Language and Short Courses 2022/2023

Introduction in German Law and German Legal Language Introduction in German Law and Legal Language

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
In cooperation with

IIK Bayreuth e.V.

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
  • September 2023 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 June 2023)
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 "Introduction to German Law and German Legal Language" specialist course consists of 25 hours of teaching per week. 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 it 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, 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, practises in Bayreuth as a lawyer ("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 also contains teaching units focussing on German legal language. The total teaching hours are approximately 75 hours in the whole course period.

Recognised language exams offered (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL)
Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • September 2023 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 June 2023)
Price only on request
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

German language skills level B2 or higher

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Is accommodation organised?
The organiser does not provide assistance.

The student halls of residence and private shared flats are equipped with cooking facilities. Several supermarkets and restaurants can be found in the city centre.

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

Guided campus and city tours, get-togethers, sports programme, film nights, nature hikes

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

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