The Advanced Master of Laws International Tax Law is offered by the International Tax Institute, which is part of the Leiden Law School. The programme covers a full year, starting in August, en comprises nine courses. Each course is concluded by an exam.
As a student, you are expected to actively participate in the classroom sessions and may be required to prepare oral and written presentations. We want to emphasise that the preparation work is quite demanding in terms of time. In order to cope with the requirements of the programme, you should give priority to your studies. For this reason, a part-time option is not offered.
For a detailed specialisation programme, see the e-study guide. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.
“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.
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