Erasmus in Leipzig (EN)

Application

Contact
  • Applications for Erasmus have to be sent to:

    Universität Leipzig
    Akademisches Auslandsamt
    Referat 1 (EU-Programme)
    Christiane Schmidt
    Goethestr. 6
    D-04109 Leipzig
    Tel.: +49 (341) 97 32 023
    Fax: +49 (341) 97 32 049
    E-Mail

    Ms Schmidt is also responsible for any kind of organizational matters e.g. accommodation, enrolment etc.

  • Applications for an exchange by the university network have to be sent to Ms Moros:

    Universität Leipzig
    Akademisches Auslandsamt
    Jane Moros
    Goethestr. 6
    Zimmer 4.34
    D-04109 Leipzig
    Tel.: +49 (341) 97 32 032
    Fax: +49 (341) 97 32 049
    E-Mail: jane.moros{at}zv.uni-leipzig.de

  • Exchange students who want to finish a whole degree in Germany should contact Ms Otto:

    Universität Leipzig
    Akademisches Auslandsamt
    Martina Otto
    Goethestr. 6
    Zimmer 4.30
    D-04109 Leipzig
    Tel.: +49 (341) 97 32 029
    Fax: +49 (341) 97 32 049
    E-Mail

Application deadline
  • For the next winter semester: 15th July
  • For the next summer semester: 15th January

Consultation
  • Person in charge at the law faculty:

    Professor Dr. Thomas Rauscher
    zHd Erasmus-Büro
    Universität Leipzig
    Juristenfakultät
    Burgstraße 27
    D-04109 Leipzig
    Tel.: +49 (341) 97 35 232
    Fax: +49 (341) 97 35 239
    E-Mail

  • Specialized consultation for international students concerning the law studies, the courses and lectures, the enrolment at the faculty, exams etc:

    Friederike Scholz
    Universität Leipzig
    Juristenfakultät
    Burgstraße 27, Raum 4.33
    D-04109 Leipzig
    Tel.: +49 (341) 97 35 230
    Fax: +49 (341) 97 35 239
    E-Mail

Academic year

  • Winter semester:
    start of term: 1st October
    start of lecture period: Second week of October
    end of term: 31st March
    end of lecture period: First week of February
  • Summer semester:
    start of term: 1st April
    start of lecture period: First week of April
    end of term: 30th September
    end of lecture period: Third week of July

Information about the course of study

Organization of Law Studies at Leipzig University

The course of study is divided into two parts, a mandatory core curriculum and a field of specialization.

 • Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is composed of courses on civil law, public law and criminal law. Foreign language courses focusing on legal communication also belong to the curriculum.

The core curriculum is divided into two phases: basic studies (semesters 1 - 3) and advanced studies (semester 4 and beyond).

During the basic studies, students must earn a certificate in one basic subject as well as seven written exams and one research paper for beginners.

During the advanced studies, advanced practical courses in civil law, public law and criminal law are offered. The advanced studies are intended to prepare the students for the First Legal State Examination (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen). The core curriculum is completed with the examination. The examination consists of six written tests and one oral test. The content of the examination is determined by the federal state where the university is located. The examiners include professors, judges, district attorneys, administrative lawyers and other lawyers. The grade received for the core curriculum accounts for 70% of the overall grade.

Erasmus students may attend basic and advanced classes.

 • Concentration

Students choose a concentration in addition to the core curriculum. The following concentrations are possible:

  1. Fundamentals of Law
  2. State and Administration - Environment, Building, Economy
  3. International and European Private Law
  4. European Law - International Law - Human Rights
  5. Bank and Financial Market Law
  6. Criminology
  7. Media Law
  8. Legal Advising - Lawmaking - Law Enforcement
  9. Business Law
  10. Labor Law
  11. Tax Law

The concentration is completed with a university examination, which consists of a testing seminar and a written exam. To be admitted to the exam, the student must have a seminar certificate, which can be obtained in the courses of one of the concentrations, and must have attended at least 14 semester hours (SWS) of classes in his or her concentration. The grade received on the university concentration exam makes up 30% of the total grade.

