MaastrichtMAASTRICHT, FACULTY OF LAW (MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY)

General Information

The Faculty of Law at Maastricht University consists of approximately 2,500 students and 250 staff members. The faculty is located in an imposing building in the city centre, fully equipped with all electronic and other facilities. The faculty’s central location in the city centre, with its numerous pavement cafes, bars and restaurants, and the proximity of several other faculties, makes it an authentic inner-city campus.

The faculty’s courses are characterised by their small-scale approach. During the first year there is a maximum of only 15 students in each tutorial group, which makes education intensive and student-centred. Students learn how to acquire new knowledge by solving problems. This method, referred to as Problem-Based Learning (PBL), was originally developed in Maastricht, and has been replicated in many other places. PBL increases students’ knowledge and in particular their ability to deal with new problems, rules, laws and complex situations – an important skill for every lawyer.

The acquisition of new skills is central to PBL: the tutorial groups are guided by a tutor and chaired by a student discussion leader; a student takes notes of the results of the tutorials; a student gives a presentation at every meeting; and students have access to the electronic learning environment. This enables the acquisition of knowledge and insights to be combined with the acquisition of all necessary skills. Proven to be the best way of learning, this method is highly appreciated in professional practice and in continuing education. The small-scale approach allows for individual attention for all students. A great deal of effort is made to guide students in writing papers and preparing presentations. Additionally, students can practice in the faculty mock courtroom, where a lawsuit is imitated in detail.

The faculty is actively and successfully involved in several national and international moot courts. Can you picture yourself pleading before the European Court of Justice, after several years of study, in a moot court with faculties from all over Europe and the United States taking part? This becomes reality for a dozen UM students each year!

The faculty’s education is truly international: considerable attention is devoted to European and International law and comparative law in all bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. Its staff, too, are composed of many different nationalities; every year there are foreign guest lecturers and many English-taught elective courses are offered. Moreover, the faculty’s cooperation with universities outside the Netherlands allows students to spend a period of study or an internship abroad.

Students at the law faculty are given the opportunity to work as student assistants in the area of education or research – a perfect opportunity to gain more knowledge and skills while earning some extra pocket money.

Programmes

The Faculty of Law at Maastricht University offers a 3 year English taught bachelor’s programme in law:

LLB European Law School

Just as every other country, the Netherlands has its own legal system. Due to increasing internationalisation and the expansion of the European Union, there is growing demand for jurists trained in international law – and particularly European law. Simply consider the diversity of policies on drugs in the various EU member states. Jurists trained in European law must ensure that these countries can and will continue to understand one another when it comes down to the organisation of our European society.

The European Law School bachelor’s programme is especially interesting if you want to work in a European or international legal setting in the European Union. It combines European and international law and the legal systems of different EU member states more in depth than any other international law programme in Europe and provides you with a thorough knowledge of legal English.

The programme trains you in all sorts of legal skills such as writing briefs, presenting, mooting and pleading a case. This makes the European Law School programme unique, challenging and the perfect choice for career-oriented students. Moreover, the Maastricht University law school has won first place in international moot court competitions and has quite a reputation to keep up. Are you willing to defend it?

Furthermore this faculty offers five international Master’s programmes in law:

LLM European Law School

The European Law School is a unique one-year English taught programme aimed at offering students a well-informed understanding at an advanced level of the process of the Europeanisation of law. In particular, the programme aims to provide in-depth knowledge of European Union law, the manner in which it affects the national legal order of the Member States and/or Comparative Law and its methods (with an emphasis on the legal system of the Netherlands - as the programme's home legal system - and that of Germany, France and England as representatives of the traditional major legal families in Europe). The programme equips students with the tools and skills necessary to successfully compete for positions and parti¬cipate in a national, European and/or transnational, legal work environment.

The ELS programme comprises three tracks (or specialisations): EU law, Ius Commune and the ‘free track’. The EU law specialisation focuses on EU law and how it is (to be) applied by and in the Member States. The Ius Commune specialisation involves comparative law, studies common principles of European private and public law and explores how these principles can help to develop and shape EU law. The free track allows students to combine the main features and benefits of the EU law and Ius Commune specialisations.

LLM International Laws

The master’s programme in International Laws examines the effects of globalisation and European integration on international, European and national law. Students also receive intensive language training in one language other than English. The default language is French but depending on the interests and level of the students, other languages are made available (eg. Spanish or Mandarin Chinese).

The content of the International Laws curriculum is largely defined by the student. Alongside compulsory courses that provide a firm grasp of international law, you will choose a series of elective courses during each of the four teaching periods of the programme. One elective can be replaced with participation in an international moot court competition.

During the second year, you will complete a master’s thesis under the close supervision of a faculty member. You will also study abroad at one of the Faculty of Law’s partner universities for a period of four to ten months.

