Shape of Content, Complexity and Exams

The Faculty of Law at the Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, allows the LL.M.-candidates great latitude in the choice of the content of the LL.M.-program. There is only the obligation to participate in the lecture “Introduction to German Law” given in the winter semester. This is not obligatory if certified previous 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 in the principles of German Law and Constitutional System or in a particular specialist area.

Information about all offered lectures at the Faculty of Law is 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).

Level of difficulty and exams

The LL.M. programme runs for 2 semesters (winter and summer semester). Within this time the candidates must take courses covering at least 16 hours (SWS) of lectures per week for the whole academic year– that means participating in lectures 8 hours per week (SWS) in each semester. If students only participate e.g. in 3 lectures with 6 SWS in the first term, for example, they have to cover lectures of 10 hours per week the next term. The number of hours per week (SWS) is given in the information about the respective lectures in UNIVIS.

In addition to that 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. LL.M. candidates have to discuss their topics with their supervisors. In general, the thesis is to be written in the German language but if the supervisor agrees, it may also be written in English or French.

If the candidates have passed more than the required lectures (16 SWS), they could chose which of the lectures should be taken into their LL.M. certificate.

The lectures of the Faculty of Law are finalised with a written or an oral exam. 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.

The Magister Legum (LL.M.)/Magister Legum Int. (LL.M. Int.) is awarded upon successful completion of the courses and the written thesis.