Language and Short Courses 2020/2021

Bucerius Summer Programme in Legal Technology and Operations Bucerius Summer Programme in Legal Technology and Operations

Bucerius Law School • Hamburg

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In cooperation with
This programme is held in partnership with Chicago-Kent College of the Law (Illinois Institute of Technology), the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA), and CodeX – the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1, C2
  • June 28 - July 16, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 15, 2021)
Target group

Bucerius Summer Programmes are designed for advanced law students, recent graduates, and young professionals wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge in the fields of legal technology and operations, licensing transactions in intellectual property, and international business law.

By joining one of the intensive three-week courses, you will have an opportunity to gain valuable intercultural communication skills by working in small groups with students from different legal backgrounds.


Explore the future of law and legal services and experience the academic rigour of Germany's top law school while working closely with innovators from academia, law firms, and legal departments across the globe!

  • Can we use algorithms to predict court decisions?
  • Can we design routine contracts so that parties understand them without a lawyer?
  • Can we teach machines to exercise due diligence?
  • How can law firms use technology and alternative providers to boost their service offerings?

If questions like these are of interest to you, the Bucerius Summer Programme in Legal Technology and Operations will be right up your alley.

Learn to distinguish relevant information from hype: taking part in this programme will enable you to both understand why legal technology matters and join the current conversation between lawyers and technologists—at the end of your time in Hamburg, you will be able to use technology to tackle complexity and properly assess risk in a legal context.

Practice-oriented summer short courses have been offered on the Bucerius campus since 2008 and have focused on subjects such as International IP Transactions, International Business Law, and Mediation.

All programmes base their curricula on an interactive classroom experience, including small group discussions with lecturers and fellow participants. You will explore material from a comparative perspective and gain new insight into topics by exploring them with peers from diverse cultural backgrounds who represent a range of legal systems.

Participants in the upcoming programme are slated to take part in a two-day excursion to Frankfurt am Main. In addition to being the Eurozone's financial capital, the city is also home to offices for most large international laws firms. This study trip enables you to explore a legal innovation hub and meet with members of a leading alternative legal services provider during an intensive workshop. By taking part, you will gain a unique opportunity to get in touch with fellow legal innovators and familiarise yourself with the European legal innovation scene.

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Average number of participants per group/course
ECTS points (max.)
Dates and costs
  • June 28 - July 16, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 15, 2021), costs: EUR 1,900
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices

Save 15% – submit your application prior to 1 March and you will receive a tuition reduction!

Admission decisions for applicants who submit their materials prior to the early bird deadline will be announced in late March.

The tuition for this programme is set at 1,900 EUR. This enables you to participate in all sessions, workshops, and excursions offered within the programme at no additional cost.

There is no application fee.

We recommend budgeting at least 1,000 EUR for your stay in Hamburg; while all extracurricular activities are provided free of charge for participants, accommodation and travel expenses to/from Hamburg come at an additional cost.

Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

Applicants may submit any of the following to satisfy the minimum requirement for participation:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT): 90
  • IELTS Academic Programme: 7.0
  • CAE: B or CPE: C
  • ILEC

In certain situations, we may be able to waive the test requirement and arrange for a telephone interview to assess your English skills, e.g. if you spent a significant amount of time in an English-speaking country or were enrolled in numerous courses or a short-term programme taught in English. If you do not have a (valid) English proficiency certificate and would like to discuss this option, please feel free to contact us at +49 4030706113.

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Description of social and leisure programme

Over the course of the three-week programme, a few afternoons will be kept open so that you can enjoy some time in the sun and take advantage of the extracurricular programme offered by the International Office. Hamburg has numerous museums, theatres, cafés, bars, and sights to discover. Free guided tours and excursions allow you to explore the city, its attractions, and nearby sites of interest!

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Bucerius Law School

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Located in what was previously Hamburg's botanical institute, the Bucerius Campus is an oasis of green in the city centre!

Bucerius is Germany's first private law school. After its foundation in 2000, it quickly established its position as the country's top law school, a rank it has maintained since 2008. Bucerius was founded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of Germany's largest private foundations.

39 Nationalities represented in the 2019 Bucerius summer programmes
718 Programme participants since 2008

University location

Surrounded by an expansive midtown park and located in the building that once housed the city's botanical institute, the Bucerius campus is an oasis of green in the middle of Hamburg. Whether you're looking to relax in the sun while you do your reading or visit a pub with your peers after getting out of class, you'll find that the central location offers the perfect conditions for making the most of your studies and time in Germany's second-largest city.

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