Bucerius Law School

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Bucerius Law School
School of Law
founding 2000
Sponsorship Bucerius Law School gGmbH
place Hamburg
state HamburgHamburg Hamburg
country GermanyGermany Germany
management Katharina Boele-Woelki (President)
Meinhard Weizmann
(Managing Director)

Benedikt Landgrebe (Deputy Managing Director)
Students 670 (November 2017)
Employee 143 (2013)
including professors 36 (2019)
Annual budget EUR 17.8 million (2016)
Website www.law-school.de

The Bucerius Law School - University of Law in Hamburg (pronunciation: [ buˈtseʁius ]) is a private foundation university for law in Germany .

Foundation and structure

The university is located in the former botanical institute building.

The educational institution was founded in 2000 by the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius based on the model of American law schools as the first private law school in Germany. It bears the name of the publisher and politician Gerd Bucerius . It is organized as a non-profit GmbH . The university management consists of the president, the vice-president, the managing director and the deputy managing director, whose work is monitored by a supervisory board. The guiding principle of the Bucerius Law School is "freedom of thought - university renewal - social responsibility".

The university has a total of 32 professors (17 chairs , 3 junior professors , 1 full professorship , 7 “affiliate professors”, 7 honorary professors , 1 emeritus ), the “Institute for Corporate and Capital Markets Law”, the “Institute for Foundation Law and the Law of Non -Profit-Organizations "and the" Institute for Medical Law ". There are also three research centers: the “Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy”, the “Notarial Law Center for Family Businesses” and the “Center for International Dispute Resolution”.

Study and teaching

Various study programs are offered: the main one is the undergraduate law degree, which prepares for the first examination (“ state examination ”) and leads to the Bachelor of Laws ; in addition, the Bucerius Master of Law and Business program, which leads to a Master of Laws or Master of Law and Business.

First exam and Bachelor of Laws

116 students per year are admitted to the Bucerius Law School. The course, including exam preparation and trimester abroad, takes four years and is divided into 12 and 13 trimesters . It prepares students for the first state examination in law and provides for the academic degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) to be awarded in the 10th trimester .

In addition to the legal education, emphasis is placed on the compulsory general studies as well as a foreign language and economic focus. In addition to the curriculum, all students take the obligatory courses "Introduction to Legal English" and "Foundations of Contract Law" as well as other voluntary English-language courses. This gives you an insight into the common law system of the Anglo-American legal system. In addition to English, the foreign language program at the Bucerius Law School offers French and Spanish as well as Chinese, Russian and Arabic if there are enough participants. In addition to studying law, participation in economics courses is compulsory. This includes introductory courses in business administration and economics , as well as taxes and balance sheets. In further elective courses, students can acquire a certificate from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management .

During the lecture-free periods, internships are sometimes to be completed, with the sponsors of the university providing internships in particular. To prepare for the First State Examination in Law , the Bucerius Law School offers an “ Exam Preparation Program” as a separate revision course , in which the course content relevant to the exam is repeated. In the seventh trimester, all students study abroad . From the 2018 student class, the tuition fees amount to 4,300 euros per trimester, for a total of 51,600 euros.

In 2018 around 12% of the students were scholarship holders from the German National Academic Foundation , with the national average for state universities being 0.09%. This means that the university has the highest proportion of scholarship holders of all state and private universities. In particular, the grade average of 11.2 points in the first legal examination, which is clearly above average for lawyers, was met with great media coverage.

Master of Law and Business

The Bucerius Master of Law and Business (LLM / MLB) is a postgraduate master’s degree that is offered from 2006 to autumn 2014 - and again since December 2019, in a joint cooperation between the Bucerius Law School and the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management . From 2014 to 2019, the Bucerius Law School operated the course on its own. The official name of the program is "Bucerius Law School Master of Law and Business in cooperation with WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management". The place of instruction is the Bucerius Law School.

The prerequisite for admission is a university degree in law or economics and professional practice. The aim is to train international managers in the interface between law and business. The students should be able to analyze the interfaces between legal and economic issues of entrepreneurial activity in an international context.

The course lasts one year and is conducted in English and the tuition fees are 22,000 euros.

The academic year runs from the beginning of September to the end of July and consists of three trimesters. The autumn trimester (September to December) consists of two course blocks. The second trimester (January to April) combines a six-week teaching block with an eight-week internship. The third trimester (May to July) consists of six teaching weeks; in the remaining nine weeks the students write their master thesis.

Other programs

The university has the right to award doctorates and habilitation . In the summer, three “Summer Programs” will be held, one in “International Business Law”, the second, together with the University of California, Hastings College of the Law , in “International IP Transactions”, and the third in “Legal Technology and Operations” ". As part of the “International Exchange Program”, around 100 students from the partner universities visit the university in the autumn trimester.

Partner universities

The university has around 90 foreign partner universities in 34 countries, e. As the University of Oxford , the University of Cambridge , the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) , University of Paris I , the University of St. Gallen , the Stanford University , the New York University , the Northwestern University , the University of Michigan , University of Virginia , Cornell University , Duke University , Georgetown University , Singapore Management University , National University of Singapore and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi .

Extra-curricular activities

The students of the Bucerius Law School publish two journals: "Politik und Gesellschaft" and the Bucerius Law Journal . There is a choir, an orchestra, a big band and a rock band, a theater group, six political university groups, a Phi-Delta-Phi-Inn and a sports club with many sections, whose teams compete in the university's "Champions Trophy" once a year from other universities and colleges in Germany. The "Entrepreneurship" of the Bucerius Law School invites representatives from economics and business administration to lectures and develops business ideas in working groups. In addition, moot courts in English, presented in international trade law in labor law and tax law. In 2012, a Law Clinic, a center for legal advice, was also founded. Here, students volunteer together with Hamburg lawyers to advise those seeking advice primarily in the areas of social law and immigration law.

