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Mannheim Track

The program aims to train students in both comparative and business law, offering them a competitive edge in their careers as strategic decision-makers in both the public and the private sector. It offers a unique combination of traditional comparative law studies (legal methodology, legal traditions, and the common/civil law divide) with studies in business law (e.g., competition law, contract law, company law, and tax law), including trade-related aspects. The admission period always starts on March 15 and ends on May 31. The admissions process requires an online application and documents that need to be sent to the University of Mannheim.


    What does the Mannheim track offer?

  • Who can apply for the Mannheim track?

    Students who have obtained their undergraduate degree outside of Germany are also eligible to study the full program at the University of Mannheim. Graduates who have chosen this option will be awarded the academic title of “Master of Comparative Business Law - M.C.B.L. (Mannheim)”.


  • What makes the University of Mannheim so special?

    The university's profile is shaped by its unique blend of renowned business, economic, and social sciences that are linked to excellent humanities, law studies, mathematics, and informatics in a number of interdisciplinary programs and research projects. The schools and research institutions of the university closely collaborate with numerous national and international partners such as the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) or the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).


    The University of Mannheim offers various bachelor's and master's programs, as well as programs that conclude with a state examination. Among these are unique interdisciplinary programs, such as the bachelor's program in Culture and Economy and the integrated program in Law. The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences and the graduate program “Formations of the Global” have a portfolio of internationally recognized doctoral programs. Within the Mannheim Business School (MBS), the university focuses on training future executives. The MBA programs offered by the Mannheim Business School rank among the top 25 worldwide. You can find information for degree-seeking students here.

    Which courses can I take in Mannheim?

  • Course content

    The program consists of courses distributed among compulsory, intensive, and elective modules. The courses' topics are chosen carefully. They have been put in a logical order, which ensures the development of both academic and professional competences. The compulsory modules have a clearly defined focus on comparative legal methodology and legal sources, actors, and means of action. Whereas these subjects related to the fields of European and international law are indispensable for business lawyers and thereby mandatory, students can tailor the program to suit their own interests by choosing certain intensive and elective modules, which cover all main areas of business law. These modules allow for depth of study in the chosen fields and ensure coherence of the competences gained. Without neglecting academic approaches, the program pays specific attention to practical application, particularly through its teaching methods and assignments. To serve this purpose, the program strongly relies on a combination of theory and in-depth study and analysis of cases, thus taking advantage of an outstanding and well-developed feature of German legal education.



  • Program structure

    All students have to complete a total of 15 courses (20 ECTS credits per semester) and are required to pass an examination at the end of each course. With regard to intensive and elective modules, they are also expected to make regular contributions throughout the courses and are required to prepare oral and written presentations. In addition, a master's thesis (20 ECTS credits) on a topic of their choice is required.

    Fall Semester
    European Comparative & Business Law

    Compulsory Module: Introduction to Comparative European Law

    (all students participate in all of these courses)

    Intensive Module: The Internal Market


    (students may choose 2 of the following courses)

    Elective Module: European Business Law


    (students may choose 2 of the following courses)

    Comparative Law I -

    European Legal Traditions

    European Market Freedoms

    E-Commerce & Internet

    Introduction to European Business Law

    European Competition Law

    EU Fundamental Rights

    European Union Law -

    Institutional Aspects

    European Private Law

    Introduction to German Private Law*


    International ArbitrationAdelaide Guest Lecture (Due to COVID-19 not offered this year)

    * Only students who have obtained their first degree outside of Germany can choose this course.


    Spring semester
    International & Comparative Business Law

    Compulsory Module: Introduction to Comparative and International Business Law

    (all students participate in all of these courses)

    Intensive Module: The Global Market


    (students may choose 2 of the following courses)

    Elective Module: International Business Law


    (students may choose 2 of the following courses)

    Comparative Law II-

    The Common/Civil Law Divide

    International Trade Law

    International Business Transactions

    Introduction to International Business Law

    Corporate Governance II

    Intellectual Property Law

    International Organizations:

    A structural introduction

    International Sale of Goods

    International Labor Law

    Law & Economics

    Private International Law

    Comparative Competition Law



    Law and Digital Markets

Find out more about student life at the University of Mannheim

    What does student life in Mannheim look like?

  • Housing

    The Studierendenwerk Mannheim (an organization responsible for all social aspects of studying) runs a number of university-owned dormitories within Mannheim, most of them located in close proximity to the university. Applications for these dormitories usually outnumber the places offered. However, each year the International Office reserves a certain number of places in these dormitories. For students taking part in the M.C.B.L. program, the International Office has agreed to reserve up to ten places in student housing each year. Early application is recommended. Apart from that, the Studierendenwerk also has a private room location service.


  • Mensa

    Students can eat inexpensively in the university's Mensa (dining hall) and cafeterias, which are also run by the Studierendenwerk. The Mensa offers a selection of different set meals for lunch every day of the week; the cafeterias offer additional meals and snacks. The central EO cafeteria also offers dinner during the semester.


  • Enrollment

    Enrollment for the M.C.B.L. program is organized by the International Office (in German: Akademisches Auslandsamt) in close cooperation with the Department of Law and the Studierendenwerk.


  • Services

    The Studierendenwerk runs a child care center and a nursery, as well as a psychological counselling service and a legal counselling service. Further services include the provision of casualty insurance and international student identity cards.


  • Student organizations

    Campus life at the University of Mannheim is marked by the students' active participation in numerous university organizations and clubs. The official student organization established by the University Charter is the AStA (general student committee), which represents students' interests towards the President's Office and the university administration.


  • Studierendenwerk


    The Studierendenwerk ensures student welfare in close cooperation with the university and also caters for students' social needs. Among its main responsibilities are the acquisition of affordable accommodation and the promotion of students' academic interests.


  • Institute of Sports

    This organization meets the recreational needs of Mannheim's students. Every week, thousands of students participate in sports courses offered by the Institute. Whether you prefer working out in the gym, participating in competitive sports, or practicing relaxation techniques or meditation, the Institute of Sports offers expert coaching in a wide range of activities.


  • Transportation

    Once enrolled in the M.C.B.L. program in Mannheim, students can buy a reasonably priced 'student's ticket' upon showing their student identity card, which allows them to use public transport all over the region for the entire semester.


Find out more about student life at the University of Mannheim

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