UtrechtUtrecht University School of law (Utrecht University)

General Information

The School of Law has provided quality research and education for more than 350 years. Constant innovation has enabled the School to maintain its leading position.

Top-ranking research is conducted in all important legal fields: private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law and international law. Researchers collaborate intensively with foreign partners, mainly from the angle of European and comparative law. The School of Law also conducts contract research and consultancy for other organisations.

The extensive educational programme is based on academic research conducted within the faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Students are trained as highly qualified, internationally-oriented lawyers on the basis of modern didactical principles.

The School of Law offers five English-language Master’s programmes and contributes to the Transnational Law Programme, an English-language Bachelor’s programme. The Utrecht School of Law has launched the Netherlands’ most extensive international student exchange programme. In addition, training programmes for professionals are available.

Established in 1636, Utrecht University School of Law is not only the oldest law school in the Netherlands, but it is also one of the very best. Today, our beautiful and historical faculty buildings provide a supportive and inspiring work environment to around 500 lecturers and almost 4,000 students. Many of our alumni have gone on to hold prestigious positions with companies and institutions around the world.

Distinguishing characteristics

Multidisciplinary: legal researchers collaborate intensively with academics from other disciplines. The Law, Economics and Governance disciplines have joined forces in one faculty.

This approach supports socially relevant research, closely connected to current issues and developments.

The School of Law’s wide-ranging research areas and academic programmes attract the most talented and motivated researchers and students.


All academic programmes are based on the research conducted at the School of Law. Both students and academics are committed to developing knowledge and talent optimally.

- Transnational Law Program (in close cooperation with Washington University)

- School of Law in Saint Louis (WUSOL), Missouri, US)

The School of Law offers a wide range of Masters programmes, including the following programmes in English:


“Intense but extremely fulfilling”

Having just completed the LLM in Public International Law at Utrecht University, I can whole-heartedly recommend the programme. The class sizes are ideal for facilitating discussion and active participation. The compulsory modules provide a solid foundation to the programme, and there are so many optional courses that you are always able to specialise in the areas that interest you. The professors were all very open and accommodating, and I established good personal relationships with a number of them – something that will hopefully prove invaluable for career networking! And because so many of the lecturers still practise professionally, they are able to teach you the theory and at the same time tell you about how it works in real life. Looking back, my time in Utrecht was intense but extremely fulfilling, and I learned a lot in a relatively short amount of time

Jonathan Herbach (USA), LLM in Public International Law

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