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The German-French Postgraduate Program at the University of Cologne

The University of Cologne offers a postgraduate program especially for graduates of the DFM-law program: Participants earn the prestigious and internationally recognized Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree after one year with the suffix Cologne/Paris 1.



Your Advantages:


  • Internationally recognized one-year master's degree program in Franco-German business law
  • No additional tuition costs, especially compared to Anglo-American LL.M programs
  • Postgraduate degree that can be carried in the name, e.g. Christian Lacroix, LL.M. (Cologne/Paris 1)
  • Wide choice of elective modules and close supervision
  • Excellent career prospects, also through admission to the DFM alumni network

Since the winter semester 2009/10, the University of Cologne offers the master's program in Business Law Cologne/Paris 1. The one-year LL.M. program begins each winter semester and is characterized by a close student group as well as a high degree of specialization. The program is particularly attractive for DFM law students who do not wish to take the optionally offered First State Examination after completing the four-year part, or who wish to return to German-French law academically after completing the First State Examination.

Students take a general compulsory module in the classical legal disciplines of German and French business law. At the same time, students are given a great deal of freedom to focus on their own areas of specialization. Whether tax law, labor law, financial services law, competition law or public business law - they have a wide range of module options within the program. The courses on French business law are taught by renowned professors from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and offer participants an excellent insight into the challenges facing business lawyers in France.

In addition to attending classes, participants complete an eight-week internship, preferably in a French business law firm. At the end of the program, they write a master's thesis and demonstrate that they have mastered the scientific examination of a business law topic in French. Not least because of this international orientation, graduates of the LLM. postgraduate program are highly qualified both for the relevant national labor markets in Germany and France and, in particular, for employment in the EU as well as in international institutions.



Downloads (in german): Examination regulations LL.M. | Informations about the law studies at the University of Cologne

Further information on the structure and application procedures of the LL.M. postgraduate program can be found here: