Career prospects

Our professor François Kristen shares some career prospects.

Your pathway to a first-class legal career

There is a growing demand, both in the governmental and wider public sector as well as private practice, for talented law graduates who are capable of looking beyond the boundaries of national criminal law and policy. The unique knowledge and skillset developed through the LLM in European Criminal Justice programme creates a path for graduates to work in diverse and wide-ranging areas of law and/or administration. You could find yourself working in legal practice at a national or European level, or in a wider international context.

Our graduates are well suited to life in European or international organisations, but also meet the requirements of the ‘civiel effect’ covenant in the Netherlands. This opens up multiple opportunities to apply their skills in legal and/or administrative practice at national level. From the public prosecutor’s office summoning a foreign witness, to a private defence lawyer using the EU directive on the presumption of innocence to support their argument in a national criminal case,to a law clerk or a judget at a national court, the unique insight you stand to gain during your studies is increasingly sought-after by employers.

Policy assistants and lawyers in locations such as The Hague, Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, as well as seats of national government, also require a clear understanding of how to put cross-border issues on the agenda or translate new obligations into national law. Your qualifications moreover open the door to a career with any number of relevant European judicial authorities, including the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Eurojust, Europol, OLAF, as well the competent judicial and legislative bodies (the European Parliament, Council and Commission).

Equally, your skills can be put to use in an administrative context and in administrative punitive enforcement. This could include working with regulatory authorities in the Member States (for example, the national financial markets supervisory bodies or their European or international equivalents (the European Bank Authority, for instance). 

So, whether you intend to work within national legal practice, or perhaps the EU or further afield, the LLM in European Criminal Justice in a Global Context provides an excellent springboard for a successful, challenging legal career.

Alumni stories

Curious about the jobs our alumni got? Browse the LinkedIn profile of our graduates below in European Criminal Justice in a Global Context.

Career development

The programme aims to facilitate the connection between you and the job market, in particular through:

  • visiting relevant institutions, such as the European Commission and Parliament, the European Court of Justice, Eurojust, Europol and OLAF. The strong reputation and contract network of Utrecht University means students are regularly offered places on highly sought-after internships with these organisations;
  • inviting alumni to take part in various activities on campus, including informative presentations about their current employer and working environment, and/or social and networking events, such as the annual career event;
  • assisting with arranging an internship.

UU Career Services

UU Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills, such as writing an application letter and CV and conducting a job interview. You can find more information about career services on UU Career Services for Dutch students or UU Career Services for international students. Furthermore, the alumni network supports graduates with workshops and meet-ups after graduation to expand networks and skills.

UU Careers Day

Once a year, Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. The Careers Day event offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and group training sessions, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to join a job application training or have your resume checked.