Become a different kind of lawyer
Do you have an international background or international perspective that makes you curious about different cultures? Do you think deeply about complex social issues, and crave the opportunity to discuss them with others? Are you ambitious and thrive on a challenge? Are you keen to work with people, each with a story to tell?
Then the Law In Society programme is just the thing for you.
Please note that teaching and exams in period 1 will take place online entirely. In period 2 (up to Christmas) all lectures will be given online; on-campus teaching (such as tutorials) will take place if and when possible. A decision on teaching after January 1st will be made in the fall. Solutions will be sought for students who, for pressing and valid reasons, cannot attend class on campus.
Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply
Admission requirements: non-Dutch previous education
Law in Society is a selective programme.
Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of the admission decision of the Admission Board. Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your certified diploma copy is received and the conditions in your admission decision letter have been met.
Requirements that apply:
1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma
See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.
Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.
Keep in mind that when your previous education does not meet our entry requirement you might be required to take additional entry tests for admission.
2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
Applicants who have completed their (English-taught) education in Canada, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Ireland, or Australia are exempted from this requirement, as are those who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programmes only).
All other international applicants must provide test scores from either IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English, completed no more than two years before September 1st of the year their studies would begin. Note that the TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted.
We accept the following tests and minimum scores:
- IELTS (academic): 6.5 (with at least 7.0 for reading)
- TOEFL internet based test: 92 (with at least 24 for reading)
- VU English proficiency test: TOEFL ITP: 580 (with at least 64 for reading)
- Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)/C1 Advanced: grades A, B or C
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)/C2 Proficiency: grades A, B or C
For verification of your test results, please upload your results or send it to us by email.
The TOEFL-ITP exam is offered by the VU Taalloket and takes place at the university. The test costs €80 and is only valid for admission to VU Amsterdam.
Deadline for submission:
• 1 July for students who require a study visa
• 31 August for students with the EU/EEA nationality and other student who do not require a study visa
3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
After you apply for the programme and upload the required documents in our Student Portal, the admission officer will evaluate your qualifications to determine whether your mathematics level is sufficient.
These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the required level of mathematics:
- International Baccalaureate: all IB mathematics subjects
- British GCE A-Levels: A-levels or AS-level in Mathematics with a grade A, B or C.
- Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife.
- European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 3 hours during the Orientation Cycle.
If you do not meet the mathematics requirement but have an otherwise strong application, you could still be selected and accepted with a conditional offer. You would then be asked to participate in an entry test in mathematics (Dutch VWO mathematics C). If participation in the exam is necessary this will be communicated to you in the offer letter.
Mathematics Exams in the Netherlands
Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides a Mathematics course in English with exams in December, May and July.
CCVX (Dutch and English).
CCVX offers Mathematics exams equivalent to the Dutch VWO Mathematics C level for Dutch-speaking and English-speaking applicants.
Admission requirements: Dutch previous education
If you have obtained or will obtain a Dutch diploma, please check the criteria on our Dutch webpage.
Submit your complete application before April 1st (non-EU) or May 1st (EU).
Applicants are asked to upload the following documents:
- Assessment form; tell us why you’re a great fit. We use the assessment form instead of a letter of motivation. Please fill it in and upload it in the application where the assessment form is requested.
- Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience.
- Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained in your high school and further education (if applicable). If you have already graduated please also include a scan of your diploma.
- Copy of valid passport.
- English language test results (if already obtained).
- Optional: you may include a letter of reference with your application (in Dutch or English). You can choose the referent yourself; we suggest, however, that you pick someone who knows you professionally (teacher, supervisor, boss, etc.).
The final application deadline for non-EU/EEA students is 1 April and for Dutch and EU students the final deadline is 1 May. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will know if you are selected.
Do you have a non-Dutch nationality? Then you may be eligible for housing via the International Office Accommodation Services. An early application is then recommended.
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Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.
Law in Society is a selective programme
We are looking for talented and motivated students with first and foremost an affinity for law, and secondly for the multidisciplinary approaches to Law that are part of the programme. The Admission Board will determine if your motivation and qualifications match the desired profile.
Under ‘Application’ you can find which documents you have to upload and the application link.
As part of the application procedure you are asked to complete an online assessment form. Whether or not you will actually be offered a place in our programme will depend on your:
- eligibility for admission (if you do not meet our entry requirements at first you might have to take an additional entrance exam)
- motivation to join our multidisciplinary law programme
- added experience to our mixed classroom
The Admission Board will convene once per month to discuss the completed admission requests.
Applications completed until: Date of meeting: 1 November 2020 11 November 2020 1 December 2020 9 December 2020 1 January 2021 13 January 2021 1 February 2021 10 February 2021 1 March 2021 17 March 2021 1 April 2021 14 April 2021 16 April 2021 26 April 2021 1 May 2021 12 May 2021 16 May 2021 26 May 2021 1 June 2021 16 June 2021
You will receive the outcome by email within one week after the meeting.
There are two possible outcomes:
- Selected for a Skype interview; you will be invited for a Skype meeting to discuss your motivation for and expectations of the programme. The interview would normally take place within 2 weeks after the meeting.
- Rejected; unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in the Bachelor’s programme Law in Society.
If the interview is successful you will receive a conditional or unconditional offer for the Bachelor’s programme. All further steps after admission can be found in our step-by-step guide.
Binding Study Advice (BSA)
The BSA is an advice given to all Bachelor’s students on four occasions during their first year of studies concerning their study progress. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. To continue to the second year you must have obtained a certain number of credits.
To receive a positive BSA for this study programme you must have obtained a minimum of 42 EC (credits) at the end of the first year of enrolment. Every student has access to an overview of the obtained study results and assessments are available for inspection after registration of the test result.