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Career perspective after Global Law

Most of our students continue towards a Master's program after completing their Bachelor’s degree in Global Law. In this way, you will become a well-rounded legal advisor. With a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB Global Law), you can apply for jobs in international organizations or in the public sector, or you can continue in academia. In addition, you can acquire access to the traditional legal professions. What's in store for you?

Global Law graduates are perfectly prepared for careers in transnational legal settings. What does that mean? Imagine a large international company such as Google or ASML. These companies have legal departments with specialists from all over the world. What they are lacking, however, is someone with the skills of a global lawyer, who is able to tie these different legal systems together.


Professor Pierre Larouche about the program in Global Law:

"In today's world without borders, large organizations have to deal with complex legal situations. We prepare students for this challenging environment."

Become the linking pin

The program has a number of interdisciplinary components. These components prepare you to become a key figure in an international organization, for example as the linking pin between the legal department and the marketing, accounting or development experts. These skills are vital in other organizations as well, such as governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Two paths for a legal career

The Bachelor’s program in Global Law has been designed to offer a range of different career options in the legal field. In general, two prominent career paths can be distinguished. The first path leads towards the traditional legal professions, and the second path leads towards becoming a lawyer in an organization or company.

Each country has specific requirements for people who wish to work in the traditional legal professions. Tilburg Law School offers several courses on top of Global Law that, together with a Master’s program in Law, allow you to enter the legal professions in the Netherlands. In addition, there are options to get access to the legal professions in England and Wales. Below, you will find what these paths entail.

Leading positions in the international job market

With an LLB or LLM in your pocket, you are ready to start your career as a professional in an interdisciplinary team within a large organization. With the skills acquired during your studies, you will be well equipped to aim for leading positions in the international job market.

A significant number of lawyers, such as specialists in law, are employed by large organizations other than law firms. Such organizations are, for instance, large businesses -  typically called ‘in-house counsel’ - large non-profit or non-governmental organizations, ministries or other public administrations, or international organizations. Typically, these positions do not require the applicant to be a member of any professional Bar association, as long as he or she has been trained in law. Accordingly, the Bachelor’s program in Global Law, if followed by an appropriate Master's degree, will enable you to apply for these positions.

Did you complete Global Law as a graduate entrant? Then you have acquired a unique combination of knowledge and skills. This makes you a force to be reckoned with in the international job market.

The traditional legal professions

The legal profession includes professionals practicing law in a law firm. In the Netherlands these legal professionals are known as ‘advocaten’ and in England or Wales as ‘barristers’ or ’solicitors’.* In order to gain access to the legal professions in most jurisdictions, the candidate must satisfy the rules for admission to the Bar or to an equivalent professional organization. Within the Bachelor’s program in Global Law, you will have a path to the legal professions in the Netherlands and in England and Wales.

Netherlands: civiel effect

Tilburg Law School offers the possibility for Bachelor graduates in Global Law to meet the requirements for admission to the Bar of the Netherlands (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten), also known as ‘civiel effect’. This will allow you to eventually become an ‘advocaat’ or, for example, a judge.

In order to achieve this, you will have to pursue a study in Dutch law (in the Dutch language) during and after you finished the Global Law bachelor. This entails taking a number of extra courses from the LLB Dutch law, plus a one-year LLM in Dutch law.

England and Wales: Graduate Diploma in Law

England and Wales have two different legal professions - barristers and solicitors - and Scotland has a different professional system altogether.

Bachelor graduates in Global Law can proceed to study for what is called the Graduate Diploma in Law or GDL, also known as a conversion course, at a university in England. Some universities, such as City University, also offer a two-years LLB. This one-year course in English Law is designed to bring graduates to the level where they can enter the legal profession. Afterwards, graduates must undertake what is called a professional training, which consists of a one-year professional course that prepares the graduate to become a solicitor (Legal Practice Course or LPC) or a barrister (Bar Professional Training Course or BPTC). This option therefore entails two years of study after graduation from Tilburg University.

Tilburg Law School and City University London have a partnership. If you, as a graduate, undertake both the GDL and the LPC/BPTC at City University London, you will be entitled to a discount on the fees for both programs. If you are able to secure a training contract from a law firm, this firm may pay all or part of the costs of the GDL and/or LPC. If you intend to become a barrister, all or part of the costs of the BPTC may be paid for by a set of chambers in England or by a law firm from a country belonging to Commonwealth which recognizes the Bar as a route to their legal profession.

The United States

The United States has as many bars as it has states, and each have their own regulations about entrance to legal practice.

Some bars, such as the Washington DC bar, allow foreign law graduates to take the bar exam after having completed a one-year LLM at a US law school. Global law graduates who take a US LLM and follow certain prescribed subjects during their LLM, will thus be able to sit for the Washington DC bar exam. If you have already obtained ‘civiel effect’ in the Netherlands, you may sit for the New York bar exam.

Tilburg Law School has an agreement with the University of Connecticut which may make you eligible for a sharp reduction on the tuition for their LLM.

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