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Posted Feb. 24, 2020

5 of the best LLM programs In Germany

There are two types of LLM courses in Germany, those taught in German for international students who wish to pass the German Bar Exam and those taught in English. 




Those LLMs that are taught in English have a more international focus to the course and will not equip students with the knowledge to sit the German Bar Exam. All of the LLM courses below are taught in English and are not designed for those students who wish to become a lawyer in Germany. 

Germany is a great place to choose for your LLM studies featuring plenty of highly ranked law schools. Here is our selection of five of the best LLM programs to study here*.

LLM in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Tuition Fees: €4,500 per semester for all students. 

Duration: One year full time.

What You Will Study: This course is open to students from anywhere in the world who have gained an international law degree. Modules include topics such as Private International Law, Investment Arbitration and International Commercial Arbitration. The law school only accepts around 25 to 30 students each year to this LLM course. 

LLM in European and International Business, Competition, and Regulatory Law at the Freie Universitaet Berlin 

Tuition Fees: €9,500 total cost for all full-time students and €10,700 total cost for all part-time students. 

Duration: One year with full-time study and two years with part-time study. 

What You Will Study: This course combines both traditional law school lectures with online learning, giving students an in-depth understanding of the regulations and bodies involved in European and International trade and business. It is open to all law graduates. 

LLM in International Finance at the Universität Frankfurt am Main 

Tuition Fees: €18,000 for all students. 

Duration: One year with full-time study. 

What You Will Study: This LLM program is designed for law graduates from Asia and builds on their education and experience in Financial Law in Asia. Only 30 students are accepted each year and students benefit from the easy access to the organisations and businesses involved with the European finical markets based in Frankfurt. 

LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Göttingen

Tuition Fees: €7,800 for all students. 

Duration: One year with full-time study. 

What You Will Study: Most students on this LLM are international law graduates, however, the course also welcomes students from other backgrounds who feel they would benefit from a greater understanding of the subject. Modules include the Economic Foundations of IP and IT Law, Unfair Competition Law, and the Fundamentals of Information Technology Law. 

LLM in Business and Law at the Universität Mannheim 

Tuition Fees: €174.90 per semester for EU or German students / €1,500 per semester for international students. 

Duration: Two years with full-time study. 

What You Will Study: This LLM in Business and Law is taught in English and German, so you have to be able to prove your English and German skills during the application process. It is not designed for international students to gain the knowledge to pass the German Bar Exam. However, you can structure the modules you take to focus on international courses that are taught in English. There are also opportunities to undertake internships for significant periods during the LLM course. 

Top 5 law schools in Germany offering LLM programs in English

Here is a table showing five of the top law schools in Germany that offer LLM programs taught in English with details of their number of students and the percentage of these students that are:

Source 1 & Source 2

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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somya March 9, 2021, 5:40 p.m.

Hi team,

I am an intellectual property law professional in India having an experience of 6 yrs, I have a technical degree in MSC biotechnology, Please suggest me some courses offered by public universities. I'm personally looking for LLM.

Charlotte King March 22, 2021, 8:17 a.m.

Hi Somya – there are currently 7 LLM programs in this area available to study in Germany – take a look at this link to find out more about your options >

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