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LLM in Advanced Studies in European Tax Law

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

LLM student

Earn an LLM in Advanced Studies in European Tax Law at Leiden University

The LLM studies in EU tax law is instructed in English and is an advanced master program at Leiden University. Participants who have successfully completed the program will be awarded the diploma of Master of Laws: Advanced Studies Program in EU Tax Law, with an optional particular focus on either direct taxation, indirect taxation or State Aid Law.

Leiden University has designed this program to provide you with a broad and in-depth knowledge of EU Tax Law, giving you a firm grasp of key European case law and fundamental legal concepts. You will also become familiar with key scholars in the field of European Tax Law.

Through this LLM program in European tax law, you'll develop an insight into the relationships and interactions between different aspects and concepts of EU Tax Law. You will acquire the skills needed to translate EU Tax Law into practice in a commercial, public sector or judicial setting.

The program’s lecturing staff are highly regarded for their teaching and research, and many also work as independent practitioners. This ensures that current developments in EU tax law are part of the program. As a student you will benefit from their experience and network.

In addition, you will also be able to network with other (international) tax law students. This advanced master of laws program is specifically aimed towards: professionals working in a commercial tax environment within the European Union.

Admission requirements

In order to qualify for admission to the program, you should:

  • Hold a law degree that gives access to the legal professions in the country where the degree was obtained. Graduates from fields other than law (e.g. a graduate degree in economics or business administration) may also be admitted, provided their previous studies included a substantial legal component
  • Demonstrate a sufficiently high performance in their previous studies, validated by marks on their University Degree/Transcript and the accompanying mark criteria, and letters of recommendation from current or previous professors and/or employers
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in EU Tax Law, illustrated by, among other things, a letter of motivation, past experience related to the subject (i.e., work, publications, conference papers)
  • Proven English language proficiency, demonstrated by way of a TOEFL test (overall score of 600 paper-based/250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based) or IELTS test (overall score of 7.0), evidenced by an appropriate test, occasionally complemented by a telephone interview. in addition to the above-mentioned overall English test scores, minimum band scores of IELTS 6.0 (TOEFL 20) are required for all sub-sections.

*This requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate.

NOTE: Applicants may be offered admission to a pre-sessional English course prior to entry if they have the following English language test scores – this always at the discretion of the program admission board: An overall English score of IELTS 6.0 or 6.5 (TOEFL 80 and 90 respectively) – with no band scores lower than IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17). A sufficient overall English score, but one or more band score of IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17).

Tuition fees

  • Part-time: 9,550 (2016-2017)
  • Full-time: 19,000 (2016-2017)


Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in European Tax Law

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
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