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Pre-LLM programmes

Introduction

Pre-LLM programmes are 1-year, 55 or 60 ECTS bridging programmes for students who want to enter one of the Faculty of Law’s LLM programmes, but have certain deficiencies in their academic background. Once candidates have successfully completed the pre-LLM programme, they can enrol in the corresponding Master's programme.

The main target groups for the pre-LLM are students who seek admission to a 1-year LLM programme based on:

  • A Bachelor degree of a Dutch university of applied science in the field of Law ('HBO-Recht'/International and European Law, accredited, 240 ECTS)
  • A Bachelor degree in the field of law from a non-Dutch higher education institution that is comparable to a Dutch university of applied science (rather than to a “research university”)
  • A Bachelor degree in a field other than law from a Dutch or non-Dutch higher education institution that is comparable to a Dutch research university

Programme Coordination: International Office, Faculty of Law, LLM@rug.nl

Pre-LLM programmes

Standard pre-LLM programme
The Faculty of Law offers a standard 1-year, 55 or 60 ECTS pre-LLM option for the following LLM programmes:

Pre-LLM programmes for International Relations and/or Political Science students
For International Relations and/or Political Science students who have not taken a minor in law or equivalent, adjusted pre-LLMs are available; these adjusted pre-LLMs are 1 semester 30 ECTS programmes. This is only applicable to the European Economic Law, International Human Rights Law and Public International Law programmes. For all other programmes, a full 55 or 60 ECTS pre-LLM is needed.

The curriculum (standard pre-LLM programme)

Block

Course

ECTS

1

Law and Legal Skills + IT for Lawyers

10

Master-specific course

5 or 10

2

Master-specific courses

15 or 20

3

Master-specific courses

15 or 20

4

Master-specific courses

5, 10 or 15

The pre-LLM programme are all geared towards their specific LLM programmes and thus all are programmed to remove the specific deficiencies for that particular LLM programme.
To be allowed to participate in the course “Research seminars” in the 2nd semester, students need to have passed the 1st semester course “Law and Legal Skills + IT for Lawyers”.

Rules to progress from a pre-LLM to an LLM

In principle, admission to the pre-LLM programme is valid for only one year and candidates can only be admitted once.

55/60 ECTS after one year
After one year, if students have passed all the courses of the pre-Master, they will be issued a “proof of admission” granting them admission to the relevant Master of Laws programme.

45/50 ECTS after one year
After one year, if students have completed at least 45 (in case of 55 ECTS pre-LLMs) or at least 50 ECTS (in case of 60 ECTS pre-LLMs) - including the compulsory courses Law and Legal Skills (including IT for Lawyers) and the research seminar(s) - they cannot start the LLM programme, but are allowed to extend their registration in the pre-LLM for a maximum of one year. During that year they then have to complete the remaining ECTSs of the pre-LLM curriculum, after which they are admitted to the relevant LLM programme.

Less than 45/50 ECTS
After one year, if students have not completed at least 45 (in case of 55 ECTS pre-LLMs) or at least 50 ECTS (in case of 60 ECTS pre-LLMs) of the pre-LLM curriculum, they are considered to have failed the pre-LLM programme. This means that they cannot proceed to the LLM programme and also cannot continue in the pre-LLM. If they wish, they can apply for entry into the Faculty’s English-taught LLB programme International and European Law. They can request exemptions for part of the LLB curriculum on the basis of prior education, including courses passed during the pre-LLM year.

30 ECTS pre-LLM programmes
The same rules apply for the 30 ECTS pre-LLM programmes. The threshold is set at 20 ECTS in this case.

Application deadline and tuition fee

Prospective students with a Dutch bachelor degree (both HBO and research university)
For your application in one of the Pre-LLM programmes at the Faculty of Law, you will have to take some administrative steps. In order to apply for the pre-LLM programmes you need to register in Studielink and in the University of Groningen Online Application System (OAS). Please make sure to apply for the pre-Master's programme in Studielink by choosing the LLB programme International and European Law. You choose the LLB programme and click 'no' to the question 'starts in first year'. Subsequently you need to choose the pre-LLM International and European Law in OAS and click the specific pre-LLM you wish to apply for under 'specialisation'. The list of documents you need to include in your application is available here.

Deadline for application is 30 June. Applications submitted after 30 June 2017 will not be considered for the pre-LLM programmes anymore!

Prospective students with a non-Dutch bachelor degree
For applicants with a non-Dutch degree it is not possible to apply for the pre-Master programmes directly. Candidates apply for a LLM programme and if the Admissions Board decides their educational background is not sufficient for direct admission to this LLM programme, they may decide to offer a place in the pre-LLM programme. If this is the case, the Admissions Office will direct you to the procedure for applying to the pre-LLM. The deadline for application for is 1 June. Applications submitted after 1 June 2017 will not be considered for the pre-LLM programmes anymore!

Please read more about tuition fees here.

English proficiency requirement

The English proficiency requirements for the pre-LLM programmes are equal to the English proficiency requirements for the LLM programmes. The exact requirements can be found here.
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