Your study options at the Faculty of Law
Are you an international student considering studying at the Faculty of Law in Passau? Or need information before going on a student exchange programme?
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Thank you for your interest in studying law at the University of Passau.
In the following, we would like to give you a brief overview of the law degree programme (“Jura”):
in order to be able to work in Germany in one of the "classic" legal professions such as a lawyer, in the public prosecutor's office or in the judiciary, in contract counselling and certification (e.g. notary's office), in business (insurance industry in general, legal department, staff departments), you must first complete a law degree programme with a standard period of study of 10 semesters at the university.
The law degree programme concludes with the First Law Examination. It consists of the First State Law Examination (Erste Juristische Staatsprüfung) and a university examination in a chosen specialisation (Juristische Universitätsprüfung). You do not receive a Bachelor's degree. Therefore, the law degree programme does not consist of modules. In addition, you will predominantly study the German legal system. Foreign law can only be included to a limited extent within the framework of certain specialisations.
The university law degree programme is followed by the preparatory legal service ("Referendariat"). Here you gain practical experience in various legal fields within two years. At the end, you must successfully pass the Second State Law Examination.
Very good German language skills are required during your studies, as you will be dealing intensively with German law. You therefore need German language skills at level C1 CEFR to apply for the law degree programme. Please note that your recognised German certificate must not be older than two years at the time of application.
A doctorate, Master's degrees or certificates do not qualify you to practice law in Germany. The English-language programmes at the Law Faculty of the University of Passau, such as CECIL ("Certificate of Studies in European, Comparative and International Law") or the subject-specific foreign language training (FFA) also do not lead to a professional legal qualification in Germany.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Student Advisory Service of the Faculty of Law.