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Law (B.A.) (2 subjects)

Programme name: Law
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start: Every winter semester
Language: German

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st and 2nd subject semester: limited admissions (application to the university)
  • 3rd to 9th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Office)



The degree programme
Legal questions are of significance in virtually all professions and fields of employment. Students of "Law" will be taught basic legal knowledge and how to apply it. The students will acquire knowledge in at least two of the three main subject areas of applicable law (Civil Law, Criminal Law and Public Law). They will be familiarised with the methods of legal interpretation and subsumption techniques, and with how to apply these in developing case solutions. By attending lectures and seminars and completing the subsequent examinations (written examinations, assignments and oral examinations), the students prove their ability to apply the scientific principles of their field of learning to many different areas.

The seminars offer an opportunity to deal with current legal problems and controversial issues in depth and to discuss them with other seminar participants. In-depth study of a freely selected area of law also offers the opportunity to study law in a targeted way as a part of individual career planning. In-depth study is possible in the following areas, among others: principles of law, private and public commercial law, employment law, media law, European and international law, international commercial law, international criminal law, criminology, medical law. In addition to the purely subject-related courses, students can also take subject-related foreign language courses and key qualification courses (about topics such as dispute settlement, mediation and discussion techniques).

The goal of this course of studies is the acquisition of subject and methodology-related skills in the form of legal knowledge in at least two of the three legal subject areas of Civil Law, Criminal Law and Public Law, as well as methods of legal action. Moreover, students of this subject are expected to acquire the ability to apply the methods learned in solving legal problems themselves on a scientific basis and thus have an opportunity to prepare in the course of their Bachelor's degree programme for proceeding to a possible expansion of their professional knowledge in Master's degree programmes.

Combinations of subjects:
Combinations of subjects are possible with Bachelor's degree programmes on an equivalent level. You will find possible combinations here.
Popular combination subjects in the dual-subject Bachelor's degree programme in Law are Politics, Economics and History.

Occupational fields:
On completion of their Bachelor's degree, students will have access to occupations involving legal matters, for example in industry and commerce, journalism, publishing, organisations and associations, in libraries, documentation and information institutions, in insurance and in some areas of public administration or international organisations. A specific subject-related expansion of knowledge in relevant areas of law (see structure and content of studies) offers an opportunity for subject-related qualification.

Structure and content of studies:
The subject of Law with a "Bachelor of Arts" degree is a partial degree programme within the dual-subject Bachelor's degree programme. The standard course length is 6 semesters.

The beginners' legal courses (from the degree programme "Law, State Examination") - divided into the subject areas of Civil Law, Criminal Law and Public Law - constitute the group of elective compulsory modules I. Courses covering basic topics (such as lectures about the history of law, general political science, philosophy of law or canon law) are categorised according to subject-related criteria and each allocated to one of the three subject areas. Of the total 66 subject-related credits to be completed, students are required to successfully complete 42 credits from the group of the elective compulsory modules I. Among these, modules from at least two of the three subject areas must be selected; modules to a minimum total extent of 14 credits must be successfully completed in each one of the subject areas chosen. Within the optional segment, students can choose between subject-related expansion of knowledge by taking additional legal modules, and an occupational field-related profile by taking courses to acquire subject-specific key competencies or modules from Economics. Moreover, seven module packages, composed according to subject-related criteria, ranging from 18 to 23 credits, are available for students of other subjects.

Subject-related in-depth study is possible for example in the following areas: principles of law, private and public commercial law, employment law, media law, European and international law, international commercial law, international criminal law, criminology, medical law. In addition to the purely subject-related courses, students can also take subject-related foreign language courses and key qualification courses (about topics such as dispute settlement, mediation and discussion techniques).

Recommended prerequisites
Besides the general or subject-related university entrance qualification or a qualification recognised as equivalent, there are no formal requirements for admission to a degree programme in Law. Students should have an understanding of and be interested in political, economic and social processes and contexts, be able to express themselves well and precisely both orally and in writing, and also have a talent for logical and abstract thinking.

In view of the ongoing internationalisation and globalisation, good foreign language skills, especially in English, are becoming more and more important also for members of the legal profession.