I spent the Summer Semester of 2016 in Berlin, Germany at Freie University. It was an incredible experience which I recommend highly to any law student. The diversity of my classmates and the lens through which subjects like international law, human rights, the United Nations, and Economics are viewed in Europe allowed me to view our legal system from a perspective that I would not have been able to get here at UConn Law.
My experience in Berlin was extremely positive, benefiting all aspects of my life, personally and professionally. I enthusiastically recommend a year of study in Berlin to any and all students who are fluent in German.
Founded in 1948 by students, scholars and scientists who wanted the opportunity to be free to pursue their training, teaching and research activities outside of the scope of political influence, it is now one of the top ranked universities in Germany. The three guiding principles of truth, justice and liberty underscore the values contributing to the legal education.
Students choosing to study at Freie Universität will have a large variety of legal courses to choose from and will work with a German Law professor to select a suitable group of courses tailored to the students' academic preferences and demonstrated fluency level. More than 4,000 students, 25 professors, and over 100 adjunct professors and faculty assistants make the Law Department one of the biggest in Germany.
Students with a knowledge of German are preferred for this program because they will have more options in terms of coursework. However, there are a number of courses taught in English. Set up a meeting with Carrie Field, Director of Graduate and Exchange Programs, to discuss your eligibility of this program.
Each year the International Programs department and the Office of Financial Aid work together to create an appropriate semester or year budget for the exchange program. This budget is based on the UConn Law rate of tuition plus the living costs associated with the program.
For more information visit http://www.fubest.org.
Students choosing to study at Free University Berlin can opt to attend the university for the full academic year or for one semester in the fall or spring. Please note that the academic calendar at Free University Berlin does not align with the UConn Law’s academic calendar. Students typically opt for the spring semester which runs from March through July.
First and second year day division students are eligible to study internationally in the second or third year. Evening division students and four-year day students are eligible to study internationally in their third or fourth year. Applications are due in February of the prior academic year.
The Law Department at Freie Universität Berlin allows direct exchange students to freely choose their classes. There are no mandatory courses to attend and no minimum ECTS credits that need to be obtained. Each exchange student can decide which and how many subjects he/she wants to complete. Exchange students will have the opportunity to study from a number of different subject areas and under many different professors.
Overview of all courses offered by the Law Department: http://www.jura.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/lehrplan/index.html
The Law Department at Freie Universität Berlin also offers a list of classes taught in English.
Additionally, students are able to take courses offered at the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Introduction to German and European Company Law
In every EU member state companies are essential market players. The course offers an insight into the basic legal rules governing the various forms of companies. Subjects include a general introduction to the common principles of Company law and to the European legislation in that field as well as an overview on recent developments in German Company law.
Contract Law in Europe
This course deals with recent developments in Contract Law within the EU. Subjects include legislation and leading cases on essential questions such as conclusion of contract, contractual liability and anti-discrimination in EU member states. The discussion on a future European Contract Law that has recently been put into focus by the publication of a Common Frame of Reference (CFR) shall be dealt with as well.
European Consumer Law
Consumer policy is a core component of the European Union’s strategy objective of improving the quality of life for all EU citizens. This class starts out with a look at the history of consumer protection in the EU and the basis provided for consumer protection initiatives by the Treaty establishing the European Union. We then consider different Consumer Protection directives, i.e. those on unfair contract terms, doorstep selling, distance selling (including electronic commerce), sale of consumer goods and guarantees, injunctions. We will address both the efficacy of these directives as well as the pros and cons of a minimum versus a maximum harmonization approach. Measures to protect consumers by way of conflict of laws and forum selection rules are examined, as well as other instruments of consumer protection, such as the Consumer Complaint Form, Legal Aid and the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters.
The course will be divided into two parts. In the first part a systematic overview over International Arbitration will be offered, with a special focus on commercial cases. The main issues covered are the functioning of important arbitral institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the different stages of the arbitral proceedings, including the drafting of the arbitration agreement, the question of the applicable law, the procedural rules and the enforcement of the award.
The second part of the block lecture will be a Practice Exercise in which all participants will be invited to work on a case study. The subject of this case study will be located in the field of international commercial arbitration law. Students will be divided in two groups in order to prepare a simulation of arbitral proceedings on the case in front of the Tribunal. After the hearings and the final decision of the Tribunal there will be a final session which is dedicated to commentaries on the case as well as feedback on students’ performance.
Freie Universität is located in Germany's capital city of Berlin and there's nothing this historic city does not offer. It's home to 39 universities, 20 courts, 56 theaters, 157 museums, 1,931 sports clubs, a lake, a river, and a canal system, all meandering through 12 different neighborhoods. Berlin is a city offering unlimited cultural exploration. While living in Berlin, students can explore Museum Island, Charlottenburg Palace, parks, planetariums, lectures, readings, and become part of a vibrant international scene.
Founded in the 13th century and located in the center of Europe, Berlin has an eventful history that defies simple summarization. Caught in the middle of the East-West Conflict, Berlin is a symbol of the European integration process where different political, cultural, and historical experiences have merged to create a truly unique and personable city.
Berlin is a city that continually reinvents itself, offering a laid back way of life amidst historical and traditional activities. Choosing to study in Berlin offers students access to an international university with a global network located in a leafy residential district that has long been a highly respected and well known center of research-based activities.
Ms. Grit Rother
International Office, International Exchange Programs
Boltzmannstr. 3, Raum 1117
14195 Berlin, Germany
Mrs. Carmen Gleisenstein
International Students Mobility - Welcome Services
Bruemmerstr. 52 (subway station: Thielplatz)
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 011-49 -30838-70000
International Student Handbook: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/doku/Student-Guide-2016.pdf
International Student Services: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/international/studium_fu/auslandsseme...