Legal norms govern coexistence within a society, business competition, and provide us all with security. The Diploma degree program in Law offered at the JKU provides comprehensive education to understand legal issues that arise as part of a modern social structure, teaches students how to critically reflect on these issues, interpret legal regulations by learning academic methods, as well as make them a part of the system. After graduation, you will be able to master the many legal challenges we encounter resulting from a rapidly changing society – whether in corporate law, criminal law, European law or in another area of specialization within the law degree program.

Your Benefits

  •  Broad, comprehensive legal education
  • Opportunities to specialize in many core subjects
  •  Numerous professional opportunities and access to core legal professions
  • Convey core skills, such as argumentation, analysis, linguistic abilities, etc.

Diploma Degree Program in


Magistra/Magister in Law (Mag.a iur./Mag. iur.)


6 semesters


240 Credits



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Program Objectives, Professions, Career Prospects


The Diploma degree program in law has been designed to offer a broad, universal education in legal foundations and the law. The program focuses on :

  • Providing an interdisciplinary understanding of legal context, politics and business
  • Conveying and training various usable skills (debate, analysis, precise ways of thinking and expression, language skills)
  • Conveying the ability to independently handle legal issues and prepare legal analyzes in a structured way
  • Supporting a field of specialization and an individual area of focus


Nach Abschluss des Studiums der Rechtswissenschaften kannst du die Laufbahn der kernjuristischen Berufe Rechtsanwältin/Rechtsanwalt, RichterIn, NotarIn oder Staatsanwältin/Staatsanwalt einschlagen. Aufgrund der breiten universaljuristischen Ausbildung steht dir auch eine Karriere in der Wirtschaft (z.B. als Unternehmens-juristIn, als SteuerberaterIn oder im Personalwesen), in der Politik, bei NGOs oder in der öffentlichen Verwaltung offen.


Recommended Study Plan


Students in the first part of studies are required to successfully complete courses worth a total of 44 ECTS credits from the following subject areas:

  • Private Law I
  • Public Law I
  • Criminal Law I
  • Austrian and European Legal History
  • Romanistic Fundamentals of European Civil Law Dogmatics



Students in the second part of studies are required to successfully complete courses worth a total of 196 ECTS credits from the following subject areas:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Law
  • Labor and Social Law
  • Civil Procedural Law
  • Criminal Law II
  • Public International Law
  • European Law
  • Tax Law
  • Legal Gender Studies and Anti-Discrimination Law
  • Fundamentals of Legal Philosophy
  • Business for Law Students
  • Major Fields of Study
  • Diploma Thesis with Diploma Thesis Colloquium and Seminar Diploma Thesis
  • Autonomous Coursework

Additional Information

The JKU is the first and only university in Austria to offer a complete multimedia, e-Learning based Diploma degree in Law which students can complete free of time and location constraints. See: for additional information.

Students enrolled in the law degree program must have some educational background in Latin. Students who did not take Latin at school (minimum of 10 weekly semester hours) but pass a supplementary examination. Contact the Institute of Canon Law for additional information.

Admission Requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma)

Contact the Admissions Office or see the curriculum for additional information.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!