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Amsterdam Law School University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cornell Law School can send up to four students to Amsterdam Law School in the Spring or Fall.  Spring placements are available for 2Ls only.




The Amsterdam Law School is located in the beautiful and historic center of Amsterdam, a city of one million people that serves as the financial and cultural capital of The Netherlands. The University of Amsterdam is one of the major universities in Europe. The Faculty of Law offers students a wide variety of courses and has a strong international orientation, with both a global and a European focus.


Each term is divided into two blocks.

The academic year consists of two, 20-week semester. The first semester begins the first week of September and the second begins the first week of February. At the Faculty of Law, each semester consists of two teaching periods, beginning in the first and ninth week of each semester.

The UvA academic year may conflict with the academic year at the home institutions of some American and Canadian exchange students. Students affected by such a conflict may need to take UvA exams at an earlier date than those listed in the normal academic schedule.  Calendar is subject to change.

The Amsterdam Law School offers a special exam schedule to Cornell exchange students. These students may make arrangements take the exams at an earlier date than the dates set down in the normal schedule, in order to meet the necessary academic and professional schedules in the U.S.


Exchange courses of the Faculty of Law taught in English are offered at master's level and in the following fields:

  • European Private Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International and European Labour Law

International and European Law:

  • Public International Law
  • International Trade & Investment Law
  • European Union Law
  • European Union Business Law

As an exchange student you can choose from all courses in law offered by the Amsterdam Law School. For an overview of these courses, follow the link below to the UvA Course catalogue and use 'Advanced Search' under the 'Search Course' option. Under 'Department', select 'Amsterdam Graduate Law School' from the pull-down menu and click 'search' for the list of courses taught in English.

Students without a background in European Union Law need to take the introductory course in European Union Law. This course is offered twice a year (September and February). Students without a background in International Law need to take the introductory course in International Law, offered in September only.


Interested students should consult the Amsterdam Law School website for more details.