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Application criteria and procedure

How to apply for the Amsterdam Law Clinics?

Application criteria

All students from the UvA Law Master’s Programme are, in principe, eligible to apply.

Most master’s programmes offer ALC’s as an elective course. We advise master students to check their master’s programme or consult their programme coordinator to find out whether this course is offered as an elective for their specific programme. The master programmes within the master International Law and European Law offer ALC’s as an elective course only if the student takes part in the Amsterdam European Law Clinic (the two EU law tracks) or the Amsterdam International Law Clinic (the two international law tracks), or if the Clinic case the student will work on involves sufficient European Law or International Law questions/components respectively. Students in programmes that do not offer ALC's as an elective course can take this course as an extracurricular course.

Please note that The Amsterdam European Law Clinic is, in principle, only open for students enrolled in:

The Amsterdam International Law Clinic is only open for students enrolled in:

We select students based on prior academic achievement, expressed commitment to the project and on the possibility to match legal expertise with the cases we will be working on that semester. 

How to apply?

Please submit your application, in English, by sending an email to addressed to Ms. L. Bryk, LL.M, indicating in the subject-line ‘Application Amsterdam Law Clinics - [your name]’. Your application must include:

  • Your CV or resume (max. 2 pages);
  • An overview of relevant courses and grades from courses you have taken at the University of Amsterdam or other universities;
  • A sample of 1 - 5 pages (maximum 10) of your own writing in Dutch or English related to your studies;
  • An analysis responding to the questions below, in a Word document that has your signature and indicating place and date:
    • Why are you interested in taking part in the AmsterdamLaw Clinics, and more specifically in the clinics you have listed as your preferences? (max 400 words)
    • In your opinion, what is one of the most impressive public interest law case you have come across that has been dealt with in the courts and why is this case of such importance? What would you have done differently? (max. 400 words)
  • Indication of preferences. The Amsterdam Law Clinics strive to ensure that as many studenst as possible are given the opportunity to participate in a clinic during their Master. We cannot ensure admission to a particular clinic and the application and selection process for the clinics is competitive. We recommend students to list in the e-mail that accompanies their application at least 3 clinics ranked in order of interest.

If selected for the clinic of first choice, selection is binding.

The applications are processed by the Amsterdam Law Clinics (not through SIS).

Deadline for applications for the fall semester 2021-2022: 18 June 2021