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State Examination

Program structure

State examination: In general, only one subject is studied.

Special features

No specificities


The study of law imparts the necessary knowledge of the law and the methods for the scientific handling of the law and its practical application. It forms the first part of legal education and is divided into three phases:

  • The basic phase is completed with a successful intermediate examination as a university examination.
  • In the intermediate phase, students acquire the prerequisites for admission to the state examination.
  • The repetition phase prepares for the examination.
  • The last two phases overlap with the study of specializations. The faculty offers certain subjects specializations which can be selected by each student.

Professional prospects / competencies

The studies, which are completed with the first state examination in Law, are followed by the legal traineeship as practical training. Those who then pass the second state examination in Law can, in principle, pursue any legal profession (the so-called "uniform jurist"). In the classic professions with the state - judge, public prosecutor, administrative lawyer, work with the EU in Brussels, diplomatic service - only relatively few jobs are available. For this reason, most graduates aspire to the legal profession, in which there are now numerous opportunities for specialization ("specialist lawyer for ...") in addition to general work. However, legal services are also in demand in medium-sized and larger companies. A considerable number of lawyers are also active in the management of companies in a wide variety of sectors - due to corresponding talent.

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

According to § 25 JAPO, three months of practical study are obligatory from the 2nd semester onwards, whereby, if possible, one month each should relate to civil law, criminal law and administration; at least two of these areas must be covered.

Disciplines involved

  •  none obligatory
  •  courses with Eastern European references within the framework of the accompanying studies in Eastern European Studies
  •  politics courses as key qualification

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 9 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

 A sum of 172 hours per week over all semesters

Language of instruction

German; individual courses are additionally offered in English or French

Program can be started

In the winter and summer semester

What qualities do I need to have?

The ability to think analytically and logically, the ability to deal with diverse, complex information and linguistic accuracy

Restricted admittance

No admittance restriction based on grades

Legal requirements for admission

General higher education entrance qualification, a subject-related entrance qualification (economics) or a vocational qualification.

Application deadline(s)

An application is not necessary, as the program is not admission restricted.

Information for international applicants.

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office

Language skills needed

No proof is required at the time of enrollment. During the course of studies, proof of foreign language proficiency of 2 semester hours per week within the meaning of § 24 (2) JAPO must be submitted.

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Contact within the faculty


Dr. Petra Fexer
Law and Economy Building, Room Nr. 1.30
Phone +49941 943-2671
E-Mail koordination.jura@ur.de


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