Bucerius Law School

Bucerius Law School

What is Bucerius Law School? In Germany, it is the first choice of law students and law firms alike. The academic community at Bucerius Law School distinguishes itself by its courage to endeavor in new and innovative directions as well as its common goal of striving for unparalleled excellence in legal education.

Top reasons to study here

  • This visionary institution consistently ranks among the top law schools in Germany educating the best and brightest new legal minds today.
  • Bucerius recognizes the importance of an international education and cultivates an expansive international network of nearly 100 partner universities worldwide.
  • Bucerius offers premium service to its international students, leaving you to enjoy a comfortable study experience.

Master's Programmes

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Bucerius Law School is the first private law school in Germany. The school was founded in 2000 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius, one of the country’s largest private foundations. Bucerius Law School honors its namesake, Gerd Bucerius, by focusing on the importance of community service and responsibility for others in society. 


Degree Programs

  • Master of Law & Business (LLM/MLB) in cooperation with WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

  • Doctoral & Post-Doctoral Studies
Non-Degree Programs
  • Summer Program in International Business Law
  • Summer Program in Licensing Transactions in Intellectual Property
  • Summer Program in Legal Technology and Operations

  • Legal Studies (LLB) and Staatsexamen


The course of studies is based on a unity of teaching and research, and merges the needs of the practicing legal community with an academic pervasion of the law. This is not only evident in the dovetailing of the main research areas and teaching contents, but also in the inspiration the faculty receives from students during academic discussions, which they later incorporate into their research.


Bucerius Law School consistently ranks among the top law schools in Germany educating the best and brightest new legal minds today. Bucerius students excel on German state exams and go on to work with leading national and international law firms and corporations, governmental departments and universities.

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Student services

The competent administrative staff our international programs is there to support you and help you before and during your stay here at Bucerius. You can count on their expert experience with international students and the various issues that accompany a study abroad experience.

Housing services

Bucerius does not have any on-campus or dormitory housing of its own. However, the campus is easily accessible by public transportation and the International Office assists you in finding suitable accommodation.

Library services

The library is the centre of hybrid legal information: It is large enough to hold more than 120,000 ideally retrievable printed media, more than 10,000 e-books and 2,500 e-subscriptions. Numerous legal online and offline databases are licensed.

ICT services

The wireless network allows students to access the university network and internet from anywhere on campus. In addition, students have access 24/7 to the computer labs and library, both of which are equipped with fast internet, printers and scanners.

Student Life

Campus life

Bucerius Law School is located in between Hamburg's downtown area and the popular "Planten un Blomen" city park. The campus is easily accessible via public transportation.

The main building of Bucerius Law School was built at the beginning of the 20th century by the architect Albert Erbe and housed the Institute of General and Applied Botany for almost a century. In 1919, the Institute became a part of the newly founded University of Hamburg. In 1999, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius purchased the building from the City of Hamburg and renovated it to meet the needs of a modern university. The renovations were done with care to preserve the building’s historic beauty.

Sports facilities

Bucerius Law School has its own campus gym. For a one-time fee of EUR 50 you can use the gym whenever and as often as you want while you are enrolled at Bucerius.

Student clubs

Studying isn't everything. Bucerius Law School offers a wealth of extracurricular activities to help students find a good balance between demanding academics and interesting, challenging and fun leisure time activities.

With the exception of the clubs and teams that require German language proficiency (such as mentoring a high school student or writing for the student newspaper), all other activities on campus are open to non-German-speaking international students as well.


Bucerius Law School is formally accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanties.

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