Grading Scale

In law programs, the grading scale ranges from 0 to 18 points (italic = failing):

16-18 pointsVery good
13-15 pointsGood
10-12 pointsFully satisfactory
7-9 pointsSatisfactory
4-6 pointsAdequate
1-3 pointsPoor
0 pointsInadequate

Some instructors use the classic German grading scale to grade foreign students (italic = failing):

Grade 1Very good
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Adequate
Grade 5Poor
Grade 6Inadequate

It is also possible to be graded using the bachelor system grading scale, where grades are given in intervals of 0.3 points (italic = failing):

0,7; 1,0; 1,3Very good
1,7; 2,0; 2,3Good
2,7; 3,0; 3,3Satisfactory
3,7; 4,0Adequate
LessInadequate

Learning Agreement/Course Catalog

The course catalog for the winter semester is published during the end of summer. Consequently, the learning agreement must be completed using course catalogs from past semesters.

The archived course catalogs are available on the Law Faculty Website.

There is always a short version and a long version of the course catalog. The long version contains detailed descriptions of each course.

Course Types

There are six types of courses offered at the Law Faculty: lectures, practical courses, revision courses, seminars, consortiums and exam courses. In the following section, you will find short explanations of each of the course types, as well as information about which courses can be taken for credits and, if applicable, how to register.

  • Lectures
  • The instructor gives lectures related to the topic of the course. Students should attend the first meeting in order to get the password for any online course materials as well as any literature recommendations. German students are normally not required to take exams for lecture courses. Foreign students must speak to the instructor after their first lecture and ask for an exam. The professor then decides whether to give an oral or a written exam. In general, students who regularly attend the course and pass an exam at the end of the semester receive 5 credits for 2 semester hours (SWS). At the end of the course, the instructor has to prepare a certificate.
    Some consortiums (see below) are offered for the courses from the first through the third semester. Please register online on AlmaWeb for classes being part of the 1st and the 3rd semester. You will receive the login data after you have successfully applied to the University of Leipzig.

  • Advanced Practical Courses
  • There are also advanced practical courses for students in higher semesters. These courses are needed for admission to the examination. The instructor discusses the resolution of complex legal cases with a large group of students. The practical courses require extensive knowledge of German law and the norms for solving legal cases in Germany. Due to its high level of required German legal knowledge, those classes might not be recommendable for Erasmus students. Registration is not necessary for participation in the course or for the tests and papers.

  • Consortiums (AG)
  • Consortiums (abbreviated AG, German Arbeitsgemeinschaften) are intended to complement the lectures offered in the first semesters. An instructor trains a group of 5 to 30 students in the solution of legal cases. AGs normally begin in the second week of the semester. Registration is required and can be done online on AlmaWeb.

  • Exam Revision Courses (LEO)
  • Revision courses are intended to prepare German students for the examination in the core curriculum, which is the final examination for German law students. The complete content learned by German students during the previous 6 semesters is reviewed. These courses are held in lecture halls with approximately 150 students. Depending on the professor's preferences, the content is presented either abstractly or with example cases which are solved with student participation. Registration is not required. There are no exams for these courses.

  • Seminars:
  • Seminars are only offered in the various concentrations and they address very specific topics. Registration is usually being done at the end of the previous semester, which means that the seminars are normally full before foreign students arrive in Germany. Seminars are normally announced on the Law Faculty website. Foreign students who are interested in attending a seminar must contact the professor directly. Talk to him and aks how many credits you can receive for the work. During each seminar student receives a topic from the professor which is the basis for a paper approximately 25 pages in length. At the end of the semester, the participants meet and give a 30 minute presentation about the topic of their paper. The paper and the presentation are graded.

  • Exam Courses/Tutorials
  • Exam courses and tutorials are structured like AGs and address topics from the various concentrations. They are intended to prepare students for their concentration exam. The focus is on practicing solving cases.

Registration necessary?How to register?How to earn grades/ECTS Credit Points?How to register for the exam?
Lecturesyes, only for classes of the 1st - 3rd semester; all following classes do not need any registrationAlmaWebWritten or oral examArrangements with the correspondent professorship at the end of the previous lecture period
Consortium (AG)yesAlmaWeb--
Seminaryes

Arrangements with the correspondent professorship at the end of the previous semester

Seminars will be announced on the black board of the faculty

Composition of a 20-30 pages thesis and presentationArrangements with the correspondent professorship at the end of the previous lecture period
Advanced practical classes----
Examrevision classes (LEO)----
Exam Tutorials----
Credits and Semester Hours (SWS)

In general: students who regularly attend a course and who successfully take an exam at the end of the course receive 2.5 ECTS for courses that have 1 semester hour, 5 ECTS for courses with 2 semester hours, 7.5 ECTS for courses with 3 semester hours, etc.

