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 / Photo credit: Vaduhi Semerjyan

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 / Photo credit: Erick Stern

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 / Photo credit: Suin Jeong
  • 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; 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 advanced master´s program providing an in-depth understanding of business law aspects of the European single market and the Global market.  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.

    The M.C.B.L. is a high-level demanding postgraduate program in the fields of European and International business law. 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.

    The focus will be on European business law in your first semester and on international business law in your second semester. Additionally, you will have to write a master’s thesis.

    The program offers a you a broad range of courses that are taught by law professors from the University of Mannheim, 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.

    All courses of the program are taught in English.

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

    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 been ranked highly in various CHE University Rankings. It did especially well with regards to teaching, and received top grades serveral top categories, including “overall study situation”, “organization of studies”, “teacher support”, and “career orientation”.

    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.

    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.

    Doctoral programs and opportunities at the Department of Law
    General information on doctoral studies at the University of Mannheim

  • 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.

      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.

      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, which are only available in German.

    • Application

      Application deadline
      Please note: Due to the current situation in light of coronavirus pandemic, we have modified our application deadlines. The application deadline for the fall semester 2021/2022is expected to be begin on 20 April and end on 31 May 2021.
      Current information on the application procedure

      Normally, the following deadline applies:
      The application deadline is from 15 March to 31 May.


    Berina Fischinger-Corbo, M.C.B.L.

    Berina Fischinger-Corbo, M.C.B.L.

    Program Manager of the Master of Comparative Business Law
    University of Mannheim
    Department of Law
    Schloss Westflügel – Room W 219
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Due to measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, open consultation hours take place via digital communication channels or per telephone. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting, please write me an E-Mail to mcbl and I will be happy to come back to you.