The Master's degree in German Law for foreign graduates is a research-focused degree that imparts professional legal expertise and allows you to develop your legal skills.
Unlike most other disciplines, laws are unique to the societies that brought them forth, and therefore vary significantly from country to country. There is a steadily growing demand for legal practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the German legal system.
Building on a previous law degree earned abroad, this degree programme gives you essential skills and specific expertise in German law, while placing special emphasis on research.
The Scientific Methods module enables you to leverage your methodological and systematic competences developed over the course of the degree programme when conducting independent research – skills you will apply when writing your Master's thesis, which forms part of the programme.
As this degree programme is fully German-taught, you need to be proficient in German to apply (at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, as evidenced by a DSH-1 or an equivalent language certificate).
If you need to learn or perfect your German first, you may be interested in the University's preparatory German language offering, German Courses Passau.
- The Faculty of Law of the University of Passau has an excellent reputation in Germany and regularly achieves top results in the various university rankings.
- A multicultural environment owing to the international orientation of the University and the Faculty of Law in particular.
- German Courses Passau offers German language courses specially designed for law students, which are open to students enrolled on this LL.M. programme.
- Attend courses together with German law students.
- Previous academic achievements at other German universities may count towards the degree.
LL.M. German Law graduates typically work in international law firms in their home country, where they will advise their foreign clients on German law, either directly or by obtaining information from a correspondent law firm and presenting the response in a form that is readily understood by their clients. One example of such a client would be a foreign business enterprise which intends to sell its goods or services on the German market.
Similarly, once you have graduated from this programme, you may advise German clients on your home country's legal system, as companies which intend to establish a subsidiary abroad, for instance, require legal advice on many issues, such as choosing the right legal form, tax laws, employment regulations and so on.
In addition to imparting important work-related expertise, this degree programme also qualifies you for doctoral study – at the University of Passau or at another German or indeed foreign university's law faculty. Being well-versed in two different legal systems, you might, for instance, engage in comparative legal research.
Last updated June 3, 2016