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Cum laude

Amsterdam Law School

You may graduate cum laude (with honour), and receive such a designation on your diploma, if your academic performance at the University of Amsterdam has been exceptional.

Would you like to know whether you are eligible to graduate “cum laude”? The following list of requirements should give you a rough idea:

  • Your average for all examination components in the standard programme is 8.0 or higher. Note that this is a weighted average; components with a heavier workload have a proportionally greater effect on your average.
  • You have never received a mark lower than 7.0 for any individual examination component.
  • You have taken only one exam per component.   
  • You received a mark of 8.0 for your thesis.
  • If you enrolled before 1 September 2018: You need to fulfil all graduation requirements within 4 years (for a bachelor’s degree), 2 years (for a master’s degree) or 3 years (for a research master’s degree).
  • If you enrolled on or after 1 September 2018: You need to fulfil all graduation requirements within 4 years (for a bachelor’s degree), 1.5 years (for a master’s degree) or 2.5 years (for a research master’s degree).
  • Only the credits you obtain for components in the standard programme count towards your degree certificate. The standard workload is 180 ECTS for bachelor’s programmes; 60 ECTS for master’s programmes; and 120 ECTS for research master’s programmes. Credits earned for courses on top of your regular programme, including the extra courses in the Honours programme, are not counted. Exemptions are not taken into consideration.

If you believe that you are eligible to graduate “cum laude”, you may declare this on your graduation application.

This text is provided to give you a rough indication of whether you are eligible to graduate “cum laude”; the exact requirements are listed in the Examinations Regulations on the “Rules and regulations” page.

Rules and regulations

  • Exceptions to the cum laude regulations FdR in the corona crisis (academic year 2020-2021)

    During the corona crisis, it can be difficult for students to meet all the requirements of the cum laude regulation. For this reason, the Examination Board has already made a provision for the examination period 13 March to 31 August 2020 (see article 12 of the Examination Regulations 2020-2021), now the Examinations Board also makes the following exceptions to the applicable cum laude regulation for the current academic year 2020-2021 as laid down in Article 6.1 and 6.2of the Examination Regulations 2020-2021.

    • In derogation from the cum laude regulations set out in Articles 6.1 paragraph 3 (Bachelor's programme) and 6.2 paragraph 3 (Master's programme), students are allowed one retake opportunity for one subject for examinations taken between 1 September 2020 and 1 September 2021 so that students may take part in two examinations of the examination component in question. By virtue of Article 4.6 paragraph 12 Examination Regulations, the last result applies. This derogation from the cum laude regulations does not apply to the thesis and furthermore, no extra examination opportunities will be granted on this basis.
    • For students who are enrolled for the first time in a Bachelor's or Master's programme in the academic year 2020-2021 the permitted study duration of the study programme may amount to 'nominal plus one'. This is in accordance with the provisions for the Bachelor's programme set out in Article 6.1 paragraph 4 Examination Regulations. For the Master's programme, this means a relaxation of the provisions set out in Article 6.2 paragraph 4 Examination Regulations. 

    If the above exceptions do not apply to you while you are of the opinion that other (personal) circumstances related to the corona crisis justify leniency on the part of the Examinations Board in applying the cum laude regulations, you can submit a motivated request to the Examinations Board (mail to examencommissie-fdr@uva.nl) with reference to the hardship clause of Article 10 Examination Regulations.

  • Exceptions to the cum laude regulations FdR in the corona crisis (academic year 2019-2020)

    During the corona crisis, it can be difficult for students to meet all the requirements of the cum laude regulation. The Examinations Board therefore makes the following exceptions to the applicable cum laude regulation as laid down in Article 6 of the Examination Regulations 2019-2020.

    • Contrary to Article 6.1 paragraph 3 (bachelor's programme)/art. 6.2 paragraph 3 (Master's programme), it is permitted to use the resit for one examination that was taken between 13 March and 31 August 2020 so that you may take part in two examinations of the examination component in question. By virtue of Article 4.6 paragraph 10 Examination Regulations, the last result applies. This deviation from the Cum Laude regulation does not apply to the thesis and furthermore no extra examination opportunities will be granted on this basis.
    • Students who are enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's programme in the academic year 2019/20 may have a study duration of 'nominal +1'. This is in conformity with the previous stipulations for the bachelor's programme in Article 6.1 paragraph 4 Examination Regulations. For the master's programme, this means a relaxation of the provisions in Article 6.2 section 4 Examination Regulations. 

    If the above exceptions do not apply to you while you are of the opinion that other (personal) circumstances related to the coronacrisis coulance of the Examinations Board justify the application of the cum laude regulation, you can make a motivated request to the Examinations Board (mail to: examencommissie-fdr@uva.nl) with reference to the hardship clause of art. 10 Examination Regulations.

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