Business Law – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

In business life, legal issues are becoming increasing important. For that reason, anyone taking business decisions, or involved in the decision-making process, often needs a legal background largely missing from the classic business administration degree. On the other hand, legal experts frequently find they need business skills for higher executive tasks in companies or organisations. In the approach taken in the Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) programme at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR), students gain both legal and business expertise.

Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
Structure Full-time
Start Winter semester (October 1st) /summer semester (April 1st)
Programme Intake 35
Duration 7 semesters
Accreditation FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration / Accreditation)

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Career Prospects

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) awards successful students on this programme the internationally recognised degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B). By highlighting the connections at the interface of Business Administration and Law, this programme opens up new career prospects in traditional business areas that require legal expertise aligned with real-life business practices. The qualification provides a springboard for many interesting career opportunities including, for example, HR or Legal departments, Contract Management or Compliance in insurance companies or banks, in business consultants, at tax advisors or auditing firms, in companies specialised in receivership, or in associations and foundations. The degree also provides a basis for further post-graduate qualifications.


The degree also provides a basis for further post-graduate qualifications. Since Wintersemester 2010/11 the Berlins School of Economics and Law (HWR) offers the “Masters of Law” (LL.M.) degree.

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Programme Details

The Bachelor of Laws programme takes seven semesters (prescribed period of study), with Part One lasting three semesters and Part Two four semesters.  The sixth semester is reserved for the mandatory supervised work experience, which can also be taken abroad.


Distinctive Feature: Supervised work experience integrated into Part Two of the programme.


Part One

  • Foundation Courses:

    • Business Administration
    • Business Accounting
    • Private Business Law
    • Public Business Law and Criminal Business Law
    • Economics

  • Quantitative Methods

    • Statistics

  • Key Qualifications

    • Foreign languages
    • Case studies

Part Two

  • Core courses

    • Strategic Management, Project, Labour Law and its Legals Regulations of Collective Relevance, Company Law and Group Law, Project

  • Business Administration Major

    • Business Taxes, Finance, Human Resource Management and Organisational Design, Accounting Controlling
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management and Organisational Design
    • Accounting Controlling

  • Business Law Major

    • Current Issues in Business Law, Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights, Contractual Design, Bank and Loan Collateralisation Law, International and European Business Transactions, Law Enforcement and Insolvency Law

  • Elective Subject
  • Key Qualifications

    • Foreign language
    • Negotiations and Mediation
    • Workplace Communication and Interaction

During the programme, students are expected to apply the methods learnt in projects, case studies, and in their supervised work experience.

Language of Instruction German and English
Location Berlin
Semester / Study Abroad The Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) has a policy of encouraging students to take a study semester abroad or supervised work experience in another country.
Supervised Work Experience Mandatory for a semester (usually 6th semester); can be taken as supervised work experience abroad.
Cooperations The Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) has close contacts to more than all over the world.

Students on the Bachelor of Laws programme benefit particularly from the experience of the practitioners from law and business on the specially convened Programme Committee.

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Admission Requirements and Selection Procedure

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 §11 of the Law on Institutions of Higher Education in the State of Berlin (Berliner Hochschulgesetz ‑ BerlHG)
    • German language university entrance exam for foreign students.
    • Proof* of very good English language skills at Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B1 level.

* Suitable proof of English language skills:
A language exam such as TOEFL (min. 407 paper based, 100 computer based); continuous English lessons at least up to completing the secondary school certificate (German 10th grade or equivalent) or meeting the requirements to study at a University of Applied Sciences; bilingual school education in English; or English native speaker.

Restricted Admission

Where there are more applicants than places, programmes follow a NC (numerus clauses) procedure.

Application Period

Winter Semester Summer Semester
For all applicants Until 15 July Until 15 January

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Fees and Bursaries

Semester fee (at present) € 296.09 per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)
Tuition fees None
Bursaries It may be possible to apply for a BaföG grant.

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Student Counselling
(for prospective students)

Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1254

Study Office (for students)

Andrea Fensch
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1200

Drop-in office hours:

Tue 9.30am–12.00pm

Thu 10.00am–12.30pm

Office hours outside term on appointment

Course Director

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schunke
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1493


Further Information