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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- two interdisciplinary electives, a business-related Master's Thesis, and an internship of their choice
- one interdisciplinary elective, an interdisciplinary Master's Thesis, and a business-related internship
- at least one interdisciplinary elective, a business-related Master's Thesis, and a business-related internship
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:
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."
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."
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