International Tax Law is an area that is still only minimally covered in graduate and postgraduate law and economics programmes.
As a student in this programme, you will expand your knowledge of the theory and practice of international tax law, with a special focus on tax treaties, transfer pricing and EC tax law issues. You will also study the most important cross-border features of domestic statutory law and case law of the Unites States and, to a limited extent, of The Netherlands.
In addition, you will become familiar with international planning techniques in the areas of both company taxation and estate taxation and planning. The programme pays specific attention to the development of English drafting skills.
The professors teaching the programme have built a reputation for themselves in their field of expertise. Many of them also work as independent practitioners in private or public sectors, and have a wide-ranging network.
This advanced master of laws programme is designed for talented international and Dutch students with various backgrounds:
• those who recently graduated from a university graduate law or economics programme with a substantial legal orientation;
• those who have been in private (tax) law practice for some years;
• those who have worked in a (tax) position with a government (typically a Ministry of Finance or a Revenue Service).
The Advanced Studies programme for International Tax Law is one of the leading programmes in this field in the world. We aim to provide our students with the knowledge and insight to work in positions with the public and private sector that require high-level theoretical and operational knowledge of international and EC tax law.
Our graduates pursue careers:
• in private law practice;
• with multinational companies;
• with the government (Ministry of Finance, tax administrations and occasionally the judiciary);
• in teaching, sometimes as a chaired professor.
We see that a degree from our programme increasingly becomes an important asset in obtaining a position with high ranking law firms and other employers.
Leiden Law School offers career activities to all its Advanced Studies students in the form of international CV writing workshops and seminars on establishing an international career. This faculty-level career assistance is supported by the student career service of Leiden University, which offers a wide range of services including communication training, CV checks and workshops on job application techniques. In addition, the alumni officer of the International Tax Center Leiden organises an annual job fair in the spring term.
After graduation, non-European students have the opportunity to stay for an extra year while looking for job. They can apply for a residence permit the ‘Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment’ (Zoekjaar afgestudeerde) scheme.
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