The Term semester hour (SWS) refers to the number of hours that the course meets for each week. It is important to note that "hour" refers to a teaching hour of 45 minutes and not a full 60 minute hour. For example, if a weekly lecture begins at 9:15 and lasts until 10:45, it counts for 2 semester hours (SWS). Some courses might be listed with the so-called "academic quarter" in the course catalog (abbreviated c.t. (cum tempore)), which means that they begin 15 minutes later than the given time for example 9:00 c.t. means 9:15. If a lecture is listed in the course catalog as taking place "Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 - 11:00", the course counts for 4 SWS.

How to gain credits: International students have to talk to their instructors about how to receive ECTS-credits for each class. After the first or second lecture, talk to the instructor personally to inform him, that you are an Erasmus student and that you will need an exam at the end of the semester.

In order to gain credits, you must regularly attend classes and pass the final exam to receive the 2.5 credits per semester hour. You should therefore ask the instructor, if you have to pass an oral exam or a written exam. At the end of the semester, the instructor must prepare a certificate for foreign students, which contains the student's name, credits received, the German grade and the equivalent European grade. Credits can not be gained by only being present!

Libraries

There are several libraries in Leipzig. The law branch of the university library is especially important for law students. The books and journals needed to prepare for exams are found here.

The library is located at Burgstraße 27 in the second story. The library can be reached through the entrance to Burgplatz and through the Petersbogen.

  • Opening Hours:
    Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Opening Hours Information and Journal Reading Room:
    Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Saturday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A 1 € coin is needed to use the lockers. Water bottles and personal books may be taken into the library. When leaving the library, personal books must be shown to library employees in order to ensure that no library books are inappropriately removed from the library.

Advising

We offer a Buddy Program for international students since the winter semester of 2012/13. Each foreign student is assigned to a group of German partner students, who can answer questions about the program at the law faculty, course selection and exams, as well as questions about arriving and living in Leipzig. The groups are put into contact with each other before the foreign student arrives, so that the foreign student has a contact in Leipzig at the beginning of his or her stay. There are also three to four meetings which all Buddies and exchange students may attend, to discuss their experiences and spend a pleasant evening together. If interested, please write an email with the subject line "Buddy Program".

In addition there is a weekly two hours consultation time. There you will receive information about the study program. You will even receive help with your documents, such as Learning Agreement, Transcript of Records, Confirmation of stay, etc.

Transcript of Records

Whenever you have finished your studies, please send all your certificates of your attended classes as soon as possible. We will then issue a Transcript of Records, which you can submit to your home university in order to get your grades recognized.

General information

Leipzig and surrounding areas

With over 575,000 residents (as of 09/30/2016), Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony. It is located approximately 200 km south of Berlin. Thanks to Leipzig's central location in Germany, many cultural centers are within a comfortable traveling distance: Dresden, which is the capital of Saxony; Weimar; Erfurt and more. Most of the central mountain ranges in Germany, such as the Harz, the Thuringian Forest and the Erzgebirge, are nearby.

Leipzig is famous for its trade fair. Leipzig has an excellent reputation as a university city, as Leipzig University has one of the longest traditions in Germany.

Leipzig is a cultural center par excellence. The concert hall Gewandhaus, the Leipzig Opera and the Academixer Cabaret have excellent reputations throughout Germany and internationally. Leipzig also has many museums to offer. A visit to the Bach Museum or the Grassi Museum is always enjoyable. The Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) is the best-known sight in Leipzig.

You may find further information about the city and its surroundings on the homepage of the City of Leipzig

Leipzig University

At the beginning...

Leipzig University was founded in 1409 by professors, magisters and doctors who had left Prague University. At first there was only one complete faculty - the faculty of arts.

The first record of a law professorship is from 1411. Through the close connection between the university and the city, which was known even then as a center for books, and the possibilities for the distribution of written work, many important humanistic developments and achievements originated in the university in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the wake of the Thirty Years' War, intellectual and cultural life reached a low point, which also affected Leipzig University.

