What is law about?

Do you really have to learn laws by heart as a legal student? Of course not. You learn how to understand abstract legal regulations and how to apply them to specific cases. You will be able to find the right legislation for any given situation and learn how to quickly grasp laws you have not come across before.

What can I do with this degree?

There are many career prospects, both in classical and more specialised areas of work. Moreover, legal professionals have excellent earning prospects. Major law firms pay even young professionals well. However, they hire only the best and expect them to work hard. Although the job market for legal professionals is good, top level positions with attractive salaries or in public service are often reserved for the best graduates. Most graduates work as lawyers.

Common professions:

  • judge
  • public prosecutor
  • lawyer
  • notary public
  • civil servant (higher public service)

Other professions:

  • tax consultant
  • auditor
  • in-house lawyer
  • human resources
  • management assistance
  • politics, political advisor
  • business consultancy
  • international activities
  • editor at a legal publisher
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in social and political issues
  • good written and oral skills
  • accuracy
  • diligence and discipline
  • a good memory
  • above all: an interest in law
Good reasons for choosing this degree programme
  • FAU offers students of law modern, well-equipped study facilities. All buildings are located close to each other and the city centre is nearby. It is easy to get in touch with other students and the lecturers.
  • The School of Law organises an introductory week for new students during which all questions concerning the degree programme at FAU will be answered and you will get an idea of what to expect during your studies. In tutorials led by more senior students, you will gain an overview of the organisation and structure of the degree programme and can ask any questions you may have about your initial courses. You can also form small study groups. In the examination workshop 'Klasurwerkstatt', you will learn how to handle cases efficiently, with a special focus on practical legal methods.
  • All of our students benefit from individual support during their studies. Our professors and research staff are glad to answer your questions and are also available outside of lectures. The student advice service provides support and orientation in information events and individual consultations. You can use a variety of e-learning systems such as teaching videos and online courses.
  • During preparation for the State Examination you can join the 'Erlanger Examenskurs' to get individual assistance. This course can replace revision courses you normally have to pay for. Every week, you can practise by completing practice examinations.
  • The School of Law offers a whole range of additional qualifications. You can gather experience in areas which are not part of the regular study plan and obtain soft skills which are more and more important on the labour market. The following additional qualifications are particularly useful:
  • For legal language and international skills you can take language courses – Unicert, Fachsprache Jura (for technical legal language) – and there are many opportunities for studying abroad including a degree programme specialising in German and French Law.
  • The Institute of Notary Law and Legal Practice provides good opportunities for learning core skills throughout the degree programme.
Potential challenges
  • You have to be a fully qualified lawyer to practice law. After your studies, you have to complete two years of training as a lawyer (Rechtsreferendariat) followed by the Second State Examination in law. Therefore, you should be aware that this course requires a long-term commitment which may last up to seven years or more. The two-year training period is an opportunity to get to know different fields before you decide which area you want to work in. Moreover, you gain valuable practical experience and you are paid.
  • You should be aware that studying law requires hard work and self-discipline, in particular when it comes to examination preparation. Your overall grade is based on your performance in the final examination. This means that it is not the average grade of all your course achievements that counts. But don't worry, you will be able to cope with the mass of content by applying methods learnt throughout the degree programme.
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Degree type: State Examination
Type of study: State Examination
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 9 Semester
Start date of degree program: Summer Term, Winter Term
Size: (currently 250-600 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions