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International and European Law

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After graduation you can work at international organizations like the European Union and the United Nations. You can find a job as a legal or policy advisor. You can also draft international laws and regulations. After taking additional courses, you are able to work as a judge, lawyer or public prosecutor. You can also work in international business.

Graduates of the bachelor programme in International and European Law will – after having completed an additional master programme - be qualified for careers in diplomacy, as civil servants for national ministries, the EU, the UN or other international organizations, in non-governmental organizations (such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace), in the international commercial sector (such as Unilever or Shell), or in academic teaching and research.

Entry into traditional legal professions (advocate, attorney, barrister, judge, etc.) is not guaranteed upon completion of the programme as such entry is depending on national requirements. The programme does not qualify for these traditional legal professions in the Netherlands; additional courses will be needed should one wish to qualify. These additional courses would require knowledge of the Dutch language and would lead to about 18 months extra in courses. For all other countries, students should check the websites of the bar associations or judiciary of the country in question for specific details.

After graduation you can work at international organizations like the European Union and the United Nations. You can find a job as a legal or policy advisor. You can also draft international laws and regulations. After taking additional courses, you are able to work as a judge, lawyer or public prosecutor. You can also work in international business.

Potentiële beroepen

  • A career in as civil servants for national ministries
  • A career in the international commercial sector
  • A career in international politics
  • A career in diplomacy
  • A career in academic teaching and research
  • a career in international or non-governmental organizations
  • Testimonial van Christian Garrard, UK, LLB student International and European Law

    Coming to the Netherlands over three years ago was without doubt the best decision I have ever made.

    I never intended on studying 'English' law and just becoming a lawyer in the UK but rather to specialise in international and/or European law straight away. This was not possible in the UK (at the time) with all European or international law being offered at masters level only. I came across the LLB programme for international and European law in Groningen and immediately realised it was exactly what I wanted to do.

    Not only do you have the opportunity to study international and European law under the guidance of well respected professors in the field, in a country renowned for international law but you study with people from all over the world as well. Add on to this that Groningen is all you can ask for in a student city with plenty of opportunities, a vibrant nightlife and a great atmosphere, then you have the perfect combination. Coming to the Netherlands over three years ago was without doubt the best decision I have ever made. The law faculty offers a tremendous amount of support for new students and this continues over the course of the degree. The areas covered in the LLB programme vary greatly and gave me a good opportunity to decide what area of law I would want to specialise in on completion of my bachelor degree. Despite not focusing on any national law the legal understanding developed as part of the programme, especially in public international and EU law will be indispensable in any legal career. Asides from the high standard of education, what makes the experience of the LLB in Groningen so rewarding is the people I have shared that experience with, like minded students from so many different backgrounds make an excellent network of people that I will keep in contact with for the rest of my life. The city of Groningen, although small, is an excellent place to live as a student and especially an international student as there are already so many other international students in Groningen helping give it the great atmosphere it has. It is truly an overlooked gem in this part of Europe. You may even find yourself doing a masters in Groningen because you can't bring yourself to leave!

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    – Christian Garrard, UK, LLB student International and European Law
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