LL.M. Programs in Germany

Albrecht-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

At the University of Freiburg, it is possible to undertake a postgraduate master’s programme, which is especially directed at law graduates from foreign countries. Upon successful completion of the master’s programme, the academic title of “Legum Magister” (LL.M.) will be awarded by the University of Freiburg. The aim of the postgraduate Master’s programme is to convey the fundamentals of German law; this includes two of the three legal areas – civil law, public law and criminal law. Within the scope of a six month master’s thesis, the programme enables students to focus on an individual subject area.

Degree: Master of Law (LL.M.) / Full-Time, Part-Time

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Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus

Degree: Master of Business Law (M.B.L.) / Full-Time, Part-Time

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Bucerius Law School / WHU

The MLB Program is particularly designed for graduates in law or business/economics and young professionals with some working experience. But we also welcome a limited number of graduates from other academic backgrounds who have strong professional interest in legal and business questions. Participants are carefully selected to create a dynamic and open-minded group representing different cultures and approaches to legal and

Degree: Master of Law and Busniness (MLB) / Full-Time

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Hanse Law School

Hanse Law School is an international Law study programme, organised by three co-operating universities, (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Bremen University and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands). The Hanse Law School offers two similar Bachelor study programmes: Comparative and European Law (Oldenburg and Bremen) and Law in Europe (Groningen). The master study programme Comparative and European Law which is jointly organised by those three universities and which offers students to be awarded both a German and Dutch University degree, started in the winter term 2005/2006. This is the first time that three universities from two different EU Member States co-operate in offering a Law programme with a combined double degree.

Degree: Master of Law (LL.M.) / Full-Time

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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Die Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel bietet einen Aufbaustudiengang für Studierende mit einem ausländischen wissenschaftlichen Studienabschluss an. Das Programm umfasst zwei Semester. Die Unterrichtssprache ist überwiegend deutsch. Das Veranstaltungsangebot der Fakultät umfasst sämtliche Gebiete des nationalen, internationalen und europäischen Rechts. Für den erfolgreichen Abschluss des Aufbaustudiengangs wird der Grad einer/eines Magistra/Magister Legum (LL.M.) oder der Grad einer/eines Magistra/Magister Legum Internationalium (LL.M.Int.) verliehen.

Degree: LL.M. program for foreign law graduates / LL.M. Int. program for foreign graduates in International /European Studies

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Dresden International University (DIU)

Degree: LL.M. program "Medizinrecht", LL.M. /M.B.A. in "Wirtschaft und Recht"

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Dresden University of Technology - International Studies in Intellectual Property Law

The Master of Laws Programme consists of one semester at our faculty in Dresden and one semester at one of our partner universities in Exter, Krakow, London, Prague, Seattle or Strasbourg.

The programme „International Studies in Intellectual Property Law” was established in 1999 by Professor Horst-Peter Götting, Professor of Civil Law and Intellectual Property Law at the Technische Universität Dresden. The programme was awarded a prize by the “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft” (Foundation for German Science) and is supported by the “Deutschen Vereinigung für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e. V.” (GRUR). It is unique in its combination of a highly specialised education in the field of Intellectual Property Law at our faculty in Dresden and at one of our renowned partner universities in Exeter, Krakow, London, Prague, Seattle and Strasbourg.

Degree: LL.M. International Studies in Intellectual Property Law / Full-Time

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Düsseldorf Law School (DLS)

LL.M. Intellectual Property

  • The LL.M. program in Intellectual Property law was started in 2001. It is sponsored by the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP). It comprises advanced-level classes relate to issues in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, the law of unfair competition and antitrust. Annually, up to 25 students are admitted to this program.

LL.M. Information & Technology Law 

  • The LL.M. Program in Information & Technology law was started in 2004. It is sponsored by the Center for Information & Technology Law. The curriculum focuses on telecommunications law, regulatory law, e-commerce, internet & technology law, IT contracts, data protection, copyright, trademark and antitrust, as well as criminal law relating to new technologies and e-government. Some lectures are held together with those of the LL.M. (Intellectual Property). Annually, up to 25 students are admitted to this program. 

LL.M. Health & Medical Law 

  • The LL.M. program in Health & Medical Law was started in 2007. It is sponsored by the Institut for Health & Medical Law. The curriculum combines classes in public, criminal and contract law relating to the health care field, laws surrounding new medical products, as well as courses on ethical and philosophical questions associated with medical treatment and therapies.

Degrees: LL.M. Health Law; LL.M. Information and Technology; LL.M. Intellectual Property

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Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

In view of the growing importance of the European law and the expansion of the EU towards the East, the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) offers a special chance and perspective for all law students.

The structure and schedule of the law degree is characterized through its international and faculty comprehensive, interdisciplinary orientation.

