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The "Commercial Law for Business Practice" distance learning Master's degree (held in German)

Legal knowledge for Business Practices

Economists and social scientists working in companies, as well as self-employed entrepreneurs, must take into account diverse legal framework conditions in their daily work. However, these conditions are often complex and hard to grasp. The legal knowledge conveyed during economics degrees is generally insufficient to reach well-founded legally-relevant decisions and be able to fully grasp legal changes.

Target group

The two-year, accredited "Commercial Law for Business Practice" distance learning Master's degree is aimed at graduates of all disciplines except with first State Examination in Law. All applicants must demonstrate at least one year of relevant professional experience.

This course is held entirely in German.


The aim of the distance learning Master's degree, which has been offered by DISC since 2005, is to sharpen the perception of managers as a way of ensuring that they can detect chances and legal risks in their daily work. At the same time, course participants will learn how to decide when professional, external legal expertise is required. In cases where such external support is required, the knowledge gained during the course will also simplify the cooperation. The course conclude with the academic grade "Master of Laws" (LL.M.).

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time, vocational study, including examination time, is four terms. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The lectures, exercises and seminars of the distance learning degree are provided in the form of written study material especially developed for distance learning. All of these materials is viewed online. A weekly commitment of around 15 to 20 hours is required to process the material. In addition to this, study texts and discussion forums are offered via an online learning platform.



The distance learning degree "Commercial Law for Business Practice" is carried out in cooperation with Saarland University and Alpmann & Schmidt juristische Lehrgänge Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.


On campus events

A compulsory on campus event takes place in every term for all participants working towards the "Commercial Law for Business Practice" distance learning degree. These events always take place on the weekend. Their goal is to reinforce the course contents, discuss questions on the study material and debate the practical implementation of the program content. Written examinations also form part of the on campus events.

In certain circumstances and based on a written application, students who are unable to attend the on campus events due to overseas work commitments have the option of taking the written examinations at a Goethe Institute or a German embassy.


Program content

The "Commercial Law for Business Practice" distance learning Master's degree encompasses 10 study modules. Among other topics, these modules cover the fields of contract law, commercial and corporate law, labor law, cross-border contracts, tax law, commercial law, administrative law, economic criminal law, intellectual property, credit law, accounting law and internet law. You can find further information, for example on the curriculum and examination regulations, in the download area. This can be accessed at any time via the link in the download box at the top right of the navigation bar.


Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:

Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
WR 0100 Juristische Arbeitspraxis Dr. J.F. Geiger
Prof. Dr. M. Herberger
WR 0200 Vertragsrecht (mit grenzüberschreitenden Verträgen) Prof. Dr. mult. H. Rüßmann
Prof. Dr. mult. M. Martinek
WR 0300 Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (mit Qualitätssicherungsvereinbarungen) J. Alpmann
Prof. Dr. R.M. Beckmann
Prof. Dr. Dr. J. Ensthaler
Prof. Dr. D. Gesmann-Nuissl
WR 0400 Wirtschaftsrecht, Wirtschaftsverwaltungsrecht und Wirtschaftsstrafrecht Prof. Dr. G. Hönn
Dr. B. Hamdan
H. Wüstenbecker
WR 0500 Internetrecht (mit E-Commerce) Prof. Dr. M. Herberger
RA Weller
WR 0600 Geistiges Eigentum Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Gergen, Maître en droit
WR 0700 Arbeitsrecht Prof. Dr. jur. Weth
WR 0800 Vorsorge vor Risiken (mit Kreditrecht und Versicherungsrecht) Prof. Dr. mult. H. Rüßmann
Prof. Dr. R. M. Beckmann
WR 0900 Steuer- und Bilanzrecht F. Taraschka
RA Wolf Achim Tönnes
WR 1000 Vertragspraxis (mit Unternehmenskauf) Prof. Dr. J.W. Britz
Dr. J.F.Geiger
Dr. F. Spohnheimer
Prof. Dr. mult. M. Martinek


Sample texts

Sample texts from selected modules in PDF format:



Records of achievement are required during the course. These take the form of send-in assignments, examinations, one online seminar, one home assignment and a Master's dissertation. Once all assignments and examinations have been successfully completed and a Master's dissertation submitted, the distance learning degree is concluded with the academic title "Master of Laws" (LL.M.). Successful participants will then receive the following documents:

  • Certificate from the department of law and economics at Saarland University
  • Certificate on awarding of the academic title "Master of Laws" (LL.M.)
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in German and English



The study fees for the distance learning Master's degree are EUR 880 per term. From the 7th semester onwards, the study fee is decreased to 30%. Added to this is a social contribution of EUR 94 per term. The one-off fee for the Master's examination is EUR 500. These study fees cover all costs for, participation in the on campus events, term exams and all administration expenses. However, they do not include print of study materials, any travel, accommodation or meal costs for the on campus events. The study fees are not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.


Financial Aid

The state can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can for example offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local inland revenue office or tax advisor for more information on this. In certain circumstances, the German state can also support you in your professional further training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the state and banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is unfortunately not possible.

We would be happy to speak with you about funding options, either on the telephone or in person.



The "Commercial Law" distance learning degree is accredited. The academic title is "Master of Laws" (LL.M.). The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is FIBAA (www.fibaa.de).



You can apply for the "Commercial Law for Business Practice" distance learning degree from April 1st to July 15th of the respective year. Courses begin at the start of October. Applications are completed at Saarland University. The documentation is also available for download during this time.