Located in downtown Hamburg, Germany's second-largest metropolis and its greenest city, the Bucerius Law School offers international students a one-term program in International and Comparative Business Law. Hamburg is proud of its political autonomy as a city-state within the Federal Republic of Germany and as such, legal culture is central to life in Hamburg overall. Today Hamburg is host to many legal institutions of national and global significance, including the Hamburg state courts, the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law, and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
As participants in the exchange program at Bucerius, AUWCL students will have access to all school facilities, including the library, computer and sports facilities. All Bucerius facilities (excluding the library cupola) are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the school's exchange program offers professional development opportunities including networking events and individual career counseling for international and exchange students. Exchange students can take business law classes in investment, finance, antitrust, commercial law and European business law.
Courses will be held in English and students are also welcome to sit in on regular classes, if their knowledge of German allows. In addition, two German language courses are offered.
Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the Bucerius Law School program, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the AUWCL Office of the Registrar.
Courses cover all main fields of German law and include the History of European Law, European Contract Law, as well as other courses taught from an international or comparative perspective. The following is a selection of courses offered in English. A more complete and up-to-date list is available on the Bucerius website.
Course offerings for the 2018 fall semester:
- Introduction to German Law
- International Commercial Litigation
- Global Trends in Intellectual Property and Digital Media Law
- Practical Aspects of International Mergers and Acquisitions
- European Capital Markets
- The Law of International Organizations
- Business Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- The Private Law of International Trade from a Comparative Perspective
Housing and Cost of Living
Bucerius does not offer housing to its students but will assist all exchange students in securing suitable accommodation for their time in Hamburg. There are a limited number of private dormitory rooms available as well as apartments and rooms available to sublet from Bucerius students leaving for a semester abroad. Rent will generally range from € 300 to € 650 per month, not including cost of living, including transportation, food and personal expenses. For more information on housing at Bucerius please visit the Bucerius web site's section on housing for exchange students.
Visit the Living in Hamburg section of the Bucerius website for more information on the advantages of living in Hamburg.
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Abroad FAQs page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228