At the turn of the 18th century, old traditions began to be revived and there was a new interest in progressive ideas, creative thinking and renewal.

A new generation of intellectuals particularly influential in the early Enlightenment came of age. The university underwent a reform from 1830 to 1832 which modernized many of its medieval aspects and began the process of transforming the university into a full university offering a complete range of subjects.

The construction of the university's main building began in 1831. The building was severely damaged in the Second World War and was demolished in 1968. From 1871 to 1913, Leipzig University was a hotbed of intellectual activity, producing many significant scientific achievements.

During the First World War, the conditions for teaching and research at the university worsened. After 1924, numerous new institutes were founded and new research aims were developed, primarily in the fields of natural sciences and technology.

During the fascist era, National Socialist thought permeated many scientific fields, bending them to fit Nazi ideology. After the fall of the Third Reich the university had the historical chance to establish an institution of higher learning dedicated to humanism, truth and progress. Instead, the university failed to take advantage of its opportunity. The influence of Stalinism and the leadership of the Communist Party had a particularly strong effect on the social sciences and humanities.

The old law faculty was dissolved after Germany's reunification. The new faculty has existed for 20 years and has earned an excellent reputation.

Today...

Today Leipzig University has approximately 30,000 students, 2932 of whom come from foreign countries.

Law Faculty

The Law Faculty was one of the founding faculties at Leipzig University. It was founded in 1411 and quickly became one of the most important faculties in Germany.

There are many important personalities among the alumni of the Leipzig Law Faculty: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, Samuel Pufendorf, Christian Thomasius, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock and Johann Gottlieb Fichte.

There are also some important names among the former professors of the Law Faculty: Adolf Wach, Franz Liszt, Karl Binding, Otto Mayer, Ernst Rabel and Walter Jellinek.

The Law Faculty currently has 2,661 students. The number of students at the Law Faculty has risen dramatically in the past few years, as you can see in the Overview. The trend continues to rise.

The Faculty has 20 professorships. These cover the three main areas - public law, civil law and criminal law - as well as several special topics, such as bank and financial market law, international and European law, tax law and business criminal law.

Overall, the Faculty is an excellent place to study. The Law Faculty building with its adjoining library was built in 2002. It is located in the city center of Leipzig near the Lecture Hall Building, where the lectures for law students are held.

Accommodations

It is easy to find private accommodations in Leipzig. Rents are affordable in comparison to other major German cities.

 • Monthly rent with utilities is normally between € 150 and € 250 in a shared apartment.

Renting accommodation in a university dormitory is also possible. Dormitory rooms are furnished, although the furnishing differs from dormitory to dormitory. Internet connection is available in all of the larger dormitories. Some dormitories also have exercise rooms and common rooms.

An overview of the university's dormitories is available on the website of the Association for Student Affairs. Information about applying for a dormitory room is available on the website.

• Monthly rent with utilities for a dormitory room: between € 120 and € 200.

Sports

Students who are interested in doing something for their physical fitness and meeting new people in addition to their studies should visit the University Sports Center website. There is a broad selection of sports courses for students available. Possibilities include aerobics, jazzdance, tennis, volleyball, badminton, squash and soccer, as well as yoga and other relaxation techniques. An overview of the course offerings is published on the website of the University Sports Center before the start of each new semester.

Registration occurs online before the start of the semester. Exact information about the time of registration is normally published 4 weeks before the start of the semester. Participants should take care to sign in on time. As the demand for courses is very high, late registration is normally not possible.

The cost of the courses varies depending on the type of sport and course selected. Some offerings are free. The course fee is normally quite low. Exact information about the price of each course can be found on the website of the University Sports Center.

letzte Änderung: 02.02.2017

Contact Details

Erasmus:

Gregor Schulz

Erasmus outgoing

Johanna Antoni

Erasmus incoming

Friederike Scholz

Erasmus-consultation-hour:

Wednesday, 15:00 - 17:00
Room 4.33

Post address:

Universität Leipzig
Juristenfakultät
Prof. Dr. Thomas Rauscher
z.Hd. Erasmus-Büro
Burgstr. 27
D-04109 Leipzig