Double Degree in Law and Liberal Arts & Sciences

In the Netherlands, you need a Dutch Law degree to qualify for the so-called toga professions – notary, judge, lawyer (civil effect). But a Law programme at a Dutch university does not specifically cater to students with multiple interests, who wish to explore different talents and sample the diversity of the academic world. University College Utrecht and the Utrecht University School of Law offer a solution in the form of a Double Degree programme. After completion of this four-year programme you have two fully accredited Bachelor degrees, one in Liberal Arts and Sciences and one in Dutch Law. By doing both simultaneously you avoid paying the penalty for a second study programme.

The programme

The four-year programme encompasses 240 ECTS in course credits, of which at least 140 in Law. You spend the first two years taking required and elective courses at University College Utrecht, in which you focus on law. This prepares you for a test you take before the start of the third year to assess your legal knowledge. Based on the test you are admitted to the Double Degree programme. During the third and fourth year you take courses at University College Utrecht and the Utrecht University School of Law. You conclude your program with a 15 ECTS Bachelor thesis. Upon completion you are qualified to apply to all Master’s programmes in Law at Utrecht University, as well as many other universities in the Netherlands and abroad. To get access to the legal professions in the Netherlands you need an Master of Laws (LLM) in Dutch Law.


Students enrolled in the double degree are not eligible for housing on campus at University College Utrecht in year 4.


This is what our students say about the programme.

DDLL Testimonial: Fréderique Beerkens
DDLL Testimonial: Diederick Smit
Sample Curriculum - Josefien Timmer

How to apply

Students apply to University College Utrecht just like any other student.