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!
Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)
ECTS credits: 120
Languages of instruction: German and English
Foreign language requirements: English; for further information see Admission requirements and selection
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Law and Economics, Department of Law
Semester fee: €160.40 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
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/
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.
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).
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.
The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.
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 don’t 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; he or she will, however, cooperate with your supervisor at the respective company.
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. For comprehensive information on pursuing a doctoral degree, please see the regulations and procedures governing the doctoral dissertation (only available in German).
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:
Foreign language requirements
You must have a good command of English. We accept the following as proof of language proficiency:
In addition, you must also prove that you have a good command of German. You are exempt of this requirement if you have a German higher education entrance qualification, for example. Details are governed by the selection statutes.
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).