The one-year full-time programme consists of ten months of courses and two months of research and writing of the paper (July and August). The aca¬demic year traditionally begins at the end of August and there will be a Christmas break and an Easter break. Courses will end by the beginning of July (see under “paper” below). The course work comprises a total of nine courses, which vary in length from 2 to 10 weeks.
Courses are not taught in parallel, but consecutively, i.e. a new course will not start until the exam of the previous course has been taken. Each week will typically comprise 8 to 12 classroom hours. Students are required to take an examination at the end of each course. As the courses are taught in a seminar format, students are expected to actively participate in the classroom sessions and may be required to prepare oral and written presentations. It should be emphasised that the preparation work is usually quite demanding in terms of time. In order to cope with the requirements of the programme, students should make their studies their first priority.
For the most up to date course overview, see the e-Prospectus.
Students who have successfully completed the examinations and whose paper has been approved will be awarded the diploma of Master of Advanced Studies in International Tax Law during a graduation ceremony held at the very end of August. For further details, please consult the website of the International Tax Center Leiden.
“What is an Advanced Studies programme?”
The LL.M. Advanced Studies programmes differ from regular LL.M. programmes both in their level of teaching and learning. The Advanced Studies programmes are specifically designed for excellent students with legal experience and for qualified lawyers who wish to enhance their career prospects. Regular LL.M. programmes are the final part of the standard Dutch law curriculum, and form a required programme for Dutch students wishing to gain the right to enter legal practice in the Netherlands. The regular programmes the Leiden Law School offers are also accessible for international students (and attract many!), and are aimed at those participating directly after completing a bachelor‘s programme in Law.
In terms of level of study, the Advanced Studies programmes are substantially more in-depth and demanding. In just one academic year they offer a thorough and focused education on a specific area of legal expertise. Advanced Studies students benefit from teaching based on the Socratic method, as well as both a practical and theoretical approach to the subject area. The Advanced Studies programmes are not in the first place research programmes. Whilst they are an excellent vehicle for the further development of research skills and as such also offer entry into PhD research, the programmes are first and foremost professional in their orientation. They cater exclusively for a group of students who benefit from close contact with their professors and with expert practitioners from the relevant legal field. There are very few universities that offer LL.M. programmes at this level.
“The Leiden Int. Tax LL.M programme has an unparalleled reputation, and is able to attract distinguished academics as well as top international tax lawyers to lecture in their fields of expertise, providing for a second-to-none learning experience for the multinational group of students”
The Talent programme is an additional incentive of Leiden University, something that good students with scientific interests can do on top of this Master.