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;
  • Participate and carry out research projects.

You may, for example:

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

In addition, you will take courses in advanced comparative law and the philosophy of science. You will also learn different methods and techniques for researching legal matters.

Utrecht University’s Legal Research programme is widely renowned, particularly in the fields of European, international and comparative law. As a Legal Research student, you will receive high-quality contemporary teaching in a stimulating academic environment. Our inspiring and committed researchers, such as Professor Janneke GerardsProfessor Elaine Mak, and Professor John Vervaele

will share their knowledge with you and encourage you to take part in or help organise activities like conferences and seminars. They may also invite you to assist in their own research.

What about tomorrow?

Law touches everything. It is in constant motion, changing even as it sets off changes in the world. Each day, lawyers are discovering answers to completely new questions. Working with others, they are building tomorrow’s society today. “What about tomorrow?” is the question that guides our teaching and research activities. Utrecht University's School of Law plays an active and significant role in innovative, legal research that contributes to ongoing solutions for important societal issues. Through challenging academic programmes, we train our students to become excellent lawyers who can take the lead in effecting and facilitating change.

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A leading university

Established in 1636, Utrecht University School of Law is one of the oldest and most beautiful law schools in the Netherlands. Today, our historic faculty buildings provide a supportive and inspiring environment to around 500 lecturers and almost 4,000 students. Many of our alumni have gone on to hold prestigious positions with companies and institutions around the world.Based on the internationally recognised Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht is ranked the best research university in the Netherlands in 2019. Utrecht University has been the best ranking Dutch university since the first ARWU ranking published in 2003. This year, Utrecht University is ranked 143h in Europe and 49th worldwide. According to the World University Rankings 2019 by subject law, Utrecht University School of Law occupies the 33rd place.

Moreover, Utrecht University works closely together with over 80 leading international universities and is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The LERU is an association of 22 leading, like-minded European research institutes, collaborating to influence European policy on research, education and innovation. Nearly four centuries after the School of Law first opened its doors, we are proud that we are still able to maintain our strong reputation as a centre of excellence.

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?