IT and IP Law (LL.B.)
(Bachelor of Laws)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
8 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
German, English
Language Requirements

German HZB: English B2
International application: German C1 AND English B2
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Restricted admission

Stay abroad obligatory.

Short Description

The LL.B. degree in IT and IP Law is designed as a four-year programme. It combines established basic legal training with a specialisation in IT and IP law, and also enables students to gain their first experience abroad. Since many areas are governed by European law in these areas of law, experience abroad is highly advantageous. A period abroad at one of the partner universities of the LL.B. programme is an integral part of the course.
IT law, or information technology law, is the law governing the use of information technologies (e.g. the internet). IP law stands for intellectual property law, e.g. copyright and patent law.

Unlike in many other areas of law, the legal situation in IT and IP law cannot be assessed by consulting the law and the relevant case-law. On the contrary, ongoing digitisation has led to a large number of new and unresolved issues. The aim of the degree programme is to enable students to investigate whether existing norms are suitable in a digital context and to find appropriate solutions.

This is the only degree programme of its kind in Germany; it can also be combined well with the study of Law, enabling students to additionally take the State Examination. The postgraduate LL.M. degree programme in IT and IP Law offered in Hannover also offers students the unique possibility to specialise in a future-oriented area.

Course Content

  • Civil law
  • European law
  • Intellectual property law
  • IT law
  • Data protection law
  • Foundations of public law and criminal law
Course Structure

The LL.B. degree is designed as a four-year programme, resembling the course sequence of a conventional Law programme 85% of the time.

Students gain a legal grounding during the first four semesters. In addition, a course in IT Law or IP Law is taken each semester. In the third and fourth semesters, these additional courses are delivered in English, preparing students for the second stage.

Students spend the fifth and sixth semesters abroad at one of the partner universities of the LL.B. programme (Rovaniemi (Finland), Fukuoka (Japan), Szeged (Hungary), Paris (France), Wroclaw (Poland) and Málaga (Spain)). During their year abroad, students take at least two courses in IT and IP Law. With the exception of courses in Málaga and Paris, all courses at the partner universities are delivered in English.

In the seventh and eighth semesters, students only take subjects in IT and IP Law. The Bachelor’s thesis is written during the recess period between the seventh and eighth semesters. Students take a written and an oral examination at the end of the eighth semester, completing the LL.B. programme.


Semester Module
1 Einführung in das IT-/ IP-Recht (8 LP) Einführung in das Bürgerliche Recht (26 LP) Juristische Methoden (4 LP) Strafrecht (20 LP) Verfassungsrecht (16 LP)  
3 Fortgeschrittenes in das IT-/ IP-Recht (10 LP) (auf Englisch)
Übung im Bürgerlichen Recht für Fortgeschrittene ( 8 LP)
Sachenrecht (4 LP)   Verwaltungs- und Europarecht (16 LP)
Wahlpflichtmodule (70 LP)

5 Auslandsaufenthalt (mind. 30 LP)
7 Bachelorprojekt (10 LP) IT-Recht (24 LP) Geistiges Eigentum (24 LP)    
Recommended Abilities

Students on the LL.B. degree programme require similar skills to those of law students. This means, in detail:

  • Analytical thinking and power of abstraction
  • A distinct feeling for language
  • Creativity and ingenuity in order to find good arguments and suitable norms
  • An interest in information technology – technical skills (in particular, programming) are not required!
  • A good command of English
Career Opportunities
  • In-house lawyer for a company or authority; particularly in the area of data protection or licence management
  • Data Protection Officer in a company or authority
  • In order to enter a “traditional” legal profession, such as state prosecutor, judge or lawyer, however, students need to pass the State Examination.
Admission requirements and application

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application for a higher semester) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th).
  • Requirements for applications from non-EU countries:
    • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg)
    • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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30167 Hannover
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30167 Hannover