How is the study program structured?
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The standard duration of the bachelor's degree program "Business Law" is seven semesters. In the first three semesters, you will acquire the basics of business law in the basic modules - for example, civil law, labor and social law, commercial and corporate law. At the same time, you will study the basics of business administration, economics and accounting in the economics courses.
You will learn interdisciplinary methods of scientific work and be trained in management techniques, mediation and procedural law. A sound subject-specific foreign language competence is also important: In the module "Legal and Business English" you will become familiar with English specialist terminology, later you will deepen the application in the module "International Aspects of Law".
The in-depth phase comprises four semesters and concludes with the Bachelor's thesis. Through the seven profiles (Labor and Social Affairs, Environment, Law of the Digital Society, Tax, Credit, Business and Competition, and Economic Analysis of Law) in the specialization phase, you will acquire broadly diversified knowledge. In addition, you will learn to analyze your own strengths and work out individual learning strategies as well as systematically develop professional and personal skills. The twenty-week compulsory internship provides you with an initial intensive practical experience.
The content of the modules is taught according to international standards in the form of lectures, exercises, tutorials and seminars. The associated examinations consist of written examinations, oral examinations, presentations and assignments or a combination of these forms of examination.
The Business Law program is designed according to a credit system. This is to ensure the compatibility of study achievements in the national as well as in the international context. The credit system underlying the study program is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and, like the latter, exclusively measures the workload resulting from the completion of subcomponents of the study program. The credit system is not applicable to the assessment of the quality of study or module examination achievements. As with the ECTS program, approximately 30 credits per semester are assumed.
The academic degree "Bachelor of Laws" (LL.B.) is awarded for the first professional degree. For this, students must have successfully completed all module examinations as well as the practical module and finally have passed the bachelor thesis. The module examinations consist of written examinations, oral examinations, presentations, term papers or a combination of these forms of examination, depending on the nature of the module in question and the determination by the respective examiners.
In the basic study phase, the fundamentals of business law and economics are taught. The business law courses mainly comprise private business law (civil law, labor and social law, commercial and corporate law, credit law and the law of electronic commerce). In addition, there is business administration law with references to environmental law and a module on the fundamentals of law, which includes in particular legal history and legal philosophy. The economics courses cover the basics of business administration, economics and accounting.
The courses dedicated to interdisciplinary qualifications are also anchored in the first three semesters. Here, knowledge of the methodology of scientific work, management techniques as well as mediation and procedural law are taught. In addition, students have the opportunity to choose foreign language courses (Business English, Business French).
The in-depth phase comprises four semesters of study and concludes with the completion of the Bachelor's thesis. The following seven profiles are planned for the in-depth phase, each of which contains a legal and economic module component, whereby the seventh with the "Economic Analysis of Law" represents an integration module.
- 1. labor and social affairs
- 2. environment
- 3. electronic legal communication
- 4. taxes
- 5. credit
- 6. competition
- 7. economic analysis of law
The seven profiles are to be completed equally by all students. A specialization or focus of study is therefore not possible and not intended.
An essential element of the Business Law program at the University of Kassel is the practical module, which comprises 22 weeks and can be completed after the end of the third semester. The practical work is intended to promote and help develop the students' ability to successfully implement scientific knowledge and methods in concrete practical situations, to contribute to the intensive dovetailing of theory and practice in the training, and to provide an insight into the desired professional profile. The practical module can be completed in public authorities, companies, tax consultant offices, law firms or similar.
Duration and structure of the practical module
For the Business Law program, a practical phase of usually 22 weeks in a practical field of the business lawyer is planned. The student can choose whether to complete the practical module in one piece or in different practical blocks, which can also take place during the lecture-free period. However, the student can choose a maximum of three internships, whereby an internship block should not be shorter than six weeks. By splitting the practical module into several blocks, it can also be completed during the semester break. The practical phase can also take place abroad.
The practical module can be completed at the earliest after the lecture period of the third semester and proof of the module examinations listed in Appendix 1 of the examination regulations 2011 & Appendix 1 of the examination regulations 2018 . It can also be carried out during the lecture-free period.
The choice of a suitable practical placement is the responsibility of the student; no assignment is made. Upon application by the student, the examination board decides on the suitability of the internship site in good time before the start of the internship module on the basis of the internship regulations. The application must be submitted in writing to the examination board.
Aim of the internship
The aim of the internship is to establish a close connection between the theoretical education within the university and the professional practice of business lawyers. It is intended to introduce students to application-oriented activities. During their studies, students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in various disciplines to complex practical problems under supervision. In doing so, students should already become familiar with various aspects of operational decision-making processes and their interaction during their studies and gain in-depth insights into the organizational, economic, legal and social interrelationships of business operations.
The practical work should promote and help to develop the students' ability to successfully implement scientific knowledge and methods in concrete practical situations, contribute to a more intensive interlocking of theory and practice in the training and provide an insight into the desired occupational profile.
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The Bachelor thesis can be issued after passing all module examinations in the sixth semester at the earliest or after completion of the module examinations specified in the examination regulations for the Business Law program and proof of at least 150 credits. This is intended to create the possibility that the topic of the Bachelor's thesis can also be worked on during the course of study. The processing time for the Bachelor's thesis, which carries nine credits, is eight weeks.