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Amsterdam European Law Clinic

Amsterdam Law Clinics

Amsterdam European Law Clinic

The Amsterdam European Law Clinic offers graduate students the unique possibility to combine theory and practice of European law. Clinic students will be directly involved in providing legal advice in areas such as EU legal remedies, EU constitutional law, and various substantive areas of law relating to public health, the protection of the environment, asylum and refugee protection, and consumer protection. The clinic encourages students’ critical thinking about the functions of law in society and its possibility to make positive changes and contributions our social world. The Clinic offers pro bono services to private individuals, non-governmental organizations, and international governmental organizations, that are dealing with complex legal issues that require extra research, if the client does not have adequate means for extra legal research, or when a public interest is pursued.

A hands-on approach

Clinical legal education is the study of law and lawyering in context. Working with real clients with real problems allows law students to begin the lifelong process of becoming thoughtful, responsible, and reflective lawyers.

Therefore, students receive intensive, hands-on, guidance on how to conduct legal research, and how to write a legal opinion for external clients on issues of European law. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, high quality work, teamwork, and respect for confidentiality. Students work closely with other students and members of staff at the University of Amsterdam. 

Clinical work

Clinical work consists of projects undertaken for clients that apply for assistance from the AELC. For instance, a lawyer representing a public health organisation may request the help from the AELC in preparing submissions in a preliminary reference case before the Court of Justice on the validity of the EU’s tobacco rules. Under the supervision of academic staff, students regularly meet with the client and work in teams to support the client by doing legal research, drafting memo’s, and providing legal advice. 

Our Clinical Programme

Current and prior projects and publications

Experiences from former clinic students

Doireann McCarthy (AELC Fall ’19) Master International and Transnational Criminal Law
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By working with real clients on actual cases and pertinent legal issues within the field, you are given the opportunity to apply your academic research skills in a professional context. This process not only teaches you how to successfully work in a team to produce an end product in which all members are accurately represented, but also reveals how to effectively communicate with both colleagues and clients. Doireann McCarthy (AELC Fall ’19) Master International and Transnational Criminal Law
Abdul Mohamed (AELC Spring '20) Master European Competition Law & Regulation Track
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The Amsterdam Law Practice is unique in that students are also expected to attend workshops on legal writing, legal ethics, strategic litigation, public-interest lawyering and culture/ diversity workshops with other students from other law clinics. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the workshops, which gave me an opportunity to collaborate and learn from other students. I would highly recommend all master students to apply to the Amsterdam Law Practice, as it provides both practical and soft skills for a future career in law. Abdul Mohamed (AELC Spring '20) Master European Competition Law & Regulation Track


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Contact us

For any questions regarding the Amsterdam European Law Clinic, please email us at or contact:

Dr. L.J. (Laurens) Ankersmit

Clinic coordinator

How to Apply

Please submit your application, in English, by sending an e-mail to addressed to Ms. Linde Bryk, LL.M., indicating in the subject-line ‘Application Amsterdam Law Clinics – [your name]’ Your application must include: 

  • Your CV or resume (max. 2 pages);
  • An overview of relevant courses and grades from courses you have taken at the University of Amsterdam or other universities;
  • A sample of 1 - 5 pages (maximum 10) of your own writing in Dutch or English related to your studies;
  • An analysis responding to the questions below, in a word document that has your signature and indicating place and date:
    • Why are you interested in taking part in the Amsterdam Law Clinics, and more specifically in the clinics you have listed as your preferences? (max 400 words)
    • In your opinion what is one of the most impressive public interest law case you have come across that has been dealt with in the courts? Why is this case of such importance? What would you have done differently? (max 400 words)
  • Indication of preferences. The Amsterdam Law Clinics strive to ensure that as many students as possible are given the opportunity to participate in a clinic during their Master. We cannot ensure admission to a particular clinic and the application and selection process for the clinics is competitive. We recommend students to list in the email that accompanies their application at least 3 clinics ranked in order of interest. 

If selected for the clinic of first choice, selection is binding.

Deadline for application: 18 June 2021



Contact former clinic students

If you're interested in more hands-on information about the clinic and experiences from former Amsterdam European Law Clinic students, you can contact any of the following former students. Send an e-mail to and we will provide you with the relevant contact information.

Former Amsterdam European Law Clinic students:

Spring semester 2019-2020 Fall semester 2020-2021
Dylan Julian Aziz Florian Huber
Abdul Mohamed Maria Bilwin
Anja Siobhan Doolan Julia Gieseck
Laura Bante Umali Buanagracia