The Impact of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 on Operations at Bucerius

Updated 11.08.2021, 13:45

We hope to answer all your questions regarding Law School operations in the FAQs below and will update this information to reflect new developments. Should any questions remain unanswered, please contact the head of the relevant department or, when in doubt, contact Jonathan Schramm of our Press Office.

MLB program to take place as scheduled

We anticipate holding our 2021-22 Master of Law and Business as scheduled.

In the coming year, we very much look forward to welcoming participants for our 2022 Summer Programs and 2022 International Exchange Program.

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The Current Situation

  • Academic Programs in 2021
    • MLB  - conducted in hybrid form**
    • LL.B. - hybrid form since 31/05
    • Exchange - canceled
    • Summer Programs - canceled
  • Social distancing remains a top priority
    • MLB - meetings in a large lecture hall
    • Large tent in the campus courtyard
  • Strict hygiene policies when on campus
    • Protective measures must be observed
    • 50-participant max/on-campus courses
    • Negative antigen test (<24 hrs) required for participation in on-campus courses
  • 20-year anniversary celebration canceled

We are closely monitoring developments surrounding SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and will continue to analyze the situation, review updated state and federal guidelines and provide additional information regarding our plans.

Should we have to postpone or cancel upcoming academic programming, all registered applicants will be notified at once.

 

**It is not foreseen that hybrid instruction will continue for the entire academic year as the MLB Program cannot be studied in its entirety from abroad.

Local & National Perspective

Get a feel for the state of affairs here in Hamburg—and across the country.

Hamburg FAQs (in English)

What’s the situation like in Hamburg?
How are day-to-day activities being managed?
When will vaccinations be offered?

Browse a list of FAQs exploring the impact of the coronavirus on life here in the city—it’s updated daily.

Coronavirus Updates on DW

Deutsche Welle is Germany’s public international broadcaster and offers content in 30 languages.

While exploring international dynamics of the pandemic, their posts also offer perspective on the situation as it is developing across Germany and Europe.

Applicants

Master of Law and Business

Yes! Please refer to the program website for details.

 

International Exchange Program

Unfortunately, the 2021 program has been canceled; we plan to resume student exchange for the 2022 autumn term and will be in touch with our partners in early 2022 regarding nomination and application procedures.

If you are interested in applying for a term of study (Sept - Dec 2022), please contact your home institution regarding internal procedures and deadlines; additional information about coursework being offered and the application process will be posted here.

 

LLB Program

Yes! Please follow instructions noted on the program website (in German).

The selection process will be conducted virtually (in German).

 

Summer Programs (July 2022)

Yes! We are optimistic that that the coming months will bring positive developments.

Register for updates —we’ll write you about opportunities to join us in July 2022!

Please register in the application portal of the program in which you’re interested. We will keep you informed of any procedural changes as information becomes available.

A proof of language proficiency is a mandatory component of an application to the Master of Law and Business Program. If you cannot provide it at the time of application, please submit it as soon as possible. Please note that without a proof of language proficiency, we can at best issue a conditional admission that is contingent upon submission of such proof before the start of the program.

In some countries, ETS offers the option of taking the TOEFL from home.

If you’re applying for the LLB Program, submit your score in advance of the oral selection process; more information is available on the program site (in German).

General

Yes, though only in following health and safety guidelines.

Students and staff are encouraged to conduct as much work as possible from off campus.

Campus visitors are required to wear facial protection covering both the mouth and nose while in public areas, including hallways, seminar rooms and restrooms.

When moving about the building, individuals are asked to keep right (right-hand traffic flow) to facilitate maintaining safe distances from others.

Campus visitors must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from individuals who do not reside in the same household.

Turn your smartphone into a warning system and help disrupt chains of infection: learn more about the Corona-Warn-App, a tool that can help you to determine whether you have come into contact with an infected person and are at risk of infection.

Working remotely, the Bucerius Event Team is in close contact with all clients who have planned on-campus events for the coming months. Many events have been tentatively postponed. As new event inquiries reach us, we are responding with great flexibility to accommodate demands of the current situation and are making use of the opportunity to advance our analogue and digital offerings. Should cancellations become necessary, registered participants will be informed immediately via email.

Please refer to our event calendar for information about the status of all non-curricular events. If in doubt, be in touch with the respective event organizer.

Should you have any questions about your upcoming event, please do not hesitate to contact the Bucerius Event Team: bucerius-event(at)law-school.de or via phone +49 40 3 07 06 217.

Yes!

The ​Law Clinic​ quickly made the switch to a virtual platform. As a result, individuals seeking advice in pressing legal matters can still find assistance. Affiliated social counseling centers may turn to the Law Clinic Team with requests for advising. A large proportion of student legal advisors and attorneys have offered to hold consultations via Zoom. A round of thanks to everyone helping to ensure access to the Law despite the situation prompted by SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.

