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1. Check deadlines
- Application deadline for early birds and students who want to be considered for a scholarship*: 15 January
- Regular application deadline for all applicants (please note: final deadline for students in need for a visa and/or UvA housing): 1 March
- Late application deadline only for applicants with a Dutch academic legal background and for international applicants without a need for a visa or UvA housing: 1 June
Note: Selected students need to take and pass a Mathematics test. When you apply close to the deadline you will have less time to prepare for this test and may even get less time to take the test than when you apply at least 3 weeks before the deadline.
*Early bird deadline system and benefits:
- 15 places are reserved for students who apply early and are selected.
- A waitlist also applies: Students who apply before this deadline can be considered in more than one round, thus increasing chances of being selected for the programme.
- If Law & Finance is your first choice, by applying early you increase your chances of earlier certainty.
- While increasing your chances of getting in, you also increase your overall time to take a decision about whether or not you wish to attend the programme.
*If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, the application deadline is 15 January. Please bear in mind that we need all documentation before this deadline.
2. Check entry requirements
The Master in Law & Finance is a selective programme, open to a limited number of motivated, ambitious students. A selection procedure applies whereby each application for admission is evaluated by the programme’s Selection Committee, which includes the Programme Director who makes the final decision for each admission.
Admission to the Master’s programme is determined based on 3 aspects:
1. Academic legal background
2. English language proficiency
3. Mathematics test
1. 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 Dutch Law, qualify for admission to the Dutch bar and judiciary (the so-called ‘civiel effect’ of the Master).
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Law from a university in applied sciences (Dutch: HBO-Rechten, CROHO code 39205) followed by the Dutch-language Pre-Master’s programme with ‘civiel effect’ at the Open University also qualify for admission to the Dutch bar and judiciary (the so-called ‘civiel effect’ of the Master) and may therefore also apply for the Master’s programme Law & Finance.
2. 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 of 24 for subscores reading and writing, a minimum of 22 for subscore listening and a minimum of 25 for subscore speaking. Please make sure to mention our institutional code: 9011 when signing up for the TOEFL test.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - The minimum required overall IELTS score is 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 for each individual component.
- Cambridge English Language Assessment: minimum grade C1 Advanced with a minimum score of 190.
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 your start of the programme. Chinese applicants need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test and request a Nuffic certificate.
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, the United Kingdom or the United States.
- Students who possess an international or European baccalaureate diploma (with English as the only language of instruction).
- Students who have completed an English-language study programme (the minimum level is a Bachelor’s programme).
- Students who possess a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch research university.
3. Mathematics Test
In case of a positive evaluation of your application file, i.e. if you are selected for the programme, you will receive an invitation to take a Mathematics Test. This test can be considered an entrance test: Without any exceptions, all selected applicants are required to take this test. We will inform you about how and when to take the test after you have submitted your application and after positive evaluation of your application.
Information about this entrance test for selected applicants:
In view of the integrated approach taken by this Master's programme, 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. Besides, the test includes simple exercises in statistics and probability theory.
More specifically, the test will focus on the following mathematical abilities:
- Solving linear equations and inequalities with a single variable;
- Solving and analysing quadratic functions;
- Solving absolute value equations;
- Adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomial expressions;
- Calculating descriptive statistics such as arithmetic mean and variance;
- Solving simple exercises in probability theory;
- Calculating future value with interest rate.
To prepare for the test, please check the very useful (.PDF) files below. In addition to practicing for the test with these files, you can make use of the website of the Khan Academy
Please note that all selected students need to pass this Math Test. When you apply close to the deadline you will have less time to prepare for this test than when you apply at least 3 weeks before the deadline.
(Compared to the earlier downloadable February version trial exam, the 28 February 2022 version PDF contains a correction of three earlier typos.)Ask the Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School a question (UvA students) Ask the Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School a question
Candidates may be selected on the basis of a combination of the following criteria:
- interest in finance;
- aptitude for financial and quantitative methods (as shown for instance by their score on the Math Test that is part of the admissions procedure);
- motivation to take part in this specific Master’s programme;
- English proficiency;
- background as shown in their CV;
- grades obtained in their LLB or another academic programme as indicated above;
- level of the attended university;
- passing of the required online Math Test after having been selected;
- positive evaluation of a phone interview: A short phone/video call interview may be part of the selection process.
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);
- You must send in a complete application file with all requested documents;
- You must demonstrate proficiency in English;
- You must demonstrate basic mathematics proficiency. (See Mathematics Test under point 3).
