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Diploma Programme Law

As of winter semester 2020/2021 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

Faculty Faculty of Law
Duration / ECTS-Credits 8 semesters / 240 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Magistra/Magister der Rechtswissenschaften (Mag.iur)
ISCED-F 0421 Law
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 101
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2001W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
Supplemental Examination
Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* Information on the Curriculum (2001W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies 
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed: 

  1. VO Introduction to Law (§10 par. 1 no. 1) VO 3, 5 ECTS-Credits,
  2. VO Legal Research Skills (§10 par. 1 no. 2) VO 2, 3 ECTS-Credits.

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 22 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subject(s).

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

1. Introduction to Law (§ 10 Para 1 No 1) VL 3 5 ECTS-Credits
2. Legal Research Skills (§ 10 Para 1 No 2) VL 2 3 ECTS-Credits

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Subjects / Modules

The Diploma Programme Law consists of three parts, each of which is concluded with a diploma examination. 

First Diploma Examination (two semesters)

This part conveys the fundamentals of law, the competent use of internet databases, and economic knowledge that is important for legal professions. The subject "Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure" marks the entry into the area of current law.

Compulsory Subjects:

  • Introduction to Law
  • Legal Research Skills
  • Roman Private Law
  • History of Law
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Economics

Second Diploma Examination (four semesters)

This is the core part of the study programme. Teaching focuses on the material that is essential for legal activities.

Compulsory Subjects:

  • Private Law and Private International Law
  • Business Law, Company Law and the Law of the Capital Market
  • Civil Procedure
  • Labour and Social Law
  • Theory of States, Theory of Constitutions and Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Sciences and Administrative Law
  • Financial Law
  • European Law
  • Public International Law

Third Diploma Examination (two semesters)

The knowledge acquired in the first two parts of the programme is dealt with in greater depth and, with a view toward professional life, supplemented by specialized knowledge. Students are largely free to structure their programme individually. An orientation toward a classical legal profession may be chosen or one of the many other law-related professions. With the exception of the compulsory subject "Philosophy of Law", students design their own "subject basket".

Qualification Profile and Skills

The goal of the Diploma Programme Law is to provide universal legal training. As generalists, graduates are able to participate in all areas of law at a high level. They are able to familiarize themselves quickly and competently with new and changing legal issues. Important for this purpose are legal and methodological competences in national, European and international law as well as critical skills, language abilities, argumentation skills, and communication and negotiation competences. Depending on their areas of specialization, students are equipped with specific key competences, such as mediation and conflict management. The Diploma Programme Law offers broad technical training, providing preparatory training for the classic legal professions, especially for the wide field of activities of lawyers.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The requirements for successful completion of the programme include, in particular, a diploma thesis that serves to demonstrate the student's ability to treat academic topics independently and with proper consideration of content and method.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The primary occupational fields of graduates of the Diploma Programme Law include the classic legal professions. To these belong the professions of judge, lawyer, public prosecutor, notary, and high-level legally-related administrative services. As generalists, graduates of this programme may pursue numerous other law-related careers, such as in interest groups (chambers, professional associations), in supranational and international organizations (e.g. the European Union, UN, WTO) as well as in politics, culture, and social and commercial areas.

Interview with a Graduate: Stefan Hlavac, 2003 (year of graduation)
"Studying law encourages interdisciplinary thinking, and 'thinking outside the box' is especially helpful to understand complex issues in intercultural contexts."
To the interview

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Dezember 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Examination Dates (in German only)

First Diploma Examination

Second Diploma Examination

Third Diploma Examination

Forms (in German only)

Recognitions (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Niedermayr

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Alexander Koch, LL.M.

Information for students with disabilities 

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