Master of Laws (LL.M.)

I knew I wanted to start a career in business that is also related to law, so the Master of Laws program was the perfect addition to my qualifications. What I find most intriguing about the program is its interdisciplinary character: by looking at many different areas where law and business administration overlap, you are trained to think out of the box. Apart from that, small groups and a broad range of elective modules are its main assets. This enabled me to specialize in the fields that I was most interested in, and, by taking the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, to gain international experience, as well. With this set of skills, your career prospects are nothing but stellar!

Anja Kofahl, Master of Laws graduate / Private photo / Photo credit: Anja Kofahl
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M.)

    Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)

    ECTS credits: 120

    Languages of instruction: German and English

    Language requirements: German and English; for further information see "Admission requirements and selection"

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Law and Economics, Department of Law

    Semester fee: € 204,30 (further information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    The Master of Laws program, with a period of study of two years, was introduced in the fall semester 2011. It is offered by the Department of Law in cooperation with the Business School, both of which are regularly ranked at the top. It trains students at the University of Mannheim to a high standard in law and business administration and economics.

    The program has a modular structure. It consists of one mandatory module in Law as well as one elective module in Law and one in Business Administration/Economics respectively. In the third semester, students can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities. Instead, they can also choose to attend lectures in English (in the fields of business and economic law and/or business administration and economics) or participate in courses that teach key competencies. A master’s thesis is required to complete the program.

    The program is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach. It is based on a curriculum that not only teaches the basics of business and economic law while maintaining a level that corresponds to a master’s degree, but that is also tailored to the requirements of the labor market. During your studies, you can focus either on Tax and Accounting or on Human Resources, allowing you to develop an individual profile. Both areas are always explored from both a legal and a business perspective.

    As you can can either opt to integrate a semester abroad into your studies or take the international elective module, you will also look at your subject through an intercultural lens.

  • Why study the Master of Laws program at the University of Mannheim?

    The Master of Laws program is one of the few two-year master's programs in Law taught full-time at the university level in Germany. With the Department of Law’s focus on business and economic law in research and teaching and the Business School’s outstanding courses, the University of Mannheim offers students with a bachelor’s degree in Law excellent opportunities to acquire additional qualifications.

    By selecting labor and tax law as the program’s focus subjects, the Department of Law has responded to private sector demand for specialized employees. In the past few years, demand for lawyers with additional qualifications in business administration and economics or business economists with sound legal knowledge has significantly increased. Previous graduates’ successful careers testify to this development.

    The University of Mannheim, which has one of the most beautiful campuses in Germany, provides excellent study conditions. The Department of Law has, once again, been ranked highly in the latest CHE University Ranking. It did especially well with regards to teaching, and received top grades in eleven of the 19 categories, including “overall study situation”, “organization of studies”, “teacher support”, and “career orientation” (take a look at the rankings).

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of the Master of Laws program can choose between many different professions and are particularly sought-after for positions that combine law with business administration.

    If they specialize in Tax and Accounting, they are particularly qualified to work as tax advisors or auditors.

    If they specialize in Human Resources, jobs with staff-related activities are a perfect fit for them. They often work in HR departments or as human resources officers.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of the Master of Laws program should

    • be interested in economic and legal questions relating to tax and accounting or human resources,
    • be interested in economics and business administration,
    • have good analytical skills,
    • enjoy debating and be able to argue well,
    • be able to work independently and in a structured manner,
    • be committed to the program and self-disciplined.

    Students, particularly those specializing in “Tax and Accounting”, should enjoy mathematics as this is part of the courses in Business Administration.

  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying abroad
    The Department of Law has a large and comprehensive network of partner universities around the world, and can advise you on planning a period of study abroad. The ideal point in time to spend a semester abroad is the third semester. If you want to spend more than one semester abroad, it is also possible to integrate a longer period of study abroad into your program. Please contact the international coordinators at the Department of Law for further advice. Even though spending a semester abroad is optional, it is taken into account in the regular degree plan.

    According to the examination regulations, students do not have to do an internship during their studies. However, we recommend you to complete an internship during the semester break. The Department of Law helps you find suitable companies through the Career Network of the University of Mannheim and by publishing internships related to the program on the website of the Department of Law. It is possible to write your master's thesis while interning with a company. Your thesis supervisor will be from the University of Mannheim and will cooperate with your supervisor at the respective company.

    Sample course schedule
    This is how your course schedule for the four semesters could look (only available in German).

  • Doctorates

    Students who wish to earn a doctorate from the University of Mannheim must have completed their master’s program with a final grade that meets the admission requirements. They must also find a supervisor.

    Doctoral programs and opportunities at the Department of Law
    General information on doctoral studies at the University of Mannheim

  • Admission requirements and selection

    Applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Law to be admitted to the Master of Laws. A degree in a different field is sufficient if it requires students to obtain at least 16 ECTS credits in law subjects and if it is recognized as equivalent by the admissions committee.

        We take a variety of criteria into account in our selection process:

        • the final grade achieved in your first degree or the final grade you are currently expected to achieve,
        • letter of motivation,
        • proof of any other previous experience relevant to the program of study, in particular vocational education and training or professional activities and/or a special educational background, practical activities or extracurricular achievements and qualifications that prove the eligibility of the applicant for the chosen degree program.

        Language requirements
        You must have a good command of English. We accept the following as proof of language proficiency:

        • the successful completion of a program of study at a higher education institution with English as the language of instruction and examination and a duration of at least one year,
        • a higher education entrance qualification from a school with English as the language of instruction after at least one year of school,
        • a certificate of the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) with a score of at least 90 points,
        • a certificate of the International English Language Testing System – Academic Test (IELTS) with an overall band score of at least 6.5,
        • an equivalent result of a test recognized as comparable. The admissions committee shall decide on the comparability of the test on a case-by-case basis.

        In addition, you must also prove your proficiency in German on C1 level.

        Conditional admission
        If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 135 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your degree certificate by the first exam registration period in the master's program (refer to selection statutes).

        Selection statutes
        Under “Admission requirements and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.

      • Application

        Application deadline
        The application deadline for fall semesters starts on 1 April and ends on 31 May.

        It is not possible to apply for the spring semester.


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      Nafize Solak, Ass. iur.

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      Program Manager and Assistant Manager of the Examination Committees
      University of Mannheim
      Department of Law
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      68161 Mannheim
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      Lidija Pfanzler (geb. Gerlein), Ass. iur.

      Program Manager and Assistant Manager of the Examination Committees
      University of Mannheim
      Department of Law
      Schloss Westflügel – Room W 221
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