Master of Laws
Optional: study abroad
Optional: double degree
of the lectures are held in English
Modern societies are increasingly formed by social, economic and legal relations that exceed the traditional boundaries of nation states. Markets have outgrown systems of national regulation and international policy coordination. Transnational corporations and other cross-border organizations and networks interact in new patterns and set new standards of governance. Transnational migration, mobility and IT-driven communication change mind-sets and public discourses. Contagion effects in financial crises, climate change and other major developments reveal an interdependence of modern societies through uncoordinated transnational action that requires new institutional responses. This master’s program focuses on the phenomenon of ransnationalization and its influence on the development of law. The master’s program is consecutive to the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) „Comparative and European Law“ (Hanse Law School). However, it is also open to graduates from other law or law-related programs in Germany and from abroad. A focus towards transnational legal subjects, such as EU law or International law, will be an advantage. Openness towards other legal systems, public or private, and a certain affinity towards learning new languages are requirements for a successful study.
Curriculum and Contents of the Study
The master’s program (with a total of 60 CP) consists of obligatory modules, compulsory elective modules, each is 6 CP, and the master’s graduation module consisting of a master’s thesis, an accompanying seminar and an oral presentation of the master’s thesis, for a total of 18 CP. The exact form of the program differs according to the selected study track. A large part of the study program is compulsory elective, so that students can place their emphasis on different legal subjects. During study track A two compulsory elective modules with 6 CP each have to be selected. During study track B four compulsory elective modules with 6 CP each have to be selected. The courses that can be used to fill those compulsory elective modules in Bremen can be found online.6 The courses are sorted under thematic headings so that a student can easier decide on which legal area to focus. However, those thematic headings are not binding, courses can be mixed.
The following headings exist:
- Labour and social law in transnational context
- Information and Health law in their transnational dimension
- Transnationalization of Economic Law
- Transnationalization of Public Law
- Transnationalization of Private Law
- Transnationalization of Criminal and Security law
Study track A
Study track A offers the possibility to spend the first semester abroad at one of the universities cooperating with Bremen or Oldenburg. The program therefore starts in another country and has to be planned accordingly. Both the cooperations at the University of Bremen in the Faculty 6 and the cooperations at the Faculty II Computer Science, Business and Law at the University of Oldenburg can be used. Modules in a total amount of 30 CP have to be taken at the foreign university that are later credited in Bremen. Under certain circumstances, a second master’s degree can be obtained from the cooperating university. The second semester will take place in Oldenburg and Bremen. The remaining number of compulsory elective modules has to be studied. The exact number of modules depends on the choice made during the first semester. In total four compulsory elective modules have to be studied during the course of the program. The second semester also includes the master’s graduation module (seminar on writing a master’s thesis, master’s thesis and oral presentation of the master’s thesis). The oral presentation of the master’s thesis has to take place mid-September at the latest, which means the master’s thesis has to be handed in by the end of July, as the supervisors will need eight weeks to grade the thesis, unless a shorter period has expressly been fixed. In any case the subject and supervisors for the master’s thesis should be chosen in February and March at the latest, so that writing of the thesis can commence in April.
Study track B
Study track B does not include a study abroad and its content is more focused on the phenomenon transnationalization of law. During the first semester obligatory modules “Methodology of Transnational Law”, “Transnational Law I” and “Transnational Law II” have to be studied. Additionally, at least two compulsory elective modules have to be chosen out of the courses offered in Bremen and Oldenburg. We recommend students to take more compulsory elective modules, i.e. three to four, during the first semester in order to focus on the master’s thesis during the next semester. During the second semester the remaining number of compulsory elective modules and the master’s graduation module (seminar on writing a master’s thesis, master’s thesis and oral presentation of the master’s thesis) have to be studied. The exact number of compulsory elective modules depends on the choice made during the first semester. In total four compulsory elective modules have to be studied during the course of the program. It should be noted that admission to the master’s thesis requires proof of at least five months of study abroad. Thus, for applicants without such previous experience study track A is possible. The oral presentation of the master’s thesis has to take place mid-September at the latest, which means the master’s thesis has to be handed in by the end of July, as the supervisors will need eight weeks to grade the thesis, unless a shorter period has expressly been fixed. In any case the subject and supervisors for the master’s thesis should be chosen in February and March at the latest, so that writing of the thesis can commence in April.
