U.S. students are selected for the J.D./Master of German and European Law and Practice (M.LL.P.) on the basis of their academic record and fluency in German. Students spend the first two years studying at Cornell Law School, followed by one year at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. Upon successfully completing the program, students receive the Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School and the M.LL.P. from Humboldt.
It is designed to impart a profound basic knowledge of German and European law at both an academic and a practical level. Courses are in the framework subjects of German law. Students in the program complete a series of law firm or institutional clerkships in Berlin or elsewhere over the course of the one-year program.
Applicants must be completely fluent in German. It is possible to apply in conjunction with the initial application to the Cornell J.D. program as well as during the Spring semester of the first year following admission to Cornell Law School in response to an invitation circulated to the first year class.
See the First Year Application Form.
In the third year, the students study the basics of German private and criminal law, constitutional law, business law, and European Union law. They write a Master’s thesis and undertake two internships in Berlin or elsewhere.
Please see the M.LL.P. program description here.
Following the award to the students of the M.LL.P., Cornell Law School will evaluate their performance and grant an additional 24 credits in advanced standing toward the Juris Doctor degree.
Applicants admitted by Cornell pay full Cornell tuition and fees during all three years of study. Students may continue to receive financial aid during the year in Berlin. Their financial aid package will reflect the expenses of living in Berlin as opposed to Ithaca.
Program graduates have the necessary legal training to qualify for the bar examination in the United States, but further study and practice would be necessary to qualify to take the German First State Examination. It should be noted that graduates may be unable to take the July bar examination directly after graduation and should therefore expect to take the February bar examination in the U.S..