Economics and Law (B.Sc.)

The Faculty of Law and Economics at Saarland University has developed a consecutive Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programme that combines business economics and law. In addition to teaching students the academic foundations of the two disciplines and relevant methodological skills, the programme equips graduates with a qualification of real practical value in today’s career markets.

 

The main focus of the Bachelor’s degree programme ‘Economics and Law’ is to enable students to acquire a firm grounding in economics (primarily in the field of business administration) and to provide them with an understanding of the fundamentals of law and jurisprudence. By combining these two academic disciplines, students will learn to analyse and appreciate both the economic and legal aspects of a problem, and will acquire the skills needed to generate constructive solutions. Potential legal issues affecting business processes can therefore be identified and addressed before contacting a company’s legal department or engaging the services of a fully qualified lawyer.

 

The Bachelor’s degree programme ‘Economics and Law’ is aimed at prospective students with a German higher-education entrance qualification or equivalent qualification. The standard period of study is three years (six semesters) at the end of which students will be awarded the degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).

 

Business graduates with a degree that covers both legal and economic aspects of business are highly sought-after in all kinds of companies: from small firms to international corporations. Employment opportunities for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and law can be found in manufacturing industry, the commercial and trade sector, banks, insurance companies, business and management consultancies, accounting firms, tax consultancies and other service providers, as well as in professional associations and political organizations. Other possible areas of employment include administrative positions in regional and federal government or within the administrative structure of the European Union.

Programme schedule

The curriculum of the three-year Bachelor degree programme ‘Economics and Law’ comprises compulsory ‘core’ courses in economics and in law and one ‘elective’ course.
Each course (or ‘module’) has a credit weighting expressed in ECTS credits (or ‘credit points’) that reflects the total student study time required for that course. One credit point (CP) is equivalent to one ECTS credit, and one ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 30 hours. Each module concludes with an assessment of student learning (usually in the form of a written examination). The final stage of the Bachelor’s degree programme (total course requirement: 180 CP) is the final year Bachelor’s thesis.

 

Students must successfully complete the following compulsory modules in the field of economics (93 CP):

 

Module

CP

Mathematics for Economics and Law

9

Bookkeeping and Business Accounting

6

Descriptive Statistics and Probability

6

9 modules from the area of business administration

6 per mod.

Microeconomics

6

Macroeconomics

6

Economic policy

6


The modules offered in business administration are:

  1. Investment
  2. Financial Accounting
  3. Taxation
  4. Corporate Financing
  5. Decision-Making and Information Management
  6. Business Informatics
  7. Financial Planning and Control: Management Accounting
  8. Operations Research and Logistics
  9. Human Resource Management
  10. Organization Management
  11. Marketing Management
  12. Strategic Management


Nine modules must be selected in total, with three modules from each of the module groups 1–4, 5–8 and 9–12.


Students must successfully complete the following compulsory modules in the field of law (66 CP):

 

Module

CP

Introduction to Legal Thinking and Practice

3

Civil Law of Property I

7.5

Study Group for Civil Law of Property I

3

Civil Law of Property II

7.5

Study Group for Civil Law of Property II

3

Communication Skills

1.5

Law of Obligations

7.5

Public Law for Students of Economics

6

Law of Property and Law of Secured Transactions

6

European Law for Students of Economics

4.5

Commercial Law

3

Company Law for Students of Economics

6

Civil Procedural Law for Students of Economics

3

Labour Law

4.5


Students must acquire 9 credit points from the following list of elective modules:

     

    • Courses not previously taken in the field of business administration (6 CP each)
    • Inductive Statistics (6 CP)
    • Econometrics (6 CP)
    • Game Theory (6 CP)
    • Monetary Policy (6 CP)
    • Competition Policy (6 CP)
    • Internal or External Work Experience (6 CP)
    • Master’s Module (3 CP)
    • Other courses offered by the Faculty of Law and Economics

     


The Bachelor’s Thesis (12 CP) that concludes the programme should demonstrate that the student is capable of working independently, though under supervision, to address a specific problem in the field of economics within a prescribed period of time and to present the results in written form.

Application

The programme starts at the beginning of each winter semester. Students considering a possible start in the summer semester, should seek advice from the addresses listed under ‘Contacts’.
The Bachelor’s degree programme ‘Economics and Law’ is a restricted-entry programme offering places to no more than 60 students per academic year
.
Applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Office of Saarland University

 

  • no later than 15 July for admission to the programme in the following winter semester


Application forms are available on line from the end of May/beginning of June. They must be sent together with all the requisite documentation to:

 

Universität des Saarlandes
Studierendensekretariat
Postfach 15 11 50
66041 Saarbrücken

 

Please note: Slightly different admission rules apply to German and foreign nationals with a non-German higher-education entrance qualification (for more information: see here or see 'University Entrance Requirements - At a Glance'.)


Please note: f you are applying to the programme having already started to study another subject, or if you are applying for higher level entry (i.e. you wish to join the programme in the second or later semester), your application form must be accompanied by a notification of academic placement from the Examination Office at the Department of Economics.

 

Special features

Although work placements and internships in Germany and abroad are not a formal requirement of the Bachelor’s programme, they are beneficial to academic study and when deciding on a subsequent career. Additionally, increased internationalization in business markets places higher demands on the mobility, flexibility and foreign language proficiency, of graduates. Saarland University therefore supports students wanting to study abroad. For more information, please contact the International Office (Building A2 2, Room 3.21 Tel.: 0681 302-4487). International work placement opportunities can be arranged via the AlESEC student organization (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, Building A5 4, Basement level, 06 81/3 02-29 32).


The departmental student organization (Fachschaft) at the Department of Economics provides guidance and assistance to new students before the main winter teaching period begins. For more information, please visit www.fachschaft-wiwi.de or call 0681 302-2985.


At the beginning of each winter semester, the Examinations Office at the Department of Economics runs an information session for new students that covers general information about the degree programme and, in particular, the programme timetable and examination formalities.


The mathematics teaching staff at the department also run a two-week refresher and preparatory course in mathematics that begins three weeks before the start of each winter semester. For more information, please visit www.mathe.wiwi.uni-sb.de or call 0681 302-3116.

Related higher degrees


Master’s degree programme ‘Economics and Law’

Contacts

Faculty of Law and Economics – Decan’s Office
Bldg. B4 1
Level 0, Room 110
Saarbrücken Campus
66123 Saarbrücken

dekanat(at)rewi.uni-saarland.de
Website


Department of Economics – Examinations Office
Saarbrücken Campus, Bldg. B4 1, Level 0
Room 109
Phone: 0681 302-2138

sekretariat(at)wiwipa.uni-sb.de
Website

Departmental Student Organization – Department of Economics
Bldg. C3 1, Level 4, Room 402
Phone: 0681 302-29 35
info@fachschaft-wiwi.de

www.fachschaft-wiwi.de