LL.M in EU Law without an undergraduate degree in law. Options?


I intend to study EU Law in Netherlands as my mind wants to pursue Law. I have a Bachelor in International Relations and European Studies from another EU country, and I can be accepted to a Master in Law.
Now, this is where it gets confusing to me. The law of most countries say that to practice law, I need to have an undergraduate degree in law, thus, I am not able to become, let's say, attorney, judge etc. ( I don't want that, but I want something near that).
So my question is, what are my opportunities to find a career in the legal sector and possible job positions that I can start with? working in Law firms? Paralegal? NGO? European institutions? Start my own legal service business? I can't find anything. Thanks
I intend to study EU Law in Netherlands as my mind wants to pursue Law. I have a Bachelor in International Relations and European Studies from another EU country, and I can be accepted to a Master in Law.
Now, this is where it gets confusing to me. The law of most countries say that to practice law, I need to have an undergraduate degree in law, thus, I am not able to become, let's say, attorney, judge etc. ( I don't want that, but I want something near that).
So my question is, what are my opportunities to find a career in the legal sector and possible job positions that I can start with? working in Law firms? Paralegal? NGO? European institutions? Start my own legal service business? I can't find anything. Thanks
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Hey Ruda!!

To the best of my knowledge, it is very hard to find jobs in legal sector without a bachelors degree in law in the respective country where you intend to work. Even if you wish to work in a law firm they require to complete the respective bar exam . Based on your undergraduation and masters I think so you, may have opportunities in NGOs, immigration offices and agencies.


Because even if you like to work in the area of your studies such as Eu lawyer, advocate or attorney or as a paralegal you need to know all the procedural laws to work in legal firms which you can learn only in the bachelor of law program.

Lets wait for others reply you will get an overall idea for your query.
Hey Ruda!!

To the best of my knowledge, it is very hard to find jobs in legal sector without a bachelors degree in law in the respective country where you intend to work. Even if you wish to work in a law firm they require to complete the respective bar exam . Based on your undergraduation and masters I think so you, may have opportunities in NGOs, immigration offices and agencies.


Because even if you like to work in the area of your studies such as Eu lawyer, advocate or attorney or as a paralegal you need to know all the procedural laws to work in legal firms which you can learn only in the bachelor of law program.

Lets wait for others reply you will get an overall idea for your query.





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chicken so...
Typically, the only thing you'd be unable to do - without passing a bar exam, of course - would be to practice law. (To practice law in the Netherlands, I believe you need to do a 3-year undergraduate degree in law in a Dutch school, plus another degree like a Master of Laws, and then a 3-year internship / apprenticeship - no easy task.)

Working in NGOs, governmental agencies; along with law centers, consulting firms, etc. could be options. However, in these organizations, whether there is enough demand for individuals without practical experience, and, I'm presuming, no Dutch language skills? - is another question. I would look at the job boards to see if there are any kind of job openings along these lines.
Typically, the only thing you'd be unable to do - without passing a bar exam, of course - would be to practice law. (To practice law in the Netherlands, I believe you need to do a 3-year undergraduate degree in law in a Dutch school, plus another degree like a Master of Laws, and then a 3-year internship / apprenticeship - no easy task.)

Working in NGOs, governmental agencies; along with law centers, consulting firms, etc. could be options. However, in these organizations, whether there is enough demand for individuals without practical experience, and, I'm presuming, no Dutch language skills? - is another question. I would look at the job boards to see if there are any kind of job openings along these lines.
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