The Viadrina offers an expansive law degree with a varied additional range of teaching and fields of study, where European law plays an important role.


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European Business School

Degree: Master in Business & Law (M.Sc.)

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Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen

Degree: LL.M. Law and Economics of Change Management

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Fachhochschule Mainz

Degrees: LL.M. in Business Law (Full-Time / Part-Time); LL.M. in Public Private Partnership (Part-Time)

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Fachhochschule Osnabrück

Degrees: LL.M. in Wirtschaftsrecht (Full-Time)

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Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Degrees: LL.M. M&A; LL.M. International Business & Tax Law

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Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

The course Master of International and European Business, Competition and Regulatory Law offered by the Law Department of the Freie Universität Berlin is intended to give young jurists and economists from businesses, law firms and public authorities the opportunity to gain in-depth, specialist knowledge in the areas of business and competition law as well as on regulation in the energy andelectronic communication sectors in order to enhance their professional skills. The degree can beattained in one year with full-time study but is also offered as a part-time course for those studentswith professional commitments.

The course is based on a learning concept which combines traditional “in-class” teaching on Friday sand Saturdays with electronic communication via the university’s internet platform and independent study. Apart from professors of business law, specialised legal practitioners from competition and regulation authorities and law firms with a great deal of case experience will instruct the students. The course allows the students to choose whether they wish to focus on energy or telecommunication law, enabling specialisation as required by their particular profession. The course language is English. Students will be mentored by tutors with knowledge, for example, of Russian, Polish and Spanish law who can communicate with them in their native language.

Degrees: Master of International and European Business, Competition and Regulatory Law (M.B.L.)

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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Degree: LL.M. for lawyers with a foreign law degree

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Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena

Degree: LL.M. for lawyers with a foreign law degree; LL.M. in Wirtschftsrecht

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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

This programme builds upon the foundation of a successfully completed degree in law from a university abroad. Its aim is for students to master the fundaments of German law, to develop the skills to conduct legal work according to the methods that are common in this field and to treat an area of law in-depth in a Master’s thesis. Stabdard period of study: 2 semesters.

Degree: LL.M. for lawyers with a foreign law degree

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German Graduate School of Management & Law (GGS)

With the LL.M. German Graduate School of Management and Law is offering an internationelly respected legal title. Our LL.M. in Business Law is aimed at non-legal practioners who, faced with the increasing entwinement of operational and legal questions in business practice, correspondingly want to gain an additional qualification.

Degree: LL.M. in Business Law

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover - EULISP Program

If you are interested in a Master of Laws (LL.M degree) and your field of specialization is IT-Law or IP-Law, I warmly invite you to familiarize yourself with our unique course of studies.

So far more than 200 students have graduated from the EULISP programme and they form a successful network. Amongst both my colleagues and the alumnis here in the Institute for Legal informatics at Leibniz University of Hanover, you will find a number of useful contacts for your questions regarding the course of studies and subsequent career perspectives.

Degree: LL.M. in IT-Law and IP-Law

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Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

siehe Düsseldorfer Law School 

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The admission to the LL.M. Program with special admission requirements at the Humboldt-University of Berlin is open to foreign and german nationals, who have successfully graduated from a course of legal study at a foreign university.

The Law Diploma has to be comparable and equivalent to the german First State Examination. The above average legal knowledge can also be acquired in another way.

Degree: LL.M. Master of German and European Law and Legal Practice; LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and Media Law; Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention

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ICGS International Center for Graduate Studies at University of Hamburg

Business goes global – taxes don’t stay local: This is the principle behind the University of Hamburg’s International Tax Institute, which has been offering Germany’s first Master of International Taxation (M.I.Tax) since 2001. Renowned national and international speakers, from the researching as well as the practicing community will teach you for 2 semesters on all aspects of International Taxation. The knowledge gained will provide you with excellent prospects in a globalising world. Here you find the timetable.

Degree: Master of International Taxation (M.I. Tax)

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ILF Institute for Law and Finance at Frankfurt University

The LL.M. Finance degree program at the ILF will train you not only to deal with but also to excel in this increasingly important area where the worlds of international law and global finance meet.

The LL.M Finance program may be done on a part-time basis by completing the regular one-year LL.M. Finance program over a period of two years. The purpose of such an arrangement is to allow students to work part-time during their studies, thereby financing their studies at the ILF.

Degree: LL.M. Finance

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Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Degree: LL.M.; LL.M. Eur.

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Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Zielgruppe: ausländische Juristen, die in ihrem Heimatlandmindestens drei Jahre ausschließlich Jura studiert haben (ohne fachfremde Fächer wie z.B. Sport, Sprachen, Informatik, Politikwissenschaft, Wirtschaftswissenschaft...)

