Bucerius Law School’s international approach to legal education remains a unique feature among German high education institutions. Our internationality presents itself in four main areas:
Bucerius Law School is committed to promoting international research by developing sustainable collaborations that facilitate cross-border exchange among its academic faculty and doctoral candidates.
Bucerius Law School’s activities in the field of international research comprise regular research stays of our faculty members at institutions all over the world, welcoming foreign researchers for short and long-term research projects, and publications in English. Moreover, our faculty actively bring colleagues from around the globe onto our campus by hosting conferences, workshops and initiating academic projects, thereby opening the doors for professional exchange.
"Meeting the international research standard requires regular exchange of legal scholars. Our worldwide network provides unique opportunities for our doctoral researchers and senior scholars."
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A greatly enriching experience
"I have found my experience at Bucerius greatly enriching. The school is very international in its orientation, and attracts visiting faculty and students from all over the world. The professors are leading scholars who have connections with legal practice and the students are excellent."
Bucerius Law School challenges its students, faculty and staff to foster international competencies, develop foreign language skills and engage in projects that encourage cultural exchange – on an off campus.
A high level of English language proficiency is a must for any applicants to the German-taught ErstesStaatsexamen / LL.B. Building upon this foundation, mandatory English-taught modules such as Contract Drafting and Anglo-American Law provide the linguistic skills necessary for work in trans-national practice.
The Bucerius Foreign Language Program offers legal language courses in English, French and Spanish as well as general language courses in Russian and Mandarin to provide the training needed for practice on a global scale.
All students of the German-taught ErstesStaatsexamen / LL.B. spend a trimester abroad at one of the law school's partner universities. Required for graduation, the opportunity is designed to promote in-depth understanding of a foreign legal system while simultaneously boosting foreign language skills.
Coached by faculty members, Bucerius students regularly participate and place in national and international events such as Moot Courts, Model United Nations (MUN) or Law Without Walls (LWOW).
Bucerius students regularly launch initiatives to address cross-cultural or cross-border issues, such as We Inform, which guides refugees in and around Hamburg through the myriad of local and federal support services available to them. Other initiatives include the Bucerius Law Clinic, which offers (multi-lingual) legal advice to low-income clients and Buceriushilft, which organizes family-friendly gatherings, activities for children, language courses and more for refugees in Hamburg.
Cross-listed courses bring students from the German and the international study programs into conversation with peers from different backgrounds so that they may explore topics from varied perspectives. This proximity to international viewpoints is not limited to an academic setting: participating in extracurricular activities, sports and via a buddy network, students interact constantly and share campus facilities.
Bucerius students with a high degree of intercultural knowledge and practical intercultural experiences may obtain a special certificate to prove their competences. These may be gatherer through study and internships abroad, participation in workshops on intercultural theory, the demonstration of foreign language skills as well as social commitment in an intercultural context. Demonstrating familiarity with foreign legal systems and cultures is also part of the certificate.
Foreign language proficiency and intercultural competence among university staff are crucial in developing an international orientation for the Law School. Bucerius Law Schools offers on-campus language coursework, academic and administrative staff mobility programs and participation in professional conferences and workshops offers an opportunity to gain these skills.
Faculty members extend their expertise through teaching abroad, participating in numerous conferences and conducting research stays at renown institutions.
Visiting lecturers from legal institutions around the world ensure an international focus and a diverse perspective on legal issues shaping the world today.
Education with international vision
"Bucerius offers legal language training to fulfill its mission of providing practically oriented legal education with an international outlook. With increased globalization, young lawyers are expected to work across national borders and therefore legal training coupled with language proficiency, is essential to becoming successful."
Studying abroad is an adventure
"Walking through the door on the first day at Bucerius, everyone is already eager to get abroad—and with good reason: a term spent in a foreign country is so much more than a well-earned break from the daily routine of a degree program. Studying abroad is an adventure that’s never forgotten. I was hardly back in Hamburg before the wanderlust set in again."
Career in a global marketplace
"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."
