The program (an overview)

Academic Calendar

The Mas­ters of Law Pro­gram begins each year in Octo­ber with the Win­ter Semes­ter and ends the fol­low­ing July or August at the con­clu­sion of the Sum­mer Semes­ter.

Curriculum Degree

Can­di­dates are required to com­plete cours­es in the cen­tral areas of Civ­il Law as well as two elec­tives. The required cours­es in Civ­il Law include the Gen­er­al Part of the Ger­man Civ­il Code the Law of Oblig­a­tions, the Law of Prop­er­ty, Civ­il Pro­ce­dure, Bank­rupt­cy and Exe­cu­tion of Judg­ments. Elec­tives are to be select­ed from the fol­low­ing eight areas:

  1. Roman Law
  2. Pub­lic Law (Admin­is­tra­tive Law, Con­sti­tu­tion­al Law and Gov­ern­ment)
  3. Crim­i­nal Law
  4. Spe­cial Areas of Civ­il Law (Fam­i­ly Law and the Law of Suc­ces­sion)
  5. Com­mer­cial Law, Com­pa­ny and Cor­po­rate Law
  6. Labour Law
  7. French Civ­il Law
  8. French Pub­lic Law

Program of Instruction

  1. Lec­tures: Togeth­er with their Ger­man under­grad­u­ate col­leagues, Mas­ters degree stu­dents attend Uni­ver­si­ty lec­ture class­es in their required and elec­tive cours­es.
  2. Study Group: An expe­ri­enced research assis­tant at the Insti­tute for Euro­pean Law con­ducts week­ly two-hour study groups specif­i­cal­ly designed for Mas­ters degree stu­dents. The pur­pose of the study group is to facil­i­tate a more inten­sive instruc­tion in the Ger­man Civ­il Law. Top­ics of the lec­ture class­es are aug­ment­ed by exam­ples, legal meth­ods, learn­ing tech­niques and prac­ti­cal exer­cis­es. Stu­dents have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to ask ques­tions and dis­cuss prob­lems which arise dur­ing their course of study.
  3. Com­par­a­tive Law Tuto­r­i­al: A week­ly com­par­a­tive law tuto­r­i­al in Civ­il Law is offered by Pro­fes­sor Dr. Dr. h.c. Chiusi. Civ­il Law issues are con­sid­ered and com­pared on the basis of dif­fer­ent nation­al legal sys­tems, their spe­cif­ic prob­lems and solu­tions. The tuto­r­i­al also pro­vides the frame­work for the stu­dents in the Mas­ters Pro­gram, Pro­fes­sor Chiusi and research assis­tants at the Insti­tute to become bet­ter acquaint­ed with one anoth­er on a more infor­mal basis.

Masters Degree Requirements

Dur­ing the aca­d­e­m­ic year Mas­ters can­di­dates must acquire Cer­tifi­cates of Achieve­ment in lec­tures attend­ed. The course instruc­tor deter­mines the basis of eval­u­a­tion — either a short oral or writ­ten exam­i­na­tion — and awards the Cer­tifi­cates of Achieve­ment at the end of the semes­ter. Can­di­dates must acquire two Cer­tifi­cates in the lec­tures on the required cours­es in Civ­il Law, the oth­er two in each of the candidate’s elec­tives.

Final Examination

The final exam­i­na­tion con­sists of a Mas­ters The­sis.

Top­ics for the Mas­ters The­sis are assigned at the end of the first semes­ter. Can­di­dates are required to either write a case brief or a paper on a gen­er­al area of law. The The­sis must be sub­mit­ted at the end of the sec­ond semes­ter.