For legal practitioners and academics alike, legal research skills are increasingly important. Law firms have a growing need for thorough, well-trained lawyers with excellent writing skills and a research-oriented mindset. The Legal Research programme will help you to become the type of well-rounded lawyer that our changing society needs.
Legislative and executive processes at the international, national and local levels need sharp analytical thinkers. Traditional law courses do not always provide graduates with the required knowledge and skills to meet this demand. Utrecht University developed the two-year Legal Research Masters programme to fill this need.
The Legal Research Masters programme prepares you for a legal career as a practitioner in the commercial, public service or academic sectors, and it also offers you an excellent foundation for further studies at the PhD level. As part of this programme, you will complete courses in legal research skills as well as in your chosen field. You will also spend approximately one year engaged in legal research projects and writing a Masters thesis.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score.
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The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).
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You have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Law with a minimum grade average of 7.0 on a scale from 1 to 10.
Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).
Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.
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