Founded in 1575, Leiden University is The Netherlands' oldest university. It was offered to the citizens of Leiden as a gift from William of Orange. Since then, Leiden University has become world-famous for its excellence in research and science. Leiden Law School is also the country's oldest and largest. Its law faculty, which is the biggest faculty at Leiden University, is renowned for its teaching and research capabilities that span the full breadth of law going far beyond its national boundaries.
The Law School is the recipient of a number of accolades, ably maintaining its high position in international rankings for years. It has recently been ranked 32nd best in the world and 1st in The Netherlands for the subject of Law by the QS World University Rankings for 2017.
The Law School offers several LLM programs taught in the English language. The programs, except the Advanced LLM in European Tax Law (full-time only), may be taken full-time for one year or part-time for two years. Some have two intakes per year (February and September) while others only one intake yearly (September). Students may choose from the following programs with the corresponding start of classes:
LLM Programs with February and September Intakes
- LLM in European Law
- Advanced LLM in Air & Space Law
LLM Programs with September Intake
- Advanced LLM in European Tax Law
- Advanced LLM in Law & Finance
- Advanced LLM in International Tax Law
- Advanced LLM in European & International Business Law
- Advanced LLM in European & International Human Rights Law
- Advanced LLM in International Children's Rights
- Advanced LLM in International Civil & Commercial Law
- Advanced LLM in Law & Digital Technologies
- Advanced LLM in Public International Law
For prospective students who want to start their LLM in February 2018, the deadline of applications is 1 December 2017. However, this is only for students who do not require a visa. Applications are closed for those who need a visa.
For those who intend to get their LLM in September 2018, the deadline for applications of students requiring visas is 1 April 2018, while those who do not need a visa has until 15 June 2018 to submit their applications and requirements. The deadline for the Leiden Excellence Scholarship is 1 March 2018.