Elective minor in an undergraduate study programme (bachelor).
When studying law as a minor you will gain a basic knowledge of law. You will learn how to understand and interpret current law systematically and conceptually, and how to apply it to everyday situations. At the same time you will also consider legal norms in their historical development and their application in judicial procedures as well as their links with other areas of life.
|Programme start||Winter semester & Summer semester|
|Application period||3.06. - 15.9. | 3.12. - 15.3.|
Winter semester & Summer semester
You can attend courses in the basic modules of civil law, public law and criminal law. There is an obligatory examination in Contract Law I, as well as in your chosen area of state organisation law or fundamental rights, or general criminal law. After you have successfully completed the compulsory courses in the basic modules, you can choose from other courses in the basic modules or from a number of advanced modules. These include, for example, labour and social law, economic law, or European and international law.
Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).
Possible main subjects
- British and American Studies (BAST)The Bachelor's Programme in British and American Studies (BAST) is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.
- German LiteratureIn our Bachelor's Programme in German Literature you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.
- French LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in French Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.
- HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests.
- Italian LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in Italian Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.
- Classics and the Ancient Near EastThis bachelor's programme is designed to convey a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. The interdisciplinary courses stretch from literary studies (Greek/Latin) via history to archaeology.
- PhilosophyIn our bachelor's programme in philosophy you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.
- Slavic LiteraturesIn our Bachelor's Programme in Slavic Literatures you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.
- SociologyIn this study programme you will focus on the study of societies. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.
- Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThis bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.
What interests and skills should I have?
The study of law trains especially juridical thinking. Juridical thinking requires logical reasoning with arguments that derive from concrete facts, leading to abstract concepts and in turn to concrete decisions. For this reason, a keen mind and the ability to think in abstract terms are essential requirements for the successful study of law. Clarity in the structuring of arguments and the ability to create objective and strictly logical formulations are essential tools for dealing with legal questions. In addition to this, interest and curiosity for events in social life and enthusiasm in following political and economic news are very helpful in order to apply legal knowledge to concrete fields.
Foreign language skills
To apply for this minor, you do not have to proof any foreign language skills.
Language(s) of instruction
The languages of instruction and examinations are German and English.
The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor: General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.
Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.