The study of law is concerned with the terminology and the interpretation of law, with its history and its relationship with all spheres of life.
At the University of Bremen, students have the choice of three courses of study:
- Law Studies (First Legal Examiniation
- Hanse Law School in cooperation with the Carl-von -Ossietzky Universiy of Oldenburg (Bachelor and Master Programme)
- Law as a Complementary Subject
The legal education with all its components is to provide the future jurist with the knowledge and skills required in legal practice, in the courts, in administration and in consulting.
Studies are structured on the basis of the three pillars civil law, public law and criminal law. In each study semester, different fields of law, pertaining to these pillars, are taught. The different fields of law are covered in depth in basic modules with philosophical , economic and historical questions.
In the Law Studies course, the University of Bremen offers, in addition to regular lectures and workgroups, numerous seminars, practical case studies and tutorials, taught mainly by University lecturers, but also involving legal pracitioners of the judiciary, law firms and the administration.
Having completed their legal education, law graduates have many career opportunities. The university course of studies, followed by the first legal state examination, the subsequent two-year legal traineeship and the second legal state examination lead to the "qualification for judicial office", which is the prerequisite for classical legal work as a lawyer, in the judiciary and in the administration, but also opens up career opportunities in teaching and research, in business or politics.
The practice of law
The work of jurists is concerned with laws and legal norms regulating social interaction. By providing legal advice and structures they contribute directly and indirectly to legal norms, legal orders and the development of the legal system. They provide clarification in cases of legal dispute.
Fields of work
Jurists typically work
• as lawyers
• in the judiciary
• in public administration
• in the private sector, e.g. in legal and personnel departments of enterprises as well as in banks or insurance companies
• in consultancies
• in associations
After successful completion of the first legal state examiniation, LL.M studies offer an additonal qualification, which may considerably enhance chances in the employment market. German and foreign universities offer a large number of Master programmes which should be chosen in accordance with personal interests and preferences.
A career in research
There are various career opportunities for jurists involving research at universities and other institutions as well as academic teaching and administration.
The field of research is of particular importance with regard to academic qualification, since a disseration will significantly increase the employment opportunities of jurists.