Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of nine German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. Freie Universität Berlin was founded by students and scholars on December 4, 1948, with the support of the American Allies and Berlin politicians as a response to the persecution of students critical of the system at Universität Unter den Linden in the Soviet sector of the divided city of Berlin. These students and scholars wanted to study and carry out research at Freie Universität, free of political influence.
More than 3,600 students, 19 professors and approximately 100 honorary professors, lecturers, research assistants and staff make the Law Department one of the largest in Germany. Three Presidents of the Federal Constitutional Court, three Judges in the Constitutional Court for the state of Berlin, one president of the High Court Berlin and many advisers at the Supreme Court began their academic career as lecturers at Freie Universität Berlin or serve these institutions in addition to their occupation as a lecturer in the Law Department.
The official language of instruction at the Freie Universität is German.
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 Freie Universität, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the AUWCL Office of the Registrar.
The following is a selection of courses offered at Freie Universität. Please visit the University's website for a complete list of course offerings.
- Introduction to Civil Law
- Introduction to Public Law
- State Organizational Law
- European Law
- Introduction to Criminal Law
- Administrative Law
- Constitutional Law
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