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Year 3

Year 3

Career orientation

Think carefully on what you want and what would fit you best: your personal profile. For more info on ‘who am I, what can I do, what do want’, click here. Try to get an imagine of the job possibilities that you will have after these legal studies. You can go to career events at university or elsewhere, labor market related events of the study associations or the university, read interviews with alumni to see which of these career would fit you best. Look at what people do in their internships related to that field and talk to people who already have that job. Most people like to talk about what they do and will want to tell you about it if you seem interested. You can look at the listings of organizations that you find interesting to get inspiration for more specific job possibilities.

Career Opportunities

In the Career Opportunities section you can take a look at the careers of our alumni. They describe their current occupation and their career path. Additionally, they give you some career advice!


Master choice workshop Law

Your master will have a lot of influence on your possibilities on the job market. If you find this choice difficult and would like to go through this process together with fellow students, this workshop is possibly an idea for you. Together with a maximum of eight students you will look at different methods for making choices and subsequently through assignments get more insight into you, your talents, your qualities, what is important to you and what kind of work you would like to do. With these insight you will work on a ‘masterplan’ which fits you and you feel comfortable with. You can look at your master more focused through thinking about and planning your first job, (additional) elective courses, internships, the subject of your thesis etcetera. A master choice workshop can be given on individual basis in three consultations. Inform for the dates and costs with .




Masters Criteria

Some specified masters have admission requirements such as certain courses or a high grade point average. If you are interested in one of these master programs you can already look into their criteria and what you can do to fulfill these.


Study Association

Are you not a member of a student association yet? Join one after all! You get to meet people and partake in many activities. By participating in these activities, you can get an idea of the various job possibilities and the cultural differences within companies, organizations and offices. Currently our faculty has several associations such as the JFV or others that belong to a specific specialisation within legal studies.



Doing an internship in your third or fourth year is a great way to prepare for the labor market. Many recruiters of big companies or organizations only hire those who have done internships. However, this is not the only reason why an internship is useful. An internship is a great way to see your knowledge being applied in practice, which in turn makes your studies more interesting. Additionally, an internship can help you choose your career path and develop your professional and personal skills.


Board or Commission

Be part of a board or commission at one of the study associations or within the university! You can learn to work in a team and make useful contacts.


Law in Real-life

Experience how it is to answer practical questions after your propedeuse by partaking in a law in practice module for ECTS’s. This will also help you work on your writing and presentation skills. Additionally, it helps you develop your legal skills, customer care and teaches you to explain and answer judicial questions clearly and concise towards customers. Click here for more information on our law in practice possibilities.



The UGCE has as its goal to promote entrepreneurship. Additionally, there are minor possibilities to familiarize students with the practice of running a company.



Also through volunteer work you can develop many competences and show your social awareness. When hiring employees, some organizations pay attention to their experiences with volunteer work. You can ask yourself if your future employer would find this important or not.


Other work experience

Working experience is always a plus. You can look for a judicial part-time job, but also non-judicial part-time jobs help you develop. Think for example of student assistants, research assistants or administrative jobs. Look for more general career and development possibilities in the CareerConNEXT. This is a database where you can find many opportunities. You can find CareerConNEXT in your student portal under the tab ‘my career’. Here you can log in with your student number and use the filters to adjust the database to your interests.



Studying or doing an internship abroad is a very valuable addition to your studies in the Netherlands. You learn about an another culture, language and different views and legal systems. Many jobs in international or European law require additional languages and intercultural competences. Additionally, you can choose to go to a university that allows you to follow courses within your interest, which will subsequently help you with your master and career choices and possibilities. The exchange in the third year will give you these possibilities so make sure to prepare your exchange in time. For more information look in the question and answer and law exchange program sections of the website.

You can also think of summercourses. You can find them in CareerConNEXT, studentportal, tab career in the menu careerevents. You have to log in!

Summer school

In a summer school, you can attend interesting courses in various countries.

Would you like to improve your language and intercultural skills?

Amongst other things, the UG Language & Culture Policy of the University of Groningen wants to offer you the possibility to complete an extracurricular Global & Intercultural Engagement Distinction (GIED), so you can increase your language and intercultural skills, and your labour market value. The Faculty of Law runs the distinction’s pilot, so you will be the first to benefit.


Would you like to acces the bar after your LLB and LLM?

In The Netherlands

In order to gain access to the bar or judiciary in the Netherlands, students need to have acquired the so-called 'effectus civilis' ('civiel effect'). This 'effectus civilis' can be obtained by participating in several Dutch law courses dealing with all main fields of law. The University of Groningen offers a shortened Bachelor of Laws programme (taught in Dutch) for students who would be interested in getting this 'effectus civilis' and who are currently enrolled in the LLB International and European Law.

Other Dutch Law faculties in the Netherlands might have different requirements.  More information about the specific requirements for access to the Dutch bar can be found at the site of the Dutch Bar Association (the 'Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten'). Please keep in mind that all courses which will lead to the 'effectus civilis' will be offered in Dutch and thus your level of Dutch language proficiency needs to be a minimum of B2 (CEFR).

In Other Countries

Students wishing to pass the bar exam in other countries should consult the websites of the bar associations or judiciary of the specific country they seek to practice law in for specific details regarding eligibility. You can find a database of various bar associations in different countries at Are you thinking of a different master than one that connects with your bachelor?
Talk to one of the study advisors for the possibilities.

Are you in doubt about your study choice or do you want to follow another/additional direction?
Talk to one of the study advisors or the career planner of our faculty.

Are you in doubt over another study?
Click then here for more information.


Take a look at the masterpart of the planner.

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