Dauer: 1 Jahr und 3 Monate 

Unterrichtssprache: deutsch (Nachweise über Deutschkenntnisse sind erforderlich)

Bewerbungsfrist: 01. März oder 01. September. 
Vor der Bewerbung muss ein separates Anerkennungsverfahren für ihre ausländische Abschlussurkunde durchgeführt werden! Stipendiaten sind vom Anerkennungsverfahren ausgenommen.

Studienbeginn: Ende Oktober für das Wintersemester oder Ende April für das Sommersemester

Degree: LL.M. for foreign law graduates

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Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Mainzer Medieninstitut

Degree: LL.M. in Media Law

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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Degree: LL.M. oec. (Master of Busniness Law and Economic Law)

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MIPLC - Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
As economies all over the world increasingly shift from manufacturing products to creating ideas and knowledge, the need for specialized skills relating to intellectual property rights increases. However, until recently, education in the sector was seriously lagging behind, as IP was dealt with as a mere side topic in traditional legal studies.
The MIPLC has stepped into this gap and is now offering the first comprehensive LL.M. degree program in Europe devoted to intellectual property rights: "Intellectual Property and Competition Law." Participation in the program equips postgraduates with the knowledge and skills to deal with a variety of intellectual property issues in a global context at the most sophisticated level.

As all classes are held entirely in English, the program is suitable for applicants from all over the world. German skills are not required for enrollment.

Degree: LL.M. in Intellectual Property (LL.M. IP)

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Philipps-Universität Marburg

The faculty of law at Marburg University is a centre of legal training and research in the middle of Germany. With 80 faculty members, 2,000 fulltime students and a curriculum with more than 100 courses and seminars, it aims at training lawyers who are capable of coping with legal as well as economic and social problems and transactions. Marburg provides an excellent learning environment characterised by academic freedom, international orientation, small teaching groups right from the start and, by German standards, a reasonable student-teacher ratio. Specially for students from abroad our department features a Master’s programme (Magister Legum) as well as lectures and seminars in English. The general training for lawyers who want to practise in Germany consists of a 4-year university course ending with the First State Exam.

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Law has been studied and taught in Marburg since 1527. The Faculty is one of the oldest continuously operating institutions of its kind in Germany. From its beginnings as the first protestant law school it was staffed with scholars of European recognition: Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779–1861) studied and taught here. Among his students were the Brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. In 1882 Franz von Liszt (1851–1919), professor of Criminal Law, pronounced the “Marburg Programme” introducing the core principle of “special prevention” in the theory of punishment. He founded the International Society of Criminal Sciences. Alumni include the former president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gustav Heinemann, and the former prime minister of Greece, Kostas Simitis.

Today special emphasis in research and education is being laid on Business Law including Financial Services Law as well as Media Law, Comparative Law, Sports Law, Criminology and 20th Century History of War Crimes. Moreover, a special post-graduate programme on Law and Medicine and extensive tutoring for a group of about 50 foreign law students, mostly within the Sokrates programme, are being offered.

Degree: LL.M. program for Lawyers with a foreign law degree

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Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Lehrstuhl für Kriminologie, Kriminalpolitk und Polizeiwissenschaften

Degree: M.A. in Criminology and Police Science

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Degree: LL.M. for lawyers with foreign law degree; Master of Laws in International Law

Master of Laws in International Law (LL.M. int.)

The Programme aims mainly at offering a comprehensive analysis of current and prospective trends in the field of international law in an era of globalization, as well as in that of international trade and investments, and in the methods for arbitration and settlement of disputes in these areas.

The impact of globalization on sources and subjects of international law will be examined. Recent developments in the fields of the international economic law, the protection of the environment and State responsibility, as well as the relevant issues confronted in the international society over the last few years shall likewise be studied.

Emphasis shall be placed on subjects relating to the regulation of international trade, particularly the law of international trade, investments law and the settlement of disputes. In this context, special attention shall be given to subjects such as international arbitration, procedures before the World Trade Organization and ICSID.

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University of Augsburg

LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates

Die Juristische Fakultät der Universität Augsburg bietet ausländischen graduierten Juristen die Möglichkeit, im Wege eines Aufbaustudiums den akademischen Grad eines Magister legum (LL.M.) zu erwerben. Das Magisterstudium verfolgt drei Ziele: Die Magisterstudenten lernen die Grundzüge des deutschen Rechts kennen, sie erarbeiten vertieft ausgewählte Gebiete des deutschen, europäischen oder internationalen Rechts, und sie befassen sich in der schriftlichen Magisterarbeit mit der wissenschaftlichen Erörterung eines Rechtsproblems. Durch die Auswahl der Vertiefungsgebiete und des Themas der Magisterarbeit können die Magisterstudenten ihren Interessen folgen und einen individuellen Schwerpunkt setzen

  LL.M. in International Economic Law

Der Aufbaustudiengang greift auf die anglo-amerikanische Juristenausbildung zurück. Dort ergänzen LL.M.-Studiengänge die juristische Grundausbildung und dienen dem Erwerb besonderer Kenntnisse auf einem Spezialgebiet.

