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Göttingen University

The Law School

"Göttingen University is constantly ranked among the best German higher education institutions in various national and international university rankings. Since its foundation in 1737, it has provided excellent study and research opportunities to students and scholars from all over the world, including more than 40 Nobel Prize winners. Besides the instruction and guidance from prominent professors and other experts, Göttingen students benefit from the access to first-class study facilities, for example Göttingen State and University Library, which is one of the largest libraries in Germany, containing around 8 million items and providing access to numerous legal and other scholarly databases.

Göttingen University's Faculty of Law enjoys excellent reputation for teaching, research, and professional development. A number of attractive features make studying law at Göttingen especially rewarding. For example, legal education here has a strong link to practice, offering classes not only by professors, but also by practicing attorneys and other practitioners. Another appealing aspect of Göttingen Law Faculty is its internationality. As well as hosting students from all over the world and providing numerous exchange opportunities, the Faculty also offers classes by visiting professors from other countries and is involved in continuous international cooperation through various dedicated bodies, e.g. the European Academy of Law and ICT.

Tuition Fees

"The tuition fee for the IP-IT Law LL.M. Program is 7,800 euros. Early applicants are entitled to a discount. Specifically, those who apply before 1 April have to pay only 7,500 euros. Candidates applying before 1 January can save even more, as their tuition fee is reduced to 7,200 euros. In addition to the tuition fee, Program participants have to pay a student union contribution of around 300 euros per semester, a large part of which is used for enabling each student to use Göttingen city buses and trains in the whole Lower Saxony free of charge.

Each year Göttingen Law Faculty may award several scholarships in the form of partial or full tuition waivers to the best LLM Program applicants. Separate applications are not required, since all LLM Program applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships if they indicate their interest on the Program application form.

The Program

"The LL.M. in European and Transnational Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (LIPIT) is a postgraduate program directed at providing the in-depth understanding of legal issues arising from the creation and use of literary or artistic works, mechanical or scientific inventions, digital information, and other intangible assets. It covers a wide variety of subjects, including copyright, patents, trademarks, telecommunications, electronic commerce, information security, and data protection.

Because it is more and more common for transactions with intellectual property and information technology products to transcend national boundaries, this LL.M. Program is conceived as distinctly international and comparative in nature. Solutions from various legal systems are often presented when examining modern problems of the IP and IT law, and cases spreading over two or more countries are regularly discussed and analyzed. One consequence of such an approach is that this Program is suitable for lawyers and other professionals from different countries, rather than being limited to one particular jurisdiction.

Besides the Program's international character, strong emphasis is placed on establishing the direct link to practice. Many classes are taught by experienced attorneys and other practitioners. In lectures and seminars, legal issues are examined largely through analyzing real court cases, identifying concrete common problems and searching for effective solutions to them. Through hands-on workshops and projects, newly acquired knowledge is further enhanced and developed into readily applicable practical skills.

Entry Requirements

"Our admission requirements are a bachelor's or higher degree plus one year of relevant professional experience. Our most typical applicants are law graduates with one or more years of practical experience. However, since the branches of IP and IT Law lie at the intersection of the law with technology, science and arts, the Program is also open to engineers, computer scientists, media managers, and other professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of legal regulation, policies, and mechanisms of protection in the fields of intellectual property and information technology.

Since our students come from various countries with different grading systems, we do not formally require that you achieve a particular average grade in your previous studies (e.g., British first-class honours), but your grades will certainly constitute an important criterion in the process of evaluation of applications. As for the professional experience requirement, it can be fulfilled through various practical activities, including internships and traineeships.

If English is not your native language or was not the language of instruction of your previous studies, you will need to demonstrate that your English language skills are sufficient for the purposes of pursuing higher education. Most commonly, this is done through sending us a copy of your results in a standardized English test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.