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Study Law in Germany

Monday, 11 November 2013 16:05

More than 350 state and private universities Germany has a lot to offer as a place to study, providing a vast variety of courses. Germany as a country is well respected and known in the field of research, technology and science. Since the 14th century German universities have evolved and developed a traditional and successful way of providing a platform for education and research.

Around 250, 000 foreign students currently study in Germany, and most of the universities are sponsored by the state to help keep study-fees affordable, moreover the level of scholarships available are increasing each year. Furthermore, courses offered in Germany are not solely restricted to the German medium. There are over 500 International Degree programmes (IDP) offer courses that are taught in English. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) helps to provide information and advice to both students and scholars who wish to pursue higher education in Germany. Degrees in Germany are offered in the two-tier international system of bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Law schools in Germany share many of the same requirements and application processes that the United States and Europe do. However one different element is that the only prerequisite for the German law school is the Abitur (graduation from the gymnasium). The curriculum in the German Jura system is divided into three sections of the course. Firstly there are the basic lectures, secondly are the Übungen which are required elements of the course where students are given assignments and take exams. The tests and model answers to the written assignments are then covered in class. Completion occurs when a student has passed a number of tests and assignments.

This structure is used for the following three subjects: civil law, administrative law and criminal law and criminal law. The student needs to complete this cycle twice, once at beginners level and one at advanced level. And thirdly are the work groups in which students revisit the aforementioned three subjects under the helpful guidance of R eferendare, who are those who have completed the law curriculum and have passed the first part of the German equivalent of the bar examination (Erstes S taatsexamen). And finally the student takes the Erste S taatexamen, which is administered by the state. The exam consists of seven five hour written tests, four in civil law, two in administrative law and one in criminal law.

After passing, the students are given the title of R eferendar. And during the following two years after this status is granted, they rotate between clerkships and both with the state and private lawyers. Throughout this time the Referendar takes the Assesorexamen (second part of the bar exam), which on passing the student is entitles to practice law.

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