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Law (first state examination)


First state examination
Standard period of study:
10 semesters
Winter semester
Language of the programme:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
Orientation events:
at the begin of your studies orientation events are offered

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The study of law is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and insights into the law currently in force, as well as the historical, social, economic and political foundations of the legal system and its basis in legal philosophy. In the law study programme, scholarly methods and knowledge are conveyed enabling grauates to apply the law. These methods are defined according to the principles of legal certainty, justice and truth.

The aim of the programme is to train unitary jurists equipping them with a solid education in the core areas of law and limited specialization in sub-areas, giving them the capability to work in all legal fields, and to take on responsibility for the economic, social and political consequences of legal decisions.

Related programmes

Related programmes


The degree programme is not formally divided into basic and advanced studies. According to the faculty’s recommendations for organisation of studies, all beginners’ courses should have been successfully completed by the 4th subject-related semester. In view of this initial phase of the degree programme, the term "Basic Studies" will be used hereinafter. By the end of the 4th semester, students need to complete a certain number of exams and term papers that then make up the intermediate examination. Students who do not pass this intermediate examination cannot continue the degree programme in Law (first state examination) anywhere in Germany. Elective subjects are ideally commenced in the 4th or 5th semesters. The model curriculum for the entire degree programme is designed so that students can register for the first state examination after 7 - 8 semesters.

Students can petition for conferral of the title "Diplom-Jurist".

Regulations and module directory

Examination regulations


Winter semester only
1st subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)
2nd to 10th subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)

Citizen from an EU country (including Germany and EEA) or holding a German university entrance qualification

Citizen from a non-EU country (or stateless person)


Academic Advising

Faculy of Law
Students office
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 6
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49-551 39 27390
Fax: +49-551 39 27875
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