Well-educated individuals create legally sound contracts
Legally sound contracts – beginning with the planning till the implementation – are essential for the economy and human resources in a national and international context and require well-trained individuals. This degree course will help you to develop into such an individual, you will be familiar with legal questions on an international level, master the art of initiating contracts and formulating services and wishes ready for signature and serving the interest of the target group– and not to lose sight of the economic incentive. The Master program in Negotiating and Designing Contracts fills a gap in business law education and combines an advanced theoretical education in law with the practical skills required in the drafting, negotiation and management of contracts.
The Master program in Negotiating and Designing Contracts fills a gap in business law education and combines an advanced theoretical education in law with the practical skills required in the drafting, negotiation and management of contracts. Building on the foundations acquired in previous programs of study and experience, students will gain relevant practical knowledge and a strong theoretical background at a high academic level. Useful information on strategy and tactics can be found in the curriculum. The curriculum of this Master’s degree revolves around well-prepared case studies from up-to-date real-world business practice that will foster interdisciplinary thinking and problem-solving skills.
Content-wise unparalleled – close to practice
The first two semesters of the program focus on negotiating (also in international settings) and theoretical foundations in contract design and contract management. Also included are practical training in methods and tools for contract preparation (due diligence, rating, etc.) and conflict resolution (arbitration, mediation, etc.). The first two semesters comprise three modules that focus specifically on contractual issues arising from a range of business operations such as project and exchange agreements, management and human resources, enterprise and corporations.
A particular emphasis is placed on international aspects; accordingly, the three modules covering international contracts are taught in English. Case studies enhance the theoretical parts with real-world cases in many of the modules offered. In these case studies, students can apply and enhance the theoretical knowledge they have acquired in a practical context. Core courses are complemented by two required elective modules, which focus on the areas of contract design and contract management. Students have the choice between “Digitalisation and Law” and “Methods and Instruments of Alternative Dispute Resolution”.
In the third semester, the curriculum deepens the students’ knowledge of international contractual law and covers economic analysis of law as well as tax implications of contract design. During the remainder of the semester, students complete their Master thesis.
Negotiating and Designing Contracts|
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
|Terms||3 terms, full-time|
|Program start||Each year winter semester|
September 30 for German degrees|
July 15 for international degrees
|Accreditation||ZEvA bis SS 2025|
Highly qualified lecturers with relevant experience are there to help!
Professors teaching and supervising on the Master program are highly qualified professionals who have obtained expert knowledge in various areas within their field. Through professional engagement and continuing analysis, they stay abreast of the increasingly dynamic legal, economic and political landscape and can thus convey the most current knowledge to our students. In addition, the program draws lecturers from a wide network of qualified legal professionals and thus ensures the practical relevance of the program.
The Master program is a consecutive full-time program. It targets prospective students – domestic and international – who have already acquired a first degree in business law, law or a comparable course of studies and who wish to obtain an advanced degree level qualification in business law.
Requirements: completed studies in the field of legal or economic sciences (at least 6 sem.). See § 2 of the examination regulations. An equivalent degree in the sense of § 2 section 1 sentence 2 no.: 1 of the examination regulations from July 13, 2005 in the version from December 16, 2009 is considered the final grade of at least 2.5 in the results of the first and second state examinations. The jurisprudential share must have been at least 50% of the ECTS credits in the first degree.
The University of Applied Science Frankfurt am Main is one of the first institutions of higher education in Germany to offer an internationally recognized LL.M. degree catering to the needs and demands of businesses and professional services firms in this field. The program in Negotiating and Designing Contracts was introduced in 2005. The FIBAA agency renewed its accreditation in 2010.
Graduates of the Master program in Negotiating and Designing Contracts receive a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. The program comprises 90 ECTS credits.
Addressees & lecture periods
The Master program is a consecutive full-time program. It targets prospective students – domestic and international – who have already acquired a first degree in business law, law or a comparable course of studies and who wish to obtain an advanced degree level qualification in business law. The program leads to a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and includes the formal qualification for entering the German higher civil service.The program comprises three semesters, the third semester being predominantly dedicated to the completion of a Master thesis. There are no charges in excess of the regular study fees. Attendance is limited to Thursdays, Fridays und Saturdays.