What is society's need?
By taking Justice Entrepreneurship, you will be helped to devise and develop legal solutions for a just society. Unlike other courses, we use the Human Centered Design method. Here, we dive into the real problems and needs of citizens, and other actors who need innovative solutions. As a result, we quickly find out how to get to know stakeholders, (re)define a problem - and ultimately develop a prototype of a new legal or judicial service. Not fictionally, but 'for real': you actually take a first step towards your own company or organisation! In fact, we conclude the course with a pitch competition, with the winners even receiving start-up funding. For further financial and practical support, we encourage our students to apply for our start-up fund.
Also this year, we have invited inspiring guest lecturers to provide students with information. A selection from this list:
- Savannah Koomen (Legal Designer & Lawyer at Patroon)
- Kanan Dhru (Justice Innovation Researcher at HiiL)
- Jules Sievert (Creative Director at NuLawLab, Northeastern University School of Law)
Our partners from Patroon Legal Design created this infographic (see right) to clearly chart the progress of the master's course.
Justice Entrepreneurship awarded for innovative legal education
Our elective won the Innovative Legal Education Award from the Gouden Zandlopers in 2021. A year later, the winners of our first J.E. course, called Legal Crowd, were nominated for the Access to Justice Award in this same competition. Meanwhile, the litigation crowdfunding platform has several cases underway and even won one recently! Check out the other start-ups we are still assisting here!
Requirements for Participation
All students enrolled in Master’s programmes at the Amsterdam Law School are in principle eligible for participation in the Justice Entrepreneurship course and receive 6 ECTs after successful completion of the course. Students are, however, themselves responsible to check whether the credits obtained will count towards their particular degree. Students enrolled at other faculties are very welcome as long as they have received approval from their programme coordinator.
Good to know: the master's course takes place in the second semester (block 5) and will be taught in English. For questions, the lecturers can of course help you in Dutch.
You can apply until 16 January 2023, using the application form below.
Questions about the course? Please contact Nathalie Dijkman (Coördinator Justice Entrepreneurship) via: email@example.com.