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... looks into questions such as ...

  • What is law?
  • Does law apply always and to everyone and is the same everywhere in the world?
  • Is law always fair?
  • What are the differences between private law, criminal law and public law?
  • How does society resolve disputes?
  • What I enjoy best is opening the newspaper and thinking: ‘Cool, we discussed a similar case only the other day!’

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Degree programmes


Law, State examination


Degree: Staatsexamen
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 10 semesters
Classroom language: German

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What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

Law is just as multi-layered as real life.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Family, assets, processes
  • Labour & social affairs
  • Corporate & competition
  • International and European economics
  • Economic management, environment & infrastructure
  • Taxes & finances
  • Criminal defence, criminal trial law and criminology

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • good German-language skills
  • social skills
  • an interest in politics
  • stamina


  • in-depth study of texts
  • logical reasoning
  • analysing and applying laws

struggle through:

  • legal opinion style
  • the language of legal texts
  • current jurisdiction
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in the field of justice as judge, criminal prosecutor, barrister
  • as administrative lawyers
  • as corporate counsels in national and international associations and organisations
  • in the corporate field as HR managers, managing directors, management advisors
  • in academic professions such as professor

And else?

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 4th semester.
Duration: 1-2 semesters

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Daniel Musinsky
Building, Room: GD 2/520
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24950
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Jura
Building, Room: GD 1/141
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-22767
Website Fachschaft

Financing your studies
Financing your studies

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Getting to know RUB prior to taking up your degree

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