• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Law in Society Bachelor’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is unique – you won’t find law taught this way anywhere else. Instead of the traditional approach to public, private and criminal law, this programme starts with real societal problems and looks at how different legal perspectives can be applied. 
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The Law in Society programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam centres around four themes that are hyper relevant in today’s society: security, globalisation of markets, migration and sustainability. You will address each theme at both global and local levels, from different legal perspectives, using relevant social sciences tools and research methodologies.  

Why Law in Society at VU Amsterdam?

  • Law in Society at VU Amsterdam is completely unique – nowhere else in the world are the lawyers of the future trained from a multi-disciplinary, practical perspective. 
  • You’ll be learning in a mixed classroom with students from all different backgrounds.
  • You’ll come out with a qualification that allows you not only to use the law, but also to see how changing legal perspectives leads to shifting responsibilities and ethical dilemmas.
  • At VU Amsterdam, the greatest legal minds work alongside renowned criminologists and social scientists – all united in one faculty, and all researching topics taught in the programme.
  • Both VU Amsterdam and the city are known for their diversity – we’re looking for open-minded people from diverse backgrounds! 

What's next after Law in Society?

Job opportunities

As a graduate from the Law in Society programme, there are many paths open to you. You’d be well suited to roles involving international cooperation – for instance, in NGOs or government ministries, working at international level. 

The big law firms are also looking for graduates with more than just a legal background – they want diverse thinkers who can match their legal training with problem solving on cross-border issues. 

And, if your ambition is to go into one of the Dutch “toga professions” (barrister, judge, public prosecutor, etc.), the programme aims to develop additional courses for your minor (in year 3) and pre-Master’s courses to enable you to reach the civiel effect. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Numerus Fixus: 15 January
    • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
    • National students, EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam: 1 May
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Local theme: Libel, Blasphemy and Assault 
  • Methodology and empirical research
  • Global theme: Terrorism 
  • Criminology 
  • Philosophy of law and security
  • Local theme: Amsterdam and the platform economy 
  • Statistics & SPSS 
  • Global theme: Multinationals and the platform economy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Law in Society is a selective programme. In addition to a strong motivation, your educational qualifications are assessed as part of the selection procedure.
  • Applicants holding a pre-university diploma from another country must meet a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9720 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9720 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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