Hanse Law SchoolHanse Law School is an international Law study programme offered by three co-operating universities, (Bremen University (Germany), Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany) and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands)). HLS consists of two Bachelor study programmes: Comparative and European Law which are commonly offered by the Faculty of Law (Bremen University) and the Institute of Law (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg) on the German side, and by the Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) on the Dutch site. The master study programme Comparative and European Law which is also commonly offered by those three universities and which enables the students to be awarded a German as well as a Dutch University degree, will start in the winter term 2005/2006. For the first time three universities from two EU member states co-operate in offering a Law programme with a combined double degree.
Hanse Law School with its European orientation offers an innovative study programme because of its structure, but also it's content and methods of teaching which are novel within German universities. Hanse Law School is contributing to the coalescence of the European legal systems as well as the creation of new vocational fields, for which cross border legal knowledge is a basic requireme.
After three years of study at Bremen University and Carl von Ossietzky university Oldenburg, the study programme ends with the degree "Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)". This degree is followed by the post-graduate Master study programme which will start in the winter term 2005/2006. After one further year of studies the students will be awarded "Master of Laws (LL.M)". Both degrees are jointly awarded by both - Bremen university and Oldenburg University. Additionally, if the students spend a semester of their Master study programme at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, they will be awarded the Dutch "Master of Laws" a degree in Law that is already well-established.
The Hanse Law School offers the possibility of gaining profound knowledge in German and Dutch Law and the Law of the European Union. Additionally, the most important areas of English Common Law necessary for the economic and legal practise are taught.
International orientationGiven the international orientation of the study programme a compulsory period of study abroad is an important part of Hanse Law School. Already during the Bachelor programme, one of six study records must be received from a foreign partner university. (For the Master programme this ratio will be one to three).
In their fifth semester, the students study one semester at a European university co-operating with Hanse Law School. Here we especially recommend our Dutch partner university, the Rijskuniversiteit Groningen. At the moment, due to our integrated Dutch language courses and the courses regarding crucial questions and basic problems of the Dutch legal system, the students' knowledge of the Dutch language as well as of the legal system is so good that they can understand lectures and courses in Groningen without any problems.
As the Master study programme is a common programme offered by Bremen University, Oldenburg University and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen the students will have the opportunity to be awarded the common Dutch degree "Master of Laws/Meester in de Rechten" beneath the German "Master of Laws (LL.M.) if the obligatory study part abroad is done in Groningen. If furthermore a student takes a special combination of Dutch law courses which is specified by the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, after consultation with Bremen and Oldenburg a so-called "effectus civilis" can be awarded. After three years of work experience in a law office this "effectus civilis" enables the students to access a legal training in the Netherlands. Under the conditions of the European right to establish a business (in Germany §§ 2,11 EuRAG) this path makes it possible for our graduates to get the authorisation to work as attorneys in Germany as well as in other EU-member states.
Taking this international internship into consideration good knowledge of the English language is essential. Already at the time of application for Hanse Law School a good knowledge of English has to be proven and will be improved with regard to legal terms during the course of studies. Therefore, right from the beginning, parts of the curriculum will be taught in English. Oral as well as written examinations will be taken in English. Additionally, courses in Legal Terminology are offered and we enable students who show a special interest in Common Law to study a semester at our co-operating universities in Britain.
Intercultural skills which are acquired by the students during their studies abroad are consolidated in Germany because the students have to prove themselves as hosts, as during the fourth semester students from Groningen as well as from Britain will come to Bremen and Oldenburg for their studies abroad.
Main characteristics of the study programme are:
Comparative Law, integrated teaching, gaining a profound knowledge of three legal systems: the German and Dutch Law as parts of the Civil Law and the especially relevant basics of the Common Law
integrated language learning
integrated studies abroad with its exchange programmes.
This concept specifically prepares the students for their future work which they will spend in European companies, international attorney offices, governmental and non-governmental organisations or for an international academic career.