Leiden vs Utrecht vs Tilburg vs Maastricht University


Mank Bjm
After reading posts and comments abt LLM programmes of these universities, for example:

- Leiden: good reputation and tradition but old approach
- Utrecht: high ranked but not up-to-date, boring and inactive class
- Tilburg and Maastricht: open, diverse, creative courses but law is still a quite new field so not sure abt the quality

=> I'm really confused :((

So I'd be extremely grateful if someone (having studied there) could share your own impression abt the education quality.

**Thanks a lot**
After reading posts and comments abt LLM programmes of these universities, for example:

- Leiden: good reputation and tradition but old approach
- Utrecht: high ranked but not up-to-date, boring and inactive class
- Tilburg and Maastricht: open, diverse, creative courses but law is still a quite new field so not sure abt the quality

=> I'm really confused :((

So I'd be extremely grateful if someone (having studied there) could share your own impression abt the education quality.

**Thanks a lot**
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CThijssen
Hi Mank Bjm,

Having completed 2 masters in the past year, one in Leiden and one in Utrecht, I must say that I concure with some of your views and dissent on other points.

I have experienced Leiden as a University that does indeed honor traditions but at the same time does not let these get in the way of technical progress. The online students community was constantly updated, professors were available 24/7 by email(even during a vacation in Tanzania) to guide me in writing my thesis and even the Facebook and Linkedin pages were updated on a daily basis. I very much valued the personal approach (professors knew you by name) and the high level of the LLM programme. Hard work, but definetely worth it.

Utrecht was indeed high ranked for my masters programme, but the level of the education varied very strongly per course. Staff was less dedicated and the tutorial groups were bigger. Nevertheless, the level of education generally was good.

Kind regards, Charlotte
Hi Mank Bjm,

Having completed 2 masters in the past year, one in Leiden and one in Utrecht, I must say that I concure with some of your views and dissent on other points.

I have experienced Leiden as a University that does indeed honor traditions but at the same time does not let these get in the way of technical progress. The online students community was constantly updated, professors were available 24/7 by email(even during a vacation in Tanzania) to guide me in writing my thesis and even the Facebook and Linkedin pages were updated on a daily basis. I very much valued the personal approach (professors knew you by name) and the high level of the LLM programme. Hard work, but definetely worth it.

Utrecht was indeed high ranked for my masters programme, but the level of the education varied very strongly per course. Staff was less dedicated and the tutorial groups were bigger. Nevertheless, the level of education generally was good.

Kind regards, Charlotte
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Mank Bjm
This reply from you having experienced both of universities is really rewarding for me. Tks so much, Charlotte!!

I very much valued the personal approach (professors knew you by name) and the high level of the LLM programme. Hard work, but definetely worth it.

This makes me relieved and assured a lot. So I guess I'd try to apply for PIL program in Leiden. Did you, by any chance, take this master?? :]
And by the way, would you mind specifying this: "the level of the education varied very strongly per course" in Utrecht? Then, what courses there are at high level?
Really in need of info :{ tks in advance!
This reply from you having experienced both of universities is really rewarding for me. Tks so much, Charlotte!!
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I very much valued the personal approach (professors knew you by name) and the high level of the LLM programme. Hard work, but definetely worth it.
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This makes me relieved and assured a lot. So I guess I'd try to apply for PIL program in Leiden. Did you, by any chance, take this master?? :]
And by the way, would you mind specifying this: "the level of the education varied very strongly per course" in Utrecht? Then, what courses there are at high level?
Really in need of info :{ tks in advance!
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lllaw
I just got an offer from Leiden- European Law. However, I would like to work in the private sector. Guys, do you think it will be good idea to accept the offer?
I see the programme offers courses concerning human hights and relations between the EU institutions...
I just got an offer from Leiden- European Law. However, I would like to work in the private sector. Guys, do you think it will be good idea to accept the offer?
I see the programme offers courses concerning human hights and relations between the EU institutions...
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CThijssen
@ IIILaw, I do not have enough experience to answer your question unfortunately.

@ Mank BJM, I studied PIL in Utrecht. The General Course on PIL was good, as well as International Environmental Law, the mandatory moot court and the Law of the Sea. Human Rights was a bit disappointing to me.

Good luck guys!
@ IIILaw, I do not have enough experience to answer your question unfortunately.

@ Mank BJM, I studied PIL in Utrecht. The General Course on PIL was good, as well as International Environmental Law, the mandatory moot court and the Law of the Sea. Human Rights was a bit disappointing to me.

Good luck guys!
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