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Application and admission

Law and Finance

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Your online application form must be submitted before 1 July.
    Final date for providing required certified documents for Dutch students: 24 August.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Requirements overview

    The Master’s in Law & Finance is a selective programme. In order to apply you need to meet the following entry requirements:

    • You must have an educational background in the Law (at least 60 EC);
    • Demonstrate proficiency in English (only for international students); 
    • Demonstrate basic mathematics proficiency (we provide an online test); and
    • Explain your motivation in a cover letter, as well as submitting a C.V.

    Academic legal background

    The Master in Law & Finance is aimed at Dutch and foreign students with an LLB or another academic degree with a substantial law component (at least 60 EC). An example of a Bachelor’s programme with a substantial law component is the UvA interdisciplinary Bachelor’s in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) provided the PPLE Law major is included.

    Pursuant to the Convenant inzake het civiel effect, graduates who have completed this Master’s in addition to a full Bachelor’s degree in Law, qualify for admission to the Dutch bar and judiciary (the so-called ‘civiel effect’ of the Master).

    English Language Proficiency

    In an international environment, sufficient mastery of the English language is critical for academic success. International students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. Students who received their prior education in the Netherlands are exempted from this test.

    Mathematics Test

    In view of the integrated approach taken by this Master's, both legal and economic, students must have a sufficient level of mathematical ability; a basic mathematics test is therefore part of the admissions procedure. Applicants will be directed to refresher courses and suitable materials with which to prepare for the test.

    The test focuses on proficiency in algebra, at the level of Algebra I at the Khan Academy, khanacademy.org/math/algebra.

    More specifically, the test will focus on the following mathematical abilities:

    • Solving linear equations and inequalities with a single variable;
    • Solving, analysing and graphing quadratic functions;
    • Evaluating and simplifying expressions with rational exponents and radicals;
    • Identifying irrational numbers;
    • Solving absolute value equations and graphing absolute value functions;
    • Constructing, analysing, graphing and interpreting basic exponential functions;
    • Adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomial expressions;

    Candidates are encouraged to make use of the website khanacademy.org to prepare for the test and should have mathematical skills at an ‘Algebra I’-level.

    To help you brush up on your mathematical skills before the test, you can use these mathematics training videos.

    Mathematics training videos (YouTube)

    Practice your mathematical skills (pdf)

    The Amsterdam Law School will inform you about how and when to take the test after you have submitted your application.

    Questions about the mathematics test? Mail to: lawfinance-fdr@uva.nl

    Selective Master’s

    The Master’s in Law and Finance is a selective admissions programme. The Director of the Amsterdam Law School decides on each application for admission, upon the advice of a Selection Board consisting of the Programme Director and two faculty members, one from the ALS and one from UvA EB.

    Candidates will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

    • their interest in finance;
    • their aptitude for financial and quantitative methods (as shown for instance by their score on the mathematics test that is part of the admissions procedure);
    • their motivation to take part in a Master’s programme of this kind;
    • the grades obtained in their LLB or another academic programme as indicated above.

    Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter of no more than 500 words in support of the request for admission.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'. 

    Download Step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Submit enrolment application in Studielink


  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Once you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email (within a few days) from Studielink with a link to the UvA online application system, which is where you submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.

    You should receive the instruction email within 2 working days after registering in Studielink. This email includes a link to our online application form. If for some reason you have not received the link, use the form below.

    Application form

    Application documents

    A complete online application consist of the following documents:

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Certified copy of university transcripts including grades
    • Certified copy of university diploma (if it has already been obtained)
    • Proof of a passing mark on an English Language proficiency test (if the test has already been taken)
    • A motivation letter (max. 500 words)
  • 6. Wait for the admissions decision

    After submitting  your application, your application will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the masters programme Law and Finance, will be presented to the Selection Committee. The Committee will then decide on admission. You will be notified about the decision within 2 weeks after completion of all entry admission requirements.

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    If you get selected for this programme, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by email. We request that you accept or decline within ten working days.

    If you decline acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    Certified documents

    If you have been selected for our Master's programme , this means that we need to verify your prior academic credentials. You will need to send certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Note that you need to send these documents by post before the deadline (see step 1). Photocopies or scans of original, certified documents are not accepted.

    If you are required to submit documentation, please send it by the deadline to:

    Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office
    P.O. Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Or, if sent by registered post:

    Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Submit the required information through this digital form

  • 10. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal document which serves as proof of identity for examinations and library privileges. You will receive instructions explaining how to request your student ID card. 

  • 11. Register for courses

    Course registration

    After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the LLM programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will need to sign up for courses during the registration periods indicated on the academic calendar.

    For questions on course registration, please contact our Education Desk.

    Academic calendar

    The academic year is divided into two semesters, each lasting 20 weeks. Semester 1 classes begin in the first week of September. Semester 2 classes begin in the first week of February. At the Faculty of Law, the semesters are further divided into two teaching periods. These begin in weeks 1 and 9 of each semester.

    Academic calendar

    Courses per semester

    You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online course catalogue.

    Course information in Studiegids

    More information on course registration