Law undergraduate programme

Law undergraduate programme

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Quick facts
Law undergraduate programme
Qualification at completion
First State Examination for Jurists
Duration and credits
9 Semester
Starts in
October (winter semester)
Language of instructionGerman

About the programme

Law as an academic discipline is concerned with studying the existing body of laws and regulations, the legal system and its terminology and how they are related to other facets of life, such as politics, society and business.

The undergraduate Law programme gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the First State Examination. Graduates may then continue with an academic career path by taking up doctoral study. Alternatively, graduates who wish to become lawyers or judges in Germany may follow up with a two-year practical clerkship and then the Second State Examination for Jurists, which will give them the required qualification to practise as a lawyer or become a judge. The curriculum is prescribed in the German Judiciary Act. With about 80% of law graduates working as lawyers, the undergraduate Law programme gives special consideration to this line of work. Legal practitioners need to be able to think in terms of abstract and formal legal concepts as well as constantly changing life situations in their daily work; both need to be taken into account simultaneously.


Career prospects

Jurists who have completed the second state examination in law have the prerequisites for a legal career in the civil service (judge, prosecutor, administrative lawyer), as legal counsel (lawyer/barrister), in contract law and in certifying authority (civil notaries, solicitors), in businesses (insurance companies, legal departments, advisory staff) and associations.

Programme syllabus

The law undergraduate programme concludes with the First State Examination for Jurists (Erste Juristische Prüfung), which covers the compulsory subjects and their historical, social, economic, political, philosophical and European law underpinnings, as well as one elective which forms your specialisation.

The first examination in law is a two-part examination, consisting of the state examination proper ('Erste Juristische Staatsprüfung') on the compulsory subjects and an examination set by the University ('Juristische Universitätsprüfung') on the chosen specialisation. Currently there are 22 different specialisations for you to choose from.

If you choose Foreign Law as your specialisation you can complete 30% of the first state examination in law abroad, e.g. at:

  • Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo (Spain)
  • Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (France)
  • Universita degli studi di Torino, Turin (Italy)
  • Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Saint Petersburg State University (Russia)
  • Siberian Federal University Krasnoyarsk (Russia)

The University’s law-specific language programmes allow you to complement your degree studies with a specialised language programme in one or more languages, whilst learning about the legal system of the relevant world region(s). Subject-specific language training significantly enhances your employment prospects and facilitates access to internationally-operating authorities, multinational businesses and the diplomatic service. Subject-specific language programmes are available for Chinese, Czech, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The First State Examination for Jurists is followed by a two-year clerkship/traineeship at a court of law, administrative authority or other official body. This stage of your training concludes with the Second State Examination for Jurists.

For further details, please consult the information sheets (German) from the Academic Advice Service.

Academic entry requirements

To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.

German language requirements

You will need German language skills at level B2 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-1 or TestDaF 3×4 with your application, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school).

The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.


For further details, please consult the information sheets (German) from the Academic Advice Service.
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Office hours:
Wed 9 a.m. - 12 noon
or by appointment

Juridicum (Law Faculty) building
Rooms 017 (secretaries), 016, 015, 014 and 008
Innstrasse 39

Phone: +49 851 509 ext. 1154, 1153, 1152, 1151, 1150 or 1155
(Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and
Mon-Thurs 1 to 3 p.m.)

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