Course Information (Lehrveranstaltungen)

On the following webpage you can find information concerning the courses offered by the Department of Law.

 Academic Year

Exam Registration

Types of courses

German Grading System



Academic Year

The academic year in Mannheim is divided into two semesters:

Fall Semester 2016
August 1st – January 31st, 2016
Lectures
September 5th - December 9th, 2016
Exams*
December 9th, - December 22nd, 2016
Spring Semester 2017
February 1st - July 31st, 2017
Welcome ReceptionFebruary 9th, 10am Café EO
Lectures
February 13th - June 2nd, 2017
Exams*
June 3rd, - June 19th, 2017


*Please note that exams individually arranged with the lecturer may take place outside the official exam period stipulated by the university.

 

Exam Registration

Exam registration is done online via the student portal. Please note that you have to register for all final examinations (incl. oral exams, term papers etc.). If you do not register, the final grade cannot be included on your transcript. Be aware that regular attendance is an admission requirement for any oral or written exam.

Detailed information on how to register for an exam during and after the official period, withdrawal from an exam you have registered for and resit of examinations you have failed, you will find here.


Types of courses

Lectures

Lectures make up the main frame of the teaching programme in Germany.  The aim is the direct provision of knowledge.  Usually the professor presents the relevant matters in the form of a talk whilst the students take notes.  Questions are always permitted.  In depth questions will be dealt with in greater detail in the form of open discussions.

Tutorials (Arbeitsgemeinschaften "AGs")

 "AGs“ are held in addition to lectures. In „AGs“ students will learn how to apply the knowledge gained in the lecture on concrete legal cases. "AGs" aim to prepare the students for the written exams. Students are encouraged to actively participate in and prepare for each session. „AGs” are not mandatory. Students are free to choose whether they are willing to attend an "AG“ in addition to a lecture or not. If a student regularly attends the sessions, he/she receives a confirmation of attendance. No ECTS are awarded.Tutorials are held in groups of 20-30 students.

Seminars and Colloquia

Seminars and Colloquia are generally more specific in topic of study.  Students are requested to actively participate and usually have to write a term paper and give a presentation at the end of the seminar/colloquium. Seminars/Colloquia typically have significantly fewer students per professor than normal courses.

Excercises (Übungen)

In “Übungen” you will learn to work with the knowledge you have obtained in the lectures and use it to solve legal cases as is expected of German students in their First State Examination. It is however difficult for exchange students to complete these tests successfully, because even the tests for beginners include several areas of law and adequate knowledge is required. Moreover a very high knowledge of German Law in advance is required. Therefore we do not recommend exchange students to take exercises. 

 

German Grading System

Law Points

German points

German Marks

18

1,0

sehr gut / excellent

17

1,0

sehr gut / excellent

16

1,0

sehr gut / excellent

15

1,0

gut / very good

14

1,3

gut/very good

13

1,3

gut / very good

12

1,3

voll befriedigend / good

11

1,7

voll befriedigend / good

10

1,7

voll befriedigend / good

9

1,7

befriedigend / satisfactory

8

2,0

befriedigend / satisfactory

7

2,3

befriedigend / satisfactory

6

2,7

ausreichend / pass

5

3,3

ausreichend / pass

4

3,7

ausreichend / pass

3

5,0

mangelhaft / fail

2

5,0

mangelhaft / fail

1

5,0

mangelhaft / fail

0

0

ungenügend / insufficient