The FFA for Law programme
If you are a law student, the FFA for Law programme is a tailored foreign languages programme you can study alongside your degree studies. The programme is focused on legal language tuition and allows you to acquaint yourself with the basics of the relevant language areas' legal systems.
The subject-specific language programme is particularly important if you intend to study abroad, as the assessments completed within the programme receive special recognition when applying for a place at a foreign partner university.
The lecturers teaching the FFA for Law programme are native speakers who have the requisite qualifications for teaching legal language courses.
The Faculty of Law oversees the examinations for the FFA for Law programme. The Chair of the Board of Examiners is Professor Dr. Jörg Fedtke.
More about the compulsory language training for law students
The FFA for Law programme is taught for the following languages:
The FFA is not offered at beginner's level but builds on existing language skills. You will therefore need to have a solid grounding in the language or study the Foundation courses prior to starting on the FFA programme. At the start of each semester, the Language Centre holds placement tests to ensure language students are place at the correct level. If you have existing certificates or other proof of language ability which you would like to have recognised, please talk to the team co-ordinators.
Language certificate for law students ('Sprachschein' according to §24 II 1 JAPO 2003)
When registering for the examination, you need to provide a foreign legal language certificate. The Faculty of Law offers its own language courses for this certificate. However, a successfully completed Intermediate 1 (Aufbaustufe 1) level also constitutes a language certificate in accordance with §24 JAPO.
All transcripts and certificates can be collected from the office of Ms. Ulrike Buchheit (Nikolakloster building, Innstrasse 40) during office hours.
Intermediate general language tuition; area studies and the legal system
FFA Intermediate 1: Winter semester, 2 contact hours per week (english); 4 contact hours per week (all other languages)
FFA Intermediate 2: Summer semester, 2 contact hours per week (english); 4 contact hours per week (all other languages)
Subject-specific language tuition; legal system(s) in the language area; qualification: FFP I
FFA Advanced 1.1: Winter semester, 2 contact hours per week (english); 4 contact hours per week (all other languages)
FFA Advanced 1.2: Summer semester, 2 contact hours per week (english); 4 contact hours per week (all other languages)
Subject-specific language tuition; specialisation*; qualification: FFP II
FFA Advanced 2.1: Winter semester, 4 contact hours per week (all languages)
FFA Advanced 2.2: Summer semester, 4 contact hours per week (all languages)
*For the oral examination of FFP II, you may choose between Civil Law, Criminal Law and Public Law.