Judged best in the field

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2018 ranked Utrecht University’s Legal Research programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands.

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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!

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 need. The Legal Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent foundation for further PhD studies as well as prepares you for a legal career as a practitioner in the commercial, public service or academic sectors. As part of this programme, you will complete courses in legal research skills as well as substantive courses in your chosen field. You will spend approximately one year engaged in legal research projects and writing a Master’s thesis.

Read about the experiences of Master's student Waleed
Waleed Magdy
  • Lots of what I currently do is linked to skills and ways of working that I learned during my master’s time at Utrecht
  • During the Legal Research Master’s programme, students develop their own field of interest

Summary

Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: LLM
  • Master's degree in: Legal Research (research)
  • Programme: Legal Research
Accreditation:
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
60744
Language of instruction:
English
Part- or full-time status:
Full-time
Duration:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
120
Start of studies:
September
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June 2018
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2018
Tuition fees:
Faculty:
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance