At which university are you studying law?

Studying law - or law - provides you with valuable fundamentals of legal content and prepares you for a career as a lawyer, for example as a judge, lawyer or notary. You can find out what you can expect from a law degree, which requirements you have to meet and at which universities you can study law here.

For the sake of better readability, we will refrain from using female and male language forms at the same time and use the generic masculine. All personal names apply equally to all genders.

In the law degree or law degree, you usually acquire a general and broad-based legal education. This basic knowledge enables you to solve legal tasks and cases in a goal- and competence-oriented manner and to quickly acquire changes in legal issues. With a law degree you can become a lawyer, but you are also qualified for various fields of activity with a legal reference, for example as a judge or notary. But companies are also constantly on the lookout for suitable legal experts.

Classical law studies conclude with a diploma and are divided into two to three sections, depending on the faculty. Here you will acquire valuable basic knowledge on all legal topics over the course of eight semesters.

A doctoral degree in law gives you the opportunity to deepen your legal fundamentals in the form of a dissertation and prepares you for an academic career in teaching and research.

In addition to the “classic” law studies, there is also a small range of law studies that lead to a Bachelor's or Master's degree, for example a Bachelor's and Master's degree in International Law.

The law degree is a professional qualification. However, the legal professions continueLawyer, Judge, Prosecutor, notary, tax consultant and Auditors various practical training courses after graduation.

An overview of the law studies

Law studies: Suitable universities and technical colleges

What requirements do I have to meet for studying law?

In order to complete a law degree, you must have the general university entrance qualification (Matura or Abitur). It is also possible to study law without a Matura, for example if you have passed the university entrance qualification test for law studies or the vocational maturity test. Often you have to go through an admission procedure before starting the law diploma or bachelor's degree. Find out exactly about the admission requirements at your dream university and register for the admission procedure early!

A law master’s degree requires a law bachelor’s degree. For access to the law doctoral program, you must have a law master’s degree or diploma degree.

For the law studies or law studies you need Knowledge of Latin. You can prove this with school reports (provided you can prove at least ten hours per week). If you do not yet have the appropriate knowledge of Latin, you have to do one Supplementary examination take in Latin.

The requirements for studying law at a glance:

  • General university maturity:
    • Austrian school leaving certificate or vocational school leaving certificate or
    • corresponding university entrance qualification test certificate or
    • equivalent foreign certificate (e.g. Abitur)
  • or at least a three-year university or technical college degree
  • sufficient knowledge of the German language, if German is not the mother tongue
  • successful completion of an admission procedure
  • Additional examination in Latin before graduation

The university entrance qualification examination for law studies usually consists of the following subjects:

  • Essay on a general topic (written)
  • English (written and oral)
  • Story (oral)
  • As well as an elective, which will be determined in consultation with the responsible study officer
  • General university maturity
  • Partly letter of motivation
  • Partial admission interview
  • Completed university degree (Uni, FH), partly in any field of study
  • for non-academics a relevant professional qualification and at least 4 years (Matura) or 8 years (without Matura) work experience
  • Proof of very good knowledge of German for people whose mother tongue is not German.
  • Partly successful admission interview with the course director

Doctoral studies in law

  • Relevant master's or diploma degree or equivalent

Personal requirements for studying law

Studying law requires hard work and perseverance. Not only during your studies you will scroll through paragraphs and exercises and read yourself into new topics again and again. Your willingness to familiarize yourself with new and complex issues is also required in your job.

You will also benefit if you have the following characteristics:

  • Logical mindset
  • Rhetorical skills
  • Structured way of working
  • Good time and self management

What course content do I encounter in the law course?

The law degree includes general legal training and prepares you for a career in law. In addition to international references, there is above all the Austrian legal system in focus - you should keep this in mind if you intend to work as a lawyer abroad! The law degree trains you to become a universal lawyer, which means that you receive education in all areas of law. Building on this extensive basic knowledge, you can quickly acquire changes to the law and other detailed legal knowledge after graduation.

At the beginning of your law degree, you will first be given the Basics in the core legal subjects, for example in public law, private, criminal, labor and social law. In the course of your studies you will acquire more and more specialist knowledge in the individual areas of law.

With the help of current legal theories and methods, you will be able to apply your knowledge to practical cases and legal questions. In addition to technical competence, you will learn important soft skills for the professional world in the law studies. These include, for example, legal awareness of problems, the ability to argue in law, presentation skills and organizational skills, as well as negotiation skills.

Exemplary content in law studies:

  • Introduction to Law
  • Legal information and work technology
  • Roman private law
  • Legal history
  • Criminal law and criminal procedure law
  • economy
  • Civil law and international private law
  • Corporate, corporate and securities law
  • Civil litigation
  • Labor law and social law
  • General political theory, constitutional doctrine and constitutional law
  • Administrative science and administrative law
  • Finance law
  • European law
  • international law

In the last section of your law degree, you usually have the opportunity to set an individual focus.

You can often choose from the following areas:

How does the law degree work?

The “classic” law course ends with a diploma and is divided into three sections. At the beginning of your law degree you will usually complete theIntroductory and orientation phase (StEOP). It consists of compulsory exercises and concludes with several (partial) exams. Depending on the university, you also have the option of using the Proof of Latin to provide.

During the course of your studies, you will complete numerous compulsory legal modules, but you can freely choose your major based on elective subjects. You conclude the modules (depending on the scope of the module) with a written module examination, an oral examination and a compulsory exercise.

The Normal period for a law degree course is eight semesters, but the course is very demanding, which is why the average duration of the law course is around twelve semesters. You write your diploma thesis, bachelor thesis or master thesis and finish your law studies with the degree of Magister of Law (Mag. Iur.), Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.) or Master of Laws (LL. M.).

Degree in law

  • Degree: Master of Law (Mag. Iur.)
  • Duration: eight semesters / 240 ECTS
  • Type of study: full-time

Doctoral studies in law

  • Degree: Doctor of Law (Dr. iur.)
  • Duration: six semesters / 180 ECTS
  • Type of study: full-time
  • Degree: Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.)
  • Duration: six semesters / 180 ECTS
  • Type of study: predominantly part-time
  • Degree: Master of Laws (LL. M.)
  • Duration: four semesters / 120 ECTS
  • Type of study: predominantly part-time

What career opportunities do I have after studying law?

After completing your law degree, you will have a sound legal education that qualifies you for various activities in a wide variety of professional fields.

Lawyers typically work in these areas:

  • as a lawyer
  • as a judge
  • as a prosecutor
  • as a notary
  • in business
  • in the management
  • as a chartered accountant (tax advisor, auditor)

Each of these professions requires practical training after graduation.For example, if you want to become a lawyer, you must have five years of professional experience. You will spend at least seven months in court or at a public prosecutor's office and at least three years in a lawyer's office. In addition, you will attend selected courses on at least 42 half-days.

At the end of your professional practice, you will take the bar exam and have yourself entered on the list of lawyers in Austria at the Bar Association.

Due to your wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of legal, social and economic contexts, you can also

  • in politics
  • in specialist journalism
  • in ministries and other bodies under public law
  • for interest groups (chambers)
  • at international organizations
  • in research and teaching
  • in the diplomatic service

To have a career.

Salary after studying law

It is difficult to give a fixed amount for your salary after studying law. It is measured against many different factors, such as the industry, the size or the location of the company. In a respected large law firm, your starting salary will certainly be higher than in the civil service. But your academic degree and any professional experience also have an impact on your remuneration. On average, however, you can participate, according to Salary Compass.at EUR 2,700 to EUR 3,100 gross per month as a starting salary calculate. This figure corresponds to the national average.

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Do you have any questions about studying?

3 weeks ago

Sedef

After 4 years of studying law, I can work right away with the title I like. iur. or do I have to continue studying?

3 weeks ago

Answer by: Catha from the studieren.at team

Hello, dear Sedef,

If you have completed the classic law degree with a thesis, you can usually directly like the title. iur use. But to be on the safe side, ask your head of studies at your university. This / r will be able to give you a firm answer.

We wish you a wonderful start into professional life!

3 weeks ago

Judith

Does the diploma or bachelor's degree have a better value?

3 weeks ago

Answer by: Catha from the studieren.at team

Hello, dear Judith,

There is no general answer to your question, because whether the diploma degree or the Bachelor of Laws has more value depends on which career you are aiming for in the legal field. For example, if you want to become a judge, notary or public prosecutor, you need the state examination, i.e. the classic law degree. Otherwise, there are many legal professions that are also open to you with the Bachelor and Master of Law. In contrast to the classic diploma course, there are various courses offered for the Bachelor of Law with specific focus areas such as "Social Law" or "Business Law - Sustainability and Ethics". So you have to know for yourself what your goal is and how long the way to get there should be. Because in general, the diploma course lasts at least one year longer than the bachelor's degree.

We wish you the best of luck with your further study planning!

