At a glance

  • Field of study

    law
  • Degree type

    postgraduate
  • Degree

    Master of Laws
  • Language of instruction

    German
  • Full/part-time

    full-time
  • Course start

    summer semester
  • Admission restriction

    without admission restriction
  • Standard period of study

    four semesters

  • ECTS credits

    120

Requirements

  • In order to be admitted to the programme, applicants must have passed the first State Examination in law or have obtained a law degree from a European Union or EEA state after a standard period of study of at least four years.
  • An applicant may also be admitted if they have obtained an equivalent law degree from another foreign law faculty after a standard period of study of at least four years, provided they submit reasoned expert opinions from two university lecturers entitled to teach independently at that faculty, which show that the applicant’s final grade is among the best 30% of the graduates of the same examination year and that they are completely suitable for studying in accordance with the study regulations. The examination board decides on the equivalence of such a law degree.
  • An applicant may also be admitted if they have obtained a law degree from a higher education institution in Germany or abroad after a standard period of study of at least three years, provided they submit reasoned expert opinions from two university lecturers entitled to teach independently at that faculty, which show that the applicant’s final grade is among the best 30% of the graduates of the same examination year and that they are completely suitable for studying in accordance with the study regulations, and if they have passed an aptitude test administered by the Faculty of Law. Details are set forth in the aptitude test regulations for this master’s programme. Anyone who has successfully passed an equivalent examination of a law faculty within the area in which the German Basic Law applies is exempt from the aptitude test. The examination board decides on the equivalence of such an examination.
  • Language skills which are necessary to successfully complete the period of study abroad are not an admission requirement. This does not affect language skills required by the university at which the period of study abroad is completed. This also applies to completing the period of study abroad at Leipzig University.

Contents

The programme is intended to provide German and foreign students who already hold a law degree with an advanced academic insight into the practice of European private law, in particular into the private legal systems of European states other than the state in which the student acquired their law degree, as well as into the harmonisation of European law, the conflict of laws and European procedural law.

The programme is divided into ten different modules, which should in principle be completed in the standard period of study of four semesters and each of which is concluded with a module examination. Which specific modules a student must complete depends on whether they completed their undergraduate studies in Germany or abroad. Please refer to the examination regulations of the master’s programme for more details. In addition, students must write a master’s thesis in the third and fourth semesters.

In the case of students who completed their undergraduate studies in Germany, the mandatory period of study abroad which forms part of the ten modules must be completed in a different European or non-European country, while for students whose undergraduate studies were completed abroad, Leipzig University counts as the foreign university. Before starting their studies abroad, students should make sure that the modules they are considering taking abroad meet the requirements of the study regulations.

Application

Course start: summer semester
Admission restriction (NCU): no
Application period: 1 December–15 March
Application portal: AlmaWeb

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Options in the winter semester: 2nd semester and 4th semester – each without restrictions on admission
Options in the summer semester: 3rd semester – without restrictions on admission
Application period: 2 May–15 September for the winter semester; 1 December–15 March for the summer semester
Application portal: AlmaWeb
Special enrolment requirements: credits form (Anrechnungsbescheid)

International students can find information about application periods and how to apply here.

Internationality

Two semesters of study at foreign partner universities

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