International Legal Studies (Bachelor)

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In future, Europeanisation and globalisation will play an even more important role in legal practice. The bachelor’s and master’s programmes in International Legal Studies prepare students for a career in traditional legal professions. The focus is on international law and international as well as cross-border issues. As courses are held in German and English, the bilingual degree programmes prepare students for a career in international legal practice.

The bachelor’s programme in International Legal Studies, in combination with a relevant master’s programme, aims to prepare students for a career in traditional legal professions and other legally oriented occupational areas. In addition to a comprehensive education in the field law, this bachelor’s programme particularly aims to enable students to address legal challenges in a globalised world. Therefore, the programme focuses on issues of cross-border relevance and includes a large number of courses held in a foreign language.

The Faculty of Law investigates international issues in research and teaching and offers a wide range of courses held in a foreign language, taught by professors with considerable professional experience at the international level.

The approval process for the curriculum for this programme is still ongoing. Entering into force is the condition for this curriculum to be actually offered.

Bachelor of Laws

Degree Programme Code: 033 597

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits

Language: German (C1) and English (B2)

Entrance exam procedure


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  • What can I expect from the degree programme?

    This bachelor’s programme provides you with a solid pre-professional education and prepares you for a career in law: You explore the subject areas in the field of legal studies and acquire methods to solve legal issues.

    You perfect your linguistic skills: Courses are held in German and English. You work with academic texts and legal acts. You practice reasoning in discussions and write academic papers. You will learn to familiarise yourself with complex issues and to communicate them to others in a comprehensible way.

    Business, technology, society and the law are closely intertwined at the national, European and international levels. In this bachelor’s programme, you will especially acquire the ability to address the legal challenges of a globalised world.

    Our teachers come from renowned universities in Austria and abroad, have considerable practical experience and are looking forward to working with you during your studies.

  • What can I do after graduation?

    After graduating from the bachelor’s or master’s programme in International Legal Studies, you can continue your education to pursue traditional legal professions (judge, lawyer, notary). Based on your sound knowledge of the subject and methods in the field of law and your specialisation in international issues, you can also pursue a career in a wide range of other occupational areas (legal departments, strategic and organisational development in start-ups, companies, NGOs and in the public sphere).

Study Programme

The degree programme comprises the modules Introduction to Law and its International Aspects, Introduction to International Law, European and Global Legal History, Roman Law and the Civilian Tradition, European Law, International Law, Digital Law, Criminal Law and Law of Criminal Procedure, Civil Law, Civil Law and Private International Law, Business Law, Constitutional Law, Public Law and a bachelor’s module. Students also have to complete elective subjects corresponding to 21 ECTS credits.

98 of the 180 ECTS credits that students have to obtain have an international character.

Students are advised to study a semester abroad. You can find further information about the mobility programmes offered at the University of Vienna on the website of the International Office.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Global Legal History
  • European Competition Law
  • Digital Law
  • Law of Nations
  • European Community Law

.... and many more.

"An education for the future"

"Our students of today will practise their profession between 2025 and 2065. We want to give them an education for the future already today. Europeanisation and globalisation have expanded into legal practice long ago and will play an even more significant role in future. This programme offers excellent opportunities for future legal experts. We aim to prepare students for this future in a targeted way. Digitalisation will also play an important role in the future. Therefore, the programme also includes, for example, the new compulsory subject Digital Law, which is held in English."

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Zöchling-Jud, Dean of the Faculty of Law

Dekanin der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät Zöchling-Jud


 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

This degree programme is targeted at people interested in an international career, such as with international organisations and international law firms or as corporate lawyers with an international focus or with an interest in cross-border and international issues. Graduates have an academic practical pre-education in the field of law. In combination with a master’s programme in the field of law and, if applicable, further education and training, they are qualified to work in a legal profession. They have profound knowledge of the subject areas covered by the degree programme. They have legal expertise based on case studies and norms and are able to reflect on the intellectual and societal foundations of law, enabling them to respond to legal challenges in a rapidly changing world. In addition, they are particularly qualified to solve cross-border legal issues and to succeed in an international professional environment.

Master's Programmes

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 2 months after graduation on average.
  • earn an average of € 2,944 (women) and € 3,309 (men) gross per month within three years after graduation.
  • work full time at a percentage of 78% (women) and 86(men) within three years after graduation.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "Business, Administration and Law".