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Mannheim Track

The program aims to provide students with competence in both comparative and business law, offering them a competitive edge in their careers as strategic decision makers in both the public and private sectors. It offers a unique combination of traditional comparative law studies (legal methodology, legal traditions and the common/civil law divide) and studies in business law (e.g. competition law, contract law, company law and tax law) including trade related aspects. The admission period always starts at March 15 and ends May 31. The admission 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 whole program at the University of Mannheim. Graduates of this option will be awarded with 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, 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 culminate with a state examination. Among those are unique interdisciplinary programs such as Culture and Economy or Mannheim Business Law. The Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences and the Graduate Program „Formations of the Global“ have internationally recognized doctoral programs. Within the Mannheim Business School (MBS) the University focuses on the education of future executives. The MBA programs of the Mannheim Business School rank among the top 25 worldwide. Here you can find information for degree seeking students.

    Which courses can I take in Mannheim?

  • Course content

    The program consists of mandatory, intensive and elective courses. The topics of the courses are chosen carefully. They have been put in a logical order, which ensures the development of both academic and professional competences. The mandatory courses have a clearly defined focus on comparative legal methodology and the legal sources, actors and means of action. Whereas these subjects of European and International Law are indispensable for business lawyers and thereby mandatory, students can tailor the program to suit their own interests by a respective choice of intensive and elective courses. They cover all main subjects of business law. They allow for depth of study, and their choice ensures the coherence of the competences gained. Without neglecting academic levels, the program pays specific attention to professional applications, particularly through its teaching methods and assignments. To serve this purpose the program strongly relies on a combination of theory and the thorough study and analysis of cases and thus takes advantage of an outstanding and well-developed characteristic feature of German legal education.


  • Course structure

    All students have to complete a total of 16 courses (8 courses/20 ECTS per semester) and are required to pass an examination at the end of each course. With regard to intensive and elective courses they are also expected to make regular contributions throughout the courses and are required to prepare oral and written presentations. In addition, a master thesis (20 ECTS) 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 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

    European Tax Law

    European Union Law -

    Institutional Aspects

    European Private Law

    EU Fundamental Rights

    European Legal Thinking:

    Meet Savigny & his Peers

    Cross Border Litigation

    & Arbitration

    Introduction to German Private Law*



    Adelaide Guest Lecture

    * Only students which 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 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: legal sources, actors and means of influence

    International Sale of Goods

    International Labor Law

    Law & Economics

    Private International Law

    Behavioral Law & Economics


Find out more about student life at the University of Mannheim

    How does student life in Mannheim look like?

  • Accommodation

    The Student Welfare Organization runs a number of University owned dormitories within Mannheim, most of them located not far from the University. Applications for these dormitories usually outnumber the places offered. However, the International Office each year 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 university accommodation each year. Early application is recommended. Beyond that, the Student Welfare Organization also has a private room location Service.

  • Dining Hall

    Students can eat inexpensively in the University dining hall and cafeterias, which are also run by the Student Welfare Organization. The dining hall offers lunch every weekday with a selection of different menus and the cafeterias offer additional menus and snacks. The central 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 Faculty of Law and the Student Welfare Organization (in German: Studierenden­werk).

  • Services

    The Studierenden­werk runs a child care center and a nursery, as well as a psychological counseling service and a legal counseling 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 active participation of students in numerous university organizations and clubs. The official student organization established by the University Charter is the General Student Commission, which represents student positions to the Vice-Chancellor and the 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.

  • The Institute for Sports

    This organization meets the recreational needs of Mannheim's students. Every week thousands of students participate in sport courses offered by the Institute. From training in the gym to competitive sport to 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, if they show their student identity card, buy a reasonably priced 'student's ticket' which allows them to use public transport all over the region for the entire semester.

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Meta Geisbüsch, LL.M.

Meta Geisbüsch, LL.M.

Program Coordinator of the Master of Comparative Business Law
Universität Mannheim
Abteilung Rechts­wissenschaft
Schloss Westflügel
– Raum W 219
68161 Mannheim
Tel.: +49 621 181-1321
Tuesday from 10 till 12 and by arrangement