This Master of Laws Advanced Studies programme is aimed at both legal professionals and top graduates who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge into the field of civil and commercial law from a truly international perspective.
In this programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge of civil and commercial law in the context of the current rapid globalisation. You will study transnational sources of hard law and soft law, as well as relevant case law. The programme also addresses the comparative side of international civil and commercial law in both theory and practice. It focuses in particular on the differences between common law and civil law and between certain domestic legal systems.
Interaction of laws
International civil and commercial law is a complex and multi layered judicial discipline, dealing with different levels of international, EU and national laws that co-exist and interact with one another. As a graduate of this programme, you will be equipped with the skills to fully understand these intertwined layers and to apply this knowledge to domain-specific problems in legal practice.
This advanced studies programme is designed for ambitious:
• international and Dutch legal professionals
• international and Dutch top-graduates
Within the International Civil and Commercial Law Advanced Studies programme, we aim to provide our students with the knowledge and skills required in senior positions with a wide range of organisations, including:
• law firms;
• multinational companies;
• international courts;
• governmental organisations
We encourage our students to seek career orientation advice from their professors, many of whom have an extensive international professional and academic network. Additionally, career options can be discussed within your own international network. You will build this network through contact with your fellow students, who are often practicing lawyers and come from all corners of the globe.
Leiden Law School offers career activities to all its Advanced Studies students in the form of international CV writing workshops and seminars on establishing an international career. This faculty-level career assistance is backed up by the student career service of Leiden University, which offers a wide range of services including communication training, CV checks and workshops on job application techniques.
After graduation, non-European students have the opportunity to stay for an extra year while looking for job. They can apply for a residence permit the ‘Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment’ (Zoekjaar afgestudeerde) scheme.
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