Occupational Fields and Career Opportunities
At the end of the master’s program each student receives the degree Master of Laws (LL.M.) “Transnational Law” (Hanse Law School) that is awarded jointly by the University of Bremen and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. This accredited master’s degree forms a valuable addition to the undergraduate degree previously obtained. Students who complete our master’s program work amongst others as legal counsel or consultant in companies, organizations or administrations. Other job opportunities include scientific services with or without the possibility of receiving a PhD in academia, as well as job openings in administrations or companies. The master’s degree enables students to commence a doctorate program at the University of Bremen or the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Interested students should note that only the best graduates are offered this chance and that close ties to the future doctoral adviser should be established during the master’s program.
Due to compact schedule of the program (2 semesters) an internship is not included in any study track. However, there is the possibility to take additional compulsory elective courses during the first semester, so that the second semester only comprises of the master’s graduation module. In this situation it may be possible to find a company which allows one to combine an internship with the writing of the master’s thesis. However, this must be organized by the students themselves. Interested students should begin the search for an internship early.
The program is limited to 35 students per year and has the following admission requirements:
- Evidence of having obtained a prior academic degree (e. g. a Bachelor’s degree with 240 ECTS credit points or equivalent) in Law Studies, or another degree in an appropriately related field of study. In the event that you may not have qualified for a first degree before the application deadline, you may still submit your application: In this case, please provide evidence that you have already obtained a minimum of 210 ECTS credit points (or equivalent);
- German and English language proficiency at B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) proven by an accepted certificate. One or both language requirements may be waived if an applicant obtained their university entrance qualification or prior academic degree in the respective language or successfully sat for examinations (at B2 level) in the respective language during their prior academic degree;
- A Letter of Motivation (max. 2000 words, preferably one page)
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form;
- Applicants who have not previously studied outside of Germany for at least one semester (e.g. during a bachelor’s program) must do so before they can begin their master’s thesis. Study track A is therefore obligatory for those who have no such experience.
The admission regulations specify the admission requirements and selection criteria of the master’s programme.
If your previous bachelor’s degree course has not been completed by the application deadline May 31st, it is possible to apply as an undergraduate student, provided you have earned at least 210 ECTS credit points out of a total of 240 credit points or an equivalent amount of study points are gained by that date. For preliminary admission, all other requirements with exception of the language proof should be fulfilled. If your application is successful, you will have to provide evidence of having obtained your bachelor’s degree and the required language certificates two weeks after the official start of the lecture period. Applications are to be submitted online via the Master Portal of the Admission Office under www.uni-bremen.de/en/master. The online application form is activated about 8 weeks before the application deadline. For special applications (for example, admission to a higher semester or special hardship), use only the forms provided online by the University of Bremen. You will be notified of all required documents for enrollment together with the confirmation of admission.
Documents required for application
Current admission requirements for the Master program “Transnational Law” can be found at www.uni-bremen.de/en/master/master-of-arts-laws/.
Information on the required application documents (official certification, translation, health insurance, language certificates etc.) can be found at: www.uni-bremen.de/en/master/faq/.
- Complete and signed application form
- Official academic transcripts of records in English or German from all colleges/universities attended (one certified copy)
- Certificate of your high school diploma and of further academic diplomas, if applicable (in English or German; one certified copy of each document)
- Certificates of the language requirements
- A tabular curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation (max. 2000 words)
Contact point for all formalities regarding admission and enrollment, registration, leave of absence, change of address:
Visiting address: Bibliothekstraße 1, Verwaltungsgebäude (VWG), Ground floor
Postal address: Universität Bremen, Sekretariat für Studierende, Postfach 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen
Phone: +49 (0) 421 218-61002