The Amsterdam Law Practice is a unique experiential learning programme for Master's students. A contemporary way of learning, in which reflection on one's own experiences and the development of a professional identity are central. As a student, you apply your academic knowledge of the law and the skills you have learned by assuming various legal roles, in practice or in simulated situations. The subjects thus build a bridge to society and the future professional field.
The experiential education of the Amsterdam Law Practice (ALP) ensures a good connection to the professional field. The ALP courses focus on legal practice. You learn by doing and work under the guidance of top lecturers from the field with other students to solve social problems. In this way, you will become more aware of your role and discover which aspects of legal work suit you best.
Amsterdam Law Clinics: during the clinics you will work as a student on legal issues in the social interest. This often involves NGOs or clients with few resources. You work on legal cases or advise lawyers when they need legal expertise and support in complex cases.
Law labs: together with experts from social institutions or companies, you work on solving problems and on innovation. For example, after researching the literature and interviewing the institutions involved, you come up with a specific recommendation, or you work with students from another discipline on innovation. An example of this is the Justice Entrepreneurship course, in which you learn to devise and develop an innovative solution to an existing legal problem.
Simulations: you practice the role of a lawyer in hypothetical scenarios. You learn to argue and debate legally. You also write court documents and give oral advice.
Mootcourts: you develop your written and oral skills in a simulated court case. Pleading and debating are central to this. Mootcourts are often (inter)nationally competitive. The finals are therefore regularly held abroad.
Internships: unlike a clinic, the supervision of the internships takes place at the place of internship. However, you will receive additional support from the programme via lectures on professional responsibility and professional ethics. This is how we help you find your place in the professional field.
Legal advice centres: working for a legal advice centre is very valuable. The legal aid clinics work as a legal advice centre and assist individual clients on a pro bono basis. No case is too small. You are committed to external parties and work on real cases that make a difference to the people bringing them forward.