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Bucerius Law School

As an independent, stand-alone law school, Bucerius is not affiliated with any university. Although the law school is not a department or a division of any other individual university, it does partner with over 90 universities and law schools in 30 countries. Additional details about the law school are set forth below.

The Law School

Bucerius Law School is a small, private law school which is located in Hamburg, Germany. The school is the first (and thus far the only) private law school in Germany. Despite it being a relatively new school (founded in 2000), the school is already often ranked as the best law school in the country by several different publications.

Bucerius Law School was originally founded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. As mentioned above, the school is the first private law school in Germany with the right to award doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. Bucerius Law School is licensed by the state and accredited by the "Wissenschaftsrat" (German Science and Humanities Council).

The school awards both Bachelor of Laws and Master of Law degrees. Overall, Bucerius is known for its high rate of student satisfaction. According to a survey conducted by the "Hochschulinformationssystem" (HIS), 97% of Bucerius students stated that they were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the studying conditions at Bucerius Law School (compared to the national average in Germany of 37%).

Tuition Fees

Tuition is € 22,000 for the one-year LLM program.

The Program

The Bucerius/WHU Master of Law and Business – Joachim Herz Program (MLB) program is offered as a joint program by Bucerius Law School and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (located in Vallendar close to Koblenz). It is a one-year, English-language program.

With this master’s program, the two private universities are responding to the increased need in the global economy for legal and business professionals, who have solid knowledge of international business law as well as international management. The academic program consists of complementary law and business courses, an intercultural course of general studies and courses geared toward strengthening professional skills. In addition, participants complete an eight-week internship. At the end of the course of studies, students are required to write a master’s thesis.

The MLB program is designed for international, highly-qualified university graduates, who ideally have already gained some work experience. The program helps arrange financial support from companies and foundations. Highly qualified non-German applicants with a business/economics background will be considered, for example, for a Joachim Herz Fellowship. These Fellowships, generously provided by the Joachim Herz Stiftung, provide not only financial assistance, but also entitle Fellows to participate in a variety of networking and other activities sponsored by the Joachim Herz Stiftung.

Entry Requirements

The MLB Program is particularly designed for graduates in law or business/economics and young professionals with some working experience. However, the schools also welcome a limited number of graduates from other academic backgrounds who have strong professional interest in legal and business questions. Participants are carefully selected to create a dynamic and open-minded group representing different cultures and approaches to legal and business questions.

Applicants to the program must have successfully completed a first degree in law or economics/business. Prior professional experience is not necessary but is highly valued.