Utrecht University

Legal Research, LL.M.

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  • 24 months
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Are you curious, analytical and ready to take on new challenges in a dynamic academic environment? Are you interested in writing academic texts, or engaging in debate, and tackling complicated legal issues? Would you like the opportunity to complete an in-depth Master’s-level programme in law that extends beyond the standard one-year period? The two-year Legal Research Master’s at Utrecht University may be the perfect choice for you!
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Take advantage of a growing need for legal researchers

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.

Become a perceptive and analytic thinker

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 Master’s programme to fill this need.

The Legal Research Master’s 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 Master’s thesis.


  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses year 1
  • Methodology of legal research I: internal perspective
  • Dynamics of law in european and international context I
  • Dynamics of law in european and international context II
  • Methodology of legal research II: external perspective
  • Research project A
  • Methodology of legal research III: advanced comparative law tutorial
  • Research project B
  • Academic writing and presentation skills
Elective courses year 1
  • Elective course legal research 1
Compulsory courses year 2
  • Research project C
  • Law as an academic discipline, science and humanities
  • Thesis legal research
  • Portfolio legal research
Elective courses year 2
  • Elective course legal research 1

Detailed Programme Facts

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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).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


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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