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Practicum Blended Learning


Admission requirements

Admission to the parttime Blended Learning advanced LL.M. programme in Air and Space Law.


For the Practicum, students are required to conduct research, write a report or article and give a presentation on their findings. The practicum allows students to shape their own project in a manner that best suits their professional profile, as well as their personal interest. For the written part of the project students may:

  • Write a legal article for a Law Journal on a topical subject in air or space law. Produce an academic research paper or analytical report on an air or space law topic.

  • Conduct research (comparative analysis, cataloguing) on an air or space law subject.

  • Solve a fictional or actual case study on an air or space law subject.

Students may perform this research within the context of a project devised for their current employment or that of another company or institution that handles issues within air or space law.

The purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with experience of practical application of theoretical knowledge and to acquire professional skills and knowhow. The practicum aims at further enhancing students’ capacity to apply acquired knowledge, research and practical skills in a professional environment, building in turn upon academic studies completed during their programme of study.

Course Objectives

  • Upon completion of this research project, students should be able to:

  • Scope, design and carry out an independent research project.

  • Apply relevant air or space laws and policies to solve practical case studies.

  • Use a multidisciplinary approach to discuss legal questions.

  • Explain and analyse possible ways of addressing legal issues.

  • Present the findings of their research in a clear manner.


Students take this course at their own pace after completion of the first year.

Mode of Instruction

Students are, as part of their training, required to scope and design their own research project. After approval of the proposal by a staff member supervising the practicum, students will work largely independently. Students may ask for input from their supervisor or colleagues as they carry out the project.

Students are required to keep track of their activities through a research logbook and in turn demonstrate that they have spent 150 study hours on the research project from start to finish (preparing the assignment to giving the presentation). This may also include, for instance, attending conferences, conducting interviews, and other similar activities.

Assessment method

This course is assessed by means of:
a written assignment (80%); and
a presentation (20%).

The course will be passed with a score of 6 of average or higher. The grade for the assignment and the grade for the presentation should both be sufficient (6 or more).

Reading list

No specific reading list will be provided. Students are expected to use the relevant law articles, treaties, case studies and other scientific resources for their research and discussion of the relevant theories.


Students will be registered automatically for the course in uSis and Brightspace.


International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)
Law School, Leiden University
Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Netherlands
Postal address: P.O. Box 9520, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
Phone : +31 71 527 8081


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lockdown regulations, all information contained within this course description is subject to change up to 1 September 2021.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 after 1 September 2021, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where they do not impinge the interests of the students. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2021 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.