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The award

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2083 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 10200 per year

All study options

About Law in Society at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

How can the law pave the way for a sustainable future? And how is the law sometimes used to prevent it? Is terrorism a matter for international criminal law or international security law – or both? And what’s a lawyer’s moral responsibility in these cases?

The Law in Society Bachelor’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is unique – you won’t find law taught this way anywhere else. Instead of the traditional approach to public, private and criminal law, this programme starts with real societal problems and looks at how different legal perspectives can be applied. Using a multi-disciplinary approach with a strong social sciences component and a cross-cultural emphasis, you’ll work in groups to carry out empirical research on real-world cases. And you’ll come out ready to work in an international environment – think NGOs, ministries and big law firms.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardLLBHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2083 per yearInternational course feesEUR 10200 per year

Entry requirements

Law in Society is a selective programme. In addition to a strong motivation, your educational qualifications are assessed as part of the selection procedure.

A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma
See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it. 

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

Applicants who have completed their (English-taught) education in Canada, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Ireland, or Australia are exempted from this requirement, as are those who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programmes only). 

All other international applicants must provide test scores from either IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English, completed no more than two years before September 1st of the year their studies would begin. 

We accept the following tests and minimum scores:

  • IELTS (academic) ≥ 6.5 (with at least 7.0 for reading)
  • TOEFL paper-based test ≥ 580
  • TOEFL ITP (VU Amsterdam) ≥ 580 (with at least 64 for reading)
  • Revised TOEFL PBT ≥ 92 (with at least 24 for reading)
  • TOEFL iBT ≥ 92 (with at least 24 for reading)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) : grades A, B or C
  • C2 Proficiency (formerly: CPE) : grades A, B or CFor verification of your test results, please upload your results in VUnet or send it to us by email. 

For online verification of your Cambridge test result please also include your ID-number and your ‘secret number’ (check the Candidate Results Online Service). 

Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics

After you apply for the programme and upload the required documents in our Student Portal VUnet, the admission officer will evaluate your qualifications to determine whether your mathematics level is sufficient. 

Application steps

  • Check if you match the entry requirements.
  • Register for the Bachelor before the application deadline via Studielink.
  • After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet.
  • Then upload the following documents:
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience.
    • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained in your high school and further education (if applicable). If you have already graduated please include a scan of your diploma.
    • Copy of valid passport.
    • English language test results (if already obtained).
    • Assessment form;tell us why you’re a great fit. We use the assessment form instead of a letter of motivation. Please fill it in and upload it in the application where a motivation letter is requested.
    • Optionally: you may include a letter of reference with your application (in Dutch or English). You can choose the referent yourself; we suggest, however, that you pick someone who knows you professionally (teacher, supervisor, boss, etc.).
  • Pay the application fee and submit your application.
  • Wait for decision on admission.

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