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Master of Comparative Business Law

I’m from Armenia. Apart from the solid curriculum and the opportunity to study at more than one university, the thing I find most notable is the multicultural environment. It gives you the opportunity to meet, and learn from, incredible and inspiring people from all over the world.

Vaduhi Semerjyan, Master of Comparative Business Law graduate / Private photo

I’m from the Dominican Republic, and, since I obtained my first degree outside of Europe, the Master of Comparative Business Law program provided me with valuable insights into European law and the internal market. Additionally, the teaching staff’s profound expertise and the diverse backgrounds of my fellow students gave me the opportunity to see the world from different perspectives.

Erick Stern, Master of Comparative Business Law graduate / Private photo

I would recommend the Master of Comparative Business Law program to people with a keen interest in the European Union, and its legal aspects in particular. People interested in interdisciplinary studies that cover aspects of law might find this program very useful, too. I also think it is a good fit for lawyers striving for an international career, as the courses provide a good overview of the various laws applicable to cross-border litigation.

 

Suin Jeong, Master of Comparative Business Law graduate / Private photo

The M.C.B.L. program exceeded all my expectations! Apart from interesting courses and a lot of room for individual choices, the program gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. The advanced knowledge of European and international law I acquired during the program has proven to be extremely valuable. And the Department of Law was always there to support us, too. All in all, the master’s program was an important step on my career path.

Berina Corbo, Master of Comparative Business Law graduate / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Master of Comparative Business Law (M.C.B.L.)

    Standard period of study: 2 semesters (1 year)

    ECTS credits: 60

    Language of instruction: English

    Language requirements: English; for further information on the required proof of language proficiency see Admission requirements and selection

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Law and Economics, Department of Law

    Tuition fee: €8,500 for EU and non-EU citizens alike, regardless of the chosen track; the fee covers both semesters. The usual fee of €1,500 for non-EU citizens does not apply.

  • Program overview

    The Master of Comparative Business Law (M.C.B.L.) is a one-year master’s program that is offered in cooperation with the University of Adelaide (South Australia). It has been designed for graduates with a degree in law or with a sufficient background in law, who wish to specialize in business law while taking a comparative perspective.

    Students enrolled in this program will acquire specific knowledge of the legal framework of the European Union as well as the actors in international trade law. All courses of the program are taught in English.

    When you apply for admission to the master’s program, you must choose between two tracks.

    • Mannheim track: You complete the entire program in Mannheim. Applicants should have a first degree from a university abroad.
    • Mannheim/Adelaide track: You will complete your first semester in Mannheim and your second semester in Adelaide (Australia).

    The focus will be on European business law in your first semester and on international business law in your second semester.

    The program offers a you a broad range of courses that are taught by both law professors from the University of Mannheim and the University of Adelaide, as well as by lawyers, judges, and managers. In addition, you can take part in field trips and visit the European Court of Justice, the World Trade Organization, or the European Parliament, for example.

    Additionally, you will have to write a master’s thesis.

  • Why study Comparative Business Law at the University of Mannheim and the University of Adelaide?

    Research and teaching activity at the Department of Law of the University of Mannheim is clearly oriented towards business and economic law. The Department has, once again, been ranked highly in the latest CHE University Ranking. It did especially well with regards to teaching, and received top grades in eleven of the 19 categories, including “overall study situation”, “organization of studies”, “teacher support”, and “career orientation” (take a look at the rankings).

    The M.C.B.L. program offers a unique combination of traditional comparative law studies (legal methodology, legal traditions, and the common/civil law divide) with studies in business law (e.g., competition law, contract law, company law, and tax law), providing our students with a competitive edge on the labor market. They are particularly sought after as strategic decision-makers in both the public and the private sector. 

    During the program, students will explore in detail how to apply the law to real-world cases. Among other things, they will have the opportunity to attend trials at the European Court of Justice and classes held by practicing lawyers.

  • Career opportunities

    Thanks to their expert knowledge in comparative and business law, their language skills, and their international experience, our graduates have a profound foundation for a career at international law firms and companies.

