The Netherlands is a brilliant place to study an LLM, as it boasts ancient institutions and an emphasis on international law, reflecting the long heritage of international trade of the Netherlands.
Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider studying your LLM in the Netherlands.
If you wish to practice law in the Netherlands after you graduate, then you must undertake your undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees in Dutch. However, if you are planning on practising internationally or are already qualified, there are a large number of LLM courses available in English. Most law schools in the Netherlands offer LLM courses in English including the University of Groningen. A large proportion of the population of the Netherlands speaks English, but if you decide to study your LLM in English, you should attempt to learn a little Dutch to improve your time in the Netherlands.
Historical Study Of The Law
Many of the universities in the Netherlands have a long tradition of teaching the law which makes them highly ranked and extremely well respected places to gain your legal education. For example Leiden Law School was established in 1575, the University of Amsterdam was established in 1632, and the University of Groningen has been teaching law since it's founding in 1614.
The international hub of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam makes travelling around the world easy to do. It is also easy to travel from the Netherlands by train or car to large parts of Europe and to the tuitions of the EU in Brussels or to the international organisations, like the World Trade Organisation, based in Geneva.
Wide Range of LLM Subjects
Law schools in the Netherlands offer a great range of LLM specialisms. Topics that have an international emphasis are particularly popular, such as International Commercial Law, International Human Rights Law, Technology Law, Energy Law or the Law of the European Union.
For Dutch and EU students, tuition fees for your first masters level course studied in the Netherlands are comparatively low compared to many other European countries. The standard tuition fee for a first masters level course is just over €2,000 per year. However, if you are an international student or this is your second masters level course in the Netherlands then the tuition fee for an LLM tends to be around €15,000, which is similar to LLM courses around most of Europe.
Well Respected Law Schools
Most of the law schools in the Netherlands feature in the top 300 law schools worldwide as ranked by the QS worldwide rankings, and the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University are both ranked in the top 50 law schools in the world by the QS worldwide rankings.
Number of LLM Courses in English by Law School