International Alumni worldwide
outgoing student mobility
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.
Bucerius Law School is committed to providing incoming international students and scholars with the highest possible level of administrative support in order to provide a carefree and enriching time abroad.
Visiting scholars and incoming students may rely on the expert and experienced staff of the International Office before and during their stay at Bucerius Law School. Prospective students and participants of the Master of Law and Business are supported by the program’s very own MLB Student Support Team.
A very special student support
"The MLB Student Support Team truly is special. Not only does it assist students academically, it also helps with social adjustment and integration. In my view, no postgraduate institution beats Bucerius on this."
A premier Law School
"The dedication of both the Bucerius faculty and the school’s administrative staff to assisting students is commendable - truly is a premier law school."
A stimulating experience
"With engaged students from many different jurisdictions, it has been a stimulating experience teaching at Bucerius. With its international and comparative focus, the school provides a valuable learning environment. In today’s global legal environment, the varied perspectives from different legal systems are invaluable to all aspiring legal professionals."
Bucerius is proud of its wide-ranging partnerships with prestigious higher education institutions worldwide, which – complimented by an active network of more than 2000 international alumni and supported by liaison offices in the USA and China – provide opportunities for student and faculty exchange, joint programming and professional development.
All university partnerships are managed by the International Office and cover student mobility, including exchanges within the ERASMUS+ framework.
In addition, deeper bilateral collaborations with select universities have been developed and include joint study programs such as the Bucerius/UC Hasting Summer Program in Licensing Transactions in International Intellectual Property, as well as research projects and academic events.
Recognizing the importance of international experience and sharing expertise among colleagues, Bucerius also conducts administrative staff exchanges within its network.
The Transatlantic Advisory Council was established in 2019 to support Bucerius Law School’s interests in the United States. Its members have been part of the Bucerius Law School community for many years, be it as lecturers, full-time faculty or students and alumni. They know both Bucerius and the legal community in the United States very well. They give feedback on the law school’s U.S. strategy and offer assistance in connecting with the Bucerius community in the U.S. through events, such as lectures and other gatherings to foster the transatlantic exchange of ideas and to encourage identification with Bucerius Law School and its global community.
The Transatlantic Advisory Council cooperates closely with the President of Bucerius Law School, Katharina Boele-Woelki and Inga Diercks-Ferm, Assistant Director (USA) in the International Office.
The Hamburg Liaison Office (HLO) Shanghai represents the interests of Bucerius Law School in China.
The HLO represents Bucerius Law School at educational fairs, reinforces Sino-German exchange and research collaboration, assists in the organization of local seminars and workshops and acts as an intermediary in maintaining relations with international alumni in China.
The liaison office was opened in 1986, the year that Shanghai and Hamburg became sister cities, and represents the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City, local Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Board and Business Development Corporation.
Bucerius is proud to be home to a growing body of international alumni from across the globe. In our short history, over 2200 international students from more than 60 countries have already spent a semester abroad at Bucerius, participated in the Bucerius Master of Law and Business or attended one of the Bucerius Summer Programs.
To ensure that the Bucerius experience does not end with graduation or a farewell ceremony, we warmly invite all former students to join the Bucerius Alumni Network!
Recognizing alumni as a cornerstone within an academic institution, we want to nurture the bonds that exist between you and the Law School. As a Bucerius alumnus, you are a testament to the quality of education you received here. By keeping in contact with professors and staff, former classmates and future students, you not only advance yourself professionally, but enrich your social networks as well.
In addition to our Hamburg-based activities, we encourage you to take advantage of the regional alumni chapters located around the world, and will gladly provide you with the names and e-mail addresses of members of the Bucerius community living in the city or area nearest you. For local contact details, please refer to Annalena Galle.
If you live in the U.S., learn more about the Transatlantic Advisory Council. If you have any questions about the Bucerius alumni community in the United States, please feel free to contact Inga Diercks-Ferm, Assistant Director (USA).
Interested in opening a new chapter? The International Office will be pleased to provide administrative guidance, ideas for events and activities, and structure for the group.