Bucerius Executive Education has been offering opportunities for blended and online learning since 2016. Activities and training sessions are bundled on the Bucerius Academy eLearning platform. In coordination with our partnering law firms and legal departments, events that had been planned across the country are being conducted online as webinars—working together with lecturers, Bucerius Executive Education is developing training concepts and strategies for their implementation. In addition, open certificate courses such as the Compliance Officer Certificate Program have been shifted to the Zoom platform; the final module, including the oral examination interview, has been successfully carried out as a webinar.

The Bucerius Executive Education Team is in contact with all participants and lecturers regarding their offers for continuing education in the legal profession. If you have any questions concerning your event, please do not hesitate to be in touch with your contact or directly with Patrick Schroer.

Teaching and Research

Barring changes in health regulations, the MLB Program 2021/22 will continue to take place as scheduled on campus. The Orientation Program begins on August 23, 2021 and regular classes will begin on September 6, 2021. For the beginning of the academic year, classes will be made available through Zoom for students who have not yet been able to travel to Hamburg. It is not foreseen that Zoom instruction will continue for the entire academic year, as the MLB Program cannot be studied in its entirety from abroad.

When possible, all library users—in particular, the large pool of doctoral candidates—are strongly encouraged to continue their research undertakings from home. Library staff are committed to providing remote assistance.

The library reopened for limited use on May 17, 2021.

Following a revised mandate from local authorities and in the interest of safety, the follow policies have been implemented:

  • The facility may be used daily from 8 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. (8:00 - 23:59)
  • Upon entering the library, all users will need to sign in and document their presence; should an infection be reported, this information will be used to facilitate contact tracing
  • To ensure the maximum number of visitors is not exceeded, you will receive a token from the receptionist, which must be returned when you leave
  • Social distancing of at least 1.5 meters must be observed at all times; library users must adhere to all posted signage, warning tape and staff instructions
  • To comply with mandated minimum distance policies, four- and six-seat workstations may be used by only one person. Unfortunately, fixed table assignments (reservations) are not possible
  • While in the library, you must wear a face mask covering both your mouth and nose at all times

In the event that policies are not followed or the library becomes overloaded, usage will once again have to be restricted.

During the spring trimester exam period, both written exercises (Übungen) and assessments (Klausuren) for the core curriculum were conducted using the web-based tool WISEflow. Digital supervision was carried out using Zoom: in this context, the only aspect of the examination being monitored was that one (single) person was in front of the screen at a time that no assistance was offered within the room itself. This procedure was carried out following consultation with the study and examination committee and student body representatives.

The health and welfare of our students, staff members and wider law school community remains our top priority.

In light of circumstances posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, students who matriculated in 2018 had their compulsory term abroad shifted to autumn 2021 and, with any luck, are taking part in the experience prior to graduation.

We have decided to postpone the study abroad term for a second cohort of (outgoing) Bucerius students to summer/autumn 2022. As the term abroad is a mandatory part of the curriculum, this will result in two cohorts of students going abroad simultaneously in 2022—namely, students who matriculated in 2019 and 2020.

The nominations for and applications of Bucerius students who had been slated to take part in an exchange term during summer/autumn 2020 were withdrawn at the onset of the pandemic.

Starting your studies at Bucerius

The following information is relevant for all students—regardless of whether you arrive from a foreign country, recently vacationed in a high-risk region or already live in Germany or Hamburg.

As the situation is both tense and dynamic, regulations change frequently.

Closer to the start of our programs, we will do our best to provide a list of FAQs relevant to your needs and keep this overview up to date; however, you should be sure to consult the websites noted below for the most accurate information.

Rules and Regulations in Hamburg

Be sure to review the official Hamburg regulations, including requirements for entering the country and current quarantine guidelines.

What’s New + What’s Important

Having reviewed official regulations, consult this page for an overview of applicable rules and policy updates aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Looking Back on 2020

Mar 12On-campus operations grind to a halt
Apr 27 - Jul 19First entirely virtual LL.B. trimester
May 4 - Jun 12First entirely virtual MLB summer session
Sept 1MLB Class of 2020 graduates ON TIME!
Sept 7MLB Class of 2021 begins coursework; autumn session held in hybrid form

Pioneer Spirit in Times of Crisis

A collage of 10 selfies: members of the Law School community each holding up a single word to convey the message "We're staying home and want to help! #BuceriusStaysHome"

The first six weeks following closure of the campus

Strength through community

“A year to remember” in times we would love to forget: 2020 was a challenge for us all and 2021 continues to demand agility and resourcefulness.

Like you, we have spent the past months doing our best to overcome difficult situations and cope with factors beyond our control. Looking beyond the moments of frustration—and outright exasperation—that the past year thrust upon us, we offer our deepest gratitude to the Law School community, to the residents and administrative leadership of Hamburg and to our network of outstanding partners for the support, patience and resilience they have demonstrated. Teamwork and a dash of Bucerius spirit have enabled us to continue our operations and we are grateful for this opportunity.

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