Universiteit Leiden

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Leiden Law School


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

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.

Teaching Reviews

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

Training opportunities at every level

Leiden Law Courses

The Leiden Law School has an extensive offering of English-taught law courses at an undergraduate level. The academic credits obtained can then be transferred to count towards a student’s degree at his or her home institution. These courses are open to exchange and visiting students from around the world, as well as Dutch students, giving the courses a truly international flavour.

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. Criminal Justice is a MSc programme.

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 50 countries across five continents.

Summer Programmes

Several programmes are offered during the summer months in co-operation with Columbia University in New York, and our Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague. 

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