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Advanced Master Law and Finance - Leiden University

Law & Finance (Advanced LL.M.)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Law & Finance at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A full degree in law offering access to legal practice in the country where it was obtained, or an equivalent law degree from a recognised university/law school;
  • or a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline, such as economics or business administration, with a sufficient background in law evidenced by, for example, certificates of courses in law successfully concluded or substantial professional legal experience; and
  • evidence of excellent academic performance.

The following requirements apply: 

  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, with at least 6.0 for the speaking, listening and reading components and at least 6.5 for the writing component.
    • We do not accept IELTS Academic online.
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator.
       
  • TOEFL internet based: 100 overall, with at least 20 for the speaking, listening and reading component and at least 22 for the writing component. 
    • We are not able to accept The TOEFL IBT Home Edition™, except in the following situations only:
      You took the test before 1 Sept 2022 (and it is not more than 2 years old), or you are unable to take an in-person test on location because test centres are inaccessible or closed due to unsafe conditions in a country.
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency, with at least 169 for the speaking, listening and reading components and at least 176 for the writing component.

Note that English test results may not be more than two years old.

You do not have to submit an English proficiency test if you have completed your education in the USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta; or if you have obtained an English-taught International Baccalaureate™; or if you have completed an English-taught bachelor at a Dutch research university.

Note: you cannot be granted an exemption on the basis of a Dutch pre-university (VWO) diploma. 

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to the English language proficiency information sheet

  • A keen interest in the financial sector, illustrated by way of a letter of motivation.
  • Documented evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e. employment or internship at a law firm or voluntary work, illustrated by way of a detailed curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to good academic and/or professional ability. At least one letter must be written by an academic staff member, for example a lecturer or academic supervisor.

Meeting the admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee an admission offer. Students are selected on the basis of overall merit. 

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