- 3. 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
After enrolling in Studielink, you will within 24 hours receive an automated email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality are charged an administrative fee of €100 to be paid while submitting the application form. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School and who have started their studies.
A complete application file consists of:
- Curriculum Vitae
- A copy of university transcripts including grades (please note: if you have a non-legal Bachelor’s degree, please provide us with an overview of which courses on your transcript are law courses, including a document with course descriptions or syllabi of these courses. You can add these documents to your application after you have submitted your application form, by clicking on the paperclip sign next to your application in MyInfo to add additional documents).
- A copy of university diploma (if it has already been obtained).
- English language proficiency test results (if the test has already been taken – this is preferred) with a passing mark
- Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
- If applicable, preferably also certified copy/copies of diploma(s) of possible other followed programmes after secondary education
- If applicable, certified copy/copies of (the) grade transcript(s) of possible other followed programmes after secondary education
- Possible other documents which the applicant believes may increase his/her chances of being selected
6. Request for admission with study delay
Have you suffered a study delay in your current Bachelor’s programme over the past year? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2022.
You are eligible to submit a request for admission with study delay when:
- you have a study delay up to a maximum of 15 EC within your Bachelor’s programme provided the courses and exams and/or resits took place in academic year 2021-2022
- you have finished your Bachelor’s thesis (or a comparable final assignment)
- you are enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme at a university located in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA
- you have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and have submitted your application form before the application deadline
You need to complete the pending Bachelor’s courses during the academic year 2022-2023. Therefore, do not forget to re-enroll in your current Bachelor’s programme. Please take into consideration which consequences this might have for your study load. We will not be held responsible for any conflicting schedules between the two programmes.
Submit a request (as of 1 July and before 1 September 2022)
You will need to submit a request for admission with study delay. As of 1 July 2022 you will find the link on this page. Please make sure to submit your request before 1 September 2022.
When submitting the request, you will be requested to upload the following documents:
- a transcript
- a statement from your current university stating that your study delay of maximum 15 EC concerns courses/exams that were taking place in academic year 2021-2022 and that your Bachelor’s thesis (or a comparable final assignment) has been finished
- a statement from your university confirming that the Bachelor’s programme can be completed remotely within the academic year 2022-2023 (for students from outside the Netherlands only).
This regulation applies to applicants who want to start their Master’s programme at the Amsterdam Law School in September 2022 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme at the UvA in 2021-2022, or in a Bachelor’s programme at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.
7. 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 & Finance, will be presented to the Selection Committee. The Committee will then decide whether you are selected for admission into the Law & Finance programme. You will be notified about the decision within 6 weeks after the application deadline (15 January/1 March/1 June).
8. 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.
A deferral of your application as well as of a selected spot in the programme is not possible. However, you can simply re-apply for the programme the next year or later. In case you wish to do so, please withdraw your enrolment request in Studielink. In order to do so, please keep in mind that you will need to resubmit both your enrolment in Studielink and your UvA application form before starting the programme. It also means that you have to go through the selection process again and a place in the programme is not guaranteed. The selection and admissions decision will be based on the entry requirements that apply for the later academic year in which you wish to enrol.
If you decline acceptance (i.e. your selected spot in the Law & Finance programme), please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink. Preferably decline your spot and de-enrol before 1 March, so that other applicants can be selected in your place.
9. Submit certified documents and English test results
If you have been selected for our Master's programme, it means that we need to verify your prior academic credentials. You will need to send certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Photocopies or scans of original, certified documents are not accepted.
All documents need to be officially certified (i.e., must bear the original stamp or signature of your university or a notary), and sent to the following address:
Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
P.O. Box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam
Or, if sent by registered post:
Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
1018 XE Amsterdam
English test results
If you have not yet sent your English test results, please make sure you do so before the deadline.
- TOEFL: When signing up for the TOEFL test, please make sure to mention 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.
10. Pay the tuition fee
You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment in a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay tuition fees. Check your enrolment checklist at sis.uva.nl to see which matters of your enrolment possibly still need to be completed.
- 11. Register for immigration, housing, Start Appointment
12. 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.
13. Course planning
After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the Master in Law & Finance programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will automatically be enrolled for all of the Master in Law & Finance programme’s courses.
The academic year is divided into 2 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.
Courses per semester
You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online Course Catalogue.
14. Attend Start Appointment
Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organizes 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.
15. Attend Introduction Day
To help you get started, the Amsterdam Law School organizes a (mandatory) Introduction Day for all new Master’s students. You will find information on the Introduction Day on the student website.