    Previous students have, for example, found a job as Global Category Manager at HeidelbergCement, as Junior Lawyer at Kuwait Airways, in the Legal Global Corporate Banking Department of Santander Bank, or as Transaction Support Lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

    Apart from that, graduates can also pursue a doctorate and aim for a career in academia.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Comparative Business Law should:

    • have a sound grasp of the legal basics,
    • have a very good level of English proficiency,
    • be keen to learn about different legal systems,
    • be enthusiastic about business law,
    • be committed to the program.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    The module catalog gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying abroad
    Students who choose the Mannheim/Adelaide track will spend their second semester at our partner university in Adelaide (Australia). Students who choose the Mannheim track will take all their courses at the University of Mannheim.

    Internships
    According to the examination regulations, students don’t have to do an internship during their studies. As the workload in this program is very high, we recommend you to do an internship after the completion of the program.

  • Doctorates

    Successful graduates can earn a doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim at one of the chairs at the Department of Law. In certain cases, it is also possible to pursue a doctorate at the University of Adelaide. Please contact the program managers to seek advice that is tailored to your personal situation.

  • Admission requirements and selection

    The Master of Comparative Business Law (M.C.B.L.) program is not selective. All applicants who meet the admission requirements will therefore be sent an official letter of admission.

    Applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Law from a university in Germany or abroad or from a state-recognized university of cooperative education (Berufsakademie). The following requirements must be met: 

    • The bachelor's degree must correspond to at least 240 ECTS credits or have a standard period of study of at least eight semesters/four years. In exceptional cases, the admissions committee may allow relevant work experience to be counted towards the required ECTS credits. 
    • A degree in a different field is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent by the admissions committee and if students have obtained at least 20 ECTS credits in law subjects.
    • The admissions committee may waive the requirement of proof of law contents for applicants with a first degree recognized as equivalent if the applicant can prove his or her qualification for the Master of Comparative Business Law – M.C.B.L. by different means.
    • A letter of motivation in English must be submitted along with the application.

    Language requirements
    You must be very proficient in English. Depending on which track you choose (Mannheim or Mannheim/Adelaide), different requirements apply to the proof of language proficiency you need to provide. You must state in the application for admission form which track you are applying for. Changing the track during the program of study is not possible.

      For the Mannheim track, the following proof of English proficiency is accepted:

      • a higher education entrance qualification from a school in a country with English as an official language after at least one year of school,
      • the successful completion of a program of study at a higher education institution with English as the language of instruction and examination and a duration of at least one year,
      • a certificate of the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) with a score of at least 90 points,
      • a certificate of the International English Language Testing System – Academic Test (IELTS) with an overall band score of at least 6.5,
      • an equivalent result of a test recognized as comparable. The admissions committee shall decide on the comparability of the test individually.

        For the Mannheim/Adelaide track, the following proof of English proficiency is accepted:

        • the successful completion of a program of study at a higher education institution with English as the language of instruction and examination and a duration of at least one year,
        • a certificate of the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) with a score of at least 94 points, in which at least 27 points have to have been obtained in the category “Writing”, 23 points in the category “Speaking” and 20 points each in the categories “Reading” and “Listening”,
        • a certificate of the International English Language Testing System – Academic Test (IELTS) with an overall band score of at least 7.0, in which results of at least 7.0 have to have been obtained in the categories “Writing” and “Speaking” and results of at least 6.5 have to have been obtained in the categories “Reading” and “Listening”.

        Conditional admission
        If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 190 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your degree certificate by a specified point in time (refer to selection statutes).

        Selection statutes
        You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes.

      • Application

        Application deadline
        The application period is from March 15 to May 31. It is not possible to start your program in the spring semester.

      Contact

      Meta Geisbüsch, LL.M.

      Meta Geisbüsch, LL.M.

      Program Manager of the Master of Comparative Business Law
      University of Mannheim
      Abteilung Rechtswissenschaft
      Schloss Westflügel – Room W 219
      68161 Mannheim
      Consultation hour(s):
      Tue 10 a.m. – noon and by appointment