To reform legal education in Germany and to represent the German legal community on the international academic stage – no smaller was the ambition of the Founding Commissionof Bucerius Law School in 2000. It is this courage to venture on new paths that keeps us pioneering legal education, research and practice every day.
Bucerius Law School is a platform for academic, professional and personal exchange that transcends boundaries of disciplines, languages and cultures, creating an open community, which profits from its diversity. The experiences we share and the challenges we master together make for the unique sense of togetherness we call the "Law School Spirit".
At Bucerius Law School, we commit to the highest quality in education, research and service to our students, and we pursue our goals diligently. At the same time, we expect all members of our law school community to develop their talents, to be willing to place them at society’s disposal, and to accept responsibility for themselves and for others.
That's why, at Bucerius Law School, the number of available places is limited, our administration is lean, the hierarchy flat. As a small law school we are agile and able to adapt swiftly and unbeaurocratically to the growing demands of the legal reality. And that's how we like it.
Bucerius Law School is a non-profitinstitution that receives more than half of its financial resources from one of Germany’s largest private foundations, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. We are thankful and proud to be independent of public funding, as it grants us invaluable academic as well as managerial freedoms.
Bucerius Law School is highly internationalized, which was a unique feature at the time of its inception. International activities in education and research remain, to this day, a core aspect of our law school's portfolio. We also enjoy breaking boundaries between disciplines, for example with our Interdisciplinary Legal Research Program or our interdisciplinary Master of Law and Business.
Our independence as a private law school allows us to mix things up a bit if we think it right and necessary. That is why we are able to deviate from the highly standardized model of German legal education and create a law school experience which is unique in Germany, from our customized admission procedure to our highly internationalized curriculum.
The legal research conducted at Bucerius Law School is shaped by a group of accomplished and exceptional personalities. Bucerius Law School sees itself as a place of academic encounters and dialogue and as a platform which facilitates contructively-critical exchange within and across legal research and legal practice.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Jacobs
"I appreciate the close and friendly working relationship with my excellent research assistants, which has already often resulted in common research projects, and the many-facetted opportunities to incorporate new impulses from practice into my research."
Prof. Dr. Hermann Pünder
"The law school is incredibly well-organized. Contrary to many other institutions, many tasks are being performed by real professionals. That creates a special kind of room for research activities."
Prof. Dr. Jens Prütting
"It's only here that one meets exceptional student candidates - straight out of high school - with whom you can discuss procedural justice during intake interviews and in fact come across a central theme for one's own academic research."
Research institutes and centers
Bucerius Law School encourages its students to accept extraordinary academic challenges and to develop their talents. We offer support and we demand commitment - and we provide an ideal preparation for a successful career.
Beyond traditional borders
"Bucerius has had the vision to take legal education beyond its traditional national borders. Program curricula are designed to prepare young lawyers for their role in our now global marketplace. The school's distinguished international faculty and student body from all over the world make the experience unique."
Bucerius Law School offers international programming in English that ranges from intensive three-week short courses to a one-year graduate program; curricula are developed to promote discussion and comparative exploration of topics facing today's legal practitioners and scholars.
Top ranked in Germany since
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Exchange Students in 2019
Due to its intensive and continuing dialogue with a wide range of actors, Bucerius Law School is privy to the demands of the legal industry.
This expertise on the legal industry is shared through the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) whose Executive Faculty functions as a driving force and expertise network for the development of educational and advisory services for the legal sector.
The insights gathered in the Bucerius CLP are turned into executive education programs and advisory services in "Bucerius quality" as well as innovative didactic conepts - on campus or in-houde - with customized and dedicated modular curricula.
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