Bachelor of Laws
Comparative and European Law
Subject-specific language training
One-year study abroad
14-weeks practical phase
of lectures are held in Oldenburg
of lectures are held in Bremen
Descripition of the Study Programme
European and international focus
The subject of legal studies is the content, formation, design, and application of norms that are binding in social and economic relations. Classical legal studies have traditionally been limited to the analysis of the law in force in a state as applied by national courts. This narrow view does not meet the requirements of the globalizing knowledge and society. Particularly in transnational economic relations the focus is less on litigation than on the avoidance of costly disputes through smart contractual structuring of economic relations. This requires the ability to work from the perspective of different national laws as well as a thorough knowledge of European Union law and its effect on national law. Lawyers should also be familiar with international contracts and the practice of arbitration, which is increasingly seen as an alternative to positive national law in transnational economic relations.
For this reason, the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the University of Bremen have been jointly offering the undergraduate Bachelor programme Comparative and European Law since 2002 in which German and European law are taught from a comparative perspective but the classical canon of German law consisting of civil, criminal and public law is covered, too.
Integrated study abroad
A one-year stay abroad in the 5th and 6th semester forms part of the study program to facilitate the crediting of the work performed abroad. The successful completion of the integrated study abroad program is guaranteed by extensive foreign language training prior to the study abroad program. During the course of study many lectures are held in English.
Interdisciplinary elective modules
Complex legal issues require not only an understanding of other legal systems and of European Union law but also a “view beyond one’s own nose”, which students at Hanse Law School receive through interdisciplinary key qualifications. Thus, our law studies are complemented by courses in economics and political science.
Integrated practical phase
An important component of the education at Hanse Law School, which distinguishes the study program from other law programs in addition to the integrated stay abroad, is the interlocking of theory and practice. The Bachelor’s programme includes a mandatory practical study period of 14 weeks in the 8th semester which offers the opportunity to complete one or more internships. This enables students to apply their legal knowledge in practice and to gain insights into legal professions and fields of activity. In addition, lectures are always held by practitioners from regional associations, companies, law firms and courts.
The examination regulations of the Hanse Law School provide for a mandatory one-year study abroad in the 5th and 6th semester, which is specifically prepared for by the language modules in advance. By integrating the study abroad into the curriculum of the program and arranging the courses with the coordinators of the program the accreditation of exams taken abroad is facilitated.
Students are generally free to choose the university they wish to attend abroad. In the past, students chose to study abroad at universities on all continents. The International Student Office at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and the International Office at the University of Bremen are available to advise and support students in their choice.
To promote student mobility at European universities, the European Commission provides scholarships (Erasmus +). These are awarded within the framework of cooperation agreements between universities. Students of the Hanse Law School can use the cooperation opportunities of the Faculty II, Institute of Law of the University of Oldenburg as well as the Faculty 6 of the University of Bremen. The Erasmus officers of the Institute of Law and of Faculty 6 advise on Erasmus cooperation.
Career opportunities for students of the Bachelor Programme Comparative and European Law are manifold. Graduates have completed a programme of study with an international focus and thus possess expertise in several legal systems. This education enables employment in national and international companies or in the institutions of the European Union. Graduates also work in various international organizations. All federal and state authorities can also be considered as possible employers as well as diplomatic authorities. It is possible – of course – to take up a more advanced Master’s program (such as Transnational Law, LL.M.). The degree does not qualify students to pursue the professions of attorney, judge, or prosecutor. However, after graduation, the first state examination can be taken as part of subsequent studies.
The Comparative and European Law (LL.B.) programme begins in the winter semester. Students apply and enroll at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg.
Further information on application can be found at the InfoPortal Studium of the University of Oldenburg.