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Daris

Hello! I also have a question about the entrance test. I wanted to know what the intensive course was like. Can you pass the entrance test without this intensive course? Thanks in advance!

last month

Answer by: Julian from the studieren.at team

Hello Daris,

Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, we cannot give you a binding answer to your question, but we recommend that you complete such a course before the entrance test. For more information, please contact the Law Studies Service Center. You can reach the center using the linked contact details:

ssc-rechtswwissenschaften.univie.ac.at/kontakt/studienservicecenter/

Good luck with the test and your choice of study!

last month

Tamara

Hello! I am aware that the entrance test consists of three parts. Part A is intended to review expertise. Part B text comprehension and part C cognitive ability. My question: Is it enough if you learn the script for the entrance test (Law Studies Vienna), which is on the Law Studies page. There are a total of 51 pages. For the A part.

last month

Answer by: Julian from the studieren.at team

Hello Tamara,

Thank you for your message. This is a very specific question that unfortunately we cannot answer with any certainty. Please contact the StudyServiceCenter Law with regard to the script for the entrance test and its contents. You can find the contact details under the following link:

ssc-rechtswwissenschaften.univie.ac.at/kontakt/studienservicecenter/

Good luck with the test and your choice of study!

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Dalina

Hello! I wanted to ask if there will be an entrance exam for law studies in Vienna this year? I heard that it was canceled last year because of the situation.

last month

Answer by: Julian from the studieren.at team

Hello Dalina,

Thank you for your message. The admission procedure for studying law at the University of Vienna also includes a written admission test. This test will take place according to the university website. Under the point "Step 5" you can find more details on the following page:

studieren.univie.ac.at/aufnahmeverfahren/studien/rechtswwissenschaften/rechtswwissenschaften/atde/

If you would like more information about the test, please contact the Law Studies Service Center directly. You can find the contact details for this under the following link:

ssc-rechtswwissenschaften.univie.ac.at/kontakt/studienservicecenter/

Good luck with your choice of studies!

last month

Deniz

Hello! I wanted to ask how many people are admitted to Vienna?

last month

Answer by: Julian from the studieren.at team

Hello Deniz,

Thank you for your message. According to its website, the University of Vienna has 1,700 places available for the law degree course. You can read this on the following page under the point "Deadlines and overview":

studieren.univie.ac.at/aufnahmeverfahren/studien/rechtswwissenschaften/rechtswwissenschaften/atde/

For precise information on the students admitted in the last semester, we ask you to contact the Law Studies Service Center directly. You can find the contact details here:

ssc-rechtswwissenschaften.univie.ac.at/kontakt/studienservicecenter/

Good luck with your choice of studies!

last month

Barbara

Hello! My question would be what the cost of studying law at the University of Vienna would be?

last month

Answer by: Julian from the studieren.at team

Hello Barbara,

Thank you for your message. You can find out how high the study costs for studying law at the University of Vienna are on our pages on study fees for Austria (https://www.studieren.at/studienfinanzierung/studiengebuehren/) and study costs (https: //www.studieren. at / study finance / costs /). In order to find out exact details as to whether and how many study costs you will have to pay, I recommend that you contact the University of Vienna directly.

Good luck with your choice of studies!

Best regards

Julian from the studieren.at team

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Ulli

Hello!
Is it possible to study law while working? Which feet are possible in Austria if you don't want to combine law with marketing or technology? Many Thanks!
Kind regards

last month

Answer by: Julian from the Studieren.at team

Hello Ulli,

You can study law in Austria while you work. Please take a look at our university database; we have listed some universities there. The Center for Distance Learning, the Vienna University of Economics and Business or the Webster Vienna Private University would be suitable for your needs.

Good luck with your search!

last month

Mira

Why do you need Latin in law studies? Is it enough if you had four years of Latin in school? and how and what is checked there?

last month

Answer by: Answer by: Christina from the Studieren.at team

Hello Mira,

Latin is a prerequisite for studying law at universities in Austria. Your knowledge will be checked before starting your studies, alternatively you can also provide appropriate proof of knowledge of Latin. Anyone who has attended and passed Latin classes for at least 4 years up to the Matura can also be admitted without a Latinum. With your knowledge of Latin, you can better understand the origin of some legal terms, because during your studies it will happen again and again that the Latin language comes into play through certain technical terms. This is because the legal system was heavily influenced by the ancient Roman legal system. Each university has regulated in its entry requirements what evidence you have to provide.

