The Transnational Law Program is aimed at training students in different national legal systems. UCU offers this program in close cooperation with the Washington University School of Law in Saint Louis (WUSOL), Missouri, US. As a TLP student you enroll in the Social Science major at UCU, taking a set number of law courses. In the third year you go on exchange to WUSOL for a semester. By taking law courses at both UCU and WUSOL, TLP students acquire their legal skills and knowledge within the context of the two major longstanding legal traditions of civil law and common law, each in its natural environment. After completion of the program you have access to some of the Masters in Law (LLM) programs at Utrecht University and WUSOL.

Note: TLP is not aimed at becoming a practicing bar lawyer either in the US or in the Netherlands. Students who pursue a career as a barrister, solicitor or in the judiciary will need additional legal training.

As a TLP student you must satisfy all requirements for a major in either Social Science or Interdepartmental in which law is one of the two tracks. In addition you must take at least 9 law courses at UCU, and the equivalent of 4 UCU courses at WUSOL. That means your program will include:

  • a minimum of 9 law courses at UCU
  • 10 non-law courses at UCU (including general and major specific requirements)
  • 1 elective course
  • 1 semester at WUSOL, equivalent of 4 UCU courses.

UCU Law courses

UCSSCLAW11 - Law Society and Justice
UCSSCLAW12 - Introduction to Law
UCSSCLAW13 - Criminal justice systems
UCSSCLAW21 - International Law
UCSSCLAW22 - Comparative Constitutional Law
UCSSCLAW26 - Property law and Contract Law
UCSSCLAW27 - International and European Labour Law
UCSSCLAW31 - International Human Rights
UCSSCLAW33 - European Union Law
UCSSCLAW34 - International Commercial Arbitration
UCSSCRES31 - Social Science Research Project
UCSSCRES32 - Extended Bachelor’s Thesis

WUSOL Law courses

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Commercial Law
Family Law
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International and Comparative Law
Judicial Clerkship
Labor and Employment Law
Property and Land Use Law

The TLP is funded in part by an Atlantis grant from the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission and the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education.