Bucerius Law School

Hamburg, Germany
Founded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Bucerius Law School is a private law school that strives to reform German legal education and aspires to represent the German legal community in the international discourse. In keeping with the views of our benefactor, Gerd Bucerius, the aim of the Law School is to educate outstanding individuals who are willing to place their expertise at society’s disposal and to accept responsibility for others.



Bucerius Law School is the first private law school in Germany. The school was founded in 2000 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius.


Degree Programs

  • Master of Law & Business (LLM/MLB)
  • Doctoral & Post-Doctoral Studies
Non-Degree Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • International Exchange Program
  • Visiting Students
  • Legal Studies (LLB)


The course of studies is based on a unity of teaching and research, and merges the needs of the practicing legal community with an academic pervasion of the law. This is not only evident in the dovetailing of the main research areas and teaching contents, but also in the inspiration the faculty receives from students during academic discussions, which they later incorporate into their research.

Master's Programmes

Law (1)


Student services

The staff of the Clifford Chance International Office is there to support you and help you before and during your stay here at Bucerius. You can count on their expert experience with international students and the various issues that accompany a study abroad experience.

Housing services

Bucerius does not have any on-campus or dormitory housing of its own. However, the campus is easily accessible by public transportation and the International Office assists you in finding suitable accommodation.

Library services

The Library is the centre of hybrid legal information: It is large enough to hold more than 120,000 ideally retrievable printed media, more than 10,000 e-books and 2,500 e-subscriptions. Numerous legal online and offline databases are licensed.

ICT services

The wireless network allows students to access the university network and internet from anywhere on campus. In addition, students have access 24/7 to the computer labs and library, both of which are equipped with fast internet, printers and scanners.

Student Life

Campus life

Bucerius Law School is located in between Hamburg's downtown area and the popular "Planten un Blomen" city park. The campus is easily accessible via public transportation.

The main building of Bucerius Law School was built at the beginning of the 20th century by the architect Albert Erbe and housed the Institute of General and Applied Botany for almost a century. In 1919, the Institute became a part of the newly founded University of Hamburg. In 1999, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius purchased the building from the City of Hamburg and renovated it to meet the needs of a modern university. The renovations were done with care to preserve the building’s historic beauty.

Sports facilities

Bucerius Law School has its own campus gym. For a one-time fee of EUR 50 you can use the gym whenever and as often as you want while you are enrolled at Bucerius.


Bucerius Law School is formally accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanties.

Other Degrees