German Law (Civil Law plus Elective)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German
Foreign:$ 546 / Semester(s) Deadline: Sep 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:5170 Duration:
The required courses in Civil Law include the General Section of the German Civil Code, the Law of Obligations, the Law of Property, Civil Procedure, Bankruptcy, and Execution of Judgements.

Civil Law issues are also considered and compared on the basis of different national legal systems as well as their specific problems and solutions.

Electives are to be selected from the following five areas:
(1) Public Law (Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Government)
(2) Criminal Law
(3) Special Areas of Civil Law (Family Law and Probate Law)
(4) Commercial Law, Company, and Corporate Law
(5) Competition Law
(6) Employment Law

Together with their German undergraduate colleagues, Master's degree students attend university lecture classes in their required and elective courses.

An experienced research assistant at the Institute for European Law conducts weekly two-hour study groups specifically designed for Master's degree students. The purpose of the study group is to facilitate more intensive instruction in German Civil Law. Topics of the lecture classes are augmented by examples, legal methods, learning techniques, and practical exercises. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss problems which arise during their course of study.

Educational organisation

The German university system expects students to manage their learning process mainly by themselves. They are assigned a tutor. In addition to the Master's Board, the tutor is available for discussions concerning the study plan. However, independent study and homework are essential elements of the programme.

Forms of assessment

During the academic year, Master's candidates must acquire five Certificates of Achievement in lectures attended. The course instructor determines the basis of evaluation - either a short oral or written examination. The final examination consists of a Master's thesis and an oral examination.

Course objectives

The Master of Laws degree will lead to a broad understanding and knowledge in the fields of German Civil Law and the elective subject.

Language requirements

Certificate of adequate language ability (minimum of B2)

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

Admission to the LLM programme in Saarbrücken is open to:
(1) Foreign nationals of member countries of the European Union qualified to practice law in their home country
(2) Foreign or German nationals who have successfully graduated from a course of legal study at a foreign university. This course of study must be comparable and equivalent to the German legal education (Licence, Maîtrise, Bachelor of Laws, Laurea, etc.). The LLM programme is not open to German nationals who have - successfully or unsuccessfully - sat for the German State Examination (Staatsexamen).

Enrolment fees

Fee of approx. 203 EUR per semester paid by every student (includes a semester ticket for the use of public transport services for six months)

Costs of living

About 800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses (incl. accommodation)

Job opportunities

Limited funding opportunities are available in research projects.

Arrival support

Help in integration and administrative concerns is provided by the International Office. In particular for our institute, this help is provided by Dott.ssa Maria Cristina Sparapani-Pelster (

Services and support for international students

Saarland University offers a special support and guidance service for our international students and visiting scholars. As well as welcoming new foreign students to the university, we organise excursions and cultural events at which students and scholars from abroad can meet German students and colleagues. Moreover, we also provide support in dealing with official and administrative matters. To encourage interaction between German and international students, ZIS also runs a successful peer mentoring programme "you and me".


The International Office will help to find appropriate accommodation arrangements. Rents are approx. 200 to 300 EUR per month. Contact Ms Stephanie O'Neal (
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