Bachelor Law in Society

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Program Description

Studying Law in Society?
How can the law pave the way for a sustainable future? And how is the law sometimes used to prevent it? Is terrorism a matter for international criminal law or international security law – or both? And what’s a lawyer’s moral responsibility in these cases?

The Law in Society Bachelor’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is unique – you won’t find law taught this way anywhere else. Instead of the traditional approach to public, private and criminal law, this programme starts with real societal problems and looks at how different legal perspectives can be applied. Using a multi-disciplinary approach with a strong social sciences component and a cross-cultural emphasis, you’ll work in groups to carry out empirical research on real-world cases. And you’ll come out ready to work in an international environment – think NGOs, ministries and big law firms.

This is what you will be doing
The Law in Society programme centres around four themes that are hyper-relevant in today’s society: security, globalisation of markets, migration and sustainability. You will address each theme at both global and local levels, from different legal perspectives, using relevant social sciences tools and research methodologies.

First year - You’ll dive into one of the biggest issues of our age: security – including global terrorism, as well as libel and assault cases. Alongside the philosophy and law of security, you’ll learn about criminology and empirical research. In the second semester, you’ll immerse yourself in the globalisation of markets, and will use psychology and statistics to deepen your understanding of how these markets work.

Second year - You’ll explore migration – not just from an abstract point of view, but by meeting and interviewing those involved. In small groups, you’ll learn qualitative research methods like interview techniques and negotiation skills that would make great preparation for a legal career. You’ll also investigate topics like climate change and artificial intelligence – and the ethical dilemmas that lawyers face as a result.

Third year - For your minor in your first semester, you’ll get the opportunity to go abroad and put your international curiosity to good use. For those staying in Amsterdam, there are interesting minors on offer. You’ll also write your Bachelor’s thesis, and do a series of recap courses that compare different legal systems and add depth to your legal knowledge.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less