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Master European Law - Leiden University

European Law (LL.M.)

Admission requirements

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

  • a Bachelor’s in Law (LL.B.) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from a recognised research university
  • in exceptional cases a bachelor’s degree from a recognised research university in a related discipline (e.g. in Political Science or equivalent) will be acceptable, provided that a substantial number of law courses (minimum 45 EC) are included in the bachelor’s programme.

Students who have a LL.B. (Bachelor’s degree) in Law from Leiden University are directly eligible for admission. They must register via Studielink but they do not have to apply for admission via the online application portal. 

(for Dutch students at the Law faculty in Leiden)
Heb je bij de Universiteit Leiden de bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid afgerond (of ga je die vóór de start van de masteropleiding afronden) en heb je je afstuderen aangevraagd, dan ben je direct toelaatbaar.  Je moet je aanmelden via studielink maar je hoeft géén toelatingsverzoek in te dienen.


Students with a Bachelor’s in Law (LL.B.) from another research University (completed before the starting date of the programme) must register via Studielink and apply for admission via the online application portal (uSis) before the deadline.

Check the Course and Examination Regulations (OER) and the admission requirements (Chapter 5) on the website tab European (LL.M). 

Applicants with a higher professional education (HBO) degree are not eligible for admission. They can only start in the first year of the bachelor’s programme.

 proven English language proficiency, demonstrated by way of a TOEFL test (overall score of 100 Internet-based) or IELTS test (overall score of 7.0), or Cambridge English Proficiency certificate (CPE), evidenced by an appropriate test

  • in addition to the above-mentioned overall English test scores, minimum band scores of IELTS 6.0 (TOEFL 20) for speaking, listening and reading, and a minimum band score of IELTS 6.5 (TOEFL 22) for writing are required.
  • English test results may not be more than two years old!

You can apply to a programme before you obtain the results of your language exam (if you already have your results you can upload them directly in our online portal). If you are admitted, it will be on the condition that these results will meet the required levels specified.

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

English tests accepted
Note that English test results may not be more than two years old. The following types of English test are accepted: 

  • IELTS: Academic
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • 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.
    • We can accept the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition™  and the TOEFL IBT Paper Edition for admission to the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

Applicants should submit:

  • a letter of motivation illustrating experience and interest in matters of European law;
  • a letter of recommendation from current or previous professors and/or employers;
  • show documented evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e., working for a law firm, internships etc. – this information should be included in your curriculum vitae.

>> Go to the next step 2: Check the application deadlines 

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