Law and Social Sciences

The law (jurisprudence) and the social sciences have in common that both deal with the social (co-existence) life of the people. The law goes one step further and regulates this by laws.

Law Sciences (Jurisprudence) deal with the order that governs social coexistence, i.e. with laws and ordinances as well as the applicable jurisprudence. The study of law concludes at universities with the first legal examination (consisting of university specialty and state compulsory subject examination) from. This is a prerequisite for the two-year preparation service as a legal trainee. The training is completed with the second state examination, which qualifies for the classic careers of a judge, public prosecutor, lawyer and so on.

The bachelor's and master's degrees, which are also occasionally offered at universities, prepare students for an occupation outside of the classical occupational fields of full-time lawyers in business and associations, as well as the college education in the field of business law. The business law degree program combines legal and economic issues, with a focus on the economic fields of law.

Students of law should think logically, deal with abstract texts (legal texts, comments, court decisions) and be able to express themselves well in writing and orally. In addition, the study requires a good general education. Useful are historical and economic knowledge as well as basic business knowledge.

The social sciences are the subjects that deal with the social life of people. Often social science is used as a synonym. The field of study contains such diverse scientific disciplines as e.g. Labor market management, political science / political science, social work, social sciences and sociology.

Social science students should be very interested in people and their social, economic and individual living conditions. General education, ability to relate, empathy and skill in dealing with people are other important skills. In addition, analytical ability to think and - depending on the field of study and its own focus - either more research-distanced behavior or joy in a practical, educational-instructive function are required.

For social scientists, in contrast to lawyers, there are often no clear occupational fields. Therefore, students should consider in good time how they can provide professional experience in their studies. This may include, for example, the selection of suitable non-social science subjects, different study locations (also abroad) or suitable internships during the studies. Participation in non-university continuing education opportunities or the preparation of a vocational diploma thesis can facilitate the transition to a particular profession. Indispensable are foreign language skills.

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