Bachelor Global Law

Program and courses Global Law LLB

You will be educated to become a lawyer apt at dealing with legal questions that go further than a single national legal system. In this program, you learn to comparatively identify legal problems and solutions from a variety of jurisdictions, with a focus on trans-jurisdictional developments. You will get a solid foundation in legal training, such as contract, criminal, tort, administrative, property, and constitutional law and apply your knowledge to concrete legal problems of global complexity.

Video: short overview of the Bachelor's program (03:05)

  • 01:25 Essential Skills you will develop
  • 01:52 Career opportunities
  • 02:32 Global Law at Tilburg University

Program structure and content

The program teaches all of the main legal topics found in traditional legal education, such as contract law, tort law, criminal law, administrative law, property law, and constitutional law. What makes Global Law unique, however, is that these topics are approached from a global perspective. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for legal work in settings where multiple legal systems come together. 

Year 1 Courses

In the first year, you become familiar with law through courses such as History of International Law and Tort Law. The first year also has an interdisciplinary component, which helps you to develop the skills needed to collaborate with experts from other, non-legal disciplines, such as Business for Lawyers.

First semester courses

  • Introduction to Global Law I
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Global Law
  • History of International Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Methods and Techniques
  • Linguistic and Argumentation Skills I
  • Mentoring sessions

Second semester courses

  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Global Law II 
  • Tort Law
  • Business for Lawyers
  • Global Legal History
Year 2 Courses

In the second year, you will expand your legal knowledge with courses such as Public International Law and Corporate Law. In addition, you will take courses to expand your horizons into non-legal disciplines: Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law, Technology and Society.

First semester courses

  • Public International Law
  • Perspectives on Law
  • Obligations and Contract Law I
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice

Second semester courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Property Law
  • Law, Technology and Society
  • European Union Law
  • Conflicts of Laws
  • Linguistic and Argumentation Skills II
Year 3 Courses

In the third year, you can customize your program with several options. You will conclude your studies with a Bachelor’s thesis.

First semester courses

Option 1: Minor Global Law and Business

  • Tax Law
  • Civil Procedure & Global Dispute Resolution
  • Human Rights Law
  • Accountancy and Finance for Lawyers
  • International Trade and Investment Law

Option 2: Minor Dutch Law (only in Dutch)

  • Goederenrecht
  • Grondrechten
  • Contractenrecht
  • Strafrechtelijke aansprakelijkheid
  • Tax Law

Option 3: Minor Law and a Sustainable Future (only in Dutch)

  • Masterclasses
  • De private sector en een duurzame toekomst 
  • Procederen voor een duurzame toekomst
  • Civil Procedure and Global Dispute Resolution
  • Tax Law or Accountancy and Finance for Lawyers

Option 4: Exchange semester

You will follow 30 ECTS  at an approved partner university.

Option 5: Free Minor

You choose to create their own minor by selecting 30 ECTS in courses from Tilburg University or another Dutch University in any field. Note: this minor is not available for fast track students.

Option 6: Minor at another university in the Netherlands

You choose 30 ECTS by following a minor at another Dutch University. Note: fast track GLB students may only choose from minors in the field of Law.

Option 7: Minor at another School within Tilburg University 

You take 30 ECTS by following a minor offered at another school within Tilburg University. Note: this minor is not available for fast track students.

Second semester courses

  • Commercial Law
  • Obligations and Contract Law II
  • Advanced Philosophy of Global Law
  • Final Essay
Study abroad: going on exchange

We encourage all students to gain international experience. A popular and very exciting option is to go abroad on exchange. As an exchange student, you study at one of the many international partner universities of Tilburg University, typically for one semester.

The Study Abroad & Exchange Office of Tilburg University will be available to help you research the opportunities within your study program and a dedicated Study Abroad & Exchange Coordinator will be advising you before, during and after your exchange.

Most students will be eligible for a grant or scholarship to financially support them during their exchange experience. Additional grants for students with special needs or a difficult financial situation are also available.

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You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.

Fast track

If you already have an academic level Bachelor's degree in a different scientific field, you can apply for the fast track. Fast track candidates receive an exemption of 60 ECTS in the program based on their existing knowledge and skills from their previous Bachelor’s degree. This means you can complete the Bachelor's in Global Law, totaling 120 ECTS, over the span of two years.  Whether you can be admitted to the fast track is determined by a selection committee.

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Why Global Law in Tilburg?

  • Go beyond the knowledge of a single jurisdiction and understand and work with legal systems at national, transnational and international levels. You will get a trans-systemic approach to legal studies at the Bachelor level. 
  • Place law in the context of wider changes, such as globalization, digitalization and decolonization. Learn to deal with complex, real-world legal problems that involve a variety of actors.
  • Gain the tools and skills necessary to take an informed position, speak with confidence, and write effectively about complex global matters. 
  • You will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of law from the perspectives of philosophy, history and economics. 
  • The program connects students who are interested in law from all over the world on a sustainable, green campus, facilitating interesting discussions with different perspectives.

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