Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany
Bucerius Law School is Germany's first private law school and it is consistently ranked among Germany's top law schools. Founded in 2000 as an alternative to the state-run legal education system, Bucerius offers a practice-oriented legal education with a focus on international business. Its German students are all required to be fluent in English and to spend a semester abroad. Each year in the fall semester, Bucerius hosts approximately 90 exchange students from partner institutions around the world. The courses offered as part of this exchange are taught entirely in English by renowned international and German professors. Courses typically include European Union (EU) law, comparative law, alternative dispute resolution, international business transactions, and German law. Starting in 2013, students will also be able to earn an optional certificate in management and leadership for lawyers from the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession.
The law school is located on the edge of a beautiful botanical garden in a fully renovated historic building and includes modern classrooms and library facilities. Hamburg, Germany's second largest city, is an elegant cosmopolitan city with countless parks and canals, cultural amenities, and an active night life. It is also a major education hub with over 65,000 university students. Georgetown's exchange agreement with Bucerius allows a total of up to two students to study for a semester at the University's law faculty. In 2014 Bucerius hosted one Georgetown student.