The Utrecht University 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 seven 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.Based on the internationally recognised Shanghai Ranking, in 2019 Utrecht was recognised as the best university in the Netherlands for the fourteenth year in a row and the 13th best in Europe. Worldwide, Utrecht University occupies 47th place. Utrecht University School of Law occupies 34th place in the World University Rankings 2019 by subject (law). Utrecht University works closely with over 80 international universities and is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an association of 22 like-minded leading research institutes working together to influence European policy regarding research, education and innovation.
- 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.