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About us Faculty of Law International programmes LLB programme 2020-2021

Special features of the programme

(Image: Our LLB programme helps students begin their path toward an international future)


Important notice
If you are a new incoming student for the 2020-2021 academic year, please read here.

The English language bachelor programme in International and European Law is a unique programme, and graduates will be set apart from graduates of other academic programmes, distinguishing them on the job market. Contrary to most bachelor programmes in International Relations or Political Science leading to a BA (Bachelor of Arts) title, the focus of this programme is on legal matters. Graduates will therefore first and foremost be legal experts, but experts with great international, economic, and social insight. The programme thus also results in the granting of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) title.

International perspective
Since the programme does not focus on one national legal system, it therefore is completely different from other national law programmes. It does not only have a more interdisciplinary component and greater focus on  European and international law, but also provides students with a different legal framework in which to approach legally pertinent scenarios beyond a national legal context. Also, the fact that the programme combines both public international law and European Union Law in one programme is rather unique in Continental Europe. On top of that, it contains a multidisciplinary component in every semester and it gives considerable and sustained weight to the development of English language communication and writing skills in every semester taught in Groningen.

Study abroad
All students must spend one semester abroad with one of our exchange partners, for example Universidad Austral (Argentina), Uppsala University (Sweden) or NUI Galway (Ireland), as part of the degree programme. This offers students a truly international experience in being able to not only study international law in one country (the Netherlands) different from their own, but also obtain extra international experience while studying abroad. Partners and possibilities regarding studying abroad can be found here and in our International Exchange Search Engine (IESE).

Access to LLM studies
The programme is fully accredited with the educational authorities in the Netherlands, and our LLB is widely accepted within other countries beyond the Netherlands for granting eligibility to apply for further LLM study. Our LLB graduates also automatically have direct access to our LLM programmes, meaning they can continue their legal studies in a specialized field here at Groningen. This is relevant to mention as graduates from LLB programmes at Dutch universities of applied sciences are generally not eligible for LLM studies at research based universities within the Netherlands.

Specialized Technology Law track (optional)
As of the 2020-2021 academic year, there is a new 'Technology Law' track that students can choose to pursue during the 2nd and 3rd years of study in the LLB programme. The track is designed in light of the understanding that technology operates across jurisdictions and, as a result, regulatory responses have to occur at the interface between domestic, regional and international law. You can see you courses of the new track here.

Last modified:15 June 2020 10.10 p.m.