If there is a particular public interest in the quality of certain educational programmes, the final examinations are regulated by the state. This is when we talk of the Staatsexamen, or State Examination.

enlarge the image: Dentistry students at Leipzig University.
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The following programmes of study at Leipzig University conclude with the State Examination:

These degree courses are characterised by a practical phase between the first and second State Examinations.

Since the European study reform of 2003, law students have been required to sit what is referred to as the “first State Examination in law”, or simply the “first examination”. However, they need to pass the second State Examination in order to obtain a full professional-level degree in the subject. You can only work as a lawyer, judge or public prosecutor if you are a qualified lawyer (Volljurist) who has passed this second State Examination in law.

The standard period of study of the individual State Examination programmes differs from programme to programme. More information about each of these degrees can be found in our course database.

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