Social Law and Social Economy (LLM)

At a glance

Study programme
Social Law and Social Economy (LLM)
Department
Social and Cultural Sciences
Degree
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme
Standard Duration
3 semesters
Admission Capacity
30
Start of study programme
Summer and winter semesters
Admission Restriction
Limited entry
Admission Requirements
First degree in Law, Social Law, Business Law, Social Education, Social Work or Business Education with Law as a subsidiary, or a comparable degree. The final grade must be at least 2.5 according to the German grading system or ECTS grade B. Law students who have completed their first state examination (with the mark "satisfactory") may also apply.
Language of instructions
German
Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2-level German lan-guage skills or equivalent by the day of enrolment. However, application is also possible if students have at least B2-level language skills and 800 hours of German language instruction . Students then qualify for a German language course. To take the DSH test, students must have C1-level language skills and 1000 hours of German language instruction
Application Deadline
1 March or 1 September
External Partners
Many members of teaching staff in the programme are judges at the Kassel-based German Federal Social Court (BSG). The BSG library, one of the largest libraries in Europe to specialise in social law, is avail-able to all participants in the Master's programme. The programme is also taught by lecturers from various areas of the social services.
Specific Features
The programme is offered at the University of Kassel in cooperation with Fulda University of Applied Sciences. Students register at the University of Kassel. The programme follows on from the Social Law programme at Fulda University and is unique in this form in Germany.

What Is This Programme About?

Social services professionals work in an environment that is defined by a highly complex legal framework and one that is subject to massive change. Public and private service providers are required to deal with organisational and structural change with increasing frequency and intensity.
This presents enormous challenges for all those responsible for managing social economy enterprises and human resource planning in social services and institutions. Changes brought about in the field of legal advice by the German Legal Services Act (RDG) also mean that in contrast to previous practice, it is not only fully qualified lawyers who can now provide important legal services for social services and institutions. This creates a need for coordinated interdisciplinary expertise in social law, corporate management, human resources management, and the organisation of social services.

The aim of the Master’s degree programme in Social Law and Social Economy, which has been offered since the summer semester 2010, is to provide you with problem-solving and management expertise in law, economics and business administration and social education by means of formal instruction that is coordinated between the different disciplines involved. Based on your individual educational and training background, you are able to seamlessly integrate both law and economics and business administration into your professional profile and into how you view yourself. Teaching involves the close integration of elements from different disciplines, ensuring you acquire the necessary expertise in law, economics and business administration, and in social sciences. Links to professional practice represent a core element of the programme. Many members of the teaching staff are judges at the German Federal Social Court (BSG) based in Kassel. As a student on the Master's degree programme, you also have access to the BSG library, one of the biggest libraries in Europe to specialise in social law. The programme is also taught by staff from various areas of the social services.

Why Choose This Programme?

The degree is aimed at graduates of the Bachelor's degree programme in Social Law at Fulda University of Applied Sciences and graduates from other disciplines such as Business Law, Social Education, Social Work or comparable programmes. Law students who have passed the first state examination may also apply.

How is the programme structured?

The study programme has a flexible structure because the individual modules do not follow on from each other. This means students can decide in which order they take the modules. The programme coordinator can provide assistance if required.

Where does it lead?

A wide range of career options is open to graduates of the Social Law and Social Economy programme. These include responsible roles in the strategic and operative areas of

  • the social economy
  • public service providers
  • welfare associations and
  • service providers and facilities.

The positive career experiences of graduates of the Bachelor's programme in Social Law at Fulda University of Applied Sciences and the first cohort of graduates from the Master's pro-gramme show that your career prospects are very good. It is likely that social service providers will continue to raise the professional status of social workers and social educationalists in future.


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