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Bachelor in Law in Society

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
September 2020
Application deadline: Deadline: May 1st for Dutch students & also students from EU/EEA countries
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

Becoming a different kind of lawyer
How can the law pave the way for a sustainable future? And how is the law sometimes used to prevent it? Is terrorism a matter for international criminal law or international security law – or both? And what’s a lawyer’s moral responsibility in these cases?

The Law in Society Bachelor’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is unique – you won’t find law taught this way anywhere else. Instead of the traditional approach to public, private and criminal law, this programme starts with real societal problems and looks at how different legal perspectives can be applied. Using a multi-disciplinary approach with a strong social sciences component and a cross-cultural emphasis, you’ll work in groups to carry out empirical research on real-world cases. And you’ll come out ready to work in an international environment – think NGOs, ministries and big law firms.

Study programme
The Law in Society programme centres around four themes that are hyper relevant in today’s society: security, globalisation of markets, migration and sustainability. You will address each theme at both global and local levels, from different legal perspectives, using relevant social sciences tools and research methodologies.  

Career prospects
As a graduate from the Law in Society programme, there are many paths open to you. You’d be well suited to roles involving international cooperation – for instance, in NGOs or government ministries, working at international level. The big law firms are also looking for graduates with more than just a legal background – they want diverse thinkers who can match their legal training with problem solving on cross-border issues. And, if your ambition is to go into one of the Dutch “toga professions” (barrister, judge, public prosecutor, etc.), the programme aims to develop additional courses for your minor (in year 3) and pre-Master’s courses to enable you to reach the civiel effect

Why at VU Amsterdam?

  • Law in Society at VU Amsterdam is completely unique – nowhere else in the world are the lawyers of the future trained from a multi-disciplinary, practical perspective.
  • You’ll be learning in a mixed classroom with students from all different backgrounds.
  • You’ll come out with a qualification that allows you not only to use the law, but also to see how changing legal perspectives leads to shifting responsibilities and ethical dilemmas.
  • At VU Amsterdam, the greatest legal minds work alongside renowned criminologists and social scientists – all united in one faculty, and all researching topics taught in the programme.

Both VU Amsterdam and the city are known for their diversity – we’re looking for open-minded people from diverse backgrounds!

Admission requirements

  • Diploma equivalent to Dutch VWO diploma See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it. 
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English IELTS (academic) ≥ 6.5 (with at least 7.0 for reading)TOEFL ITP (VU Amsterdam) ≥ 580 (with at least 64 for reading)TOEFL iBT ≥ 92 (with at least 24 for reading)C2 Proficiency (formerly: CPE) : grades A, B or CFor verification of your test results, please upload your results in VUnet or send it to us by email. 
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) : grades A, B or C
  • Revised TOEFL PBT ≥ 92 (with at least 24 for reading)
  • TOEFL paper-based test ≥ 580
  • Proof of sufficiency in mathematics The International Student Advisor will determine this. Examples: International Baccalaureate: Mathematics Standard or Higher Level.Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics as Grundkurs.
  • European Baccalaureate:  Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle.
  • British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics. At least grade A,B or C.

Application procedure:

  • International applicants will be asked to submit the following documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience.
  • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained in your high school and further education (if applicable). If you have already graduated please include a scan of your diploma.
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • English language test results (if already obtained).
  • Letter of Motivation; tell us why you’re a great fit.
  • Optionally: you may include a letter of reference with your application (in Dutch or English). You can choose the referent yourself; we suggest, however, that you pick someone who knows you professionally (teacher, supervisor, boss, etc.).
  • English language test results (if already obtained)

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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