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Joint Degree: Master of Law and Business (MLB) Program in Hamburg, Germany

In the international economy, there is a steadily-growing demand for attorneys and managers who understand and can apply both legal and economic concepts.

Bucerius Law School and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management are the ideal partners to offer a joint Master of Law and Business (“MLB”) Program. Both schools lead German rankings in their disciplines and enjoy excellent worldwide reputation. Bucerius and WHU graduates are among the most sought-after young professionals in their respective fields. The participants of the MLB Program learn to analyze a broad range of legal and economic issues in a targeted and integrated manner. Unlike standard “joint degree” programs, in which students simply take courses in two different faculties, the English-language, one-year MLB is a true joint Master´s Program, in which a wide variety of more than 50 courses are offered exclusively for MLB students. In addition, many business and law courses are “linked,” with professors coordinating course content and materials with their colleagues from the other discipline. Students thus examine individual topics from both a legal and a business perspective.

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Bucerius/WHU Master of Law and Business Program
Jungiusstrasse 6
20355 Hamburg

Both full-time professors and experienced practitioners train MLB students systematically in courses such as trade, finance, management, litigation, corporate governance, data governance, and other fields. In addition, during a two-month internship, students learn to apply their classroom knowledge, as well as network with other professionals. These internships take place at major international law firms, international organizations, and international corporations, both within Germany and throughout the world. After the internship, students take final courses and write their Master’s Thesis, often drawing on the experience they have gained during their internships.

A required course of general studies, special training sessions in English-language presentation skills, German courses, an intercultural training program, social activities and student activities in sports, music and other areas round out the MLB Program offerings.

In academic year 2008 – 2009, some 47 students from 26 countries are studying in the MLB Program. The Program takes place largely on the lovely Bucerius campus, located in park-like surroundings in the heart of Hamburg, one of the world’s major ports and an international center of trade, finance, and industry. Students also spend some time at the WHU campus, located in the Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuition for the MLB Program is €20,000; there is no application fee. Limited MLB Program financial aid is available; in addition, external foundations offer exclusive MLB Program scholarships, particularly for Eastern European and African students.

Application deadline: March 31, 2009.

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