Career prospects

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

  • Inviting experts from different institutions to give insights about the hiring process, and establish connections with our students and alumni.
  • Facilitating internships.
  • Inviting alumni for various activities, including informative presentations about their current employer and working environment, and/or social and networking events, like the annual career event.

Towards a professional career

The LLM in Public International Law has a strong connection to practice, so it offers you an excellent introduction to the legal profession. Moot courts, visits to legal and professional organisations and guest lecturers from the field provide a concrete vision of what it is like to work in public international law. With the ability to critically reflect on today’s driving legal issues – such as human and environmental rights –  you will be well-prepared for a legal career. Graduates from prior years have done well in a range of employment areas, including:

  • Government and other public institutions
  • International organisations, including courts and tribunals
  • International and national NGOs
  • Academia
  • Private sector, including law firms
  • National public service as a diplomat or civil servant
  • Corporate and private law practice

​After finishing your studies, you can work as a:

  • Diplomat, lawyer, or policy officer in national government (for example, as a legal advisor in Foreign Affairs).
  • ​Teacher or researcher/PhD in the field of international public law.
  • Lawyer or policy officer in international government, NGOs, or businesses (for example, legal advisor at Greenpeace).
  • Attorney specialising in the area of international public law.

Alumni stories

Curious about the jobs our alumni got? Browse the LinkedIn profiles of some of our graduates in Public International Law. Also check the testimonials to get an impression of the jobs that other alumni of the LLM in Public International Law have obtained.

UU Career Services

UU Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills – examples include 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 trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to join a job application training or have your resume checked.