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LLM in Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law

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

Program description

LLM program

Earn an LLM in Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law 

The international civil and commercial law advanced studies program is offered by the Institute of Private Law at Leiden Law School. It is taught by expert academic staff as well as by visiting guest lecturers who hold senior positions in major corporations.

Teaching in the master of laws advanced studies programs is highly interactive with small classes, and Leiden University encourages the exchange of ideas between students and lecturers.

The program focuses on both high level theory and professional skills and includes the following courses:

  • International Contract Law (including International Transportation Contracts and Procurement Law)
  • International Property Law (including Intellectual Property Rights and Finance Transactions)
  • International Tort Law (including Private Competition Law)
  • International Corporate Law International
  • Insolvency Law
  • Private International Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Litigation Legal Profession and Ethics

You will also participate in three business workshops supervised by academic staff and experienced legal professionals. The program benefits from the high-level research conducted by the lecturers.

Current research projects:

  • Coherent Private Law research program (Leiden Law School)
  • Interaction Between Legal Systems (Leiden Law School)
  • European Private Law Regulatory Contract Law
  • European Best Practice
  • Principles for Insolvency
  • Office Holders Banking in Difficult Times

As a student of the advanced studies program in international civil and commercial law, you will benefit from the opportunity to participate in a course from Leiden's Law School programs in addition to your core curriculum. 

The extensive network of the faculty and staff can help facilitate internships, which are not part of the program. The Institute of Private Law’s extensive library, as well as the library of the nearby Peace Palace (The Hague), to provide students with ample resources during their studies. The opportunity to participate in the Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition on international arbitration is also available to students.

The program is offered full-time (one academic year) and part-time (two academic years), both with daytime classes. Part-time students are offered the same facilities and courses as full-time students. Each course is concluded with an examination. Students are expected to make regular contributions throughout the courses and are required to prepare oral and written presentations. For non-European students, however, the part-time option is not possible because of visa requirements.

Admission requirements

In order to qualify for admission to the Master of Laws Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law program, you should possess:

  • A full degree in Law offering access to legal practice in the country where it was obtained, or an equivalent degree from a recognized University/Law School
  • Evidence of excellent academic performance, illustrated by way of an academic transcript, sufficient academic background in the area of international civil and commercial law
  • Candidates must also have: a keen interest in matters of international civil and commercial law, illustrated by a letter of motivation, documented evidence of relevant (work) experience, i.e. employment or internship at a law firm, illustrated by way of a detailed curriculum vitae
  • 2 letters of reference attesting to good academic and/or professional ability
  • 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: 7,550 (2016-2017) Full-time: €15,000 (2016-2017)


Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in International Civil and Commercial Law

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
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