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LL.M. for International Graduates – Information

1) Which mandatory courses do I have to attend?

The master’s students visit mandatory basic courses in German Civil Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law. They attend these courses together with the German students in the first or second semester.

It is recommended that international students additionally attend the case study groups (“Arbeitsgemeinschaften”) for international students relating to each mandatory course. Here students expand their knowledge and learn to apply their theoretical knowledge practically on various cases.

 

2) Which elective courses can I attend?

As long as the courses don’t get in temporal conflict with the mandatory courses, the master’s students can visit any other course they like. They are not restricted to the courses of the first or second semester, but may attend any course offered the current semester. However, please notice that seminars may require registration in advance.

 

3) How many weekly credit hours (SWS) are mandatory according to the Master’s degree regulations?

According to the Master’s degree regulations, the Master’s degree is made up of a minimum of 24 SWS. By visiting the basic courses in the winter semester, 13 SWS are covered (Basics in Civil Law I: 6 SWS, Basics in Public Law I: 3 SWS, Basics in Criminal Law I: 4 SWS).

 

4) Which assessments do I have to complete?

Every master’s student must complete assessments (“Scheine”) in five of the courses visited during the master’s program.

Usually, such assessment is achieved by undertaking a 15-minute oral examination at the end of semester. One assessment must however be completed in a written form, that is by a written examination, by handing in a written assignment, or by taking part in a seminar.

It should be noted that the completed assessments must cover the three basic courses – Civil, Constitutional and Criminal Law. The master’s students can freely chose the courses in which they want to complete the remaining two assessments.

 

5) Which grading system is used to evaluate the completed assessments?

The five completed assessments, the so called “Zwischenprüfungen“ (midterm exams), which need to be passed during the master’s program, are not evaluated with certain grades, it is only important that you pass them successfully.

The Master’s thesis and the final oral exam are evaluated with the grades very good = 1, good = 2, satisfactory = 3, sufficient = 4, inadequate = 5. The final grade of the Master’s degree is made up two thirds of the written thesis and one third of the oral exam.

 

6) What is the final exam?

The final exam consists of the Master’s thesis and the final oral exam. The total grade of the final exam and the topic of the Master’s thesis will be contained in the master’s certificate.

 

7) When do I have to start with my Master’s thesis?

Students should begin working on their Master’s thesis during the semester break (March/April or August/September), as it must be submitted on June 1 or January 1, depending on when the master’s program had been started. In justified cases, the deadline may be extended up to a maximum of three months. When planning their stay in Augsburg, students must bear in mind that an extension of the thesis deadline also delays the date for the oral exam, which in this case can only take place after the end of the second semester of study.

 

8) What is the final oral exam comprised of?

In the final oral exam, the basics of only one of the three subjects of Civil, Constitutional and Criminal Law are examined. The student chooses this subject in time before the test. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes and is evaluated by a university lecturer who is not the supervisor of the master’s thesis. For information about the evaluation of the exam, please see point 5).

 

9) Which deadlines do I have to consider?

For the Master’s students, the most important deadline is the one for the submission of the master’s thesis on June 1 or January 1. In justified cases, this deadline can be extended up to a maximum of three months.

It is also important that the students re-register in time for the second semester and pay the Student Union membership fee and the semester ticket for public transport in time.

 

10) When am I awarded the academic title of Magister legum (LL.M.)?

With the successful completion of the final oral exam, which can only take place after successfully completing the master’s thesis, the academic title of Magister legum (LL.M.) will be awarded.

 

11) What is recommended for a successful course of study?

It is advisable that students complete their written assessment (written exam, written assignment, or seminar) during or after the first semester of study, because master’s students often have problems with passing it. In this way, students can avoid the issue of not being admitted to the final oral exam after their second semester of study because they are lacking a written assessment.

In addition, it is recommended to think about a topic for the master’s thesis early and to search for a supervising professor, so that an adequate supervision of the thesis can be ensured.

 

12) Who can I contact if I have questions about Immigration and Registration Law?

Please contact Ms. Ramona Krünes at the International Office (“Akademisches Auslandsamt”) (http://www.aaa.uni-augsburg.de/en/incoming/legal_matters/).

 

13) How can I find accommodation in Augsburg?

Helpful and interesting information about living in Augsburg can be found on the website of the Student Office (http://www.studentenwerk-augsburg.de/english/about/wirueberuns_Eng.php).

 

For further questions you are very welcome to contact:

 

Dr. Stefan Lorenzmeier, LL.M. (Lugd.)

LL.M. for International Graduates Program

Augsburg University, Law Faculty

Universitätsstraße 24, 86159 Augsburg

Tel.: + 49 821 598 – 4505

Telefax: + 49 821 598 – 4503

Room 2016

 

or

 

Dorota Miler, LL.M. (McGill)

LL.M. for International Graduates Program

Augsburg University, Law Faculty

Universitätsstraße 24, 86159 Augsburg

Tel.: + 49 821 598 – 4610

Telefax: + 49 821 598 – 4503

Room 1032