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Are you curious, analytical and ready to take on new challenges in a dynamic academic environment? Are you interested in writing academic texts, engaging in debate, and tackling complicated legal issues? Would you like to be given the opportunity to complete an in-depth Master’s-level programme in law that extends beyond the standard one-year period? If so, the two-year Legal Research Master’s at Utrecht University may be the perfect choice for you!

As a student in the Legal Research Master’s programme, you will:

  • Acquire legal and academic skills by actively conducting research;
  • Learn to produce texts that are relevant to legal academics and scholars;
  • Study and learn to apply various methods of legal research (e.g. empirical methods, doctrinal methods, comparative methods)
  • Participate in and carry out research projects.

You may, for example:

  • Perform part or all of an academic contract study;
  • Write an extensive academic case note;
  • (Co)-organise an academic seminar in your area of expertise;
  • Cooperate in the preparation of international academic conferences;
  • Publish an article in an (international) scholarly journal;
  • Conduct an empirical or comparative legal study.

Take advantage of a growing need for legal researchers

For legal practitioners and academics alike, legal research skills are increasingly important. Universities and research centres, but also law firms, companies, courts, non-governmental organisations and public authorities all have a need for thorough, well-trained lawyers with excellent writing skills and a research-oriented mindset. The Legal Research programme will help you to become the type of well-rounded lawyer that our changing society needs.

Become a perceptive and analytic thinker

Our complex, pluralist, and constantly developing society is in clear need of sharp analytical thinkers. Traditional law courses do not always provide graduates with the required knowledge and skills to meet this demand. Utrecht University developed the two-year Legal Research Master’s programme to fill this gap. This programme offers both an excellent foundation for further PhD studies and a strong preparation for a career as a legal practitioner in the commercial, public service or academic sectors. As part of this programme, you complete courses in legal research methods as well as take substantive courses on the dynamics of law. You spend approximately one year engaged in taking courses in your own field of interest, conducting legal research projects and writing a Master thesis.

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The perfect location

Utrecht offers more than our well-established classical university. It is a vibrant town where Dutch history, a cosmopolitan population and an active student network meet. Every year, students from all over the world come to Utrecht and have the experience of a lifetime. Why not join them?


Key facts

Legal Research (research)
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Mode of study: 
Study duration: 
2 years
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2024-2025: € 2,530

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2024-2025: € 20,043

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Accredited by the NVAO
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school: 
School of Law
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