Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Law - European Law School (ELS) — EULysses



The European Law School has set itself the goal of offering its students an education that meets the requirements of modern lawyers in today's European legal reality. With eight top universities in eight European countries, the European Law School represents a unique opportunity for study, research and teaching across Europe.


The students in the programme initially study for three years in their home country, then for one year each in two of the partner countries for specialisation:

  • Germany;
  • France;
  • the United Kingdom
  • Italy;
  • the Netherlands;
  • Greece;
  • Portugal;
  • Spain;
  • the United Kingdom.




National and European legal systems
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At the home university, students primarily learn the national legal system of their home country, as well as European contract and constitutional law and modern legal skills (negotiation, mediation, legal drafting) in small group courses in cooperation with practitioners from leading business law firms and renowned companies. During the two years abroad, the European and in-depth part of the training then takes place with a focus on either private law, commercial law, public law or criminal law. The teaching content is the common European body of law and - to the extent that harmonisation is lacking - the major solutions in different legal systems from common and civil law. At the same time, students build up their foreign language skills to an academic discourse level during this time on site.


A single application for three universities

Students apply to their home university for admission to the study programme. Once selected, they undergo a unique cross-border education without any further application effort or time delays. Through the special form of cooperation in the European Law School Network, German students at the European Law School are given the opportunity to obtain three professional university degrees within 5 years.



An interpersonal network

Finally, the European Law School sees itself not only as an institutional but also as an interpersonal network. Great importance is attached to comprehensive and continuous support for students by the administration and lecturers. Students really go through a significant part of their studies together and contact with alumni is also established and encouraged.

An important part of the study programme are therefore networking events such as the summer academies, during which students from all participating countries come together to practise modern legal skills such as negotiation, mediation and legal drafting and to discuss a wide variety of issues together, across national borders - such as what tasks law has in society and what the intellectual foundations of law are in Europe.



Member universities of the European Law School:


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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King's College London


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Universiteit van Amsterdam


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Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Lisboa

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La Sapienza - Università di Roma

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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

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National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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