At a Glance
Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Credit Points: 60
Length of Study: 3 semesters
Study Places: 25
Start Date: in April and October
Application Deadline: February 15th, August 15th (late admission possible until March 31st, September 30th)
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.