Master of Laws: specialisation Transnational Legal Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master of Laws: specialisation Transnational Legal Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master of Laws: specialisation Transnational Legal Studies

The traditional distinctions between national, European and international law fail to capture the nature of law in a globalizing world. Cross-border phenomena such as terrorism, economic interdependence, migration, global warming and the internet invite us to use and think about law in ways challenging to traditional ideas of sovereignty and jurisdiction. Transnational legal studies focuses on law beyond the state in its social, political, economic, symbolic and policy context. Students learn to address law as a phenomenon in its social, theoretical, symbolic and policy context.

Your programme in a nutshell

Transnational Legal Studies is one of the full time, one year specialisations within the VU master of laws, consisting of 60 EC in total. You will follow:

  • an in-depth course in either EU law or Public International Law (or take both)
  • a range of selective courses, covering topics as diverse as human rights, e-commerce, law and religion, the politics of international law, children’s rights, and competition law, so that you can tailor your masters to your particular interests
  • you will write a graduation thesis
  • there is also the possibility to undertake an internship or a period of study abroad

Career prospects

The need for transnationally trained lawyers continues to increase. Any organisation can employ transnationally trained lawyers. Future employers can include (but are not restricted to!): EU institutions, the UN, international organizations, ngo's, national governments, international law firms and universities. Students specialising in transnational law have good employment prospects.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree in Law.
  • Applicants who do not have a Bachelor in Law but in another subject are still encouraged to apply, provided that they have completed at least 60 ECTS of law subjects, including some international and European Law. This may be relevant for people with e.g. political science or liberal arts degrees and ‘Law and (..)’ degrees.
  • 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. AUC students are a perfect example of this group of students.
  • Applicants should have a good proficiency of the English language and should be able to provide proof in this format:
    • IELTS: 6.5 - please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one!
    • TOEFL paper-based test: 580
    • TOEFL computer-based test: 237
    • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92-93
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A&B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B&C

Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA