Both bachelor's and master's programmes at the Amsterdam Law School have considerably more first year students this year than last year, with 28% and 25% increases, respectively. The corona crisis seems to play a role in the increase.
The intake of bachelor's students at the Amsterdam Law School has increased compared to the previous academic year. With 895 students in the current academic year compared to 698 students in academic year '19-'20, this is an increase of 28%. This is the number of students enrolled on the reference date of 1 October 2020.
The bachelor's degree in Law is the largest programme with 796 students (last year there were 615 students). The bachelor of Tax Law has 99 students this year (83 students last year). The PPLE bachelor's programme has 214 students this year, compared to 220 students in academic year '19-'20.
Over the past four academic years, the number of enrolments for master's programmes has been rising. Compared to the previous academic year, there has been a 25% increase. This year 1185 students started in one of the legal master's programmes, compared to 948 last year.
The increase is particularly noticeable in the master's programmes International & European Law (from 286 to 351 students) and Private Law (from 150 to 242 students). Other clear rises are Tax Law (from 90 to 119 students) and Health Law (from 37 to 57 students).
Within the master's in Private Law, the Commercial Law track stands out with a doubling of the number of students. In the master's in International & European Law, all tracks show an increase in students.
The increase is particularly noticeable in the master's programmes International & European Law and Private Law
The proportion of students with a non-Dutch nationality has risen slightly for master's programmes. A total of 369 students - without Dutch nationality - started a master's programme. Last year these were 322 students. It is also striking that the share of Asian students in master's programmes has been growing steadily over the past four years. Four years ago there were still 24 students, this academic year there are 51.
It is difficult to explain with certainty the increase in the number of new bachelor's and master's students, but the corona crisis seems to be playing a role. For example, fewer Dutch students take an intermediate year before starting their university studies. Higher success rates in VWO can also have an impact; last school year, due to the corona crisis, students did not take a central final exam. Dutch students who were planning to study abroad may also have changed their plans as a result of the corona crisis.