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GERMANY

  1. Bucerius Law School
  2. Free University of Berlin, Faculty of Law
  3. Heinrich-Heine-Universitat, Juristische Fakultat
  4. Ruhr Universitat Bochum, Juristische Fakultat
  5. Saarland University, Faculty of Law and Economics
  6. Technische Universitat Dresden, Juristische Fakultat/Law Faculty
  7. Universitat Augsburg, Juristische Fakultat
  8. Universitat Bayreuth, Rechts-und Wirtschafts-wissenschaftliche Fakultat
  9. Universitat Bonn, Rechts-und Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultat der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms
  10. University of Hannover, Law School
  11. University of Konstanz, School of Law
  12. University of Osnabruck, Law Faculty
  13. University of Passan, Faculty of Law
  14. University of Trier, Faculty of Law
  15. Unversitat Tubingen, Juristische Fakultat

University of Bonn and University of Tubingen did not respond to our emails, so we did not have enough information. Also, University of Augsburg, University of Bayreuth, University of Hannover, University of Konstanz and University of Osnabruck did not answer on our emails so some answers are missing or they are incomplete.

 

1. Bucerius Law School
Jungiusstr. 6, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +4940 30706 0; Fax: +4940 30706 105; Email: info@law-school.de

Process from Law School to practice:

In Germany students have to pass two State examinations. Having finished their studies at Law School, students take their first state examination. Afterwards, they attend a two-year training held by the state ministries of justice and take their second state examination.

 

2. Free University of Berlin, School of Law
Van’t-Hoff-Str. 8, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +493 083 852 287; Fax: +493 083 852 895
Email: fbvrecht@zedat.fu-berlin.de

Process from Law School to practice:

The education begins with university studies that, after an average of eight semesters, lead up to the First State Exam, which is administered by the examination board of the respective federal state. The Firs State Exam consists of both a written and an oral part, which make up 60% and 40% respectively of the overall grade. The nine written examinations cover the subject areas civil law (3), criminal law (2), public law (2) and the student’s optional specialization (2). In the oral examination students are tested in all areas of legal study.

Two years of practical training follow, which include judicial clerkships and different associate positions in public administration and with attorneys. The training is concluded with the Second State Exam, with which the successful examinee formally completes his legal education.

 

3. Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf, Juristische Fakultat
Universitatsstra be 1, 40225 Dusseldorf, Gremany
Phone: 0211/8111 414; Fax: 0211/8111-431;
Email: dekanat.jura@uni-duesseldorf.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After First state exam two years of Internship (Referendariat), then Second state exam.

 

4. Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Juristische Fakultat
Univesitatsstra be 150 GC 6/135; D-44801 Bochum, Germany
Phone: 0049234/3226566; Fax: 0049234/3214539;
Email: Denise.Sablotny@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After graduation follows “Referendariat”- a period of practical time in different stages of judiciary (courts, law firms) and administration. It lasts 24 months and at the end follows the examination. The degree awarded is the “Second State Examination.” After passing “Second State Examination” you are fully licensed member of the BAR.

 

5. Saarland University, Faculty of Law and Economics
P.O. Box 151150, 66041 Saarbruecken, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 681 302 2003; Fax: +49 (0) 681 302 4213;
Email: dekanat@rewi.uni-sb.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After graduation from law school (i.e. passing the first juridical state examination) students have to enter a state organized 2-year trainee program (in the judiciary, in administrative agencies, in law firms), followed by the second juridical state examination which, when passed, opens the door to the judiciary, the higher administration, and to all legal professions.

 

6. Technische Universitat Dresden, Juristische Fakultat/Law Faculty
Bergstra be 53, Von Gerber Bau, 01062 Dresden, Germany
Phone: +49(0)351 463 37444; Fax: +49(0)351 463 37206;
Email: sokrates@jura.tu-dresden.de

Process from Law School to practice:

Graduates have to pass the “2. Staatsexamen” (2 nd state exam) to become a fully licensed member of the Bar. It takes 2.5 years after graduation from University and comprises a practical training combined with theoretical instructions.

