Bucerius Law School is Germany's top-ranked law school. Its graduates are among the most sought-after in Germany and abroad.
Bucerius Law School has achieved this result because it is characterized by its international focus, practical and performance orientation, and attention to the personal development of each individual student.
Bucerius Law School was founded in 2000 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of Germany's largest private foundations, in order to stimulate new developments in higher education. Some 20 full-time professors, dozens of guest lecturers, and almost 300 Ph.D. students enrich the intellectual life on campus. Institutes and centers for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy, for Corporate Law and Capital Markets Law, and for Foundation Law and the Law of Non-Profit Organizations all emphasize the strong link between business and law, the link that is at the heart of the Bucerius Master of Law and Business degree.
The conditions for Bucerius students are excellent. The campus is located in a park-like environment in the center of Hamburg. All buildings, completely renovated or newly-built, are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing students to follow their individual study habits. Small-group study rooms facilitate students' working together outside of class; a cafeteria, coffee lounge and small fitness center encourage students to relax and socialize. Because of its location and the quality of its facilities, Bucerius Law School is the site of a wide range of conferences, external lectures, and other international events.
The Bucerius Law School campus in Hamburg is very centrally-located in Hamburg while also bordering one of the city’s most enchanting Botanical Gardens, “Planten un Blomen”.
The beautiful campus, which successfully combines both traditional and modern architecture, provides a peaceful haven just minutes away from Hamburg’s main commercial district, shopping areas, and the beautiful Inner and Outer Alster Lakes. Public transportation is just steps away. The main campus building, constructed in 1908, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, teaching and learning facilities. A modern auditorium for larger lectures and events was added in 2003. The auditorium also houses Bucerius Law School’s grand piano, which students are welcome to use. A new library (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), a food court and a coffee lounge were opened in August 2007. Bucerius Law School also hosts conferences and events of international caliber.
The Master of Law and Business Program reserves 15 rooms in a centrally-located modern student residence, other rooms are available through friends of the program who rent rooms to students.
Living expenses start at €800/month. As Germany's second largest city, Hamburg offers a wealth of cultural and shopping activities and a vibrant nightlife. From opera to classical music to the club scene (where the Beatles got their start), Hamburg offers more opportunities than students can possibly take advantage of during their program studies.
Bucerius Law School is a campus institution with a vibrant student life. Students can participate in sports clubs, consulting clubs, political youth groups, music groups (band and choir). They can use the campus gym or take a nap in the napping room.
Bucerius Law School has over 90 partner universities around the world.
Bucerius Law School continues to be ranked as the top law school in Germany by the most prestigious university ranking in Germany, the CHE University Ranking. In 2014 Bucerius Law School once more took first place, for the third time running.
- CHE-University Ranking (2008, 2011, 2014): 1st place
- Wirtschaftswoche (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013): Top 3
- Karriere/Handelsblatt (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009): Top 3
- studiVZ (2008): 1st place
- German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (May 2008): 1st place
- Capital (2005): 2nd place
- Der Spiegel (2004): 1st place
Graduates continue their career paths in a variety of ways. Many work for business enterprises, from start-ups to major international corporations in fields including finance, marketing and manufacturing. Others join accounting and management consulting firms, international organizations or pursue further studies. The paths are as varied as the students' interests.
Find out about our alumni experiences.
All students have to do a 2-month internship during the program. They are assisted by a Career Advisor who offers individual guidance and organizes mock interviews, assessment center trainings and company presentations.
More information on the Career Service
Combination of Business and Legal Knowledge
Companies, law firms and international organizations are regularly confronted today with international issues that involve both legal and economic aspects. Managers and lawyers, however, often lack the combination of business and legal knowledge necessary for a comprehensive analysis of these challenges. As a result, they are unable to reach optimal business solutions or serve their clients effectively.
It is precisely this gap between the two disciplines that the Bucerius Master of Law and Business is there to bridge. In order to do that, the program has been designed on the basis of three core principles: interdisciplinary teaching, international orientation and practice-oriented learning.
Ein interdisziplinärer Master als Basis für junge Unternehmer(innen)
“Ich wollte mich nicht immer nur darauf verlassen müssen, was mir die Juristen sagen.“
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“We saw that there was an untapped market for our services”
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"It was a responsibility for me to come back!"
The curriculum of the Master of Law and Business takes a single major theme – the founding and development of a business enterprise - and pursues both the legal and business aspects of that development. Students analyze the realization of an entrepreneurial idea, investigate the founding of a business enterprise, study the transformation of the firm into a publicly-held enterprise, going international, merging with or acquiring another firm, and restructuring a firm that has financial difficulties. By using the development of an enterprise as its structural backbone, the program creates synergies among its various modules. The program takes a comparative law and business approach, allowing students to understand the similarities and differences between legal and business systems.
Elective modules allow students to deepen their knowledge in many different areas of law and business.
All students have to participate in a mandatory 2-month internship in Germany or abroad. There is no study abroad period included in the Master's program.
Aug – Sep Orientation Program and preparatory law and business courses
Sep – Oct Module 1 and Exam
Oct – Dec Modules 2-4 and Exam Period, including Berlin Study Trip
Jan – Feb Electives
Mar – April Internship
April – June Modules 9-10 and Exam Period + Master’s Thesis
June – July Master’s Thesis Period
Ph.D. studies toward the Dr. jur. under certain circumstances also open to business graduates of the Bucerius Master of Law and Business.
- Bachelor's degree in law, business or related discplines
- At least one year of post-graduate work experience
- Superior English language skills
- Preferably international experience
- Extracurricular interests, such as sports, culture, politics, social issues etc.
A limited number of graduates from other academic backgrounds who have a strong professional interest in legal and business questions can also be admitted.
Participants are carefully selected to create a dynamic and open-minded group representing different cultures and approaches to legal and business questions.
* The Bachelor degree has to be valued at 240 ECTS (4 years) or equivalent. A 210 ECTS credit degree can be considered if the applicant has at least two years of post-graduate work experience. Documents:
- Application form
- CV -Motivation letter
- Writing Sample
- Degree certificate and transcripts
- TOEFL or IELTS
- Letters of recommendation
More information on how to apply.
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Application Deadline: March 31st
(Mai 15th for students wihout visa requirements for Germany)
Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis, starting in October. As part of the application process, applicants may be asked to have a (phone) interview with the Admissions Officer, Inga Diercks.
If you are interested in visiting our campus and have an informal chat with our staff and students, please feel free to visit us any time. No appointment necessary!
Tuition & Financing
The tuition fee for the Bucerius Master of Law and Business is €22,000 for the entire year. Costs for accommodation, books, travel, etc. are extra.
All admitted students can apply for financial aid.
Head of Recruiting and Admissions, MLB Program Inga Diercks
Tel.: +49 40 307 06 226
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late-August, every year
A maximum of 50 students is accepted into the Bucerius Master of Law and Business each year.
A total of 550 Bachelor and Master students are enrolled at Bucerius Law School.
The average age of the Master student is 27.
The Master of Law and Business offers a truly international classroom with 70-80% of students coming from countries other than Germany. The male/female ratio is about 50:50. 70% of the students are generally law graduates, 30% are business graduates.