Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Law (Jurisprudence)


First Law Examination, on request the degree of Diplom-Jurist/in (Dipl.-Jur.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

Standard time for completing course

10 semesters

Start of study and numerus clausus (NC)

Please refer to the course catalogue ( to determine whether study starts only in winter semester or also in summer semester, and whether it is subject to a numerus clausus.

Course objectives

The course will provide you with the essential competencies and knowledge required to practice the legal professions. You will learn how to engage in scholarly work, critical thinking and responsible action in a free, democratic and social state based on the rule of law. This includes technical knowledge in basic and core legal subjects as well as techniques of case resolution, argumentation and presentation as well as linguistic skills. In particular you will learn how to answer legal questions in a European and global context, to identify the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the law and to explore new developments independently. The successful completion of the Law degree programme is achieved by passing the First Law Examination, which qualifies you for professions in science, civil society, culture, economics and politics as well as for preparatory legal service. The latter is completed with the Second State Law Examination and qualifies you for a position in state-regulated careers as a lawyer, judge or administrative official in non-technical higher civil service.

Why study Law at HU?

The course has a strong focus on European and international perspectives. One special emphasis of research and teaching is the analysis of contemporary legal history. The faculty also emphasizes the perspective of legal counsel and legislation. For this reason, a substantial portion of classes are taught by lawyers and other representatives of the legal professions, which is intended to give students an early introduction to the various legal careers. With a well-organized schedule, students can complete the course within nine semesters.

What are the prerequisites for this course?

You should be proficient in spoken and written German, enjoy logical thinking and be interested in the critical analysis of social issues and problems.

Content of studies

The best way to find information on course content is the annotated course catalogue. The module descriptions and the recommended study schedule can be found in the course and examination regulations, available at, no. 111/2015, 1st revision no. 03/2017, 2nd revision no. 33/2018, 3rd revision no. 50/2018., 4th revision no. 29/2020 (Bachelor of Laws), 5th revision no. 30/2020, 6th revision no. 29/2022, correction no. 47/2022, 7th revision no. 7/2023. Additional important information can be found on the Faculty of Law webpage.

Course structure

The course is divided into modules. A total of 270 credit points (CP) are required. One credit point equals a workload of 25-30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Mandatory modules (214 CP)

Core curriculum

Foundations of law, 12 CP

Civil law I, 19 CP

Criminal law I, 15 CP

Public law I, 15 CP

Jurisprudential casework, 12 CP

Advanced curriculum

Civil law II, 13 CP

Civil law III, 11 CP

Criminal law II, 12 CP

Public law II, 15 CP

Public law III, 10 CP

Specialized studies

Specialization, 50 CP

Mandatory elective modules (56 CP)

Focus studies

(select one module, each 32 CP):

Contemporary history and theory of law

Legislation and legal policy

Civil law consultation and the formation of law

Europeanization and internationalization of private and economic law with the following independent sub-focuses (of equal rank with the other focus subjects):

   Intellectual property rights

   Legislation and digital transformation

   Business and corporate law

State and administration in transformation

International law and European law

German and international criminal justice

Foreign law / offers from foreign partner universities

Additional professional qualifications, 24 CP




State Examination (10th semester)

The examination is administered by the Joint Legal Examination Authority for the States of Berlin and Brandenburg (GJPA) and consists of a written section and an oral section.

Mandatory elective modules for other degree programmes

ÜWP 1: Foundations of law (5 CP)

ÜWP 2: Basic knowledge of civil law and commercial or corporate law (5 CP)

ÜWP 3: Basic knowledge of public law, especially basic rights (5 CP)


Faculty of Law, Bebelplatz 2 or Unter den Linden 9/11,, secretary, room 132, Tel.: (030) 2093-3301

Course Advisory Service: Departmental Advisory Office, room 137B,, Tel. (030) 2093-3418,

Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Submit applications to the Examination Office, Unter den Linden 9, room E 17, E 19 (Altes Palais),, Tel.: (030) 2093-91510, Please note the instructions regarding university transfer,

Applications: How to apply, Information for prospective international students

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Version: November 2023

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