German Exchange Program with Bucerius Law School

In the exchange with Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, two UM students complete a full semester of German, European and International law courses, all taught by English American, German and other law professors in the fall semester. Absolutely no knowledge of German is required. Course credits earned in Hamburg will count toward the UM degree.

About the Bucerius Law School

The Bucerius law school is Germany's first private law school, and its style of instruction is a melding of U.S. and German approaches. Students from Bucerius have excelled in competition with students from other German Law Schools who take the German equivalent of the Bar Exam.

Bucerius has similar exchange programs arranged with some of the world's top law schools, including Buenos Aires in Argentina, Wellington in New Zealand, Osgood Hall in Canada, and Oxford and Cambridge in England. The U.S. schools include Stanford, Duke, Georgetown, NYU, Cornell, Penn, Northwestern, U.C. Berkeley, Michigan, Texas and Virginia.

About Hamburg

Hamburg is one of the great cities of Europe, Germany's second largest city and its largest port. Cultural, recreational and travel opportunities abound. The Bucerius campus is located adjacent to a park in an attractive section of the city within easy walking distance of the city center. There are many good restaurants and night spots nearby. Weekend excursions by train are easily arranged to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin and other parts of Germany.

Tuition, Fees, Social Events & Housing

  • Incoming exchange students: pay tuition to their home school, and required student health insurance and University fees to the University of Miami.
  • Outgoing Miami Law students: pay tuition and other required fees to the University of Miami School of Law. Miami Law students pay no tuition or fees to the partner school except for certain social events and discretionary fees.


Placement in the program is competitive; the two most qualified students will be proposed to Bucerius and they will make the final decision on admission.

Please send the following by March 8th for the fall semester:

  • A short letter (1-2 pages) stating the reasons for interest;
  • A listing of significant international experience (growing up in a foreign country, work in the Peace Corps, the military or business, studying for a semester or more abroad), and/or extensive academic training in international relations, international business, area studies, or related fields;
  • A copy of one’s CV; and
  • Law school GPA and grades in relevant courses, or a copy of your law school transcript.

Please send application to