Kurt Willems graduated in 2005 with a master's degree in law after having studied at the KU Leuven and Sheffield University. In 2011 he obtained a doctorate in law from the KU Leuven with a thesis entitled "De natuurlijke verbintenis" ('The natural obligation' - obligatio naturalis).
From 2011 to 2014 he worked at Eubelius where he worked on a wide range of civil law, administrative law and commercial law cases in the firm's litigation department. He is presently teaching education law at the University of Leuven. He is also responsible for the teacher training program and assists the rectory in education dossiers.