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Our Teaching Programme

Amsterdam Law Clinics

What does it mean to work in the public interest? How do you best interact with your clients who are (mostly) professionals in the field? What is needed for strategic litigation? How do you draft a legal document that is not purely academic, but can be used in e.g. advocacy or litigation? To what extent do you have to remain confidential about your work in the Clinics? And, how do you ensure your teamwork leads to the best outcome of the case? These are among the questions that will be answered in your clinical experience.

In order to enhance your learning experience with respect to both the law and the legal skills, the Amsterdam Law Clinics provide a unique teaching programme. As part of this 6-credit course, students work on a case (the clinical work) and participate in an interactive syllabus devoted to legal skills, public interest lawyering and professional ethics (the course component). Learn more about this unique teaching programme.

The Clinical Work 

Students work in small groups on an assigned case for a single semester, and in few exceptions during an 8-month period (Amsterdam International Law Clinic). Students may be asked to write legal memos, pleadings or research reports per the needs of the case. Students will be closely supervised by academics from the relevant departments. As part of the clinical work, students will have regular meetings with their team-members, supervisors and intermittently with the client(s) as well. 

The Course Component

The course consists of eight lectures and interactive workshops on professional ethics and professionality for legal practitioners, public interest lawyering, as well as legal skills. The course component is adapted to the specifics of the cases the students are working on. At the end of the semester students will draft a brief essay in which they reflect on the clinical work and the legal, practical and ethical obstacles or dilemmas they may have encountered.

Through their participation in our Clinics, students will develop a set of skills that will prove highly useful in their career as legal professionals, including:

  • Legal research and writing for legal (procedural) documents
  • Investigating and analyzing facts
  • Presenting complex cases in a clear in concise manner
  • Professional skills, particularly in team work and client relations
  • Giving and receiving (peer) feedback

Please look at our Course Catalogue for more details on the course and its requirements.

Who is eligible to apply?

How to apply

  • Submit your application

    Please submit your application, in English, by sending an email to amsterdamlawclinics@uva.nl addressed to Ms Lara Talsma LL.M., indicating in the subject-line ‘Application [name of clinic] – [your name]’. Your application must include:

    • A short personal statement (max. 1 page) that clearly expresses your motivation to participate in the Clinic and why you are ideally suited to make a contribution,
    • Your CV or resume (max. 2 pages), and
    • An overview of relevant courses and grades from courses you have taken at the University of Amsterdam or other universities.
    • For the Amsterdam International Law Clinic and the Amsterdam European Law Clinic, please also submit a paper/article written by the student (minimum 5 pages and in English).

    Please indicate for which clinic you are applying and whether you prefer a specific case insofar this has been made public on our website. Students applying for more than one ‘Amsterdam Law Practice’ course are requested to rank the courses in order of interest.

    The deadline for applications is:

    • First semester: 8 September 2019

    Deadline for the Doing Business Right Clinic and Fair Trials Clinic is 15 September 2019

    • Second semester: 19 January 2020

    The programme starts in:

    • First semester: the week of 23 September 2019 (duration: 15 weeks)
    • Second semester: the week of 3 February 2019 (duration: 15 weeks)
Portrait of Master's student Lucas Brand

For me, one of the most valuable lessons was, that there is a difference between law from a university perspective and law in practice.

– Lucas Brand, Master Private Law, ALC Spring 2019