Migration Law Clinic - semester 1


Course Objective

After having completed this course, students must be able to:
1. Analyse complex legal questions concerning international, European
and national migration law (and the interaction between them)
2. Independently conduct high quality legal research
3. Write a well structured and comprehensible legal argument
4. Present and discuss complex issues of migration law
5. Give constructive feed-back on the work of others
6. Cooperate with others in a project
7. Act professionally (students learn to communicate effectively with
external clients, to work under time pressure and to deal with
requirements of confidentiality)
8. Reflect on their own work and the process of writing an expert
Course objectives (eindtermen): 1-2, 7, 10, 12, 14-15.

Course Content

The Migration Law Clinic is a Law in Action course. It offers selected
students the opportunity to develop their personal and legal skills by
writing professional legal advice for legal practice in real cases. The
cases are mostly provided by lawyers and are pending before the Court of
Justice of the EU or the European Court of Human Rights. Students
conduct research in a group on complex questions of European migration
law. Their work is intensively supervised by the members of the
Migration law Section. A strict system of peer review (by fellow
students and supervisors) will guarantee the high quality of the written
advice. The expert opinions written by the Migration Law Clinic are sent
to and taken into account by the European courts.

Teaching Methods

From October until February Clinic meetings will take place every two
weeks. Students are required to attend all these meetings and need to be
available during the whole semester. During the meetings students will
get an introductory lecture on the topic of their project, discuss the
content and progress of their project, have a guest lecture by a person
working in the field of migration law or train practical skills (such as
presentation and writing skills). Students work on projects in groups.
They meet regularly in order to discuss progress and give feed back on
each other's work.

Method of Assessment

Students will be graded (fail, pass or good) on the basis of the legal
advice they have written, self-reflection reports, participation in the
Clinic meetings and their work attitude.


Literature will be put on Canvas.

Target Audience

Students who take part in the VU master track International Migration
and Refugee Law will be given priority. The course is also available
Master students from other universities/faculties
Exchange students

Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.

Additional Information

See for more information on the Clinic and the application procedure:

Custom Course Registration

Students (master students in Law and Criminology and exchange students) will be selected for the Migration Law Clinic in September 2018 on the basis of the following criteria: - Interest in/affinity with migration law and/or European law or human rights, evidenced by the student's choice of courses or activities - Whether the work for the Migration Law Clinic fits into the student's study programme - Motivation - Good writing and research skills - Study results - English language skills - Availability during the Clinic meetings during the whole academic year Students who take part in the VU master track International Migration and Refugee Law will be given priority. Students who are available during the whole academic year and will also participate in the Clinic in the second semester will be given priority over students who will only participate in the first semester. See for more information: www.migrationlawclinic.org

General Information

Course Code R_MLC1
Credits 6 EC
Period P1+2+3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator mr. dr. A.M. Reneman
Examiner mr. dr. A.M. Reneman
Teaching Staff mr. dr. A.M. Reneman

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration

Teaching Methods Study Group*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

Target audiences

This course is also available as: