International and Comparative Business Law
Modern enterprises need profoundly educated, well trained legal experts. Our Master program focuses on highly engaged and qualified students interested in a thorough global understanding of law and its mechanisms to coordinate the human interactions in modern societies. According to the concept of a functional comparison of law, the study program centers on important questions of contemporary business law, with focus on German, European, Anglo-American and Chinese Law. Graduates will be optimally prepared for international transactions, leadership roles in intercultural teams, and to face the challenges of today‘s globalized economy. Welcome to Heidelberg!
|Degree||Master of Laws (LL.M.)|
|Duration of Study||
more information about the program start will follow shortly
770 EUR per month full-time + one-time registration fee of 750 EUR
Applicants from Non-EEA countries without permanent residence permit need to pay a one-time registration fee of 1,000 EUR and must pay the first year’s tuition fee in advance. From the second year onwards the payments for the remaining years of study are due three months before the end of the period of study already paid for.
For more information and payment modalities, please refer to the current fee schedule (valid from 01.12.2020).
Experienced professors and leading experts with practical experience in Business & Law
- Problem-focused functional comparison of law under the instruction of native or long-time specialized instructors
- Activated learning methods (“CORE”= Competence Oriented Research and Education), unique personal learning atmosphere with highly motivated teachers and small groups
- Fully integrated and interculturally well-prepared exchange programs with different cooperation partners (USA, China, Ukraine) and a 10-day study trip, either to the USA or to the People´s Republic of China
- Varied, challenging accompanying program, not only focused on law, but also on economics, leadership and management
Your Course of Study - Divided into Modules
|01 Culture and Society - Introduction to the German and European legal and economic system||2|
|02 Comparison of Law: Aims and methodology||2|
|03 Law of Conflicts and International Civil Procedure Law||4|
|04 Comparative Law - Part I: The Law of the United States of America||6|
|05 Comparative Law - Part II: The Law of the People´s Republic of China||6|
06 German Language, Culture and Legal & Economic System
06.1a German Language and Culture I: General Course
06.1b German Language and Culture II: Legal and Business Terminology (Basic Level)
06.1c German Language and Culture III: Legal and Business Terminology (Advanced Level) optional
06.2a German & European Legal System I (Spezialisation)
06.2b German & European Legal System II (Spezialisation)
06.2c German & European Legal System III (Spezialisation) optional
07 Master-Thesis and supplementary classes (Legal Writing and Research)
The key to your success
Do you want to really understand the mechanisms of transnational legal business? Do you want to lead intercultural teams and global transactions? If so, it‘s not enough just to understand your own legal order. Our Master‘s program, consisting of select international students with different legal experiences, will deal with important problems of contemporary business. Not only from the perspectives of German and European Law, but also from other important legal orders, thereby allowing a profound understanding of the similarities and differences of leading contemporary legal orders. Our teaching is interdisciplinary, scientific-based, but at the same time highly practice-oriented. We have a broad network of partner universities as well as business partners. Being part of our Alumni network is an important life-long resource. More information about our partner universities can be found here.
The International and Comparative Business Law Master’s program starts each year in April. You can apply directly online.
For the application the following documents are required
- Letter of motivation
- Curriculum vitae
- Proof of English: IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 80 or other proof of English proficiency
- Bachelor’s degree (240 ECTS)
In the selection procedure, your academic performance, professional experience and personal, phone or video interviews are taken into account.
Modern business is characterised by the global exchange of goods and provision of services and the mobility of people. Lawyers are therefore constantly confronted with legal issues with cross-border implications. In order to answer these questions competently and appropriately, it is not only necessary to have in-depth knowledge of private international law and international civil procedural law, but also a basic understanding of the special characteristics of foreign legal systems. The ICBL not only teaches these contents, but also lays the foundation for a sustainable global professional network.
Prof. Dr. jur. habil. Christoph Schärtl,
Program Director / Dean of Studies
For us, internationalization is not just a buzzword – at our university, it is something that is really lived. We maintain a close network with more than 50 partner universities all over the world and encourage our students to go abroad to study or do internships. Within Europe, we participate in the ERASMUS program. Several Double Degree programs are in preparation. Our graduate programs in computer science, information technology, international business, and business in the life sciences are all taught in English and are specifically aimed at international students.
Guest lecturers from abroad are regularly invited to teach either a complete course or just hold several lectures at our university. Since 2010 we now organize an annual SRH International Week for approximately 200 international and German students with choices of up to 15 courses taught by visiting international professors from our partner universities.