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Application and admission

Law and Finance

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

  • 1. Check deadlines
    • Non-EEA students: please submit your online application before 1 April and send the required documents before 1 May.
    • EEA students: please submit your online application before 1 May and send the required documents before 1 June.  
    • Dutch students: please submit your online application before 1 July and sent the required documents before 24 August.

    If you would like to be considered for an AES or Mr. Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs scholarship, the application deadline is 15 January. The application deadline for all other scholarships is 1 April.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Requirements overview

    The Master’s in Law and 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;
    • 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 and 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 Dutch 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. Students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. The Amsterdam Law School accepts the following tests and test results:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The minimum required TOEFL score is 100 iBT, with a minimum score of 25 for reading and listening skills and 24 for speaking and writing skills. TOEFL ITP-scores are not accepted.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - The minimum required overall IELTS score is 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 for each individual component.
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment - A Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate (minimum grade C) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) certificate.
    • Please note:
      ​The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English-language proficiency test results that are no more than two years old at the time of the start of the programme. 
    • Chinese applicants will need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test score and request a Nuffic certificate

    The UvA offers a free IELTS test for full-time UvA students, but demand is high and the maximum number of participants is limited - apply early!

    The following students are exempted from the above-mentioned test requirements:

    • Students who have received their prior education in one of the following English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States.
    • Students who have completed an English-language study programme (at the Bachelor’s level or higher).
    • Students in possession of an international or European Baccalaureate diploma (with English as the language of instruction).
    • Students who have received sufficient marks (6 or higher) for English on their Dutch vwo diploma or who possess a vwo certificate in English.

    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 fee

    Applicants with a non-EEA nationality are charged an administrative fee of € 100 to be paid before the application deadline. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School.

    Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been paid and processed. 

    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 and English test results

    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.

    Your diploma and need to be officially certified (i.e., must bear the original stamp or signature of your university or a notary), and sent with the printed version of the completed online application form to the following address:

    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

    English test results

    If you have not yet sent your English test results, please make sure you do so before the deadline.

    TOEFL: When sending TOEFL results, please use our institutional code: 9011. If you do not, we cannot verify your results online and you will need to send us the original test results.

    IELTS: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a test report number. Please make sure to send us this number so we can verify your results online.

    Cambridge English Language Assessment: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a confirmation of entry. The confirmation includes a ‘Candidate ID number’ and a ‘Candidate’s secret number’. Please make sure to send us both so we can verify your results online.

    Submit the required information through this digital form

  • 11. 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. 

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Attend Start Appointment

    Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments each year (free of charge) to help with the practical issues you may encounter during your transition to Amsterdam, such as registering with the municipality or opening a Dutch bank account. You will receive an invitation for a Start Appointment once you have submitted your immigration application. There are two levels of Start Appointment: all-inclusive and regular.

    More information on the Start Appointment