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Postgraduate Studies “Legum Magister” (LL.M.)

The Faculty of Law and Economics of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg offers graduate studies for “Legum Magister” or “Legum Magistra” (LL.M.) to students with a foreign university degree in law. The students acquire knowledge of the essential features of German law. They will study one field of German law profoundly and will be qualified to work scientifically in German law. This course of studies offers an extraordinary access to the German law system and the German language of law.

There is an increasing demand for this course of post-graduate studies by foreign students. The city of Halle offers both an excellent environment and pleasant living conditions. Namely the various courses of studies, the individual student counselling and modern university facilities make Halle a popular place for foreign guest students.

1. The City of Halle

The City of Halle   , which celebrated its 1200th anniversary inn 2006, is a traditional City of Brine Wells. It has not only been an important centre of crafts and trade but a centre of education, research and training for many centuries. Halle has been a university town since 1694 and the seat of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the oldest association for scholars of natural science in the world. The city is situated on the banks of the river Saale, surrounded by a beautiful landscape near the mountains “Harz”. Halle is rich in important evidences of art and culture, especially of buildings from the age of the Wilhelminian style. The city is well-known for its various cultural highlights such as the annual Händel Festival.

2. The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg is a fusion of the University of Halle founded in 1694 with its famous sister university in Wittenberg founded in 1502. Both universities reached great importance in Europe, as they had decisive influence on the development of intellectual life. The University of Wittenberg was of outstanding importance for the spread of the Reformation and the development of Humanism; the University of Halle gained great reputation as a centre of the early Enlightenment.

3. Postgraduate Studies “Legum Magister” (LL.M.)

I. Admission Requirements

Requirements for the admission to the graduate studies are:

  • Generally the successful graduation of jurisprudential studies at a university abroad equivalent to the German Law Studies
  • Sufficient German language skill

II. Mentoring

A professor of the legal department of the university is at the disposition as a tutor for each student of the postgraduate studies. The tutor together with the student will arrange the individual course scheme. He acts as an advisor in any study-related question and in cooperation with the student determines the topic of the individual final thesis. The tutor is the primary reviewer of the final thesis and is a member of the examination board, which conducts the oral examination.

III. Study Contents

According to their preferences, the students have to attend lectures from two of the three subcategories – civil law, criminal law and public law – during their studies. They have to attend three lectures from both chosen subcategories during the first two semesters. Furthermore, students are obliged to attend lectures and tutorials which offer a methodical training in case practice in civil, criminal or public law.

IV. Examination

The postgraduate study terminates with a masters examination. It consists of a written final thesis and an oral examination. The final thesis must be written in German. It has to handed in after three semesters at the latest.

Once the student has attended all obligatory lectures and tutorials and passed the final thesis, s/he will be admitted to the oral exam. The oral exam includes a field of law that can be assigned to the subject of the final thesis and another one of the obligatory fields of law. The additionally examined field of law can be chosen freely by the examinee.

application for the admission for masters examination
Antrag Zulassung Magisterprüfung.pdf (91 KB)  vom 14.06.2022

V. Dates

The post-graduate study can be started in the winter or summer term of every academic year.
Details of this post-graduate studies course may be found in the master’s examinations regulations ( MagO ) from 19-01-2001.

VI. Application/Enrolment

Please send your application to the following address of the administrative office for foreign students and studies of the university.

Please consider the information and advice there. Application forms can be found here: Uni-Assist   .


Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Immatrikulationsamt - Internationale Studierende

room 1 Löwengebäude, Infothek, Foyer
Universitätsplatz 10
06108 Halle (Saale)

phone: +49 345 55 21 519
phone: +49 345 55 21 314

4. Contact Person

Director of the examination office:


Julia Reimers
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Juristische und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Juristischer Bereich

Universitätsplatz 10a
06108 Halle (Saale)

phone: +49 345 55 - 23 101

Masters Commissioner (temporary):


Prof. Dr. Anne-Christin Mittwoch
Lehrstuhl für Bürgerliches Recht, Europäisches und Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht

Universitätsplatz 3-5
06108 Halle (Saale)