Answers to frequently asked questions concerning the LL.M. programme:

1. What is the LL.M./LL.M.Int.?

The LL.M. programme of the Faculty of Law is a post-graduate course for students with a foreign university law degree. This programme aims to intensify the international academic exchange and offers students from abroad the possibility to get a comprehensive insight into the German law system as well as extensive knowledge about European and International Law.

LL.M. stands for Magistra/Magister Legum (engl. “Master of Laws”), LL.M.Int. for Magistra/Magister Legum Internationalium.

The programme runs for two semesters and is primarily taught in German – there is however an increasing number of lectures given in English. The Magistra/Magister Legum (LL.M.) or the Magistra/Magister Legum Internationalium (LL.M.Int.) is awarded upon successful completion of the course.

2. Can I apply for the LL.M. Programme with a German law degree (Staatsexamen)?

No. The LL.M. programme is only open to candidates with a foreign law degree.

3. What requirements must be fulfilled to be accepted onto the LL.M. programme?

In order to be accepted onto the above-mentioned programme, candidates have to fulfil the following criteria:

  1. A recognised law degree from a foreign university
  2. Supervision and acceptance of a professor of the Faculty of Law
  3. Sufficient knowledge of the German language

You must be able to follow and understand law lectures, to read educational books and to write essays in German. Further information here.

4. Which documents are necessary for my application and what is the deadline?

The following documents are required for your application and must be translated into German (with the exception of documents written in English):

  1. Completed application form
  2. School leaving certificate allowing for entrance to university
  3. A list of all the courses you have ever completed during your study of law with the total number of credits you received.
  4. Law degree certificate
  5. Information about the length of your study of law
  6. A short curriculum vitae

Please send these documents to the following address not later than 31 January:


Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
z. Hd. Frau Carmen Thies
Westring 400
24098 Kiel / Germany

You do not have to send your application form to Uni-ASSIST.

5. How long does the LL.M. programme run for and when does it start?

The programme runs for two semesters and starts in the winter semester. To find out the exact beginning and ending of each semester, please see this calendar.

6. How is the LL.M. programme structured and which lectures can I/do I have to choose?

The Faculty of Law at the Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, allows the LL.M. candidates to choose the content of the LL.M. programme. There is only the obligation to participate in the lecture “Introduction to German Law” given in the winter semester. This is not obligatory if respective knowledge can be proven. Apart from that LL.M. candidates are free to choose their lectures from the comprehensive range on offer after agreement with the supervising professor. Thus, for example, they can immerse themselves into the principles of German Law and Constitutional System or in a particular specialist area.

Information about all offered lectures at the Faculty of Law can be found in the university calendar. In order to retrieve the university calendar you need to go to our lecture guide UNIVIS and choose “Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät” (Law Faculty). Under “Extras” you will find the link “Alle Veranstaltungen unter dieser Überschrift” – after clicking the link you will find a list of all lectures on offer. Please make sure you have chosen the correct semester; the task menu on the right contains a drop-down-button for the current semester – “SS” means Summer Semester (April – September) and “WS” for Winter Semester (October – March).

7. How can I find a supervisor?

Please have a look at the list of the law professors at our Faculty of Law. Here you will find an overview of the research fields of the various professors (in German).

It may also be helpful to have a look at our lecture guide UNIVIS. It is recommended to choose a supervisor whose lectures seem the most interesting to you. It is easier to find a supervisor if you have a clear idea of your own working field.

Please don’t ask more than one professor for supervision at the same time.

If you have any problems finding a supervisor, please contact Mrs Thies from the LL.M. Office.

8. Do I have to present a written LL.M. thesis as part of the LL.M. program?

Yes. The LL.M. candidates have to present a thesis of 80.000 to 120.000 characters (including spaces and footnotes, round about 40 to 60 pages) by the end of the second semester at the latest.

9. In which language do I have to write my LL.M. thesis?

In general, the thesis is to be written in the German language - like any other exam you have to pass. If, however, your supervisor agrees, it may also be written in English or French.

10. Is it possible instead of writing an exam to have an oral one?

The decision as to whether the exam is a written or an oral one is entirely in the hands of the leader of the particular lecture. You need to clarify this question directly with the teaching staff.

11. Who can answer further questions regarding the LL.M. program?

If you have further questions please contact Mrs Carmen Thies.