Letzte Änderung: Fri, 01/19/2024 - 09:10

LL.M. at the RUB

Whether you plan on working in German law or want to further your academic career in German Law, our master programme (Magister der Rechte, LL.M) is an excellent opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of the German legal system and to specialise in one particular field of law.

  • Target group
    • Foreign jurists with an academic degree in their home country
  • Requirements
    • Law degree comparable to the German first state examination (see § 2 JAG NRW).
    • German language skills (Confirmation by TestDaF 4x4, DSH II, or exemption due to special reasons as enumerated in § 8 RO-DT (2011)).
    • Ability of the applicant to succeed in the LL.M. studies.
  • Application
    • Prospective students are required to send the following documents in one pdf document:


      • Application form
      • Curriculum Vitae in German
      • Letter of Motivation form
      • any of the following certificates to prove your German language skills:
      • (TestDaF 4x4 or DSH Stufe II, if there is no exemption because of § 8 RO-DT (2011)

      • two letters of reference by other lawyers (Each expert has to fill in the LL.M. approval form)
      • Previous study results
      • A Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications issued by the Central Office for Foreign Education (For further information please visit this link
      • Other documents such as certificates of further qualifications or internships
  • Procedure of Studies
    • Enrollment Procedure: After receiving the letter of admission from the Dean of the Faculty of Law, applicants can enroll at the Ruhr-University. You can find more information about this on the website of the Student Secretariat.


    • All students are supervised by a professor of the faculty. Together with this professor they will put together a schedule of at least 20 hours per week, distributed over the academic year. Students can choose the courses they want to attend from the Ruhr-University’s course catalogue pursuant to Section 8 of the Study and Examination Regulations of June 22, 2010. This requires, that the courses have to be selected from the compulsory and elective subjects


    • According to section 8 paras. 2 and 3 of the Study and Examination Regulations, the successful participation in the following courses is mandatory:
      • a compulsory course from the basic studies in one of the subjects Civil Law, Criminal Law or Public Law,
      • another compulsory course from the same field of law,
      • a course on the basics of German law and  
      • a seminar


    • In addition, every introductory courses in German law that is offered by the faculty must be attended. The certificate for the course on the basics of German law mentioned above can also be acquired during the seminar.


    • In accordance with section 9 para. 1 of the Study and Examination Regulations, the student shall provide a transcript of records/a proof of performance in each of the courses he/she has taken. The lecturer may decide whether the exam at the end of the course will be an oral exam or a written exam.