Academics

The Bucerius Master of Law and Business (MLB) prepares young professionals for international careers in which an understanding of both legal and business concepts as well as intercultural skills are essential. Its goal is to build bridges - between disciplines and across cultures.

Exploring a company's lifecycle

The curriculum of the Bucerius Master of Law and Business is designed to illustrate the close relationship between legal and business issues in every stage of a company's lifecycle, which therefore serves as the structural backbone of the program.

Learning goals

The unique "lifecycle approach" ensures that, after one year, you are able to understand the legal and economic dimensions of the various stages of an enterprise including

  • Realization of an entrepreneurial idea
  • Founding of an enterprise
  • Transformation of the enterprise into a publicly-held company
  • Internationalization of a company
  • Merger with or acquisition of another firm
  • Restructuring of a firm with financial difficulties

The program takes a comparative approach, allowing you to understand the similarities and differences between different legal and business systems.

Two degree options: LL.M. or MLB


Depending on their choice of modules, students will be awarded one of two possible degrees:

  • Master of Law and Business (MLB) - available to all students
  • Master of Laws (LLM) - available to students with a first degree in law

Regardless of the chosen track, students will follow various courses together as a group. This interdisciplinary way of learning enriches both classroom discussion and knowledge transfer.

Educational background in law

In order to obtain the MLB degree, students with a first degree in law must complete:

  • Module 1a - Foundations of Business
     
  • two interdisciplinary electives, an interdisciplinary Master's Thesis, and an internship of their choice
    or
  • two interdisciplinary electives, a business-related Master's Thesis, and an internship of their choice
    or
  • one interdisciplinary elective, an interdisciplinary Master's Thesis, and a business-related internship
    or
  • at least one interdisciplinary elective, a business-related Master's Thesis, and a business-related internship

Other educational background

In order to obtain the MLB degree, students with an educational background other than law must complete:

In order to obtain the LLM degree, students with a first degree in law must complete:

  • Module 1a - Foundations of Business
     
  • a law-related Master's Thesis
     
  • one law elective and an internship of their choice
    or
  • two law electives and a business-related internship
    or
  • at least one interdisciplinary elective and a law-related internship

Module Overview

Detailed course descriptions of all modules, including credit load and lecturers.

Specializations

The MLB offers the possibility to obtain one of three official specializations.

Soft Skills & Language

The MLB includes soft skills training and optional German language classes.

Faculty

Explore the curriculum vitae of the professors and lecturers of the 2020 program.

Real-life case studies rather than theory

"The Bucerius Master of Law and Business integrates business and legal studies by focusing on real-life case studies rather than mathematical or legal theories. This interdisciplinary and practice-oriented approach is a unique feature of this program."
Olga Voloshina '16, Russia
Clifford Larsen

The need for interdisciplinarity

"Companies, law firms and organizations are regularly confronted with international issues that involve both legal and economic aspects. However, they often lack the combination of business and legal knowledge to reach optimal business solutions or serve their clients effectively. It is this need for interdisciplinarity that the Master of Law and Business serves."
Professor Clifford Larsen, Program Dean

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