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New transnational law degree programme

Programmes 4 July 2008, 00:00

The University of Utrecht will start a unique international law degree programme, the Transnational Law Program. This four-year English-taught combined bachelor’s – master’s programme is offered in cooperation with the Washington University School of Law in St Louis.

The University of Utrecht will start a unique international law degree programme, the Transnational Law Program. This four-year English-taught combined bachelor’s – master’s programme is offered in cooperation with the Washington University School of Law in St Louis.

The programme will give students a sound base in the field of law during their bachelor’s programme. In addition, they will follow classes in other fields, such as political science and economics. Students will follow this programme at the University College of Utrecht, part of the University of Utrecht. For their fifth semester they will go on an exchange to St Louis. The Transnational Law Program is concluded with a master’s (LLM) of one year in St. Louis.

Conversely, American students will follow most of their Juris Doctor’s (J.D.) study in the US and will come to Holland for one semester of their J.D., and for the master’s. The Transnational Law Program is part of the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme at the University College Utrecht, which has a selection procedure.

American internship

It is the first transatlantic law degree programme that offers students a combined bachelor’s and master’s programme. Students will have the opportunity to do internships at American corporations, law firms, courts, government organizations and non-government institutions. There will be a structured exchange programme of teachers and staff between all participating universities, to ensure that the programme is truly international and well-integrated.

Globalization

The main reason for offering this programme is the continuing globalization, which causes a growing number of legal issues to stretch beyond country borders and jurisdictions. A prime example of this is the current American credit crisis and its effects on the rest of the world. But it doesn’t just apply to the world market. Criminal trials, and cases in the field of environmental and family law, increasingly have an international dimension too. This results in a growing demand for legal professionals who are able to work in different legal systems.

Partners

University College Utrecht and the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht are working in close cooperation with the Washington University Law School in the US to offer this programme. In addition, the University of Trentino, Queen’s University Belfast and the Catholic University of Portugal are closely involved in this programme.

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