 

7. Universitat Augsburg, Juristische Fakultat
Universitatsstr. 24, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
Phone: +49 821 5984500; Email: dekan@jura.uni-augsburg.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After First State Exam students have two years of training and after that is Second State Exam. When they pass Second State Exam they become fully licensed members of the Bar.

 

8. Universitat Bayreuth, Rechts- und Wirtschafts- wissenschaftliche
Fakultat
Universitatsstr. 30, 95447 Bayreuth, Germany
Phone: 0921/ 55 2931; Fax: 0921/55 2042;
Email: praesident@uni-bayreuth.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After finishing studies with the First State Examination a German lawyer has to do a legal clerkship. This legal clerkship ends with the Second State Examination. By passing this examination the perspective lawyer can get judge, public prosecutor or attorney, depending on the grade she/he achieved.

 

9. Universitat Bonn, Rechts- und Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultat der
Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms
Adenauerallee 24-42, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49(0228) 73 9261; Fax: +49(0228) 73 6491;
Email: fsb@jura.uni-bonn.de

10. University of Hannover, Law School
Konigsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany
Phone: 0049 511 762 8110; Fax: 0049 511 762 8107;
Email: dekanat@jura.uni-hannover.de

 

11. University of Konstanz, School of Law
Universitatstrasse 10, 78464 Konstanz, Germany
Phone: +49-7531-882810; Fax: +49-7531-882810;
Email: Werner.Ebke@uni-konstanz.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After graduating from Law School, young lawyers in Germany are required to do a two-year clerkship; they work as a clerk to a judge, district attorney, at government agency and a law firm (6 months each). The exam which is called “Second State Examination” or “Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen” is given at the end of the mandatory two-year internship (“Referendariat”). Each law school graduate has to go through after graduation from law school.

 

12. University of Osnabruck, Law Faculty
Heger-Tor-Wall 14, 49069 Osnabruck, Germany
Phone: +49 541 969 6161; Fax: +49 541 969 6167;
Email: moessner@uos.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After the first legal state exam (Diploma of University) there fallows a two-year practical education at lawyers, courts and administration with the second legal state exam. Having past this exam successfully the candidate has the right to become fully licensed member of the Bar. The Ministry of Justice organizes the exam.

 

13. University of Passan, Faculty of Law
Inn-St. 39, D-94032 Passan, Germany
Phone: +49 851 509 2201; Fax: +49 851 509 2207;
Email: Franz.Wenninger@Uni-Passau.De

Process from Law School to practice:

After graduation a law student enters the “Referendariat” (a training period), for two years. Having finished this kind of apprenticeship, he/she has to sit the “Second state Examination” (written and oral). Only after successful completion of this exam, the path to practice as lawyer is open.

 

14. University of Trier, Faculty of Law
D-54286 Trier, Germany
Phone: +49 651 201 2524; Fax: +49 651 201 3911;
Email: dekanatfb5@uni-trier.de

Process from Law School to practice:

After graduation from university with the First State Exam, one has to complete a two-year practical training course (Referendariat) at courts, government authorities, lawyers and one place of choice. The qualification to hold a judicial office is only obtain with the Second State Exam “Assessorexamen”. This qualification is a prerequisite for other legal professions such as lawyer, notary and senior civil servant.

After having passed the “Assessorexamen” every candidate may take up a job in a law firm or open up an own law firm. A candidate will be admitted to the Bar association as long as he fulfils certain personal requirements according to the federal German law for attorneys.

 

15. Universitat Tubingen, Juristische Fakultat
Wilhelmstra be 7, D-72074 Tubingen, Germany
Phone: 0 7071 297 2545; Fax:0 70071 295 178;
Email: oliver.richter@jura.uni-tuebingen.de