Here you are, a master’s student in law at the VU Amsterdam! How wonderful that already is! But what about visiting some more European capitals in a different and unexpected way?
The Legal Grand Tour takes you to Rome, Berlin, Paris, Brussels and The Hague! All capitals boasting with history, culture, legal education and fun!
Each trip is from Thursday night to Sunday. Fridays will be spent on visits to key legal institutions. Saturdays will be spent on culture; museums, private guided tours, city walks. Culture and law are the pillars of this program.
As a young, ambitious lawyer, this program gives you the competitive edge. Travelling Europe is a necessity. Legal rules are increasingly European, less national. On-going European integration requires an understanding of the member states’ cultural and legal backgrounds.
There is also, of course, pure fun. “Travel is intensified living – maximum thrills per minute and one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is freedom. It’s recess, and we need it” (Rick Steves). Few will contest the truth in this quote. Five weekends abroad with a group of like-minded students will almost guarantee intense, lifelong, happy memories.
All students and alumni of any Master’s Program at the Faculty of Law are admissible to the program.
Where we lay our scene: Amsterdam
For obvious reasons, this website focuses on the cities we will visit. But Amsterdam, the hometown of the programme, can match up any destination. It is home to the oldest stock exchange in the world, its 17the-century canals are on the UNESCO World Heritage list and its liberal climate suits most students quite well.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
This programme is organised by and based at the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. See the FAQ for contact details.
Our students’ experiences during the 2016 – 2017 trips…
“The Legal Grand Tour is an amazing experience and one that offers the ability to enjoy both the cultural aspects of many classical European cities and also to explore the workings of some of the most significant global organizations. As a lawyer (or prospective lawyer), the institutions visited allow a greater insight to be obtained into the workings of supranational bodies – a valuable learning for any legal career. The cultural activities are equally as rewarding, immersing the student into areas of Europe’s leading cities which are not always ordinarily experienced on the traditional tourist path. Overall, a highly enjoyable and unique experience – I would strongly recommend this program for both European and non-European students alike.” (Matt from Australia)
‘The first two trips to Rome and Brussels were really great and a lot of fun. Both were very well organized, with a good mix between education and leisure/sightseeing. In Rome we were lucky to have great weather, which made it even more fun to discover this tremendous city. Cozy Brussels was really special with a visit to both the European Parliament and Commission! I’m very happy to have joined so far and am looking forward for the trips to come!’ (Don from the Netherlands)
“At the moment I have experienced the first two trips of the Legal Grand Tour, to Rome and to Brussels. Both were trips to remember. They were very well organised, and we got to see a lot of the city, including things you would normally not (be able to) see. Just to give an impression of the diversity: in Rome we went to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Vatican City, a classical concert and we had an amazing group dinner. It is both educational and fun and I am really looking forward to the trips that are yet to come.” (Phebe from the Netherlands)