Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

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Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

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Short summary:
The Faculty of Law is a top-quality provider of challenging and rewarding legal education at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD-level.
Maastricht is different from any other law school:

  • A pioneer in small-scale teaching (only 15 students per tutorial group) and teaching of skills, known as the Problem Based Learning System.
  • Consistently high rankings in national and international surveys for our bachelor- and master programmes and research.
  • A truly diverse and international community of staff and students; (45% foreign students).
  • Attention for the European and comparative dimension of law, where necessary firmly rooted in national law and taught by some of the world’s leading experts.
  • A clear focus in research on European and international aspects of the law, human rights and migration.
  • An distinctively informal yet rigorous atmosphere in the centre of Maastricht with easily accessible and highly dedicated staff.
  • Excellent employment possibilities after graduation.“


  • Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Geistiges Eigentum (IP)
  • Internationales Recht
  • Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Menschenrechtsgesetz
  • Rechtsvergleichung
  • Regulierungsrecht
  • Steuerrecht
  • Strafrecht


  • Vollzeit


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Frau Katrien Vantilt
Student Recruiter
Herr Gieljom Verhoeven
Admissions Officer



Number of professors

Number of Students

Bachelor's students 2018
Master's students 2018



Ranking and Awards

Faculty of Law ranked 46 in 2019 Times Higher Education Law Subject ranking.
We are proud to announce that our faculty has entered the top 50 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019 for Law.
In the 2019 the THE World University Rankings for LAW, our Faculty climbs from the 61st to the 46th place. The Faculty also rises ten places in the ranking of European law faculties from place 26 in 2018 to place 16 in 2019.
The Subject Rankings are derived from the THE World University Rankings in which world class universities are assessed by 13 carefully selected indicators covering the areas of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. For a full overview of the results, visit the THE subject rankings page.

Renowned professors

  • Prof. Hildegard Schneider
  • Prof. René de Groot
  • Prof. Theo van Boven
  • Prof. Jan Smits
  • Prof. Anselm Kamperman-Sanders



  • Comparative Law
  • Competition & Regulation Law
  • Criminal Law
  • European Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Economic Law
  • International Law
  • Tax Law


International partnership networks
We are members of three university partnership networks: the Worldwide University Network (WUN), the Young European Research Universities (YERUN) and the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE). These networks act as:

  • platforms for joint research and knowledge exchange
  • student and staff mobility and exchange
  • quality international partner universities for research collaborations

Semester break

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law works (per academic year) with 4 courses periods of 8 weeks and 2 courses periods of 4 weeks (January and June).

Student Profile

The Faculty of Law is interested in attracting students that:

  • are fascinated by the national and international worlds of law and legislation 
  • are internationally oriented and would like to be involved in international legal services
  • are critical: you don’t simply accept what you're told, but have a mind of your own.

Graduates may consider careers in the following areas: 

  • international business
  • national governments
  • European institutions
  • policy developments
  • private practice
  • academia

Kosten und Finanzierung


Tuitions fees (€)

Tuition fee guide master's programmes 2020/21.

Cost of living (€)

Estimation costs per month (based on regular/EU/EEA tuition fee rate): Totoal per month 993 €

Living costs

Including gas, water and electricity

Studybooks and materials
Clothing and care

Grants & Scholarships

For more information please contact the UM International Services Desk:



Start September 2020

  • EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 June 2020, 23:59 CET 
  • Non-EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 May 2020, 23:59 CET

Start February 2020

  • EU/EEA-students: up to and including 15 December 2019, 23:59 CET
  • Non-EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 November 2019, 23:59 CET

Admission Requirement

For each LLM programme Maastricht University assesses whether your prior education makes you admissible:

  • Graduates from a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Law
  • Graduates from another bachelor’s programme: Excellent students with a university of applied sciences degree (e.g. HBO/ Hochschule), or an academic BA or BSc bachelor in a field that does not grant direct admission into this programme, have to pass the entrance exam.

Please notice: the admission requirements are very specific per LLM programme. Always check our website for the most up to date information.

Course Page


Our one-year LLM classes start the first week of September. Most LLM programmes also have an intake in February. The students admitted into the Master International Laws, International and European Tax Law and the Adanced master Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management can only start classes in September.

How to apply

  • Register via
  • All applicants should meet the general requirements
    Write a letter of motivation
    Submit letter of recommendation
    Demonstrate proficiency in English
  • Non-EEA students must pay a €100 handling fee


International students

UM is the most international university in the Netherlands. Half of our students and one third of our academic staff come from abroad, together representing over 100 different nationalities.

Study location

The faculty is located in an imposing building in the city centre, fully equipped with all electronic and other facilities. The faculty’s central location in the city centre, with its numerous pavement cafes, bars and restaurants, and the proximity of several other faculties, makes it an authentic inner-city campus.


In Maastricht you don’t live on a campus or with a landlady

Student rooms
You rent a room together with other students. You cook and eat together and turn your student house into a home. The average rent is between 300 and 400 euro. Most students live in a room in the city centre, but you can also choose to live in a suburb or even a place just across the border in Belgium.

Furnished room
Most rooms can be found on walking or biking distance from the university buildings and public transport is excellent. Maastricht Housing will help you find a suitable room. Many exchange students rent a furnished room in one of the buildings of the UM Guesthouse, which are all located close to the centre. There are 350 rooms available for 1 or 2 students per room and 45 rooms/studios for master’s students. 

Club & Society

Study associations
The law faculty has five study associations. For more information visit the association's website.

→ Ouranos
→ First
→ Gaius
→ Jurist in Bedrijf

Leisure activities

UM SPORTS is the sports department of Maastricht University. It is a place where students, employees and alumni get together to work out for student-friendly prices. With more than 50 indoor- and outdoor sports to choose from, UM SPORTS offers something for everyone. All activities are offered in both English and Dutch, so everyone can join. Furthermore the city offers a wide range of culture, from theatre to film (two cinemas and one film house), from opera to jazz. (Experimental) art, design and architecture in museums and presentation institutes.

Support for parents/disabled people

Students who have a physical, psychological and/or sensory disability a chronic disease or another condition can apply for support at the Disability Officer of the University to make studying with your disability easier.


Maastricht University has a vibrant alumni community: a global network of more than 70,000 graduates. We are keen on staying in touch with our graduates who are living and working all over the world. In order to do so, we host an Alumni Portal and facilitate Alumni Circles in 32 cities in 16 countries.

Without a doubt, our graduates are internationally oriented:

  • they have studied in an international classroom where half of the students came from abroad
  • most of our programmes are offered in English
  • most of our programmes have a distinctly international outlook
  • nearly 40% have studied or done an internship abroad
  • they have been taught by academic staff members, of whom 40% come from abroad and most of whom are involved in international research partnerships

Working closely with other international students has successfully prepared UM graduates for the rapidly changing global labour market. They are in high demand from employers who often praise their intercultural communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Ratio female/male students

Fluctuating yearly

Average age

21-30 years