned requirement are also encouraged to apply, provided that they have a sound academic background and considerable experience in the field of law.
- Language proficiency requirements: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. For Dutch students or students already residing in the Netherlands, it’s possible to take the institutional TOEFL test that the VU Amsterdam offers.
Your previous education is compared to and valued through the UK Naric comparison system and, if necessary, through the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes. Especially students from non-EU countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree in Law could not be sufficient to enter into this LLM programme and their application could result in a rejection. The Faculty of Law does not offer any pre-Master programmes.
The Admission Board will need to receive your complete file at all times in order to maintain a good overview of all applicants and to be able to make a good comparison between applicants. In addition, when in doubt the Admission Board can factor the other documents in the application to make a final decision. Incomplete files and files handed in after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration.
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Last updated January 20, 2018