Business Law in an International Context

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

The Master in Business Law in an International Context at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) is designed for postgraduate students wanting to acquire greater expertise in business law and, in particular, gain deeper insights into the international context of corporate decision-making and legal consulting.


Applicants to the Master in Business Law in an International Context are expected to hold an undergraduate law degree, have passed the first State Examination in Law, or have an equivalent qualification. The Master of Laws programme comprises advanced modules and courses. The programme focuses especially on an applied approach, the integration of current legal issues, and a detailed theoretical analysis of the materials. In addition to exploring the areas of business law relevant to companies active in the international arena, the programme offers the chance to specialise in either Corporate Finance or Labour Law/Human Resources.


Graduates of the Master in Business Law in an International Context will have acquired a broad expertise in a variety of fields in business law. The qualification provides the skills to effectively take on demanding legal tasks in, for example, consulting, corporate legal departments, receivership, Human Resources, or in the financial sector.


Courses are predominately structured as interactive seminars, with teaching primarily in German. Individual modules (e.g., Corporate Transactions, Corporate Employment Law) are taught in English. The small group size facilitates the direct dialogue between students and the academic staff.

Key Facts

Department Department of Business and Economics
Degree Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Structure Full-time
Start Winter semester (1 October)
Duration 3 semesters (4 semesters for students required to complete a placement)
Accreditation ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency)
Programme Intake 35

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Programme Details

Language of Instruction German
Location: Berlin
Placement Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with less than 210 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) will be required to complete a work experience placement in the third semester worth 30 ECTS. Students with a bachelor’s degree worth 210 ECTS who have already done supervised work experience during their undergraduate programme, if they wish so, may also take a voluntary placement in the third semester.

Students who were not awarded with ECTS during their undergraduate programme (usually from outside the European Union), will not be asked to complete a placement.
Cooperations: Partner Universities abroad

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First Semester
  • Business Management and Corporate Governance
  • International Contract Law and Preparing Contracts
  • Corporate and Collective Employment Law
  • Project and Research Module
Second Semester
  • Corporate Transactions or other Master Pool Elective
  • Restructuring and Risk Management
  • Preparing Labour Law Contracts
  • Competition and Intellectual Property in Europe
Third Semester
  • Oral Examination
  • Master Thesis
  • Research Methods Seminar

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Admission Requirements and Selection Procedures

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate law degree (Bachelor or German Diploma degree) or the first State Examination in Law or a comparable qualification from a recognised university
  • Evidence on having completed undergraduate courses in  BGB, Law of Obligation, Labour Law, Corporate Law, Constitutional Law and Insolvency Law (or equivalent topics)
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least to B2 on the CERF (Common European Reference Framework).
  • Excellent German language skills (for applicants who do not have German as a first language) equivalent to at least to B2 on the CERF (Common European Reference Framework) e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 and CAE.
  • Letter of Motivation (in English)
  • CV/Resume (in English)

If there are more applicants than places, the programme follows a NC (numerus clausus) procedure.

Deadlines for applications

Summer Semester Winter Semester
Applicants with a degree from a German university - 15.04–15.06
International applicants (degree from a university abroad) - 15.04–30.05

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Fees and Grants

Semester fee Please click for current semester fee information
Tuition fees None
Grants 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




Coordination (for students)

Heike Koch
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1396