History of the Department of Law


Introduction of the master's program in “Competition Law and Regulation (LL.M.)”


Renaming the “Master of Comparative Law”, which is offered by the University of Mannheim in cooperation with the University of Adelaide. It is now called “Master of Comparative Business Law (M.C.B.L.)”.


Participation in the Leibniz ScienceCampus “MannheimTax” (MaTax), a shared initiative by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim. MaTax brings together researchers from the fields of corporate taxation, public finance, and tax law. It also supports the careers of early-stage researchers who benefit from the exchange among scientists and practitioners.


Introduction of the “Master of Laws (LL.M.)”


Introduction of the “Integrated LL.B. and State Examination Program in Law”


Participation in the “Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation” (MaCCI, in cooperation with ZEW and the Department of Economics). The MaCCI promotes interdisciplinary research, combining law with economics, and focuses on competition, regulation and innovation policy. The MaCCI has been part of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Mannheim since 2012.


Reform of the Law program with regard to the university focus subject that is part of the state examination (universitäres Schwerpunktbereichsstudium). The focus subject is now geared exclusively towards business and economic law to match the department’s main fields of research.

Foundation of the Interdisciplinary Center for Intellectual Property (IZG) at the Institute for Corporate Law (IURUM).


Foundation of the Center for Insolvency and Reorganization (ZIS) at the Institute for Corporate Law.


Creation of the School of Law and Economics with two separate departments which, to a large extent, are managed independently from each other. The decision to join the two departments is made based on a resolution passed on 21 May 2003 by the state government of Baden-Württemberg (Ministerrat). This resolution aims for the School of Law in Mannheim to focus on business and economic law, thereby giving it a distinct and unique profile. It is intended to clearly distinguish the School of Law at the University of Mannheim from the one at Heidelberg University, both of which are located in close proximity to each other.


Foundation of the Institute for Corporate Law, which is established by four chairs focusing on private law (the number of participating chairs has kept increasing in the following years). Foundation of the Center for Corporate Succession (zentUma) at the Institute for Corporate Law in cooperation with expert legal practitioners.


Foundation of the Institute for German, European and International Medical Law, Public Health Law and Bioethics (IMGB) by the Heidelberg University and the University of Mannheim.

Introduction of the “Master of Comparative Law (Mannheim/Adelaide)”, which is restructured in the 2014/2015 academic year and renamed “Master of Comparative Business Law (M.C.B.L.)”.


Foundation of the Institute for Inland Navigation Law


Foundation of the interdisciplinary Institute of Insurance Sciences


Conversion of the Wirtschaftshochschule into the University of Mannheim and foundation of the School of Law


Integration of a new department into the Wirtschaftshochschule, the Department of Law


Re-opening as Staatliche Wirtschaftshochschule (State College of Business and Economics)


Dissolution of the Großherzogliche Handelsakademie Mannheim


Foundation of the Großherzogliche Handelsakademie Mannheim (Grand-Ducal Trade Academy)