Law (LL.B.)

Bachelor of Laws have applied expertise in the areas of civil law, the substantive law of the EU, public and constitutional law, commercial and business law, criminal and administrative law, and the principles of the corresponding codes of procedures and practices. Graduates are familiar with national and supranational legal methods for analysing case facts and legal materials, have the requisite communicative and social skills, and are able to explain and discuss legal problems in English. The programme concludes with a three-month dissertation and an oral exam.

Key Facts

Department Department of Public Administration
Degree Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
Structure Full-time (day programme)
Programme Aims The Commercial Law degree prepares students for careers in applied fields in the administration of law. These include in particular working as a legal expert for European institutions, in commerce, insurance and banking, or the municipal authorities, or in conflict management, etc.
Start 1 October each year
Duration 3 years (6 semesters)
Programme Intake 40
Accreditation This degree course is accredited until 30 September 2014

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Career Prospects

The Commercial Law degree prepares students for careers in applied fields in the administration of law.

 

These include in particular working as a legal expert in:

  • European intuitions
  • Business
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Local authorities
  • Conflict management, etc.

There are a wide range of possible careers in demanding positions in areas where legal knowledge and the ability to present clear arguments is required. Successful graduates on this programme can apply for legal positions that do not expressly require fully-qualified lawyers. Such positions can be found in the business sector and in public administrations, as well as in associations and federations. The knowledge and expertise acquired on this programme are also in demand in areas outside the classic legal professions, for instance in journalism or policy counselling.

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Programme Details

The Commercial Law degree (LL.B.) has a modular structure and takes six semesters (prescribed period of study). The modules required for the degree are equivalent to 180 Credit Points under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. In the fourth semester, students take part in a supervised work placement.

 

LL.B. graduates may be able to join a course of postgraduate study to obtain a Master of Laws (LL.M), which is the usual requirement for taking part in a Ph.D. programme.  It may also be possible to join other legal degree programmes at those institutions recognising the performance record on this Commercial Law programme.

Modules

  1. Introduction to Law and Legal Practices 
  2. Principles of Jurisprudence 
  3. Introduction to Civil Law 
  4. Introduction to Public Law 
  5. Introduction to the Law of Sanctions 
  6. Legal Teamwork 
  7. Social Competences I 
  8. Civil Law II 
  9. Constitutional Rights 
  10. Law of Sanctions II 
  11. Introduction to UK/US Law 
  12. Civil Law III 
  13. General Administrative Law 
  14. Law of Sanctions III 
  15. Supra- and International Law 
  16. Principles of Jurisprudence (part II) 
  17. Project 
  18. Supervised Work Experience (Placement) 
  19. Civil Law IV 
  20. Security and Regulative Law 
  21. Law on Local Self-Government 
  22. Law of Evidence 
  23. Law on Safeguards 
  24. Review Course 
  25. Bachelor Dissertation Seminar 
  26. Social Competences II

Specialists in private law, public law, and criminal law and the professors of the three classic main subjects combine expert knowledge with solid teaching skills to provide tuition through a series of lectures, seminars, and exercises in small groups. The programme is designed so that external revision is not required.

 

The programme has strong links to real-life practice. The academic staff also includes lecturers with experience of working in the areas taught. The intensive and flexible exchange of knowledge between the academic staff and students is a main feature of the programme. Students also have the chance to gain valuable practical experience during their course of study.

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Objectives

The Bachelor of Laws provides applied expertise in the areas of civil law, the substantive law of the EU, public and constitutional law, commercial and business law, criminal and administrative law, and the principles of the corresponding codes of procedures and practices. Graduates are familiar with national and supranational legal methods for analysing case facts and legal materials, have the requisite communicative and social skills, and are able to explain and discuss legal problems in English. The programme concludes with a three-month dissertation and an oral exam.

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Admission Requirements and Selection Procedures

Admission Requirements

Academic qualifications meeting the general requirements for admission to a University or University of Applied Sciences, or professional qualifications allowing University admission as specified in ยง11 of the Law on Institutions of Higher Education in the State of Berlin (Berliner Hochschulgesetz BerlHG).

 

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Further Information

Contact

Programme Planning and Operation

Ines Noack
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2620

Academic Programme

Heike Gardein
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2614

Academic Director and Examination Committee Chair

Prof. Dr. Marc Eckebrecht
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2657

Student Counselling

Student Recruitment and Admissions Office

Petra Schmutzler
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2540

Examinations and Internships

Daniela Bund
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2622