The programme offers a truly comparative experience and the freedom to compile a tailor-made curriculum from our specialisation tracks in banking, EC jurisprudence and procedure, or commercial law, etc.

LLM Globalisation and Law

Globalisation is impacting every area of economic, social and technological activity. It is having an enormous influence on international structures, governance and the legal systems of individual nations, posing challenges in all fields of the law.

The globalisation of the law is producing a tremendous increase in international and regional regulation, global litigation and cross-border legal dialogue. Whether to serve multinational enterprises or indeed to regulate their activity, law firms, international organisations and governments alike are in growing need of lawyers who understand the complexities of globalisation and law.

The Master Globalisation and Law offers a unique one-year English taught programme designed to fill that need. The confluence of research interests at the Faculty of law creates a unique environment in which to approach globalisation not only from the perspective of Corporate and Commercial Law but also from a human rights perspective.

The programme offers a specialisation in Corporate and Commercial Law, in Human Rights and in International Economic Law. Each specialisation has its own specialised courses in addition to two courses that are common to both tracks. Among the programme’s assets is its small group setting and its very active student body composed of participants from all parts of the world.

LLM International and European Tax Law

International and European Tax Law focuses on corporate taxation and international tax planning. Its multidisciplinary approach combines tax law, European law, business and politics. The programme is for students with a bachelor’s in financial law, economics, business administration or a related field. Students gain insight into the interdependence of corporate structures, investment, cross-border employment and tax law.

Tax law forms the core of the programme. A broad range of economic, legal and social topics are discussed from the perspective of international and European tax law. Students gain a hands-on approach by discussing and solving real-life tax problems and cases.

The master’s programme in International and European Tax Law is an intensive, one-year programme taught entirely in English. This programme is accessible to students from all over the world who have a basic knowledge of the tax system of their home country or country of previous studies. For students with a solid background in Dutch tax law our programme offers the possibility of taking an advanced Dutch course in corporation tax instead of a comparative course in corporate taxation in order to comply with the relevant requirements set by Dutch professional organisations.

LLM International and European Tax Law - American specialisation (double degree)

Are you passionate about taxes? Do you have a bachelor’s degree in financial law, economics, business administration, or a related field? And are you ready to take the next step in your career? Then you should consider doing the American specialisation of the master’s in International and European Tax Law. This one –year master’s programme is jointly offered by Maastricht University and the University of Aruba. It focusses on corporate taxation and international tax planning with particular reference to Europe and the Americas. You’ll combine legal and economic approaches with policy and practice, and you’ll gain insight into the interdependence of corporate structures, investment, cross-border employment and tax law. Upon graduation, you’ll find yourself in an enviable position. Thanks to their broad knowledge of financial and business matters, many of our graduates are highly in demand on the job market. And the international orientation of your degree will open up job opportunities in many different countries.

LLM Forensics, Criminology and law

If you want to work as a criminal law jurist, whether as a lawyer, judge, public prosecutor or policy official, it is increasingly important to know about and understand forensic disciplines. The master’s programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to crime and the administration of criminal justice. You will examine criminality and the gathering of evidence from different disciplinary perspectives. You will also gain an understanding of why forensic disciplines are so relevant in legal investigation and argumentation. This multidisciplinary approach makes the programme also interesting for non-jurists wishing to work in forensics.

LLM/MSc Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management

Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management is an advanced master's for lawyers, non-lawyers, and those with a degree in science of technology.
With the advent of globalisation and new media, there has been a flood of new information and technological innovation. The natural consequence has been an unprecedented number of legal questions about intellectual property, patent rights and industrial technology in an increasingly internationalised world.

The Advanced Masters Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM) feature specialisation tracks on international IP litigation practice, entrepreneurship and valorization, and claim drafting. In its common programme lawyers, economists, scientists and engineers mingle to deal with real-life problems in multidisciplinary teams.

Whether you enrol full or part-time, IPKM teaching is scheduled in a way that permits combining work and study. Intensive modules offered in Maastricht and abroad also offer exposure to USA and Asian IP law and practice. Our honours programme provides access to our work in the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) and to the European IP Institutes Network (EIPIN) congresses and activities.

Testimonial

"I’ve studied at three universities in three different countries: Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. While PBL isn’t perfect, I believe that comparatively it provides one of the best learning environments available today. The beauty of the PBL system with eight-week blocks is that it allows us as students to focus on two specific subjects at a time, and with the help of all the case studies we’re able to get into topics more deeply than in traditional programmes. Working with other motivated students, this is how I’ve experienced PBL. We often explore topics beyond what the course requires because the setting of PBL challenges us to ask questions that have not yet been asked. But you have to like the idea of self-learning. If you learn enough about the topic that you can present the theory to the class as somewhat of an expert, PBL has done its job.”

Brendan Keon, Canada - Master’s in Tax Law

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