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Economic Sciences, Law

Study Law in Germany

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Law, or legal studies, is among the most popular courses of study in Germany. Your studies focus on the rules that society has created so that people can live together, namely, laws. Studying law has both theoretical and practical aspects. As you learn to understand these laws, you will learn to apply them to concrete situations. Law is divided into three areas: civil law, public law, and criminal law.


126 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Diplom, Licence Examination, Magister, State Examination

German, English, French

2-10 Semesters

What content can I expect

Studying law has both theoretical and practical aspects. Learning the basics of law requires a lot of theoretical knowledge, especially in the first semesters. Later, when you start dealing with specific cases and applying laws to them, things get more practice oriented. During your studies, you can specialise in several areas of law, such as European law, international law, public law, private law, civil law, tax law, or commercial law.
A special feature of studying law in Germany is the degree. As a rule, you do not study for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in law, but instead take the “juristische Staatsprüfung” or state examination. After the First State Law Examination, you may use the title „Diplom-Juristin“ or „Diplom-Jurist“. Then, after a two-year legal clerkship during which you get to know different areas of law in practice, you can take the Second State Law Examination. Passing this exam is a prerequisite for working as a judge, public prosecutor, or lawyer in court. The programme typically lasts nine semesters.
There are usually more applicants than available spaces in law degree programmes. Therefore, local admission restrictions (NC) often apply.

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