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Leiden Law School


Leiden Law School offers intensive education programmes that provide tremendous opportunities for talented students.

Full range of courses and services at Leiden Law School

In response to the coronavirus outbreak Leiden Law School courses have switched to both online and offline teaching.

Using this application, teaching staff give online video lectures and hand out more in-depth coursework such as peer-reviewed assignments. All bachelor’s and master’s courses can be followed using this system. Exams and assessments are also arranged online - for example, oral exams, presentations or exams using open questions.

At Leiden University, online instruction is (partly) combined with regular face-to-face instruction. One example is ‘flipped classroom’ courses, where students study the subject matter online beforehand to be able to have active discussions during a lecture or tutorial, or use what they have learned in an assignment. Instruction can be provided in several ways, e.g. a short film, a podcast or a quiz. Students use this to prepare so that they can immediately start working with the subject matter during the lecture.

A Small Private Online Course (SPOC) is a university course that is taught online to a small group of students. The courses are only open to a limited number of participants and registration is often required. Because of the exclusive character of SPOCs, they offer more room for discussion and individual attention. These courses are offered mainly to master’s students. An example of such a course is Crime & migration.

Everyone wherever they are in the world can follow free online academic courses offered by Leiden University. There are over 20 free online courses offered by Leiden University to choose from. Each of these Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has attracted thousands of participants from all parts of the world. There are no set requirements for prior education or qualifications, and the courses are free.


In the first year of the bachelor’s programme students take the course Leiden Law Practices (LLP). In this course they are supervised by a lecturer and a senior student in a small group of fellow students. Students learn how to study, how to use the code of law and study court rulings. Together with this group, they will follow all other courses in their first year and discover everything about the programme together.

Master’s students are welcomed twice a year: at the beginning of September and the beginning of February. At events organised specifically for these students, they are provided with extra information about what the University and their own programme has to offer. They also have the opportunity to meet the students from their own programme and the lecturers who will be teaching them. Support is also provided about practical matters such as setting up a student account and helping to register for courses and exams.

Advanced master’s students are welcomed in September by the management of their particular programme and a full introduction programme helps them to settle into their studies. Throughout the year, their Programme Coordinator is ready to help students with any questions.

The online services of the University Library offer online e-books or an extensive collection of e-journals for you to study. Many publishers are now temporarily providing extra videos, e-books and other digital lessons and study materials online so you can improve your knowledge about all sorts of topics. The full overview of services is available at the website of our library.

Students can use Office 365 ProPlus and the cloud service OneDrive for free. Office 365 provides you with access on your pc and mobile devices to programmes such as Word and Excel. Using OneDrive you can store and share up to 1024 Gb of data. In this way, students can work together and have contact with their lecturers.

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> Full overview of study programmes at Leiden University

Leiden is internationally orientated and has many contacts with other universities abroad. The influence of internationalisation and European integration is steadily increasing in all areas of society and law. The design of our study programmes is entirely in line with these developments. With our campus in The Hague we are close to the political arena and many international organisations that operate in the area of peace and law.


Leiden Law School receives good national and international reviews from students and professionals. The faculty ranks number 24 in the QS World University Rankings by subject . This ranking is based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.  

Training opportunities at every level

Leiden Law School offers a wide range of educational programmes at all levels. Many are taught in English, making them easily accessible to international students. A variety of legal fields and topics are covered which means there is something for everyone, whatever your educational background and interests. 

Exchange/Study Abroad Programmes

Leiden Law School offers an extensive range of undergraduate law courses. Many of these are taught in English and are accessible to both Dutch and international students alike. As an international student, you can follow undergraduate law courses via an exchange or study abroad programme.

Bachelor's programmes

Leiden Law School offers four different Bachelor’s (LLB) programmes. These are taught in the Dutch language and are part of the standard Dutch law curriculum. See the Dutch page for details. 

Are you looking for undergraduate level education in English? We also offer many English-taught single semester courses that can be followed on a contract basis or as part of an exchange or study-abroad programme.

LL.M./MSc Programmes

The Master of Laws programmes are part of the standard Dutch law curriculum and form the required elements for students wishing to qualify for legal practice in the Netherlands. These programmes are also accessible for international students. We also offer MSc programmes in Criminal Justice and Law and Society.

LL.M. Programmes in Advanced Studies

Advanced Studies programmes are substantially more in-depth and demanding. They are specifically designed for excellent students with legal experience and for qualified lawyers who wish to enhance their career prospects. Students are also involved in the research carried out within their institute. They are taught by the Law School’s most senior faculty as well as leading experts in the field, and the number of contact hours is high. These programmes are highly international, with students coming from over 65 countries across five continents.

Summer Programmes

Several programmes are offered during the summer months in co-operation with institutions such as Columbia University in New York and our Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague. Find out more about Leiden Law School's summer schools


Would you like to learn more about Anglo-American law, gain experience conducting scientific research in Anglo-American law, or study on a scholarship at Anglo-American universities, including Oxford with its excellent Magister Juris Programme? Then contact the Institute of Anglo-American Law.

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