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Public International Law - Leiden University

Public International Law (LL.M.)

Admission requirements

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

In order to be considered for the Master programme Public International Law, you should possess (before the start of the programme) a Bachelor's in Law (LL.B) from a recognised research university

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. 

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 this website.

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 24) 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
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We are still awaiting a decision on whether Dutch universities can accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic year 2021-2022. This information will be updated as soon as we know more.
  • 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 Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, 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:

  • academic transcript of relevant prior degree(s) and other documented evidence of relevant experience related to public international law;
  • a letter of motivation illustrating experience and interest in matters of public international law;
  • two letters of recommendation from current or previous professors and/or employers.
  • evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e., working for a law firm, internships etc. – this information should be included in your curriculum vitae. Please note: work experience is not a strict requirement.

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