Peace, Justice and Development (Advanced LL.M.)
To be eligible for Public International Law 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 degree from a recognised university/law school;
- or a degree at an equivalent level in a relevant discipline with a sufficient background in law; and
- evidence of excellent academic performance.
- 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 - academic module only), or Cambridge English Proficiency certificate (CPE), occasionally complemented by a telephone interview.
- 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 find detailed information on accepted test types, score equivalencies, exemptions and methods of submission in the English language proficiency information sheet.
This requirement does not apply if you have:
- completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or
- a diploma from a (English-taught) International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP).
Pre-sessional English Course
Applicants who submit a slightly insufficient English test result may be offered admission to a one month pre-sessional English course prior to entry, at the discretion of the admission board. Please refer to the Pre-sessional English course information sheet for further details.
- A keen interest in matters of public international law and either of the two specialisation tracks, 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.