International Legal Studies (Master)

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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.

Based on a relevant bachelor’s programme, the master's programme in International Legal Studies 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 of law, this programme particularly aims to equip students with the ability 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.

Upon completion of the master’s programme, graduates can pursue a career in any legal profession: in advocacy, justice, notary’s offices, companies, NGOs, administration, etc.

Master of Law

Degree Programme Code: 066 997

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: bilingual (German & English)

NO entrance examination


The curriculum of this degree programme is currently in the process of being approved. The degree programme can only be offered once the curriculum has entered into force.


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.


  • What can I expect from the degree programme?

    This master’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 master’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 Comparative Law, Legal and Political Philosophy, Labour Law and Law of Social Security, Law of Civil Procedure, Tax Law, Economic Competence in Law and one elective module. To complete the master’s programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and successfully complete the master’s examination.

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 (examples):

  • Comparative Law
  • Legal Economy
  • Civil Procedure
  • Public Finance
  • Legal Philosophy

... and many more.

 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

Graduates are fit for a European and international future. Graduates have an academic practical pre-education in the field of law. In combination with further education and training, if applicable, 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, societal and economic foundations of law, enabling them to respond to legal challenges in a rapidly changing world. Furthermore, they are able to thoroughly investigate complex legal issues in an academic study carried out independently. In addition, they are particularly qualified to solve cross-border legal issues and to succeed in an international professional environment.

Graduates ...

  • find employment immediately after graduation on average.
  • earn an average of € 3,545 (women) and € 3,834 (men) gross per month within three years after graduation.
  • work full time at a percentage of 91% (women) and 97% (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".