Changes to the application process
In light of the current coronavirus situation, we have to change the application process for our master's programs. Please click here for detailed background information.
However, as an applicant, you will not suffer any disadvantages as a result. The following changes apply to the Master of Comparative Business Law program:
Proof of English language proficiency: The new deadline for submission of the required proofs is October 15, 2020.
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
Students who choose the Mannheim/
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.
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:
You must be very proficient in English. Depending on which track you choose (Mannheim or Mannheim/
For the Mannheim track, the following proof of English proficiency is accepted:
For the Mannheim/
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).
In light of the current situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have modified our application deadline: Applications can be submitted as of May 1, 2020.
Current information on the application procedure
Normally, the following deadlines apply:
The application period is from March 15 to May 31. It is not possible to start your program in the spring semester.