Master of Laws in Competition & Regulation (LL.M.)


Program Description

At a Glance

Degree: Mas­ter of Laws (LL.M.)
Credit Points: 60
Length of Study: 3 se­mes­ters
Language: Eng­lish
Study Places: 25
Start Date: in March and September
Application Deadline: December 10th, May 31st
Costs: 9.700 Euro plus the cur­rent term cont­ri­bu­ti­on of 200 Euro per term
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Jörg Phil­ipp Ter­hech­te, Prof. Dr. Tho­mas Wein

The LL.M. blended-learning competition and regulation Masters was laun­ched by Leu­pha­na Pro­fes­sio­nal School in 2013. This pro­gram­me of­fers working professionals a unique opportunity to specialise in competition and regulation law in Ger­ma­ny. Stu­dents in the LL.M. de­gree pro­gram­me will build up ex­ten­si­ve le­gal and eco­no­mic ex­per­ti­se over the cour­se of three se­mes­ters. The Mas­ters pro­gram­me, which is taught entirely in English, is also re­co­gnis­ed as a qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on for the tit­le of Fachanwalt or Fachanwältin für Vergaberecht (procurement lawyer).

Pioneering Competition Law Qualification With the Blended-learning LL.M.

The blen­ded-learning LL.M. Com­pe­ti­ti­on and Re­gu­la­ti­on pro­gram­me is de­si­gned to teach specialist competition and regulation law expertise in the light of the economic aspects of the field. The­re is strong fo­cus on practice, with a ran­ge of prac­ti­tio­ners in­vol­ved in the pro­gram­me.


Clo­se co­or­di­na­ti­on bet­ween the va­rious clas­ses on the LL.M. Com­pe­ti­ti­on and Re­gu­la­ti­on en­su­res stu­dents learn how law and economics interact. The LL.M. also has a strong research focus. New de­ve­lop­ments in the field of com­pe­ti­ti­on and re­gu­la­ti­on law are al­ways co­ve­r­ed in the re­le­vant clas­ses. Once you have com­ple­ted the LL.M., you have the op­ti­on of de­ve­lo­ping your aca­de­mic ex­per­ti­se fur­ther on a struc­tu­red "Com­pe­ti­ti­on & Re­gu­la­ti­on" doc­to­ral pro­gram­me.

Ano­ther key fo­cus of the LL.M. pro­gram­me is on practice: prac­ti­tio­ners from ma­jor law firms and re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of com­pe­ti­ti­on and re­gu­la­to­ry aut­ho­ri­ties sha­re their ex­pe­ri­en­ces on a re­gu­lar ba­sis. This gi­ves you a first-hand insight into both sides of work in competition and regulation law. You be­ne­fit from gre­at links to prac­tice, and can start buil­ding up your network and get ide­as for your ca­re­er plan­ning.

Gra­dua­tes of the blen­ded-learning LL.M. Com­pe­ti­ti­on and Re­gu­la­ti­on

  • have in-depth knowledge in the law of competition and regulation
  • have a basic command of the function of markets
  • have the ability to analyze the opportunities and limits of state interventions in markets, and
  • are ideally prepared for the application of economic questions within the framework of the law of competition and regulation
  • have a unique legal specialism that opens up a wide range of career prospects

LL.M. Blended-learning Programme: the Concept in Brief

In the 2016/​2017 win­ter se­mes­ter, the for­mat of the Com­pe­ti­ti­on & Re­gu­la­ti­on LL.M. was chan­ged to blen­ded learning. The num­ber of hours’ at­ten­dance was si­gni­fi­cant­ly re­du­ced to just 3 intensive blocks of 5 to 8 days. The­se blocks are held in Oc­to­ber, April and at the end of June.

Other­wi­se, the pro­gram­me is ba­sed on dis­tan­ce learning. Many of the LL.M. clas­ses are now of­fe­red as webinars and you can stu­dy from your lap­top at home. This ma­kes it even ea­sier to com­bi­ne stu­dy with your pro­fes­sio­nal com­mit­ments and en­su­re the right ba­lan­ce with your pri­va­te life.

