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The DFM Law Programme at the University of Cologne and the Parisian Sorbonne

The Universities of Cologne and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne offer a multi-degree programme : Participants obtain three degrees after studies in Germany and France. Strong team spirit and a big Alumni network make this programme stand out.

1. German Bachelor Degree
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Köln/Paris I)

2. French law degree
Maîtrise en droit (Paris 1)

3. Optional: first German bar exam or French CRFPA and Ecole du barreau
(one extra year or several month of preparation)

Your Advantages:


  • Four years of study in a small group of each 30 German and 30 French Participants
  • ideal preparation to become an international jurist in two law systems
  • DFH-scholarship and Erasmus+ for the studies at the Sorbonne (Paris I)
  • Close cooperation with renowned law firms and a large Alumni network
  • Grades can count for 30% of the first german bar exam
  • Outstanding results of German participants in the first German bar exam

Each winter semester, around 30 young people from Germany and France begin their academic training at the University of Cologne and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne as part of the joint DFM-law program. In Cologne, they initially attend the lectures  together with other German law students for two years. They also take part in additional courses on French law, write a bachelor's thesis and complete an internship.

Once all exams and assignments have been completed, the students continue their studies at the Sorbonne in Paris for the third and fourth year. They follow a special learning program adapted to the international orientation of the program. At the end of the stay, participants can choose from a variety of specializations (e.g. french labor, french tax and international economic law).

Upon completion of the four-year program, students earn a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree as well as the Maîtrise en Droit - the French law degree which, after an examination lasting a few months, allows entry into the French judiciary or bar. Then, especially for German participants, have the possibility of taking the First State Examination after the regular preparatory phase (Repetitorium). This can often be done together with the law students in Cologne who they met during the first two years of law school and takes about another year.

Graduates of the DFM law program can acquire three degrees at once - including the regular First State Examination - as well as additional in-depth professional and cultural competencies in an international environment within five years (standard legal study period).

Downloads (in german): Overview-Flyer DFM-Jurastudium | Examination Regulations DFM-Law Programme

Further information on the application procedure and structure of the joint program of the University of Cologne and the Parisian Sorbonne can be found here: