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The experiential education programme: the Amsterdam Law Practice

The Amsterdam Law Practice is a unique experiential education programme for all Master's students of the Amsterdam Law School. Reflection on experiences and the development of a professional identity are central to this programme. Students apply academic knowledge of the law and skills by taking on various legal roles, such as that of a lawyer, legal advisor or a judge. This takes place both in practice and in simulated situations.

Get to know our experiential education

In experiential education students are given tools to reflect on what it means to perform various professional roles, for society, for the people they work with and for themselves. Students learn by doing and discover which areas of legal work suit them best. For the innovative nature of its education, the Amsterdam Law Practice received a Dutch Higher Education Premium in 2022, the award for innovative higher education.

Video about the Amsterdam Law Practice
Find out about the possibilities of experiential education and the vision behind it.
Join our conference on experiential education

The Amsterdam Law School is hosting The Conference on the Future of Legal Experiential Education on 30 March 2023. During the conference, you can join panel discussions, interviews and keynotes by Timothy Casey (California Western School of Law), Monique Volman (UvA) and Luz Herrera (Texas A&M University School of Law).

Underlying educational vision

Although simulations, clinics and moot courts are now an integral part of the educational programme of law faculties, these forms are taught at the Amsterdam Law Practice on the basis of a specific educational vision. The development of the student's professional identity is central to this vision. Crucially, in addition to applying knowledge and learning by doing, students reflect, based on insights from professional ethics, on what it means to perform a particular legal role for society, for future employers, and for the students themselves. In this way, education contributes to training responsible lawyers of the future.

Examples of courses

To obtain a Master's degree at the Amsterdam Law School, students take at least one 6 EC ALP course. Our experiential education can now be found in more than 30 courses, distributed across the various Master’s programmes. There are also ALP courses that are accessible to (almost) all Master’s students. These are:

  • Amsterdam Law Clinics: students work on behalf of clients, such as NGOs, on real cases of public interest. Students participate in court cases, give advice and provide legal expertise and support. Clinical legal education is also offered within the programmes themselves.
  • Justice Entrepreneurship: students learn to devise and develop an innovative solution to an existing legal problem. In 2021 the course received the Golden Hourglass Innovative Legal Education Award.
  • Internships: during an internship, students gain a specific form of practical experience at an external workplace. To reflect on this practical experience, they are supported from the programme through lectures on professional responsibility and professional ethics. The internship is approached as reflective practice during these lectures.

In the Course Catalogue you can check which ALP courses are offered per Master’s programme. Here, you will also find more information about enrollment and scheduling.

Students on the Amsterdam Law Practice

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During my Master's, thanks to ALP, I got involved in a legal advice centre and worked at a law firm. I am very happy that I've developed my professional legal identity and discovered the direction I want to go in. Master's student Ilse Fokkema
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The ALP course Moot Court convinced me to go for a toga profession, because you write a plea agreement under the guidance of real criminal defense lawyers. You get tips that give you a good idea of what the toga professions entail Master's student Nick Faber

Lecturers

The development of the Amsterdam Law Practice began in 2018 with a pilot. Since then, the curriculum has expanded to the point where a permanent team is involved in its organization and further development. In addition to the subject lecturers who teach the courses in the various Master's programmes, a number of people are involved in the Amsterdam Law Practice at the faculty level:

ACLPA Collaboration

The Amsterdam Center for the Legal Profession and Access to Justice (ACLPA) provides a supportive and scholarly foundation in the field of professional ethics and reflection within experiential education. For example, staff members of the center provide substantive (guest) lectures.

How do you register?

The study programme of a specific Master's programme mentions which ALP courses are offered. In the Course Catalogue you will find more information about the registration for the relevant courses.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Rosa Lokin-Möhrlein, Coordinator Amsterdam Law Practice, r.mohrlein@uva.nl.