EBS Law School
EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Wiesbaden, Germany
EBS, the first German business university and one of the leading business schools in Germany, launched the new EBS Law School in Wiesbaden in 2011. EBS offers the first traditional university law degree program in Germany with a clear focus on business law. The degrees offered to students are the first examination in law (previously First State Examination), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and Master of Arts in Business (MA).
Under the direction of the Dean of Law, employment law expert Professor Dr Dr Gerrick Freiherr v. Hoyningen-Huene, EBS Law School combines legal with business studies and aims to deliver research, teaching and executive education of high practical relevance, not only in the legal field but also at the intersection of business and law. It is still a small law school, with only eight full-time faculty members, but it has very ambitious goals and plans.
Queen’s Law students on exchange may enrol in legal courses in English offered to exchange students and in special legal electives, also offered in English. Queen’s students fluent in German may also enrol in courses offered in German.
EBS Law Term
Beginning in 2013, EBS will offer an intensive academic program in English from September to December each year. The program will include ten weeks of lectures, one week of preparation for the examinations and a final examination week. Participants will benefit from the expertise of both the law and the economics faculty of the EBS University.
The EBS Law Term 2013 will focus on Transnational Commercial Law. Courses will be taught by law professors and legal practitioners with a particular focus on transnational commercial law. The courses will be divided into required and elective courses. A list of the courses will soon be available on the EBS website.
The program will include trips and site visits to places of interest such as the European Court of Justice (Luxemburg), European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg), European Commission (Brussels), European Central Bank (Frankfurt), German Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Court (Karlsruhe) and Law Firms in Frankfurt, as well as social and cultural activities.
Upon successful completion of the course program, participants will receive a Certificate stating the final grade, credits earned and the detailed course content including all contact hours.
Law Summer Program
Queen’s Law students may also enrol in the EBS Law Summer program as an exchange term. The four-week summer program focuses on European Business Law, and includes visits to the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg and other international organizations. After completing an intensive one-week course on the Law of the European Union (4 ECTS), students choose from several elective courses dealing with more detailed questions of EU Business Law. Each short elective course includes at least 700 minutes of classes, a relevant site visit and a final examination, and is worth 2 ECTS. Students from Queen’s must take the introductory course and 3 to 6 electives. Over the four-week program students will thus earn 10 to 16 ECTS credits, which equals 5 to 8 transfer credits at Queen’s.
The summer program counts as an exchange, and thus there is no tuition payable to EBS (although students will, of course, pay tuition for the following year at Queen’s). However, there is a service charge payable to EBS to cover the cost of site visits, course materials, extra administration and support. For the summer of 2013 the charge will be 350€, provided that students apply by the ‘early bird’ deadline in late February; the Queen’s allocation process will allow students to meet that deadline. Students who register later will pay a slightly higher service charge.
As the summer program is fairly short, students may choose to live in hotels in Wiesbaden. This option is slightly more expensive than the dorm rooms available for the academic term. Students should therefore budget about 1000€ for accommodation for the 4-week period. Cheaper accommodation in dorms may also be available on a first-come first-served basis, but the dorms are a 20-minute train ride away from Wiesbaden. EBS will provide assistance with finding accommodation.
- First Semester: September to December
- Second Semester: January to April
- Intensive Summer Program: Four weeks in June
Full-time Course Load
Students on exchange at EBS in the fall or winter terms must successfully complete courses equivalent to at least 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits, in order to obtain 15 transfer credits.
Students who participate in the Law Summer Program will complete the introductory course in European Union Law (4 ECTS) and three to six electives (2 ECTS each). Two ECTS credits equals 1 transfer credit, and thus students may earn 10 to 16 ECTS for 5 to 8 transfer credits.