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 records 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 at either of two points. First, one may apply in conjunction with the initial application to the Cornell J.D. program. Alternatively, or in addition (for those whose pre-law school application to the program was unsuccessful), following admission to Cornell Law School, one may apply during the Spring semester of the first year, 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 the first two years of study at Cornell, as well as during the third year at Humboldt. 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 would be necessary to take the German First State Examination. It also should be noted that graduates should expect to take the February bar examination in the U.S.
(for information and inquiries, contact Laura Spitz)
Professor Muna B. Ndulo
Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director, Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program;Director of the Institute for African Development
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and
Executive Director, Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
Prof. Dr. Christine Windbichler
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Büro für Internationale Programme
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