International Programmes 2019/2020

Introduction to German Law and German Legal Language Introduction to German Law and German Legal Language

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: C1, C2
  • August 04 - August 28, 2020 (Registration deadline of course provider: June 15, 2020)
Target group

The course caters particularly to law students from abroad (especially those preparing to spend a period of time studying at a German law faculty) and for future translators and interpreters with an interest in acquiring a fundamental grounding in German law and expanding their legal vocabulary.


The specialist course "Introduction to German Law and German Legal Language" is taught in four-hour classes in the morning. The course introduces students to the law of the Federal Republic of Germany through short lectures on various areas of law (max. 45 minutes per topic) that are flanked by legal exercises. The course content is based on the topics dealt with in the course instructor's book "Deutsche Rechtssprache – Ein Studien- und Arbeitsbuch mit Einführung in das deutsche Recht'' (C.H.Beck, 6th edition, Munich), but also includes newer exercises based on recent court rulings. All participants receive a set of notes and exercises.

Teaching is geared to giving students a chance to bring in their own prior knowledge from their home legal systems and to make oral contributions in class. Small group work, student presentations, films on legal topics adapted for instruction purposes and typical legal texts (penal orders, judgements, court orders) are all part of the programme.

Students also attend one civil and one criminal court case in Bayreuth and visit the Memorium Nürnberger Prozesse in Nuremberg, take part in a Q&A session with German law students and are afforded opportunities to meet a court interpreter and practitioners from various legal professions (Notar, Rechtsanwältin, etc.).

Heike Simon, the course instructor, practices in Bayreuth as a "Rechtsanwältin" and is a publicly appointed and sworn translator and interpreter for the English language. She has taught German law and German legal language to foreign students since 1992.

This specialist law course is complemented by a two-hour afternoon course focussing on German legal language. The total teaching hours are approximately 100 hours in the whole course period.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
ECTS points (max.)
Dates and costs
  • August 04 - August 28, 2020 (Registration deadline of course provider: June 15, 2020), costs: EUR 859
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices

Additional costs can be incurred for the optional parts of the cultural programme (museum visits, excursions).

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: C1, C2
Language requirements

German language skills level C1 or higher

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Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

We organise single room accommodation. Students may choose between a room in a student dormitory or in a private shared flat. The dormitories feature two-, four-, five- and six-student apartment units, each with a kitchen and single occupancy bedrooms. All dormitories are equipped with a common room as well as a TV room. Dishes and linen are available. In shared apartments, kitchens and bathrooms are shared. Costs for accommodation are about 290 EUR per month plus a deposit fee of 100 EUR.


The students' dormitories and private shared flats are equipped with cooking facilities. Several grocery stores and restaurants are to be found in the city centre.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

The course fee includes various leisure time activities: literature café, academic seminars, international choir, theatre workshops, cinema, sports programme and the almost legendary Summer University parties.
Cultural immersion opportunities include the following: museum visits, local trips, guided city tours. These excursions cost between 1 and 6 EUR. We also offer trips, e.g. to Bamberg, Nuremberg or Regensburg, which cost between 10 and 30 EUR.

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Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

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