I wish you success!

last month

serif

Hello, where can I study part-time

last month

Answer by: Christina von studieren.at

Hello Serif,

In this article, we have listed some universities, some of which you can study part-time at. Otherwise, you can find out more about law distance learning on our article Distance learning law (Law) under the following link:

www.fernstudium.at/recht/

Here you also have the opportunity to pick out many universities that offer distance learning.

I wish you success!

March 2021

Susi

Hello! I also have a question about the grades. Could it be that I will not be accepted into the law studies in Vienna with a 4 in my school-leaving certificate? Or is the school leaving certificate not important?

March 2021

Answer by: Jasmin von Studieren.at

Hello, the Matura certificate is a good requirement but not a must everywhere. For example, the vocational maturity examination is the first option to study without a high school diploma. You also have other options, but this one has the highest priority. Good luck with your studies.

March 2021

Tom

Is the entrance exam for law studies in Vienna in German? But a part in English? To what extent do I need English for law studies?

March 2021

Answer by: Jasmin from studieren.at

Hello, you can do the master's degree in law in English, for this you need to demonstrate appropriate knowledge of English. Good luck to you.

March 2021

Arzu

Do I have to have good grades to study law in Vienna? Is it bad if, for example, I have 4?

March 2021

Answer by: Jasmin from studieren.at

Hello,

you need a high school diploma to study law. In addition, an education in Latin. Good luck with your studies and best regards

March 2021

Gizem

Hello! I wanted to ask to what extent do the grades on the high school diploma play a role in admission to the law studies at the University of Vienna?

March 2021

Answer by: Jasmin from studieren.at

Hello,

the notes do not play the main role. You need a high school diploma and the small Latinum. Best wishes

January 2021

Lara

Hello! I wanted to ask whether I have to graduate in English to study law or can I also graduate in another foreign language such as Italian?

February 2021

Answer by: Jasmin from the Studieren.at team

Hello Lara,

In addition to sufficient knowledge of German, additional language skills are not necessarily required for admission to the law degree. However, part of the university entrance qualification examination for law courses often consists of an English examination. Therefore, you should still have English skills for the course.

Good luck with the Matura!

January 2021

Gülru

Hello ! Is the high school diploma important for admission to studies (law) in Vienna? So does it have to be a good average?

January 2021

Answer by: Jasmin from the Studieren.at team

Hello Gülru,

A good average grade on the Matura certificate is not decisive for a university place in Austria. It is more important that you master the university's admissions process well. For more information on the application process, I recommend that you contact the university of your choice. Have a look at our university database.

Good luck with your study search!

January 2021

Lena

Hello!
Is it legal to apply for JUS at two universities in Austria?
Thanks for the contribution & greetings from Upper Austria!

January 2021

Answer by: Jasmin from the Studieren.at team

Hello Lena,

applying to multiple universities is not prohibited. Often it even makes sense because, depending on your qualifications, you may not receive an acceptance for every degree. If you are lucky with the application process, you can even choose between several universities.

Good luck with your application!

September 2020

Alex

Hello!
How long does it take in Austria until you have your doctorate in your pocket!

September 2020

Answer by: Sophia from the Studieren.at team

Hello Alex,

At many universities in Austria, the standard period of study for a doctoral degree is three years.

How long such a degree actually lasts in individual cases depends on various factors, such as whether you want to study full-time or part-time, which subject and research topic you have chosen for your doctorate, or whether you are part-time or as part of a job Want to do a doctorate at university.

As you can see, the duration of the doctoral program depends on your individual life situation.

If you would like to receive more information, we recommend our article on doctoral studies in Austria.

I wish you success!

August 2020

Küschar

Hello! Where is it possible to study law for free? I'm from Nope myself!

August 2020

Answer by: Sophia from the Studieren.at team

Hello Küschar,

In Austria, students at all public universities are usually obliged to pay a fee of currently (08/2020) € 20.20 per semester.

There is also an obligation to pay tuition fees, which usually does not apply to regular students during the standard period of study. After exceeding the standard period of study plus two additional semesters, you may have to pay tuition fees of currently € 363.36 in addition to the ÖH fee. The best way to find out more is on the website of your chosen university, where you will find the latest information on study costs.

We hope that we were able to help you with this and wish you every success.

June 2018

Alexander T.

Thank you, it helped me a lot to get an idea of ​​this professional field.

June 2018

Reply: Sabrine

Hello Alexander, we look forward to your positive comment. Nice that we could help you. Best regards Sabrine from the www.studieren.at team