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Located in downtown Hamburg - simultaneously 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.
This program is offered only during the fall semester from September to December. At Bucerius, the fall semester is 12 weeks long including a 2-week exam period, and runs from early September to mid-December. During the week between the two sessions, exchange students will, as a group, go on a week-long program of excursions to culturally, historically and politically significant sites in Germany.
For exact program dates please see the Bucerius academic calendar.
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 2016 Exchange Program
Courses Session I
- Comparative Corporate Law
- Comparative Law
- Comparative Law of Agency
- Energy Law
- Global Trends in Intellectual Property and Digital Media Law
- Intellectual Competence
- International Conflict of Laws
- International Trade Law
- Introduction to IP Law
- Law Firms, Lawyering and Professional Ethics in a Globalizing World
- Business Policy and Leadership
- Transactional Drafting
Courses Session II
- Business Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Business Skills: Accounting and Finance for Lawyers
- Corporate Governance
- International Commercial Arbitration
- Introduction to EU Law
- Organized Crime, Corruption, and Money Laundering
- Telecommunication Law - Challenges posed by Technology
Courses running over both sessions
- Introduction to German Law(mandatory for all exchange students)
- European Capital Markets Law
- Practical Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions
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 rooms and apartments which Bucerius' outgoing students have made available for the duration of their time abroad. Rent will generally range from € 300 to € 650 per month, and the cost of living, including transportation, food and personal expenses will come to an additional € 400 per month. For more information on housing at Bucerius please visit the Bucerius web site's section on housing for exchange students.
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
Associate Director of Study Abroad
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4177
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