Location and facilities

The main building of the Bucerius Law School opposite the Hamburger Messe from above

The university is located in the former museum and institute building of the botanical faculty of the University of Hamburg in the Planten un Blomen park near the Hamburg-Dammtor train station .

View of the auditorium of the Bucerius Law School
On campus: the auditorium on the right, the library in the background

There are also two new buildings on campus: an auditorium with 450 seats and the so-called Deutsche Bank Hall, which houses the library with 560 workplaces, a cafeteria of the Hamburg Student Union and another of four lecture halls. The library comprises over 100,000 volumes and 2,355 journals in printed and electronic form and is only accessible to members of the university.

The university has group work rooms, a relaxation room, a café, a fitness studio and a theater room. There is also a daycare center on campus . A counseling service is available for students who have questions on personality-related topics such as coping with stress or career prospects. In the “exam clinic”, students are given individual help in reviewing and analyzing their exam performance in order to prevent ineffective learning concepts and repetition errors from becoming solidified. Both advisory services are free of charge.

Selection process

The educational institution accepts new students only in the fall trimester of each year. These then form the respective student year. A two-stage selection process is required for admission to law studies.

First of all, sufficient English skills must be proven by one of the recognized, standardized English tests ( TOEFL , IELTS , CPE or CAE ) by May 15 each year and submitted together with the Abitur certificate for class 12 (13 for Abitur after thirteen years). If the Abitur certificate is not yet available by the required submission deadline, the last three certificates can alternatively be submitted before the Abitur. Proof of English can be submitted up to the start of the course. The first stage then consists of a three-hour written multiple-choice test, which tests suitability for a law degree, and a 45-minute essay. Since 2011, the written part has again been carried out locally in several major cities in Germany and since 2012 also at at least two foreign locations (in 2019 in New York and Shanghai). The result is offset against the average grade of the certificate submitted, one third of which is included. The best 232 candidates of the written test are then invited to an oral selection process in Hamburg, in which a lecture followed by discussion, individual interviews and a group discussion are completed. 116 students are accepted.

The LLM / MLB course has its own selection process; around 50 students are accepted annually.


The university's budget in 2016 was around 17.8 million euros, which is exclusively privately financed. It is made up of tuition fees and donations from third parties, whereby the Zeit Foundation stands out, which contributed 45% to the budget in 2016. Tuition fees made up 29% of the budget, while 11% came from the sponsors. In addition, the university generates its own income through further training offers for lawyers and the rental of its own premises.

The university separates the selection process from the financing of the studies: the financing is only determined after the applicants have been selected. Anyone interested should be able to study regardless of their financial background. Prospective students can get support for the application costs through the application grant of the Bucerius Alumni eV, which covers not only the application fee but also the costs of the English test and the costs of traveling to the selection process.

The university offers a reverse generation contract (UGV), which enables students to study initially without fees if they undertake to pay 9% of their income to the university annually for 10 years after entering professional life, up to a maximum of double the regular tuition fees plus the base rate . The award of the UGV is not linked to any preconditions.

Finally, the Hamburger Sparkasse offers special student loans.

Graduates (selection)

See also


  • Christoph Luschin: A German Ivy: The Bucerius Law School . In: Southwestern Journal of International Law. Vol 19, No. 1, 2012, ISSN  2154-2244 , pp. 1–66 ( PDF ).

Web links

Commons : Bucerius Law School Hamburg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Facts and figures about Bucerius Law School (accessed November 1, 2017)
  2. Faculty members. In: Bucerius Law School. Accessed December 5, 2019 (German).
  3. Start-IUKR. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
  4. ^ Institute for Foundation Law and the Law of Non-Profit Organizations. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
  5. ^ Institute for Medical Law. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
  6. ^ Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
  7. Notary law center for family businesses. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
  8. ^ Center for International Dispute Resolution. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
  9. ^ Bucerius Law School . University homepage. Retrieved August 18, 2015
  10. Foreign languages. Retrieved September 19, 2019 .
  11. Economics. Retrieved September 19, 2019 .
  12. Tuition fees homepage of the university. Retrieved November 17, 2017
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  15. Bucerius Law School and WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management conclude an academic partner agreement. Retrieved January 5, 2020 .
  16. partner universities. Retrieved May 23, 2020 .
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  20. ^ Campus: Bucerius Law School. Retrieved February 9, 2017 .
  21. Application: This is how the selection process at Bucerius Law School works. Retrieved September 19, 2019 .
  22. Applicant portal of the Bucerius Law School: Oral selection procedure ( Memento from May 30, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  23. Numbers and facts. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
  24. Applicant portal : Financing the tuition fees ( Memento from July 4th 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  25. Application grants. Retrieved September 19, 2019 .
  26. Law studies at the Bucerius Law School: Reverse generation contract (accessed on March 2, 2018)
  27. Law studies at Bucerius Law School: Loan from Haspa / KfW (accessed on March 2, 2018) ( Memento from July 4, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
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  29. Bettina Weiguny: Founder's Stories: The billionaire from the backyard. In: FAZ.net . October 14, 2018, accessed March 14, 2019 .
  30. CV of Professor Dr. Philipp Reimer - Law Faculty of the University of Bonn. Retrieved October 21, 2017 .
  31. Wulf, Alexander J. Retrieved January 26, 2018 .

Coordinates: 53 ° 33 ′ 34.2 "  N , 9 ° 58 ′ 57.6"  E