In the field of law, there are courses at universities that conclude with the first and second legal examinations. After a preparatory service (traineeship), students acquire the qualifications to become judges (fully qualified lawyers). The courses with a bachelor's or master's degree, on the other hand, combine the elements of legal training relevant to corporate or administrative practice with the content of a business administration degree. The training is geared towards later practical work in business.
When studying law, you learn to understand the numerous and often very abstract legal norms and how to apply them to different concrete situations.
The field of study at a glance
In addition to classic law, this field of study includes subjects from the areas of “Business Law”, “German and French Law”, “Public Law” and “Commercial Law”.
Contents of the course
The students deal with different areas of law such as civil law, criminal law, public law and procedural law. For example, the courses in the field of business law include modules on the topics of corporate law, tax law, business accounting and business information technology.
There are opportunities for further study and focus in the areas of European or international private and procedural law, criminology, labor law and human resources management, corporate law, commercial and corporate law, media and telecommunications law, financial services, intellectual property law, construction law and real estate, but also competition and insolvency law . Excursions, case studies and interdisciplinary modules such as project planning, business English, rhetoric and presentation techniques or team work complement the course.
The prerequisite for being qualified to serve as a judge and work as a judge or public prosecutor is the completion of a law degree at a university with the first legal examination and the subsequent preparatory service with the second state examination (fully qualified lawyer). This also applies to admission as a lawyer and notary as well as to higher administrative service (except for the Foreign Office).
Note: With a bachelor's or master's degree, access to the preparatory service is not possible and therefore no work as a judge, public prosecutor, lawyer, notary or in higher administrative service.
Career opportunities after graduation
Lawyers with a first legal examination and a second state examination (fully qualified lawyers) can work as lawyers, judges or public prosecutors and in higher administrative service. Freelance work is the norm for lawyers. But lawyers can also work in notarial services, in public administration or in business (e.g. at banks, insurance companies, large industrial and commercial companies), in business consulting and in associations.
Business lawyers work not only in legal departments, but also in finance, sales, procurement and human resources departments of companies. Also in retail, banks, insurance companies, management consultancies, tax consulting and auditing companies. The service industry and business associations are also eligible for work.