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LLB in International and European Law

University of Groningen
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
01 September 2022

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LLB in International and European Law

All states have laws and their own legal system, and in most countries you can only study national law at the university level. Our LLB program in International and European Law is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career in an international legal environment it gives students an academic training in law without merely taking a national legal system as a starting point by offering students a general understanding of what 'law' is and how it functions. The focus is therefore mainly on teaching public international law and European Union law. The core aim is to give students an understanding of the content and functioning of international and European law in the context of its development, and also of its application in an international, public, private economic, or policy-making, environment. As of the 2020-2021 academic year, LLB students can choose to pursue a specialized track inTechnology Lawstarting in the second year of studies.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

In order to obtain an LLB degree in International and European Law a candidate must successfully complete a total of 180 ECTS of courses:

  • 19 courses (130 ECTS)
  • 2 research modules (20 ECTS)
  • 1 semester abroad various courses (30 ECTS, at least 25 ECTS need to be law courses)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Law and legal skills: the Dutch example , including IT for Lawyers
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to International and European Law
  • Comparative ConstiTuitional Law
  • Legal and Academic English
  • Legal History
  • Contract and Tort Law
  • Introduction to Technology Law

Year 2

  • Law of the European Union
  • Public International Law
  • Administrative Law and Market Regulation
  • Markets and Regulation
  • Property Law
  • Law, Power, and Politics
  • Private International Business Law
  • Research Seminar
  • Research Seminar (cont.)

Year 3

  • Semester abroad
  • Semester abroad (cont.)
  • Competition
  • Law in the Digital Market
  • European Judicial Protection
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • The Contemporary Value(s) of International Law
  • Research Colloquium
  • Research Colloquium (cont.)


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 10,189 per year


Credits-(180 ECTS)

Career paths

Graduates of the bachelor program in International and European Law will – even moreso if having completed an additional master program - be qualified for careers in diplomacy, as civil servants for national ministries, the EU, the UN or other international organizations, in non-governmental organizations (such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace), in the international commercial sector (such as Unilever or Shell), or in academic teaching and research. Below you will see a distribution of the different arenas where past LLB students are currently working.

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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