Law Studies in Mannheim

Nineteen full professors, their staff and numerous renowned associate lecturers conduct research and teach about 1100 students at the Department of Law.  The department places clear emphasis on the fields of commercial and business law.  Close ties to legal and business practice, combined with an interdisciplinary profile in the economic sciences, are hallmarks of the Department of Law.


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Information on our academic programmes

Mannheim Business Law LL.B. Programme

Mannheim’s law school was the first law school in Germany to introduce a modern Bachelor of Laws study programme (the so-called “Bachelor Unternehmensjurist/in”), while maintaining the high standards of the legal state examination system. With this innovative program, the law school has set a new standard for Bologna-compliant undergraduate law degree programmes in Germany.

The programme combines modules from the Department of Law (thematic priority on business law) and the Business School (thematic priority on human resources or tax and accounting).  It enables the student to study law and business simultaneously and ends after 6 semesters (3 years) with a bachelor's degree.  It is the first bachelor's degree in Germany which can be followed up with a master's (graduate) programme in business, a master's (graduate) programme of law or the German state examination in law (Staatsexamen).

As the language of instruction is German, proof of good German language skills is required.



Master’s Programmes

Our Master’s programmes aim to establish a strong international dimension by providing the opportunity to graduate in a double degree or participate in an abroad exchange programme.  The graduate studies enable students to deepen and broaden the knowledge acquired in their first degree.


Our LL.M. programme offers an in-depth education in Business Law and Business Administration.  Students can choose from two majors: either Tax or HR & Management.

The LL.M. programme is a 2 year programme (4 Semesters), including 1 optional semester abroad.  At the end of the programme, students should at least have gained 120 ECTS and written a Master’s thesis.

Students, who are interested and would like to enroll for our LL.M. programme, should have completed a Bachelor’s degree in legal studies or a recognized equivalent degree in business studies with a minimum of 16 ECTS in legal courses completed at a university in Germany or abroad.

Furthermore, proof of good German and English language skills are required, as the language of instruction is both German and English.

For more detailed information (e.g. on how to apply), please visit the following website of our International Office (“Akademisches Auslandsamt”):


First State Examination

The First State Examination (“Staatsexamen”) is a German government licensing examination that future jurists (if they want to work in a regularized profession e.g. lawyers, judges, tax advisors, public prosecutors) have to pass to be allowed to work in their profession.  The examination is generally organized by government examination agencies which are under the authority of the responsible ministry. These agencies create examination commissions which consist of members of the examination agency, university professors and/or representatives from the legal profession.

Students usually study at university for 4–5 years before they take the first Staatsexamen.  Afterwards, students go on to work in their future jobs in a practical phase of two years. Then they are allowed to take the second Staatsexamen, which amongst other things, tests their professional skills in their respective jobs.

The first Staatsexamen examination is at a level equivalent to a Master's degree, while the second Staatsexamen is roughly comparable to passing the bar exam.

The First State Examination at the University of Mannheim is a consecutive 2 year programme only open to alumni of the Mannheim Business Law LL.B. programme.  It covers Public Law, Civil Law and Criminal Law.

The language of instruction is German.



The joint Master’s degree programme “Master of Comparative Business Law (Mannheim/Adelaide)" is a one-year programme (non-consecutive) at Master's level.  Students spend their fall semester at the University of Mannheim, and then transfer to the University of Adelaide for the spring semester.  After that, students submit their Master's thesis. For students with a forgein final degree it is also possible to study for one whole year at the University of Mannheim. As the language of instruction is English, no German language skills are required.

The M.C.B.L. programme is unique in that it gives its students the opportunity of studying comparative law at a German and at an Australian university.  Through this, the students gain first-hand experience of the different approaches to problem-solving and legal thinking adopted by a classic European civil law jurisdiction on the one hand and by a common law jurisdiction on the other.

The M.C.B.L. programme provides students with the knowledge and the skills they need to succeed at international organizations, national governments, or international law firms. Regularly, students from around the world enroll in our Master’s programme, providing a stimulating experience for each and every one of our Master students.

For more detailed information (e.g. on how to apply), please visit the M.C.B.L.-Website.