Admission and deadlines
There are entry requirements for this new combined curriculum Law & Economics and Economics and Law for the students who wish to do the LLM track as well as for those who want to do the MSc track. The entry requirements depend on which bachelor programme the student has followed. Students who have completed a bachelor in economics can do either the LLM track or the MSc track. The same applies to students who have completed a bachelor in law.
An overview of the entry requirements is available here.
Please read the table as follows: if you have done the bachelor mentioned in the first column, you can go on to do either of the tracks providing you meet the requirements in the column pertaining to the track you have chosen.
Explanation of entry requirements
a. Entry requirements
- The general entry requirements are the same as the requirements that are necessary for moving on to a higher level in your own discipline (from bachelor in law to LLM, from bachelor in economics to MSc) and consist of both knowledge that is gained in your own discipline as well as knowledge that can be gained in another discipline. The latter is necessary because students of both tracks of the master Law & Economics will follow a number of courses together. In order to do so they will need to have a certain level of knowledge at the start of the programme.
- In addition, the general entry requirements include (extra) requirements for students who wish to receive a master’s title in the other discipline (the discipline that they have not followed from the start of the bachelor): a minor (or equivalent programme) in the other discipline is required.
- Basic knowledge of Microeconomics is imperative. The student must have gained this knowledge during his/her previous education. Students who have followed the bachelor of economics programme already possess this knowledge. The entry requirement for students with a bachelor of law or another degree is that they have at least sufficient knowledge of microeconomic principles. This would be the case if they did an economics course during their bachelor of law studies. If they miss this knowledge, they will be able to fill the gap by following a special summer school course that will be offered from 2014-2015. For academic year 2013-2014 there will be a temporary provision because of which the microeconomics (crash course) can be followed during the last week of August and first weeks of September.
- Knowledge of European law is a prerequisite. The bachelor course European law is suitable. A similar course offered by a different faculty is also acceptable.
- The requirements are worded as “knowledge/competence”. It is clear that a student meets these requirements if he/she has followed the course (and written the exam). It is also possible to meet this requirement through work experience.
- Language requirements (minimum TOEFL/IELTS score etc) are being raised for all international LLM’s per 2014.
b. Recommended knowledge
- In order to join the master of Law & Economics programme, knowledge of the field of economic public law is recommended, for instance by following the Economic Public Law course (or an equivalent course).
- For students who have not done a bachelor in Economics and who wish to do the LLM track, an extra economics course in the field of Law and Economics is recommended.
In addition to meeting these programme-specific requirements, you have to:
The final decision on all applications will be made by the programme’s Admissions Committee. Applications will be evaluated based on the candidate’s knowledge, insights and skills (as assessed by experts inside and outside of Utrecht University), their motivation and ambition, and their command of English. Candidates should also be able to produce their original degree certificates, if requested.
Be in good time before the deadline!
After you have applied online, you have to pay the application fee and send in a number of forms and documents. Make sure we have received everything in good time before the deadline. If at the deadline your file is incomplete and/or your application fee has not been paid, we cannot consider your application.
When to expect a decision
We will notify you about the decision of the Admissions Committee within four weeks after we have received your complete file and application fee.
Please take note of the following deadlines when applying for the LLM Law and Economics:
- If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you have to apply for your Master’s programme before 1 December.
- International students requiring a visa and/or residence permit and/or housing: 1 April* .
- International students who do not require a visa and/or residence permit, and housing: 1 June.
Please note: you are responsible for your own housing! **
- Students who obtained their LLB in the Netherlands: 1 June
* Students who are from non-EU/EEA countries need to apply for an entry visa and/or a residence permit. This means they will need extra time, which is why they cannot apply after 1 April (depending on the starting date).
** You are an EU/EEA citizen when you have the nationality of one of the following countries: all countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Vatican City and Switzerland.
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This Master's programme is officially registered under the name Law and Economics (code 60742). You will need to use this name and code when you apply for this programme.