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Law (Jurisprudence)
State examination

Short description

Short description

The Law / Intellectual Property / Medical Law degree programme is only suitable for applicants who understand complex German texts. Irrespective of this fact you will find the description of the programme below.

The programme in Düsseldorf represents research-based and applied teaching. It is geared in particular to commercial law as well as international and European law and opens up a variety of contacts abroad.

The Faculty is known for its small student numbers, teaching in small groups, state-of-the-art library and tutorial rooms and structured exam preparation. It is particularly interested in new entrants and from WS 2019/2020 will cater for first-semester students in small groups managed by professors.

One unique feature of the programme is its integration of more than 70 judges, public prosecutors and lawyers, giving an early insight into practice.

In addition to the traditional legal studies programme, complementary studies in Anglo-American law and an integrated Franco-German study course are offered. The latter is offered as a basic and advanced programme together with Université de Cergy-Pontoise and requires an additional, separate application.

In the current CHE University Ranking 2017, the Faculty of Law at HHU once again performs exceptionally well, ranking among the top universities in seven categories with its subject “Law”.

Entry/Admission requirements

The admission requirement is the general or relevant specific ‘Hochschulreife’ secondary school certificate.

Programme content

The four-semester basic programme comprises compulsory events that include:

  • Lectures in civil law, criminal law and public law with accompanying working groups in small groups
  • Foundation events covering the philosophical, historical and social fundamentals of law and its methodologies
  • Foreign-language legal studies events or language courses with a focus on legal studies

In addition to the compulsory events, a wide range of other events are offered, e.g. international and in-house moot courts, summer school, rhetoric for legal practitioners.

The basic programme concludes with the intermediate exam, which is completed alongside the studies.

The advanced programme serves to supplement and deepen students’ knowledge of the compulsory subjects and to allow them to specialise.

Students at the Faculty of Law can choose from the following specialisations:

  • German, European and international private law and procedural law
  • Companies and markets / corporate law
  • Companies and markets / commercial law
  • Labour and companies
  • Criminal law
  • Public law
  • Law of politics
  • International and European law
  • Tax law
  • Medical law

The advanced programme also offers an extensive programme for preparing for all exam sections to be completed as part of the state compulsory subject exam (exam revision, exam course and mock oral exams).

Programme structure

The eight-semester legal studies programme constitutes the university part of legal training and is completed with the First Exam. The First Exam is made up of 30% from the university specialisation exam and 70% from the state compulsory subject exam (prior to the First State Exam).

The regular course duration including all exam components is 9 semesters. The programme is designed such that the students can register for the university specialisation exam at the end of the lecture period for the 6th semester and for the state compulsory subject exam up to the end of the 8th semester. Further details can be found in the course regulations, the intermediate exam regulations and the specialisation exam regulations for the legal studies programme at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as well as in the JAG NW 2003 (“Juristenausbildungsgesetz Nordrhein-Westfalen”: North Rhine-Westphalia Legal Training Act).

Practical placement
The students must complete a practical placement in accordance with Sec. 8 JAG NW 2003. The placement lasts for a total of three months. During this time, students should gain an insight into practice and, to the extent possible, be given an opportunity to participate in practical work. Generally at least six weeks of the placement is spent in the administration of justice, predominantly with a lawyer, or a private-sector company, and at least six weeks are spent at a government agency.

The student placement forum of Freundeskreis der Düsseldorfer Juristischen Fakultät e.V. aims to assist students in finding a suitable placement in the administration of justice. In addition, Rechtsanwaltskammer Düsseldorf, the Faculty of Law and the Freundeskreis association regularly offer a dual lawyer-based internship programme that combines the practical training with theory as part of the compulsory internship.

The authority to practice as a legal professional in justice, as a lawyer, in business and associations follows on from successful completion of the two-year legal clerkship and the Second State Exam after the First Exam.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

The authority to practice as a legal professional in justice, as a lawyer, in business and associations follows on from successful completion of the two-year legal clerkship and the Second State Exam after the First Exam.

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
10 semesters
Language of instruction:
Application procedure:
Local admission restrictions - DoSV
Closing date for applications:
by 15/07/2023
Closing date for enrolment:
As stated in letter of acceptance
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2023 - 15/08/2023
Study programme contact:

Academic Advisor

Assessorin Anke Mann
Phone: +49 211 81-11573

Assessor Oliver Kniest
Phone: +49 211 81-10793

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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