Goethe University Frankfurt - European Academy of Legal Studies - LL.M in Legal Theory

The LLM-Programme in Legal Theory is hosted at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. It starts every year in October and welcomes applicants from all over the world holding a basic law degree or a basic degree in a subject related to legal theory and having completed one year of professional and/or research experience.

The programme is carried out by a university consortium of the European Academy of Legal Theory (EALT) lead by the Goethe University of Frankfurt. Further partner universities are: Freie Universität Berlin, University of Bologna, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Jagiellonian University of Cracow, University of Lucerne, Stockholm University, University of Vienna.

Location: Frankfurt/Main

Single/Double Diploma: LL.M. in Legal Theory (single or double degree options)

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: informatation not provided yet

Duration: 2 semesters(LLM) for the single and most cases of the multiple degree options and 3 semesters for some of the multiple degree options

Price/Fee : EUR 7.000

Scholarships: Prospective students can apply for a waiver of parts of the tuition

Accommodation: information not provided yet

Application Process:

Deadline:   June 30th (August 15th for any remaining available places)

Necessary Documents

  • CV
  • Proof of English language proficiency (in case of non-native speakers who have not already graduated from an English-language program)
  • Academic degree certificate(s) and academic transcripts including final grades (all transcripts or translations thereof must be in either German, English or French)
  • Copy of Passport

*Optional: Letter(s) of recommendation

Admission criteria requires:

  • a basic law degree or a university degree in a subject related to legal theory (eg arts, culture or socio-economic studies)obtained after a workload of minimum 180 ECTS (6 semesters)
  • a related work experience of normally 1 year. (research time may also be accepted under particular circumstances) during or after the completion of the basic university degree/ subsequent university degrees, and that was not part of the formal requirements of these former degree programmes completed prior to the admission into this legal theory programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not yet completed a full university degree programme in the English language must include evidence of English language proficiency.


Program Structure:

Courses ( ECTS)

Compulsory general modules:

  • Module A-Jurisprudence (incl. History of Jurisprudence, Theories of Law, Moral and Political Philosophy of Law)
  • Module B-Theory of Comparative and Global Law (incl. Theory of Comparative Law and European Legal Integration, Theory of Global Law)

Compulsory research module:

  • Module C -Methodology and Research in Legal Theory (incl. Methodology of Legal Theory and Legal Research, and alternatively: Global Legal Research & Legal Information Management or Global Legal Research and Essentials of Law)


  • Law and society,
  • Cultural studies of law and legal anthropology,
  • Formation of normative orders,
  • Governance,
  • Global law,
  • Law, Science and Technology
  • Law, Language and Reasoning

Thesis: Yes


LLM Contact:

Prof. Lorenz Schulz (director) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

+49 (0)69 798 34341



By Madalina Enea


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