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 a different faculty of law abroad 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 Law of European Integration master’s programme is a non-consecutive course which focuses more strongly on research. The programme is intended to provide German and foreign students who already hold a law degree with an advanced academic insight into the legal basis of European integration, its historical, economic and political context, its place in international law and how it interacts with national legal systems.

The master’s programme entails a student workload of 120 credits, of which 20 credits are allocated to the master’s thesis. Sixty credits are earned each academic year. Students are awarded credits for passing module examinations. A module comprises ten credits. The master’s programme consists of two semesters of study at Leipzig University (first and fourth semesters: basic and methodological studies in international law) as well as two semesters of study at a (European) partner university (second and third semesters: study abroad). Students write their master’s thesis during the third and fourth semesters. In cases where a student already completed a period of study abroad before being admitted to the Law of European Integration master’s programme, if said period of study abroad satisfies the modular requirements of the programme it can, in certain circumstances, be credited as study abroad of up to two semesters within the meaning of the study regulations.

In accordance with the basic curriculum, which is tailored to a comprehensive understanding of the system of legal integration, graduates of the degree programme find work in a wide range of professional fields in business, administration and research, especially in senior (management) positions. The range of potential professional fields includes: attorney-at-law in international law firms, legal expert at European institutions such as the Commission and Council, employee in international organisations, diplomatic services, working for consulting companies and political institutes, and working as a European company lawyer.

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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