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AELC for students

Are you a student interested in working on a real case? Apply for the Amsterdam European Law Clinic.


The 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, teamwork, and respect for confidentiality.


The Amsterdam European Law Clinic forms, together with European Law Moot Court and Individual Research Project in European Public Law and Governance, part of the particular focus on ‘law-in-action’ in the European tracks of the Master’s in International and European Law.

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 ranging from EU constitutional law to European internal market law, European competition law and regulation, European criminal law and European environmental law. Clients include law firms, non-governmental organizations, international governmental organizations, companies, and private individuals. Part of the Amsterdam European Law Clinic is dedicated to Public Interest Litigation, i.e. the use of the law in order to advance public concerns.

Students will work closely with other students and members of staff at the University of Amsterdam.

Teaching method

(Weekly) seminars, team work, meetings with supervisors (and clients)


The maximum number of participants will vary from semester to semester, depending on the number of relevant cases. Students wishing to enroll need to send before 8 September (for the first semester);

1. A personal statement explaining their interest in the course;

2. A resume or C.V. to (indicating in the subject-line 'Application Amsterdam European Law Clinic');

3. A paper/article you have written (minimum 5 pages and in English);

4. An overview of courses and grades from courses you have taken at the University of Amsterdam or other universities. If you apply for more than one of the ‘law–in-action’ courses (Amsterdam European Law Clinic, European Law Moot Court, Individual Research Project European Public Law and Governance), rank them in the order of your interest.

The applications are processed by the Amsterdam Law Clinics (not through SIS).

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