Leiden UniversityFounded in 1575, with over 18,000 students and 4,000 staff members to date, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was the first university in the Netherlands to practice freedom of belief and religion, as reflected in the university's motto, Praesidium Libertatis, Bastion of Liberty. It was this atmosphere of freedom of speech that provided the right environment for philosophers such as Spinoza and Descartes to develop their ideas.
Leiden itself is a typical university city, with the university permeating the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. The University is made up of 6 faculties, a School of Education, and a Campus in The Hague. Leiden University has over 50 departments and more than 150 undergraduate programs, and it enjoys an outstanding international reputation.
Leiden University collaborates in a wide range of partnerships, through which it are able to amass expertise across the borders of disciplines and academic fields. Interdisciplinary collaboration is not restricted to scientific fields within the University; the school also has partnerships with other research institutions, non-profit organisations, government authorities and the business sector.
The law school
The Leiden Law School is located in a beautifully renovated national monument in the historic heart of Leiden. The Law School also has teaching and research facilities at its campus in The Hague: The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies enables a unique collaboration with The Hague’s international legal institutions.
During its history the Leiden Law School has continuously managed to maintain its reputation for excellence by combining a high level of academic teaching with acclaimed and innovative research. The Law School has an eminent reputation in the training of lawyers and diplomats. Its alumni include members of the Dutch Supreme Court, of international courts, the former Secretary General of NATO, prominent lawyers in the Netherlands and the USA, and chief executives of multinational companies.
Leiden is an international law school which offers a wide selection of courses for students in both Dutch and English.
Leiden Law School publishes The Common Market Law Review which is a distinguished law journal, published by the “Europa Institute” and the Leiden Journal of International Law, which has acquired an international reputation in the field of Public International Law.
Applicants must have a law degree from a recognized University. Additionally, English proficiency is a requirement for admission for most master’s programs. Applicants will need to submit proof of proficiency of English as part of the admission process to Leiden University, by means of an IELTS or TOEFL test. For the IELTS, applicants must take the academic module with a minimum score of 6.5 for most master’s programs, some programs require a higher score. For the TOEFL a minimum score of 570 (paper-based) / 230 (computer-based) / 88-90 (Internet- based) for most master’s programs. Please note that some programs require a higher score.
Leiden offers a variety of LLM programs.
* LL.M. Law: European Law (FT)(PT)
* LL.M. Law: Public International Law (FT)(PT)
* LL.M. Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law (FT) (PT) (Single Modules)
* LL.M. Advanced Studies in European and International Business Law (FT) (PT)
* LL.M. Advanced Studies in International Tax Law (FT) (Single Modules)
* LL.M. Advanced Studies in Public International Law (& International Criminal Law Specialization) (FT) (PT) (Single Modules)