Program Structure

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.

Customized curriculum

There are several ways in which students can specialize within the one-year curriculum, namely through the choice of the:

  • elective modules
  • 8-week internship
  • topic of the Master's thesis

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The Master of Law and Business also offers the possibility to obtain one of three official specializations which will be stated on the final diploma. These specializations are:

  • Specialization in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Specialization in Entrepreneurship
  • Specialization in Legal Technology and Operations

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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.

» More about the two degree options: LL.M. or MLB

Challenging perspectives: Studium generale

Bucerius Law School is committed to educating young professionals who look beyond their social and intellectual horizon. That is why, in addition to the academic curriculum, the program includes a Studium generale which covers topics other than law or business as well as a Social Project.

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MLB Program Structure

"The Bucerius Master of Law and Business Program 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 the program."

Olga Voloshina '16, 

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