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Law and Economics

Utrecht University

12 months
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17280 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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In the Master’s programme in Law and Economics at Utrecht University, you will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance and mergers.

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Overview

Bridge The Common Gap Between Law And Economics

You will learn from an interdisciplinary team of legal experts and economists who enhance the challenging course content with both theory and real-world knowledge. 

The interdependence of economics and law is the prime focus of the programme. As a graduate of the Law and Economics programme at Utrecht University , you will be uniquely prepared to bridge what is a common gap between these disciplines. 

You combine the joint goal of this programme with one of the two distinctive tracks of Law and Economics. Find out more about the following tracks:

  • LLM track
  • MSc track

Growing Demand for Multidisciplinary Experts

Utrecht University’s Master of Law and Economics was established in response to growing demands from international employers for multidisciplinary experts in competition, regulatory issues and governance. 

In the programme, you will examine legal and managerial issues as well as the underlying economic theories behind such cases as:

  • The European Commission’s imposition of a €1.47 billion fine on Philips for operating a cathode ray tube cartel.
  • UPS’s withdrawal from a €5.16 billion deal with TNT Express after European regulators moved to block the acquisition.
  • The European Commission’s investigation into the proposed acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo by US-based Liberty Global.
  • The adequacy of governance codes in addressing Rhineland vs. shareholder economies in the area of executive pay, amongst other things.
  • The demise and subsequent bailouts of international banks by governments attempting to prevent financial system collapse.
  • The relocation of financial headquarters, or the use of transfer prices, to avoid paying taxes, as was recently revealed by firms like Google, Starbucks, and the Rolling Stones.

Real Interaction Between Two Disciplines

If you have a law background (LLB), you will qualify for an LLM degree through this programme, while an Economics background (BSc) typically qualifies you for an MSc in Law and Economics. 

The very unique aspect of this programme is that students from both (and other) backgrounds follow the same integrated programme in order to foster a multidisciplinary setting right from the start. 

Utrecht University’s Law and Economics professors – recognised as leading academics in their fields – investigate European as well as international regulation and governance.

Focused On Both The Legal And Economic Perspectives

Through its interdisciplinary approach focused on market regulation from both the legal and economic perspectives, this Master’s programme will equip you with a completely new perspective and tool set.

Career Prospects

Graduates of this programme typically apply for positions in regulatory and competition law or corporate environments (such as consultancies or regulatory departments of multinationals). 

They also obtain positions at regulatory bodies (such as the European Commission, ECB or national banks), competition authorities (like the ACM in the Netherlands) and various other regulatory agencies. 

These positions may be at the national level or in European-level institutions, such as ACER or ESMA. Positions in government departments, such as the Ministries of Economic Affairs or Healthcare, are also possible. 

Some graduates develop as entrepreneurs in start-up companies. Those obtaining the LLM degree, may also continue on either to large law firms with a strong corporate and competition law focus or to smaller firms specialising in competition law and regulatory law. 

LLM students will obtain the Dutch civil effect qualification (when Bachelor requirements are met), meaning that they qualify for the  professions of both judge and lawyer. Graduates also have continued in academia, either as lecturers or as PhD candidates.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Law and Economics of Market Regulation
  • Methodologies of Law and Economics
  • Law and Economics of Competition and Market Dominance
  • Supervision of Markets: Agency Design and Success
  • Competition and Regulation of Network Sectors
  • Research and Thesis Trajectory Law and Economics

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

60 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • LLM Track: Knowledge/competence in the field of Principles of Microeconomics and a bachelor in Law, or a minor in Law (45 ECTS), including knowledge/competence in the field of European law.
  • MSc Track: Knowledge/competence in the field of European law and
    • a bachelor degree in Economics.
    • or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics, Mathematics, Industrial organisation and Competition Policy, Corporate Finance and Econometrics or Advanced Statistics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17280 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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