Elective minor in an undergraduate study programme (bachelor). A minor subject may only be chosen in combination with a major subject.
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||17.5. - 15.9. | 29.11. - 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.
Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.
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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 certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not 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” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.
Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.
Application and application documents
This study programme has no admission restrictions.
During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods, etc.) and upload various PDF documents.
Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:
- your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
- documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ, etc.)
- any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
- any other required documents (medical certificate, etc.)
An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).