Blended Learning for Your Professional LL.M.

The­re are cur­rent­ly few LL.M. that of­fer a blended-learning programme comprising intensive face-to-face and online components. This for­mat has been in­tro­du­ced at the Leu­pha­na Pro­fes­sio­nal School for the LL.M. Com­pe­ti­ti­on & Re­gu­la­ti­on to fa­ci­li­ta­te stu­dy­ing for an LL.M. whilst en­su­ring the right ba­lan­ce with your pro­fes­sio­nal and pri­va­te life. Apart from the three in­ten­si­ve blocks, you can fle­xi­bly struc­tu­re your LL.M. to con­ti­nue working in your pro­fes­si­on whilst suc­cess­ful­ly stu­dy­ing.

E-learning does not mean sim­ply watching vi­de­os on your com­pu­ter at home wi­thout any fur­ther sup­port. In fact, e-learning in­vol­ves much more ex­ten­si­ve sup­port than a con­ven­tio­nal de­gree. The­re are many short ac­tivi­ties such working through quiz­zes and wri­ting fo­rum posts that ac­tive­ly in­vol­ve you in the on­line dis­tan­ce-learning pro­gram­me. An e-tutor will help you to re­mem­ber the­se ac­tivi­ties and en­cou­ra­ge you to work on them.

The­re are also a num­ber of live clas­ses in the e-learning pha­se over the cour­se of your blen­ded learning LL.M.: a te­le­pho­ne con­fe­rence using Ado­be­Con­nect gi­ves you the chan­ce to en­ga­ge with staff, pro­fes­sio­nals and other stu­dents. The e-learning team at the Pro­fes­sio­nal School is the­re to pro­vi­de tech­ni­cal sup­port, so you can suc­cess­ful­ly stu­dy wi­thout ad­van­ced IT know­ledge.

This struc­tu­re is uni­que for a law pro­gram­me, dif­fe­ring si­gni­fi­cant­ly from tra­di­tio­nal law lec­tu­res and se­mi­nars. The com­bi­na­ti­on of e-learning and face-to-face blocks al­lows us to of­fer an LL.M. pro­gram­me that can be per­fect­ly com­bi­ned with your working life to pro­mo­te your ca­re­er in com­pe­ti­ti­on and re­gu­la­ti­on law.

Ano­ther part of the blen­ded-learning LL.M. is We­bi­nars. The eve­ning We­bi­nar for­mat brings in prac­ti­tio­ners from ma­jor law firms, who sha­re their ex­pe­ri­ence of work in com­pe­ti­ti­on and re­gu­la­ti­on law. Re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of com­pe­ti­ti­on aut­ho­ri­ties and re­gu­la­tors also re­port on their work and give you an in­sight into the "other side". The pro­gram­me thus has strong links to prac­tice, and stu­dents can start de­ve­lo­ping their own net­work in the com­pe­ti­ti­on and re­gu­la­ti­on field.

To Whom Is This Programme Directed?

The new con­ti­nuing-edu­ca­ti­on Mas­ters pro­gram­me re­sul­ting in an LL.M. in Com­pe­ti­ti­on & Re­gu­la­ti­on is in­ten­ded for ju­rists, la­wy­er trainees, as­ses­sors and at­tor­neys in­te­rested in fur­ther qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons in the are­as of com­pe­ti­ti­on and re­gu­la­ti­on law. Tho­se suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­ting the Mas­ters pro­gram­me have an op­por­tu­ni­ty to con­ti­nue on to the doc­to­ral de­gree.

Special Feature for Lawyer Trainees

With our in­no­va­ti­ve stu­dy con­cept, you can pur­sue an LL.M. in Com­pe­ti­ti­on & Re­gu­la­ti­on par­al­lel to your trainee­ship.

Five months pri­or to the ex­ams for the se­cond sta­te ex­ami­na­ti­on in law, le­gal trainees can in­ter­rupt their stu­dies at Leu­pha­na and con­ti­nue them fol­lo­wing the ex­ami­na­ti­on.

Please bear in mind that this programme does not qualify you for a student visa due to the short classroom session times.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less