Die zweisemestrige Ausbildung richtet sich an Absolventen, die schon während ihres Studiums ihr internationales Interesse durch den Besuch einer fachspezifischen Fremdsprachenausbildung und einen Auslandsaufenthalt nachgewiesen haben.

Der Studiengang baut auf dem Augsburg Summer Program in European and International Economic Law auf und bietet eine vertiefte, über die Inhalte des Studiums hinaus gehende wissenschaftliche Ausbildung in sechs Bereichen.
Ein Modulsystem eröffnet den Absolventen die Möglichkeit, Leistungen aus einem während des Studiums absolvierten Auslandsaufenthalt, aus der bisherigen Universitätsausbildung und dem Augsburg Summer Program in European and International Economic Law mit in das Programm einzubringen.

Die enge Verbindung mit dem Augsburg Summer Program in European and International Economic Law führt dazu, dass ein Teil der Veranstaltungen während des Sommersemesters in englischer Sprache angeboten wird. In jedem Jahr bereichern die Kursangebote ausländischer Gastdozenten das Studienprogramm des Aufbaustudienganges.


University of of Bayreuth
University of Bielefeld
University of Bonn

The "Master of European Regulation of Network Industries" (MERNI) is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary postgraduate degree program organized by the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn.

Degree: Master of European Regulation of Network Industries (LL.M.)

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Universiät des Saarlandes - Europa-Institut

The Master's program is divided into a nine-month study program, followed by a three-month period for the drafting of the Master's thesis. The program can be completed entirely in English, entirely in German or in a combination of both. The courses are held in German and/or in English. 

Courses are assessed by a written or oral test. Following the style of the American system, a specific number of credit points is awarded for the completion of each course. A total of at least 45 credit points must be attained during the course of study. A further 15 credit points are awarded for the completion of the Master's thesis. Three-quarters of the final mark therefore comprises the marks achieved during the study program, whilst the remaining quarter is composed of the mark awarded for the Master's thesis. 

The following units of specialization are on offer:

  • Foreign Trade (taught in English);
  • European Economic Law (taught in English);
  • European Media Law (taught in German);
  • European Protection of Human Rights (taught in German and English);
  • European Private Law (taught in German)
  • European Management (taught in English)
Degree: LL.M. Master of European Law
University of Hamburg

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Programme of the University of Hamburg  

The Law Faculty of the University of Hamburg offers a 10 month post graduate programme for students who have successfully completed their studies of law at a foreign university. Covering a winter semester and the subsequent summer semester, the LL.M. Programme starts annually in October and ends in July of the following year. 

The individual courses of the candidate are chosen according to his or her main interests in cooperation with the academic supervisor. 

Degree: LL.M. for foreign law graduates


LL.M. European Legal Studies

The two-semester postgraduate programme “Master of European and European Legal Studies” is offered by the Institute for European Integration at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg in co-operation with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg. Its successful completion leads to the award of either the academic degree “Master of European Studies (M.E.S.)” or “Master of Laws/European Legal Studies (LL.M. European Legal Studies)”.

LL.M. Insurance Law

University of Hamburg - EMLE Programme

This programme offers the unique opportunity for interdisciplinary studies of law and economics at two or even three European and Non-European universities. Each partner university awards a Master degree (LL.M. / M.A. / M.Sc.). The programme provides students with an advanced understanding of the economic effects of divergent laws and prepares students for a professional career, for example, in public organisations, in multinational law firms or consultancy firms. Graduates are also well prepared for doctorate research in a PhD programme such as the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE).

Degree: LL.M. European Master in Law and Economics 

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University of Hannover - ELPIS Programme

The "European Legal Practice" programme (ELPIS) is a supplementary course of study that aims at enhancing the student's knowledge acquired during his standard studies leading to a national law degree. The participants receive training in European and Comparative Law, as well as in the legal systems of different EU countries. It is supposed to prepare the future lawyers for a transnational legal practice in the Common Market.
"European Legal Practice" has become a well-established programme within the last two decades. A great number of student and members of the academic staff have participated in the exchange among the partner universities. In due course unique teaching materials have been prepared, research projects on specific legal problems have been carried out and a series of workshops (summer academies) have been administered within the programme.
The exchange of members of the academic teaching staff has proven to be of great benefit for the reciprocal learning process of all participants. Contacts to experienced legal practicioners and the local bar associations complete the studies.

Degrees: Master of European Law (LL.M.EUR. oder M.L.E. (Magister Legum Europe)

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