What does it mean to work in the public interest? How do you best interact with your clients? 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 our clinics.
To enhance your learning experience with respect to both the law and legal skills, the Amsterdam Law Clinics provide a unique clinic programme. As part of this 6-credit clinic programme, students work on a case (the clinical work) and participate in an interactive seminar devoted to legal skills, public interest lawyering and professional ethics (the seminar component).
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 seminar component consists of eight lectures and interactive workshops which address public interest lawyering, strategic litigation, legal ethics and professional responsibility in the legal profession, critical legal thinking and legal skills. Furthermore, specific lectures might be provided depending on the cases students are working on in the clinics. At the end of the semester students will draft a brief essay in which they reflect on the clinical work and on the legal, practical and ethical obstacles or dilemmas they may have encountered.
Through participation in our clinics, students will develop a set of skills that will prove highly useful in their career as legal professionals, including:
Please look at our Course Catalogue for more details on the course and its requirements.
All students from the UvA Law Master’s Programme are, in principe, eligible to apply.
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:
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.
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.
Please submit your application, in English, by sending an email to email@example.com addressed to Ms. Linde Bryk, LL.M, indicating in the subject-line ‘Application Amsterdam Law Clinics - [your name]’. Your application must include:
If selected for the clinic of first choice, selection is binding.
If you apply for the Amsterdam International Law Clinic , your application must include:
The applications are processed by the Amsterdam Law Clinics (not through SIS).
The deadline for applications is:
Note that for the Amsterdam International Law Clinic the clinic work will start in the first week of November 2020 (duration case-work: eight months) and there is no option to start in February.
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 (ALCs Spring 2019), Master Private Law