A limited number of students will be admitted to the programme through a competitive selection procedure. The entry requirements are:
It is possible to apply while finishing a previous degree or English-language proficiency test, in which case acceptance to the programme is conditional on satisfactorily completing the previous degree and/or proficiency test. We will need these documents before the deadline stated in step 1. Please take into consideration that the English language proficiency tests often get booked up months in advance and the results take more than two weeks to be published.
Note applicants with Dutch nationality must submit the same documents as all other applicants; they cannot register for this programme through the simplified procedure for Dutch nationals.
The candidate must satisfy one of the following sets of requirements:
Note Tertiary education at a technical college is not sufficient in any category. The name of the tertiary education institution is not determinative; in each case the University of Amsterdam makes its own assessment of the academic level of the institution and the degree obtained. If you have any questions in this respect, we will be happy to provide you with our assessment of your degree. Please be specific about your degree course and education institution in your email.
Note In respect of all these requirements there may be specific considerations in specific countries, for example in respect of admission to a traditional legal profession. If you are not sure whether you satisfy the entry requirements, please consult us in advance with details of your education and qualifications and we will be happy to advise on your admissibility to this programme.
Note The Admissions Board can set additional requirements to compensate for insufficient prior knowledge. If a required course of the Master’s programme was the subject of a prior examination, the Examinations Board can determine which courses shall replace it.
It is valuable to have some prior knowledge of tax law, obtained either through university study or work experience. This study or work experience can be in either domestic or international tax law. This helps students entering this programme to have a good understanding of the content of the programme and give them the opportunity to share their knowledge in the field with their fellow students.
Applicants who did not obtain 15 ECTS in tax law subjects during their studies nor have work experience in tax law, will also be considered, provided that they can show a genuine interest in the topic.
Please note that it does add value to your application file if you do have work experience in tax law. We recommend you to submit a description of your (work) experience explaining your responsibilities related to tax law or a supporting letter from your employer in this respect (which may be one of the two letters of reference that are required in support of your application).
ECTS refer to the European system of study points that is used in European universities to denote the study load of individual courses. 60 ECTS measure the workload of an average full-time student during one academic year. Based on an academic year of 36-40 weeks, one ECTS represents 25-30 hours of study (classes and own study combined). Further information about this system is available on the website of the European Commission.
The Amsterdam Law School accepts the following tests and test results:
The following students are exempted from the above-mentioned test requirements:
Prospective students have the possibility to apply for an early admission procedure and be admitted by the end of February 2022. The deadline for application for the early admission procedure is the 1st of January 2022. Considering the numerous applications received each year and the limited number of students allowed to enrol, sending the application for an early admission would be a great opportunity to be accepted to the LLM without going through the screening procedure when the largest number of applications has been received.
In order to secure the effective participation of prospective students to the LLM, early applicants are required to pay a fee of € 1,000 after their acceptance to the programme has been confirmed by the UvA (late February). This amount will then be deducted from the LLM tuition fee, but will not be reimbursed if the student decides not to follow the LLM.
Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in , the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.
Once you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email within 24 hours from Studielink with a link to the UvA online application system, which is where you submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.
For more information, please check the admissions and application information page of this Advanced LLM.
In addition to completing the web form, please send in the following documents:
If you are selected we request you to send certified copies of your qualifying degree and transcript to:
Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
P.O. Box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam
Or, if sent by registered post:
Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
1018 XE Amsterdam
Note The same selection procedure applies to all applicants for this programme, regardless of their nationality. For successful applicants, the immigration formalities that have to be completed after their acceptance on the programme depend on their nationality.
Applicants with a non-EEA nationality are charged an application fee of € 100 to be paid before the application deadline. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School.
The fee should be transferred to the following account:
Account no. 188.8.131.522
Faculty of Law
Amsterdam Law School
1000 BA Amsterdam
IBAN no: NL69DEUT0509095402
BIC/SWIFT code: DEUTNL2N
Applications are not reviewed until all required application materials and the application fee have been received.
Important note Successful applicants who do not have the nationality of an EU country are advised to submit the paperwork for the immigration formalities as soon as possible after their acceptance in order to ensure that they receive their entry visa on time.
Once you have been admitted to a Master’s programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will receive an email from the UvA Student Services Department detailing how to complete your registration and, where applicable, how to apply for a visa or residence permit. At this point, you will also receive a student ID number (UvAnetID), needed for payment. You should expect this email in May after your acceptance.
Deadline/date 1 November 2021
Event Application procedure opens
Deadline/date 1 January 2022
Event Final date for submission of application (application form and all supporting documents and payment of administrative fee) for early acceptance
Deadline/date End of February 2022
Event Applicants for early admission informed whether they have been selected. Those not selected will remain in the admission pool for the second acceptance round in May
Deadline/date 1 April 2022
Event Final date for submission of application and all supporting documents and payment of administrative fee for non-EU, Switzerland and EEA applicants
Deadline/date April 2022
Event In some cases interview held by Skype or telephone
Deadline/date 1 May 2022
Event Final date for submission of application form and all supporting documents for EU, Switzerland and EEA applicants
Deadline/date 1 June 2022
Event Applicants informed whether they have been selected and whether they have been awarded a scholarship
Deadline/date Last week of August 2022
Event UvA student introduction week
Deadline/date Beginning of September 2022
Event Start of first semester
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