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German Law for foreign graduates

Course Description

About the programme

The master's degree in German Law for foreign graduates is a research-focused degree that imparts professional legal expertise and allows you to develop your legal skills.

Unlike most other disciplines, laws are unique to the societies that brought them forth, and therefore vary significantly from country to country. There is a steadily growing demand for legal practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the German legal system.

Building on a previous law degree earned abroad, this degree programme gives you essential skills and specific expertise in German law, while placing special emphasis on research.

The Scientific Methods module enables you to leverage your methodological and systematic competences developed over the course of the degree programme when conducting independent research – skills you will apply when writing your master's thesis, which forms part of the programme.


The Faculty of Law of the University of Passau has an excellent reputation in Germany and regularly achieves top results in the various university rankings
A multicultural environment owing to the international orientation of the University and the Faculty of Law in particular
German Courses Passau offers German language courses specially designed for law students, which are open to students enrolled on this LL.M. programme
Attend modules together with German law students
Previous academic achievements at other German universities may be counted towards the degree.

Programme syllabus

The degree programme consists of three modules:

1) Foundation module
2) Scientific Methods module
3) Elective module

The degree programme consists of three modules:

1) Foundation module: this consists of the foundation courses in Civil Law and Constitutional Law (both courses include a lecture and a tutorial). You will choose one of these two foundation courses, each of which is taught for a period of two semesters (Foundation Courses 1 and 2).

2) Scientific Methods module: This module, which takes place in the winter semester, consists of a seminar for master's students, in which you will write a seminar paper and give a presentation.

3) Elective module: You will choose three of the following five electives: Civil Law, Public Law, Criminal Law, International Aspects of German Law and Principles of Law. Two courses are held in the winter semester and one in the summer semester. Instead of the two winter-semester courses, you may study the foundation course (Civil Law 1 or Constitutional Law 1) not already completed in the foundation module.

Visit the German Law for foreign graduates page on the University of Passau website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good first degree, ranked among the best 25% of your cohort, and a DSH-1 or equivalent German language certificate. If you need to perfect your German first, or even learn German from scratch, we have general language and Legal German programmes which run for one semester or one academic year (the Academic German Semester and Year programmes end with the DSH test).

Course Fees

72 euros per semester (student services contribution and bus pass fee)

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