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Faculty of Law

Part-time studies

In principle, all students are free to work alongside their studies within their possibilities. However, the focus should always be on the studies.

Part-time studies

It is in principle possible to study part-time. Part-time students book fewer modules, take fewer exams and complete fewer ECTS credits. Accordingly, the study program will be longer. For orientation: The Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS credits) consists of the assessment level (60 ECTS credits) and the advanced level (120 ECTS credits). For the master's degree, a total of 90 ECTS credits must be completed. In the case of full-time study (six semesters for the BLaw or three semesters for the MLaw), approximately 30 ECTS credits are completed per semester. This corresponds to an effort of approx. 42 hours per week, of which students will spend approx. 20 (BLaw) or 10 hours (MLaw) in presence at the university.

Planning the Bachelor's study program

Students can find out how well attendance at courses is compatible with any professional appointments, family obligations, etc. by looking at the timetables. The timetables for full-time Bachelor’s students can be found here. The sample study plan can be found in the appendix of the program regulation (cf. p. 18 ff. StudO RWF). The assessment level does not necessarily have to be completed in one year. The assessment level examinations are offered both in fall semester and in spring semester. In this context, § 37 of the Framework Regulation should be noted: "Students who have passed all assessment-level modules except one may already book advanced-level modules. However, until the last assessment-level module is passed, a maximum of 18 ECTS credits worth of modules may be booked." Thus, students who are missing more than one module from the assessment level cannot continue in the advanced level. Even at the advanced level of the Bachelor's program, students decide for themselves how much time they want to invest in their studies by booking modules. It should be noted, however, that the advanced level examinations are only offered once a year, in spring semester.

Planning the Master's study program

The course catalogue and the provisional examination dates are helpful for planning the Master's study program. All information on the master's programs can be found in the program regulation.

Limitation of study time

There is no limitation of study time at the Faculty of Law. However, according to § 44 para. 1 StudO RWF, completed ECTS credits can only be transferred to the degree within ten years of the semester in which they were completed. After the ten years have passed, the credits must be completed again. This applies to both the major program in law and the minor program in law.


Due to the individual differences in learning efficiency, ability to work under pressure, etc., no general statements can be made regarding the extent to which employment is possible alongside studies.

Start of studies in the spring semester

The regular start of the Bachelor’s degree program is in fall semester. In principle, it is also possible to start the Bachelor’s degree program in spring semester, but this is not recommended. This is because most courses begin in fall semester and continue in spring semester. If you are interested in starting your studies in spring semester, it is advisable to discuss your personal study plan during the telephone or personal consultation hours of the Student Center.

The Master's study program can be started in fall semester as well as in spring semester.

Students from third countries

According to the regulations of the Office of Economy and Labour (AWA), students from third countries are allowed to pursue a part-time job or an internship for a maximum of 15 hours per week. The AWA requires a confirmation from the university that the duration of studies will not be prolonged and the completion of studies will not be delayed as a result of the employment. Under the following conditions, such a confirmation can be requested in writing (via contact form) from the Student Center: You have earned an average of at least 36 ECTS credits per year or 18 ECTS credits per semester since the beginning of your studies until the last examination period and plan to continue the same workload during your part-time employment. If you are in the second semester of the Bachelor's program or in the first semester of the Master's program, the assessment will be made based on the definitely booked modules.

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