Entry requirements

German students must have passed the first state examination (Erste Juristische Prüfung) whereas Norwegian students must have completed their fourth year of study successfully. Applicants from European or third states are more than welcome to attend the Double-Degree Programme as well, but have to prove equivalent legal qualification. All students must be proficient in English since both faculties will offer courses in English. Please note that language requirements are very strict and not negotiable. Additionally, courses in German and/or Norwegian are available; however language skills in German and/or Norwegian are advantageous yet not compulsory.

Joint Curriculum

The double degree programme is of a duration of 12-months and commences in winter semester at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The Double Degree Students attend the basic and elective modules of EULISP in Hannover. In addition, a seminar held by German and Norwegian lecturers will be organised, which aims to examine the close links between European law and information- and communication-technology law.

The second semester starts in February at Universitetet i Oslo. It aims to provide the students with in-depth knowledge in European and international law in the field of information and communication technology. Lectures in „Privacy & Lex Informatica", „e-commerce-law", „Electronic Communications Law and Internet Governance" and „Intellectual Property and Information Technology in a European and International perspective" will be offered.

The joint curriculum is structured into modules in which the lectures and seminars refer to: a) Foundations in ICT-Law b) Foundations in European Law c) Information Technology d) Legal Counselling e) Legal training in the other country f) Practical experience. Lectures and seminars at both Universities have to cover modules a) or b) and c) or d). Module e) is a structural programme essential, which is only satisfied if 15 ECTS credit points have been achieved at the foreign University. Module f) is optional. Double degrees will only be awarded if a candidate gains the necessary ECTS at both Universities.

The students can choose from the classes offered within the modules. However, the following requirements must be met: A total of 90 ECTS credits must be acquired. 60 credits of the total 90 must be gained in Oslo, for which 2-3 classes (depending on the number of credits awarded for each class) and the master thesis (30 ECTS credits) must be completed. In Hanover, at least 30 ECTS credits must be collected, including those from a seminar (6 ECTS). Each class must be passed with the ECTS mark E or above.

Examinations

At Leibniz Universität, lectures and seminars will be held in German and in English. Lectures in Oslo will be held in English. The academic achievements will be accepted in Hanover and Oslo in the framework of the European Credit transfer system (ECTS), which is applied at both institutions.

Preparation of a thesis is a compulsory requirement which has to be completed during the second semester as this amounts to the final examination. After having submitted a thesis proposal by the end of the preceding year (31 December), in which students outline their topics and field of desired research, the allocation of topics is conducted at the end of the first semester. Topics must be within the field of Legal Informatics/ICT-Law or Intellectual Property Law. Double Degree theses must be submitted in English and will be evaluated by two competent professors, one from each participating faculty.

Once students have satisfied all requirements prescribed by each institutions' ordinances, which includes mutual recognition of study and examination results, the academic degree "Master of Laws" (LL.M.) will be awarded by each University. Degree certificates and transcript of records will also be issued separately by each University.