Education & Research

Center for General Studies and Personal Development

Center for General Studies and Personal Development

Guided by the values of liberty, diversity, tolerance and responsibility, and in the spirit of providing a broadly based education, the Center for General Studies and Personal Development (Zentrum für Studium generale und Persönlichkeitsentwicklung – the “ZSP”) supports students at the Bucerius Law School on their way to unfolding their potential to develop as individuals. In order to reach this goal, the ZSP complements the law curriculum with courses designed to foster a holistic or generalist mode of thought, encourage inward reflection, broaden the students’ capacity for evaluation, criticism and action and to strengthen their societal engagement.

The ZSP curriculum encompasses both a General Studies (Studium generale) and a Personal Studies (Studium personale) component. The General Studies curriculum is integral to Bucerius Law School’s educational approach. General Studies courses are held on Wednesday afternoons, at a point in the schedule when law courses regularly do not meet. Students may choose from a wide range of course offerings and develop their own focus. Students must earn 8 credit points (ECTS) from the General Studies curriculum toward completion of their LL.B. studies.

Mandatory participation in a General Studies curriculum is a first within the context of German legal education. Bucerius Law School has complemented the law curriculum with an interdisciplinary program that spans four fields of inquiry: philosophy; art and culture; nature and technology; and finally history, politics and society. General Studies courses come in a wide range of forms, from lectures, seminars, talks, panel discussions, and readings to musical performance and excursions. They are an opportunity for the students to reach out in their thinking beyond purely legal discipline. Students play an active role in the arrangement of the General Studies curriculum and can both initiate the organization of their own courses as well as suggest topics for study.

The Personal Studies curriculum is focused students’ personal development. With courses that encourage self-reflection and personal initiative, and which impart generally relevant soft skills [key qualifications] and support social engagement, Personal Studies lets students grow their individual developmental potential. The Personal Studies curriculum is optional. It consists of workshops on soft skills [key qualifications], the Bucerius Mentoring Program, coaching, service learning, and the Law Clinic.

Open for everyone

Both General and Personal Studies courses are open alike to students and staff of the university. In addition the ZSP regularly holds selected events open to the general public. See here for an overview of current course offerings and related public events.

Dr. Ulrike Pluschke

Director

Dr. Ulrike Pluschke

T.: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 281 
F: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 254 
E: ulrike.pluschke(at)law-school.de

Katharina Lehner

Program Assistant

Katharina Lehner

T.: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 283 
F: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 254 
E: katharina.lehner(at)law-school.de

Svenja Länder

Program Coordinator

Svenja Länder

T.: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 285 
F: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 254 
E: svenja.laender(at)law-school.de

Anna-Christina Deluweit

Bucerius Mentoring-Program

Anna-Christina Deluweit

T.: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 2919 
F: +49 (0) 3 07 06 – 254 
E: anna.deluweit(at)law-school.de